If you are looking for a less formal and structured snowshoe experience then Hamilton Hill is a great spot. Whereas Kane Valley has well marked trails, Hamilton Hill is wide open and it is up to you to determine which way you want to go.
You reach Hamilton Hill from Merritt by heading out on Highway 97C (the Connector) towards the Okanagan. The intersection is about 2KM from the 286 exit from the Coquihalla and will be on your right. However, be advised, there is no advanced warning for this intersection so you will have to keep a sharp eye open.
I have spoken about Kane Valley before and I want to visit it again. The snowshoe trails are accessed at the parking lots provided for the ski trails. Nevertheless, the snowshoe trails are near the ski trails, so it is important to stay off them and follow the signage for snowshoeing.
I am not the only blogger in Experience Nicola Valley that sings the praises of the fun at Kane Valley. Visit our prolific blogger, Tania Stewart, to enjoy her thoughts.
To reach Kane Valley you head up Highway 97C (the Connector) for about ten minutes and watch for the signs.
Helmer Provides Snowshoeing Near Merritt BC Canada
Heading north from Merritt on Highway 5 for about 15 minutes brings you to the Helmer Lake area where you can select a number of options. However the one I like begins at the forestry sight at the lake which is reached by going under the highway and going straight for about 1 KM. You park at the forestry recreation site, slap on your shoes and head out across the lake. When you get to the end of the lake there is a narrow green belt of trees that you need to walk through to get to the wide open spaces.
Alternatively, you can take a right turn after you have gone under the overpass and drive to the powerline to get to the open spaces.
However, if you want a more forested experience don't cross under the highway but continue on the forest road for about 1 KM where you will come to a landing that is suitable for parking provided it is not being used by forestry as a staging area for their logs. Therefore, in this area there are a number of logging roads that you can go on.
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To enjoy these spots for snowshoeing near Merritt you should consider spending the weekend here. After all, we are only 3 hours from Vancouver, 1.5 hours from Kelowna and under an hour from Kamloops. As well as, we have 2 relatively new hotels, the Comfort Inn and Best Western Plus. For other accommodation you can find affordable hotels on Voght Street such as the Ramada and the Quality Inn. Subsequently, on Nicola Avenue, a short distance from the 286 interchange are some of the original motels for Merritt. Although these units are older most are well maintained.
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