To honour Merritt’s reputation as the Country Music Capital of Canada, over 100 bronze stars are dotted around the city emblazoned with the handprints of the biggest names in music history, from Johnny Cash to The Dixie Chicks. The Walk of Stars is accompanied by artists’ murals that illuminate the sides of many buildings. You can pick up walking tour guides at the Visitor Information Centres.
The history of the Historic Baillie Property is one of unrequited love. Built for a couple about to be married, the bride-to-be found a new sweetheart on her voyage to Canada! The restored and beautifully maintained Victorian property is much loved by locals and visitors alike. Ask at the Visitor Information Booth on site to take a look around the old buildings, fitted with period furniture. The friendly staff will be sure to make you feel at home in Merritt, and will be more than happy to assist you as you continue your travels in Gold Country.
A Merritt landmark, the copper dome of the Coldwater Hotel harks back to an era of booming coalmines and ranches. Spend a night or stop in for a drink at this historic site.
With twenty-eight fascinating historic buildings that chronicle Merritt’s past, this tour is well worth taking. The Baillie Property, the Coldwater Hotel, pioneer houses, churches, a theatre and a general store harking back to the Chinese community in the valley are just a few of the sites on offer. Walking tour guides are available at the Visitor Information Centres.
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