Visit Beautiful Nicola Valley South for a rustic camping retreat, a mountain hike with rewarding views, excellent fishing opportunities or the chance to experience thrilling racetrack action.
Beautiful Nicola Valley South and the surrounding areas have been inhabited for several thousand years. The Lower Nicola Indian Band belongs to the Swexmex (“People of the Creeks”) branch of the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) Nation. The Swexmex depended upon resources from the land and rivers such as salmon, game animals, roots and berries. This required much migration throughout their territories according to the seasons, as well as trade with other Aboriginal nations. The encroachments of gold rush miners and the outbreak of smallpox had a significant impact on land and population size.
Today, the Lower Nicola Indian Band strives to maintain the rich cultural traditions of the Swexmex while generating prosperity and wellbeing for their community.
For a fast paced experience, take in a stock car race at the 3/8-mile clay-surfaced track. Many of the sport’s biggest names have raced at Merritt Speedway, enjoying the challenges a short track offers. Special events include Monster Trucks, Night of Destruction and Fourth of July Fireworks. Races are held every Saturday night from May to September.
The Gold Country GeoTourism Program gives visitors the opportunity to explore some of Gold Country’s most spectacular locations while hunting down hidden caches and learning about sites of interest. Caches at Craigmont Mine and the Promontory Lookout in the Lower Nicola area are well worth discovering.
The arena supports a strong hockey community in the winter as well as lacrosse and other events through the summer.
Test your skills at horseshoes in the official size pits, or play a game of tennis or baseball. There is also a playground here for the family to enjoy.
The annual Lower Nicola Garlic Fest & Tractor show takes place every September. This event is at the Smith’s Pioneer Park, in Lower Nicola. There is garlic braiding, face painting, antique tractors, vendors, and live entertainment.
The Annual Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo is a must see event at the Nicola Valley Rodeo Arena on Lindley Creek Road held on the September long weekend. Events include team roping, bronc and bull riding as well as steer wrestling.UPCOMING EVENTS IN LOWER NICOLA
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