Transportation & Maps
Merritt is located at the crossroads of several highways and along the Ranchlands & Rivers driving route.
It is relatively close to three commercial airports. Therefore, reaching town by vehicle from various locations throughout BC or by air from across North America is easy.
Merritt is a three-hour drive from Vancouver and a 45-minute drive from Kamloops. From Vancouver, take Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) to Hope, where there are two choices for Merritt access: the Coquihalla Highway or Highway 1 Eastbound. The Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) traverses the Coastal Mountains at an elevation of 1,244m/4,081ft.
Highway 1 winds along the equally dramatic Fraser Canyon and through the Thompson Valley to Spences Bridge, where Highway 8 connects to Merritt. Either route is well maintained year-round. Snow tires are recommended during winter months.