Merritt, Kamloops,
Shuswap & Vernon

These Interior communities share a common love for outdoor adventure and craft beer.

There is a different attraction here for every visitor, whether it’s an outdoor adventure, a farmyard experience, or an urban exploration.

From Merritt up to Kamloops, across to Salmon Arm, and then down to Vernon, the seven craft breweries on this ale trail reflect the geographic diversity of the region with their own individual approaches. No matter what your favourite activity is, you’ll be able to pair it with delicious craft beer.

“All roads lead to Merritt.” Indeed, this small city in the heart of the beautiful Nicola Valley is easily accessible off the Coquihalla Highway. Its resident brewery, the Empty Keg Brew House, provides the incentive to exit the highway, and a wide variety of outdoor activities will encourage you to stay a while.

The rolling hills and fragrant sagebrush of Kamloops invite a sense of improvised adventure for families, and urban and outdoor adventurers. After you’ve explored the outdoors, indulge in a craft beer at Red Collar Brewing, Bright Eye Brewing or Iron Road Brewing, or dive into a scratch kitchen meal paired with a brew at Bright Eye Brewing, the Noble Pig Brewhouse or its sister restaurant, Forno on 5th.

Nearby at Crannog Ales, you can visit a certified organic, farm-based brewery where hops grown on-site are used to make each batch of beer, and where the spent grains left over from the brewing process are used to feed the farm animals.

Follow the Trans-Canada Highway east along the shores of sparkling Shuswap Lake to your next stop in Salmon Arm: the Barley Station, a popular roadside brewpub with delicious food and beer that makes it one of the best highway rest stops you’ll ever come across.

Last but not least, Vernon is a small city that packs a big punch when it comes to things to see and do: its small-town vibe is melded with world-class amenities, giving it a distinct charm that is well reflected in its popular and attractive downtown brewpub, Marten Brewing.

Thinking about visiting this region in the winter? Check out the Merritt, Kamloops, Shuswap and Vernon Winter Ale Trail.

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Day 1

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Kekuli Café
2051 Voght St, Merritt, BC

Head into downtown Merritt for an Indigenous fresh food experience. This quaint gathering place specializes in bannock and all things Saskatoon berry.

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Merritt Visitor Centre at the Baillie House
2250 Voght St, Merritt, BC

Enjoy a complimentary tea, coffee, or juice as the helpful staff at the Merritt Visitor Information Booth help you plan your visit. Located in the historic Baillie House.

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Nicola Valley Museum & Archives
1675 TUTILL COURT, MERRITT, BC

Full of history and interesting facts about Merritt, relive the history of the Nicola Valley at the museum.

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Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
2025 QUILCHENA AVENUE, MERRITT, BC

Celebrate Canadian country music artists, songwriters, influencers, builders and broadcasters at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Bramble's Bakery & Cafe
2151 Quilchena Ave, Merritt, BC

Stop by Brambles for lunch and sink into one of their delicious sandwiches, soups, or daily specials.

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Inspire Trails Horseback Riding
9611 BC-97C, Merritt, BC

Enjoy breathtaking scenery on a guided horseback ride through the beautiful trails of the Lower Nicola Valley.

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Left Field Cider Companhy

Take a tour of this family own cidery specializing in small batch traditional English-style apple ciders.

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2190 Voght Street, Merritt, BC

Empty Keg prides itself on fresh beer, friends, family, and community. This brewery has snack options, and also allows you to order in from neighbouring restaurants - a great dinner choice!

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Stay in the Nicola Valley

The Nicola Valley has plenty of accommodation options - find the perfect fit for your ale-venture at tourismmerritt.ca.

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The Nicola Valley is packed with camping and outdoor recreation activities – find inspiration on their Instagram page.

Day 2

Travel

Drive to Kamloops

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The Art We Are Cafe
246 Victoria St, Kamloops, BC

Grab breakfast from The Art We Are Café. They are home to a variety of gluten free and vegan options.

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Kamloops Bike Ranch
1105 Highland Rd., Kamloops, BC

Grab a bike and ride one of BC's largest municipal bike parks. If you don’t have your own bike, rent from one of our local bike shops.

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980 Camosun Cres, Kamloops BC, Kamloops, BC

All Aboard for creative craft beer and delicious food.

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Explore Downtown Kamloops

Stroll or shop around and discover back alley art murals, or take a walking tour of historic buildings or public art.

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650 Victoria St, Kamloops, BC

The marriage between beautiful food and unique beer.

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The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge
369 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC

The Commodore has one of the most varied and creative menus in Kamloops—but, they're not only focused on the food. They host a wide variety of musical acts and events - from late night DJ sets to acoustic and jazz ensembles.

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2250-450 Lansdowne St, Kamloops, BC

We have the largest craft beer section in Kamloops and pride ourselves in keeping it up to date with latest one-time buys and seasonal beer. Our great staff are more than willing to assist you with your choices.

accomodation
Find a place to stay in Kamloops!

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Be sure to browse Kamloops’ event calendar when you’re in town for live music, markets, walking tours and more!

Day 3

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Red Beard Cafe
449 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops, BC

18 taps of rotating craft beer and cider alongside breakfast, lunch, appies, dinner and late night options!

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Tobiano Golf Course
38 Holloway Drive, Kamloops, BC

Tee up and swing your clubs on this remarkable golf course, rated #1 Public Course in BC by Canadian Golf Magazine.

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292 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops, BC

This bright, welcoming tasting room will lure you in; the beers and food will keep you coming back.

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355 Lansdowne St, Kamloops, BC

Kamloops’ downtown brewery is a gathering place for beer lovers.

Travel

Drive to Chase

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Treetop Flyers
305 Brooke Dr., Chase, BC

Get the adrenaline going for the day, stop in at Treetop Flyers in Chase for your swoop through the sky. We recommend you try the “Screaming Eagle Swing.”

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706 Elson Rd, Sorrento, BC

Canada’s first certified organic on-farm brewery.

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Salmon Arm Wharf

Take a stroll on the longest curved inland wharf in North America in Salmon Arm.

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20 Shuswap St S, Salmon Arm, BC

This popular brewpub is much more than just another roadside attraction.

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Find a place to stay in Shuswap

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On your way to Salmon Arm Wharf, stop for a tasty lunch at Sprokkets Cafe and a tour of the Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum next door in Sorrento.

Day 4

Travel Info

Grab a coffee before heading to Vernon—and take a scenic stopover in Sicamous.

Drive to Sicamous (1 hour)

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Spend the morning on Shuswap Lake
01 Finlayson St., Sicamous, BC

A dozen ways to get on the water—choose from canoes, kayaks, sea-doos, fishing boats, stand up paddle boards, or even a double decker pontoon boat! Shuswap Lake is not to be missed.

Travel

Drive to Vernon

restaurant
EATology
3100 30 St, Vernon, BC

Fuel up at EATology. Their fresh, homemade hearty breakfasts are cherished by locals.

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Hiking or biking to Vernon view points

Grab your bike rental from Sun Country Cycle, or just your hiking shoes, and hit the trails. We recommend Kalamalka Lake Provincial Parks.

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Ratio Coffee
3101 29 St., Vernon, BC

Grab an iced coffee or nitro-brew at Ratio Coffee and Pastry before your next stop.

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Kal Beach at Kalamalka Lake

Beach yourself, or get in and swim in the colourful water. At different times of the year the colour of the lake will range from teal and cyan to indigo. Look for the Kalavida Surf Shop for SUP rentals and more.

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Alexanders Beach Pub
12408 Kalamalka Rd, Coldstream, BC

Enjoy lunch on the lake side patio at Alexander Pub’s.

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2933 30th Ave, Vernon, BC

Craft beer and barbecue are on the menu at this beautifully converted venue in downtown Vernon.

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The Vernon Lodge
3914 - 32nd Street, Vernon, BC

The hotel incorporates the nearby creek in its design, offering a constant flow of natural water streaming in from outside. The creek and garden atrium are a favourite of locals and out-of-towners.

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Be sure to browse Vernon’s event calendar when you’re in town for live music, markets, walking tours and more!

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Kekuli Café
2051 Voght St, Merritt, BC
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Merritt Visitor Centre at the Baillie House
2250 Voght St, Merritt, BC
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Nicola Valley Museum & Archives
1675 TUTILL COURT, MERRITT, BC
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Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
2025 QUILCHENA AVENUE, MERRITT, BC
cafe
Bramble's Bakery & Cafe
2151 Quilchena Ave, Merritt, BC
activity
Inspire Trails Horseback Riding
9611 BC-97C, Merritt, BC
pub
Left Field Cider Companhy
brewery
restaurant
The Art We Are Cafe
246 Victoria St, Kamloops, BC
activity
Kamloops Bike Ranch
1105 Highland Rd., Kamloops, BC
brewery
980 Camosun Cres, Kamloops BC, Kamloops, BC
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Explore Downtown Kamloops
brewery
pub
The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge
369 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC
liquor-store
2250-450 Lansdowne St, Kamloops, BC
accomodation
Find a place to stay in Kamloops!
restaurant
Red Beard Cafe
449 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops, BC
activity
Tobiano Golf Course
38 Holloway Drive, Kamloops, BC
brewery
brewery
355 Lansdowne St, Kamloops, BC
activity
Treetop Flyers
305 Brooke Dr., Chase, BC
brewery
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Salmon Arm Wharf
brewery
accomodation
Find a place to stay in Shuswap
activity
Spend the morning on Shuswap Lake
01 Finlayson St., Sicamous, BC
restaurant
EATology
3100 30 St, Vernon, BC
activity
Hiking or biking to Vernon view points
cafe
Ratio Coffee
3101 29 St., Vernon, BC
activity
Kal Beach at Kalamalka Lake
pub
Alexanders Beach Pub
12408 Kalamalka Rd, Coldstream, BC
accomodation
The Vernon Lodge
3914 - 32nd Street, Vernon, BC
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Shuswap Tourism

The Shuswap boasts a small town feel and big country activities; and this may be the finest place to get back to getting down-to-earth.

The Shuswap is a region comprised of communities centered around Shuswap Lake, just north of the Thompson-Okanagan region, near the centre of BC’s interior.

Our region is the home of the world-renowned Shuswap Lake and is one of Canada’s premier warm water destinations. Our mild weather, varied geography (alpine meadows, warm lakes, desert-like rolling, arid hills, enchanting forests) and four-seasons ensure that there are a variety of new adventures and experiences to be found.

Tourism Kamloops

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Be amazed by twisty single-track bike trails and winding walkways. Tee off on award-winning golf courses. Cast a line on trophy stillwater. Poke around local shops and boutiques. Engage with the vibrant arts and culture scene. Sample an assortment of food that promises to satisfy and satiate even the most discerning of palates. Indulge in a burgeoning bevy of wineries, craft breweries, restaurants and cafés that are overflowing with culinary enthusiasm and intensity.

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A four-season playground where adventure awaits around every corner. In the Spring, hike, bike and adventure through fields and valleys bursting with blooms. Summer is all about our warm-water lakes – swimming, boating, SUP and more have visitors returning again and again. In Fall, experience a harvest season second to none, with all the beauty and bounty you can expect of the season. And in Winter, take home tales of champagne powder snow and horse-drawn sleighs.

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