Merritt, nestled in the Nicola Valley of the south-central interior of B.C. is home to many fantastic, and sometimes under-appreciated, mountain biking and hiking trails.
Kentucky Lake, in Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park, is a beautiful lake with a surreal turquoise color. It is popular for hiking, camping, fishing, and paddling.
Wedgemount Lake, located in Garibaldi Provincial Park near Whistler, is one of the most beautiful day-hikes in Southwest B.C. It is also one of the most difficult.
Steelhead Falls is a stunning waterfall near Hayward Lake in Mission, B.C.
The hike is short and easy, and as it sits at a low elevation, is usually snow-free year-round. The hike to the falls and back is about 2 km. The hike can be done as a detour along the 8 km Reservoir Trail which carries the length of the west side of the lake.
Conflict Lake is a beautiful hike in the gorgeous Callaghan Valley backcountry. In the late summer, the wildflowers are blooming in the sub-alpine meadows, making the entire length of the trail scenic and enjoyable.
Whitecroft Falls (also known as the McGillivray Creek Waterfall) is a scenic waterfall on the road into Sun Peaks Resort. The waterfall is accessed by a short hike on a relatively easy trail.