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Including the cliffs of Windy Canyon, glacial shorelines and expansive, rolling meadows, Nicola Valley is a stunningly diverse landscape. Due to this diverse geography, an abundance of wildlife and vegetation flourish. The valley hosts bears, moose, deer, elk and mountain goats. The Valley’s luscious forests are home to a wide variety of Lodgepole pine, Ponderosa pine, Engelmann spruce, Subalpine fir and Douglas fir.
An avid explorer won’t tire of the Nicola Valley. The valley boasts excellent mountain-biking, from the steep-pitching single track through to cross-country riding. With over 200 bountiful lakes and streams, Nicola Valley is a fisherman's paradise. As for the avid golfer, the valley has a series of immaculately conditioned courses.
Country Culture in Merritt
With a population of 7,000 Nicola Valley’s largest city, Merritt, is a bustling and active destination. Carrying the title of ‘Country Music Capital of Canada’, the city hosts the Merritt Rockin' River Fest in July. The city also hosts The Merritt Walk of Stars, Nicola Valley Rodeo Fair Days and Merritt Country Christmas week.
Stay at One of Canada’s Oldest Ranches
Douglas Lake Ranch, established in 1884, is one of Canada’s oldest ranches. The area boasts over over 12 beautiful lakes stocked with Kamloops Rainbow Trout, a 9 hole golf course and 6 options for accommodations.Guests can stay at the Quilchena Hotel, a boutique hotel built in 1908 by rancher Joseph Guichon. Offering over 15 luxurious, antique rooms alongside a turn-of-the-century bar and restaurant, this hotel is one to remember.
For a more adventurous and rustic experience, visitors can stay at the Ranch’s Lakeside Yurts. All Yurts are unique, perched on one of the 15 lakes and offering a truly unique experience. Some yurts offer resort amenities, such as swimming pool and playground. Other yurts are private and remote, promising complete seclusion and tranquility.
Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club
Located in hills above the Douglas Lake Ranch, the Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club is a truly unique golfing experience. As a minimalist links-style course, tee boxes are unmarked thereby inspiring a style of play distinct to the average duffer.
The course is designed and owned by former PGA touring professional, Dick Zokol. Ranging from 4,964m/5,429yd to 6,831m/7,471yd, the course is inspired by an old Scottish links; it has waste bunkers, open entries onto the greens, hard and fast fairways, and greens that are quick and large.
Fish in the Region’s Largest Lake
Nicola Lake, the region’s largest lake, is home to over 26 species of fish. These species include sockeye salmon, lingcod, Dolly Varden, coho, chinook, rainbow trout, whitefish and much more. With a water depth of 55m, during hot summer months this 22km lake is warm and inviting with temperatures of 38°C. Fishermen can fish Nicola Lake with lures, wedding bands, and spinning gear. Fly fishing is also a favorite of some local fishermen.