B.C. Premier Christy Clark @ Okanagan Pride 2016
Our trip to the town of Merritt (population 7189) was great fun, as well as surprising... One thing that was amazing is that the town has the CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME... and it is also considred the country music capital of Canada. In honor of that, the streets are lined with huge murals of country's biggest stars: Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, and the list goes on...as well as hand prints and autographs on large plaques... with at least 2 on every block. There is also a fabulous old hotel called the COLD WATER. It looks like it is right out of the wild, wild west. They have a great little restaurant in there (which we had a nice lunch), but we didn't go into the pub... too early! lol There were lots of fun & funky shops selling everything from aboriginal art to live bate & firearms... but not all were open because it was a Monday... We noticed there was also a marijuana dispensary, but it was closed down before it ever opened. WTF? Hopefully Prime Minister Trudeau with legalize cannabis soon. The town is surrounded by mountains, which makes it very picturesque. I have to say... we were impressed!