It's no secret that Bass Coast founders Liz and Andrea love mountain biking. When they need a break from festival production, you might find them shredding trails around Merritt. Music, art, nature and community are pillars of Bass Coast. That's why, earlier this year, Bass Coast donated $10,000 to support upgrades to Ridge Trail on Merritt's Iron Mountain.
Camping in Nicola Valley
Camping in the Nicola Valley is a great way to extend your stay and explore the trails. Lake Harmon campground is a 20-minute drive south of Merrit. Operated by the province, Lake Harmon is nestled in the picturesque Kane Valley and is ideal for boating, fishing and hiking enthusiasts. At $15/night it is an inexpensive way to continue your vacation.
Marquart Lake is another provincial campground located southeast of Merritt. With only 13 sites, this intimate campground is a great place to get centred or decompress. Mountain biking trails are easily accessible from the campsite.
Another camping option is Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp. Located on a beautiful 50-acre property overlooking a lake, this campground also features cabins and hot showers. Find out more on their website.
Visit the Tourism Merritt website for a complete list of accommodations. Also check out the Merritt community guide on our website.
The Mountain Bike Trails
There are four distinct riding areas near the City of Merritt, catering to all riding styles and skill levels.
- Iron Mountain
- Skwakum Trail
- Coutlee Plateau
- Sugarloaf Trail
Get a detailed overview of these areas by visiting Mountain Biking BC
Bike Rentals and Repairs
No bike? No problem. Breathe Bikes is Merritt's full-service bike shop offering rentals, repairs and more.
There's also a Canadian Tire for your camping gear and other accessories you may need on your extended trip.
Don't miss out. We look forward to seeing you on the trail.