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Welcome to Upper Nicola

With a historic ranch and town site, archeological finds and one of the best lakes in the region for fishing and water sports, Nicola has something for everyone.


Indigenous people have inhabited the Nicola Valley for thousands of years. The name Nicola derives from Nicholas, the designation given to powerful First Nations Chief Hwistesmetxquen, whose name the fur traders could not pronounce. Nicola was one of the most important settlements in the area, with a population of close to 1,000 in the 1860’s. With the discovery of coal and the routing of the railway south of Nicola, the community began to move. In 1919 Charles Sydney “Major” Goldman from South Africa started the Nicola Stock Farm, and purchased the Nicola town site. It has changed ownership over the years and has become one of the largest ranches in B.C.

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Explore Gold Country with the Gold Country GeoTourism Program to enjoy beautiful viewpoints, historical sites and geological wonders. In the Nicola area, try to find the Monck Provincial Park cache.

Nicola Lake

This lake is reportedly home to 26 different species of fish, making fishing a popular pastime. If you prefer to keep your feet on land, enjoy the lake by hiking or biking along the shoreline. A bird watcher’s paradise, the vegetation along the lake is vital to the abundance of migratory and resident bird species. Watch for a range of fowl from warblers and waxwings to ducks, geese, ospreys and eagles.

A popular spot for camping or day-use, Monk Provincial Park is an ideal place for enjoying the natural environment, whether hiking, swimming, fishing, water skiing, windsurfing or simply relaxing. Three fascinating archaeological discoveries have been made in the park; evidence of the region’s rich First Nations heritage.


Every June, the Conayt Friendship Society hosts an Aboriginal Day Celebration at Monck Provincial Park. UPCOMING EVENTS IN UPPER NICOLA

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