People choose to live in Merritt for many reasons:
Situated at an elevation of 595 metres (1950 feet) above sea level, Merritt tends to experience mild winters with little snowfall and warm, dry, sunny summers;
Annual Mean Total Rainfall 189.3 mm
Annual Mean Total Snowfall 99.6 mm
Hours of Sunshine 2,030 hours
Annual Mean Daily Temperature 6.7° C
July Daily Maximum Temperature 28.7° C
January Daily Minimum Temperature -10.5° C
Average Frost Free Days 250 days
Average Growing Season 5 Months
Merritt is a 3 hour drive from Vancouver, 1.5 hours from Kelowna, 45 minutes from Kamloops. There are airports in both Kamloops and Kelowna if you are looking to travel further afield.
Cost of Living
Low income housing to executive homes, apartments to acreages - Merritt has what you're looking for and at a fraction of the cost in larger urban centres. Currently own your home? Think what the equity would buy in Merritt!
Merritt has two facilities for seniors’ assisted living:
Nicola Meadows opened its doors in 2005. Nicola Meadows has been designed to provide a comfortable, pleasing environment which is safe and secure. It is designed to foster independence and a sense of community.
Living at Nicola Meadows allows seniors to maintain control over their life and living environment while continually providing the highest quality of care. We believe that every individual is unique, and has a right to self direction. We pride ourselves on providing a warm and cheerful place to call home. This is demonstrated through quality care provided by skilled staff in a caring and compassionate manner in our comfortable, smoke-free atmosphere.
The Florentine, the newest Seniors Residence in Merritt opened in July 2007. A place for all, combining independence with community. Safe, secure accommodations featuring one and two bedroom suites ranging in size from 560 to 730 sq.ft. Each unit is complete with kitchenette, microwave, fridge, table and chair, queen size pillow top bed, dresser and nightstand, flat screen TV and walk-in showers (bedding, towel and robe included). The complex features a theatre room, library, arts and crafts room, computer room, lounge area and storage lockers available to all residents.
Our mission is to provide exceptional care and support while nurturing the spirit of each individual, allowing one to age in place with dignity.
Just the Right Size
At a population of 7,000 inhabitants, Merritt is able to provide you with all your daily living needs in a convenient and compact city core. We're large enough to have what you need, we're small enough that the clerks will soon remember and address you by name.
Opportunities abound during all seasons. Golf, tennis, hiking, biking, walking, lawn bowling, swimming, fishing, camping, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, curling, hockey … to watch, to participate.
In addition, Merritt is home to the Merritt Centennials, the oldest continuously operating BC Hockey League club in the province. Fast paced action is yours all winter for a bargain price. Tickets are available on a season, punch-card, or single ticket basis.
Merritt has quite a number of community groups sure to appeal to your every interest.
Merritt Seniors Centre
The Merritt Seniors Centre offers a wide variety of programs dedicated to seniors. From crafts to crib and whist to bingo and bridge to Rummoli and pool to floor curling and shuffleboard. Enjoy potluck every Friday. There's always something going on and a chance to socialize (250) 378-3763.
Interior Health oversees the various health services in Merritt and the Nicola Valley. The Nicola Valley General Hospital is an 8 bed acute care facility. Services offered at the hospital include:
full laboratory services, medical imaging (x-ray), physiotherapy (inpatient, outpatient, and home physiotherapy), dietician services, diabetes education program, social work program, and outpatient urology. The major referral hospital is Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, 85 kilometers (50 miles) to the north.
The Interior Health oversees numerous services including:
Intermediate Care is provided through Coquihalla House (31 beds)
Extended Care is provided through the adjoining Gillis House (25 beds)
Adult Daycare and Home Support is provided by Nicola House.
There are six doctors and three dentists with practices in Merritt as well as a chiropractor and massage therapy centre.
* Except when extreme dry conditions causing a raised drought rating. Then please adhere to amended watering guidelines as directed by City Council.