Fishing, ranching and the spirit of the west

NICOLA VALLEY - Merritt, Aspen Gove, Quilchena, Douglas Lake Ranch

The Nicola Valley is home to Merritt  and Douglas Lake Ranch, the largest working cattle ranch in Canada. Wind erosion has carved unique formations in the walls of the canyons near Merritt and the ancient shorelines of 10,000-year-old glacial lakes are still visible in the surrounding grasslands where cattle graze undisturbed. The area is known for its famous fishing lakes, its abiding ranching traditions, heritage township, music festivals and its spirit of the west.

View of Nicola Lake

View of Nicola Lake