Merritt Houses for Sale
Search all Merritt Houses for Sale and real estate listings below. Merritt is a fast-growing community in the Nicola Valley. It is conveniently located between the Lower Mainland, Kamloops and Kelowna. With several types of real estate, convenient location, and an exciting music scene, it's no surprise more people are moving to Merritt.
Merritt boasts a small western feel town with larger-scale amenities. Be sure to register for a free account so that you can receive email alerts whenever new Merritt properties come on the market.
Merritt Real Estate Market
The majority of homes in Merritt are single-family homes on sizable lots. Homes here are great for an investment or for a family looking to escape the pressure of Vancouver & the Lower Mainland. The proximity to larger city centers in the interior of BC increases the value of homes here. Merritt stands to grow as people move out of metropolitan areas. The city of Merrit has also allowed some subdivisions of lots, so some vacant land is available.
The affordability of homes allows you to budget for some modern renovations and tailor a home to your needs! Homes range from 2-6 bedrooms typically. There are some rare multi-family home options. Walking proximity to amenities is also a draw as there are affordable downtown Merritt options.
About Merritt, BC
Merritt is a hardworking, industry-focused city in British Columbia, Canada. It is often referenced as the country music capital of Canada due to its infamous Rockin' River Music Festival. It is located in the Thompson Okanagan Nicola Valley. Ideal for ranching, Merritt was founded by three local ranchers in the 1880s.
Shortly after, coal was found, and mining and logging industries settled in. While not as prevalent as it once was, Merritt has several museums for tourists to look at and reminisce on the founding and development of an important British Columbian town. Merritt is known for its western feel and small-town experience. There are a few smaller areas on the outskirts of Merritt, namely Canford, Lower Nicola and Nicola. Merritt sits at the junction of many important highways in British Columbia, making it a connector and gateway to most of the province.
Getting to Merritt
Merritt is situated on the Coquihalla Highway and Nicola Highway. It is roughly a 3-hour drive from the metropolitan center of Vancouver, and Hope, Kelowna, and Kamloops are all within an hour and a half drive. There are three main bus routes in Merrit run by BCTransit. For those without cars, Merritt is also a very walking-friendly city.
Kelowna International airport is the closest airport, slightly over one hour away. There is a local airport - Merritt Airport (YMB), which offers airplane parking for a tie down fee, fuel and terminal building rentals.
Merritt tends to have arid and hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Temperatures in the summers typically reach 30°C, and in the winter, an average of -2°C is typical. Merritt experiences a fair amount of clouding, being in the Nicola Valley. The cloudiest month is typically January which makes for some wonderful snowy days! While Merritt does experience rain (the rainiest month is November), Merritt does average less rain than Metro Vancouver.
The local populations take great pride in the town and its history. The industry foundations of Merritt are evident in the various museums within the city, such as the Nicola Valley Museum Archives. Country music is also a large part of Merritt culture, with the Rockin' River Music Fest drawing large crowds every year. Musicians are commemorated in the Merritt Walk of Stars, with over 70 handprints honouring Canadian and international musicians. Some artists featured here include Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks and Carrie Underwood.
There are several options for K-12 schooling in Merritt. There are five elementary schools, one main secondary (Merritt Secondary) and Kengard Alternate (10-12). Merritt also has several alternative and Montessori-based pre-schools.
The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) is an Aboriginal public post-secondary institute. They offer a host of certificates and some Bachelors's programs. They also offer accredited transfer programs to some of the more prominent Universities in the area. There is also a secondary campus in Vancouver.
Merritt Health Care
There are several small clinics in Merrit and Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre. There are also community care nursing services and home support. Health Connections is a service offered by BCtransit for accessible transport for non-emergency medical appointments. Anyone can book this service. However, booking in advance is a necessity. These shuttles connect to other communities in the region like Kamloops and Kelowna, which is convenient if a service not provided in Merritt is needed.
Things to Do in Merritt
Nicola Lake was formed by glacial erosion, creating a very deep lake that allows the lake to have diverse ecosystems. The lake has over 20 species, including Rainbow Trout, and is the closest lake to Merritt, BC. Many locals spend their summers boating on Nicola Lake. This lake has some wind making it possible for parasailing and paddleboarding.
Nicola Valley Museum-Archives
This museum-archive was founded on paper in 1976. The community housed the museum and moved to various locations throughout Merritt. Through a neighbourhood improvement program and some generous donors, the Museum Archives was officially opened on May 1, 1983. Entry is by donation, and many reviews state the staff to be friendly and knowledgeable.
Harmon Lake is a beautiful scenic lake with campsites right on the water for tent and RV camping options. This lake is perfect for hiking, biking and kayaking—an ideal day trip or weekend getaway for the family. Trip advisor reviews note the year-round nature of this lake. In winter, there are some cross-country skiing options maintained by locals.
Rockin' River Music Fest
The Rockin' River Music Fest is a classic interior British Columbia experience! Rockin' River Music Fest is hosted every year for four days, typically the last weekend in July - BC day-long weekend. This event features a country music lineup, food, games and experiences. Hotels and lodges in Merritt are often booked solid. There are also camping options of several sizes and distances from the main stage. Pets are allowed at the campgrounds but not at the festival show site.
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