Cattle Drive at Douglas Lake Ranch
(Tom Ryan photo)



Cattle round-up near Merritt

Nestled in the heart of the Nicola Valley, Merritt (population: 7,000) offers an active and unique lifestyle amid the incredible scenery of British Columbia's southern interior.

Wind erosion has created unique formations in the walls of Windy Canyon near Merritt, and ancient shorelines of 10,000-year-old glacial lakes are visible in the surrounding grasslands where cattle graze undisturbed.

Located 278km/168mi from Vancouver, Merritt's rolling hills and cattle ranches, resort lodgings and fishing lakes combine a rich culture and history with outdoor adventure.

Stay at a ranch that preserves the cowboy culture and history of Merritt and the surrounding Thompson Okanagan region. Douglas Lake Ranch is a working cattle ranch (Canada's largest) that offers fishing on one of their 11 private lakes. A-P Guest Ranch has buildings that are originals of a 1911 homestead ranch, while Quilchena Hotel & Resort offers unique accommodation in a period-style house.

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