Merritt, British Columbia

What is Merritt, British Columbia known for?


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points. That total stands as the fourth most ever points accumulated by one team in a season in BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League) history. The Cents racked up

scorers in Stroud (Ken Stroud), Ferner (Kelly Ferner), Beers (Ed Beers), and Rabbitt (Pat Rabbitt). Stroud (Ken Stroud)'s 86 assists that season still stands as a team record. 1985-86 signified a big change for fans in Merritt as team owners tried to appeal more to the First Nations population in the Nicola Valley and also identify more with the Merritt Minor Hockey Voluntary association Association


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to avoid the league basement. Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) went 26-38-2, ending up well ahead of the last place Nanaimo Clippers. Zelinski (Darrel Zelinski) continued his torrid scoring pace, finishing fifth in league scoring with 50 goals, 61 assists, and 111 points in 66 games. In the playoffs, Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) once again locked horns with the Kelowna (Kelowna Buckaroos) squad in the first round and again the Buckaroos (Kelowna Buckaroos) proved to be too

much, beating the Centennials in seven games. The following season, things got a bit better for the Cents in the standings. Although they finished last in the Interior Division yet again, they managed to avoid the league basement. Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) went 26-38-2, ending up well ahead of the last place Nanaimo Clippers. Zelinski (Darrel Zelinski) continued his torrid scoring pace, finishing fifth in league scoring with 50


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. As a result, the team colours became white, black, and yellow and the team name was changed from the Centennials to the Warriors. The team improved on their record from the previous season, going 27-23-2. The playoff result wasn't much different for the Warriors as the Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) squad locked horns with Penticton once again in the Interior Division semifinal, only to be swept by the Penticton Vees Knights


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: beatroute.ca 2013 07 03 bass-coast-2013 Sports Merritt is home to the longest continuously run franchise in the British Columbia Hockey League, the Merritt Centennials. The Cents (Merritt Centennials) moved to the Nicola Valley from White Rock (White Rock, British Columbia) midway through the 1973-74 season. The Centennials (Merritt Centennials) play all home games at the city-run Nicola Valley Memorial Arena and their season runs from early September

in Kamloops in 1961 and moved to White Rock (White Rock, British Columbia) in 1973 when the WCHL (Western Hockey League)'s Vancouver Nats moved to Kamloops and became the Chiefs (Kamloops Chiefs). The Centennials settled in Merritt midway through the 1973-74 season. They play their home games at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. The following season, things got a bit better for the Cents in the standings. Although they finished last in the Interior Division yet again, they managed


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Rally Championship series every October, also the annual winter Thunderbird Rally often begins and ends in Merritt. The Bass Coast Festival held annually on the BC Day weekend and supports electronic music and creative arts draws attendees from all over North America. The annual Labour day Rodeo and Fall Fair are long standing traditions in this ranching valley, drawing participants from all over Canada and the US. Merritt on film Merritt provided the backdrop for the Academy Award

in 2013 (Friday, August 2 to Monday, August 5, 2013), http: www.basscoast.ca schedule Bass Coast Music Festival will be making Merritt, BC its new home (after taking place in Squamish, BC its first four years). http: www.basscoast.ca july-newsletter why-did-bass-coast-festival-move-to-merritt Bass Coast features a wide variety of music "from daytime soul and reggae jams, to live experimental electronic music, house and techno". http

: beatroute.ca 2013 07 03 bass-coast-2013 Sports Merritt is home to the longest continuously run franchise in the British Columbia Hockey League, the Merritt Centennials. The Cents (Merritt Centennials) moved to the Nicola Valley from White Rock (White Rock, British Columbia) midway through the 1973-74 season. The Centennials (Merritt Centennials) play all home games at the city-run Nicola Valley Memorial Arena and their season runs from early September


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: www.tnrdfilm.com home film commission . In 2008, The Judds once again reunited for a concert at the 2008 Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California,music news article_1373760.php The_Judds_reunite_for_2008_Stagecoach_Festival The Judds reunite for 2008 Stagecoach Festival as well as two shows in Canada, including one at the world famous Calgary Stampede and another at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival in Merritt, British Columbia


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in four games. 2006-07 BCHL Annual Guide & Record Book (p.60) thumb 350px right The Centennials "Maple Leaf" logo used from 1996 to 2007 (Image:Cents Maple Leaf Logo.png) Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) saw its point total drop during the 1996-97 season as the Centennials finished with a 22-34-4 record, good enough for fifth in the Interior Division. The Cents had no players finish in the top ten in BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League) scoring, but still qualified for the playoffs and met Prince George (Prince George Spruce Kings), which finished ten points ahead of them in the regular season. Merritt eliminated the Spruce Kings (Prince George Spruce Kings) in their first round best of three mini series 2-1 and advanced to the league quarterfinals. The Centennials met Vernon (Vernon Vipers) in round two and were promptly swept by the Vipers (Vernon Vipers) in four games. In June 1997, Mike Brown (Mike Brown (ice hockey b. 1979)) became the first former Centennial to be drafted in the first round of the NHL entry draft when Florida (Florida Panthers) chose him 20th overall from the WHL (Western Hockey League)'s Red Deer Rebels. At the league's post-season awards, Cents goaltender Jason Tapp was chosen as the Interior Division's most valuable player. The Centennials improved marginally for the 1997-98 season, finishing with a record of 24-32-4, a four point improvement over the previous season. The Cents got a boost offensively when forward Shane Glover was acquired during the season from the Nanaimo Clippers. Glover (Shane Glover) would finish fifth in BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League) scoring with 94 points in 57 games. For the second season in a row, Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) faced off against Prince George (Prince George Spruce Kings) in a first round best of three mini series, but this season the result was different as the Spruce Kings (Prince George Spruce Kings) knocked off the Centennials 2-1. 2006-07 BCHL Annual Guide & Record Book (p.65) After the season, Glover (Shane Glover) was recognized as the Interior Division's most valuable player and most sportsmanlike player. It was first time in franchise history that a Centennials player had claimed the Interior MVP award in two straight seasons. In the 1998-99 season, the Cents ended up with exactly the same amount of points as the season prior, and in the same position as the season prior, fourth in the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League)'s Interior Division. The 1999 playoffs brought another post-season first round meeting with the Vernon Vipers for Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) and a similar result as in past years. The Vipers (Vernon Vipers) took the Centennials out in five games en route to a Royal Bank Cup Championship. 2006-07 BCHL Annual Guide & Record Book (p.65-66) Merritt rounded out the 1990s with its best season in eleven years. The Centennials placed fourth in the Interior Division for the third straight year, and their 33-22-5 record for 71 points left them just four points behind second place Vernon (Vernon Vipers). The Cents success was due in large part to the goaltending of Jamie Holden, who finished fifth in the league with a 3.45 goals against average. In the playoffs, Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) upset first place Penticton (Penticton Vees) in six games in the first round and met up with the Vipers (Vernon Vipers) in the Interior Conference finals. Despite a very good effort, the Centennials ultimately fell to Vernon (Vernon Vipers) in game seven. 2006-07 BCHL Annual Guide & Record Book (p.66) The Cents were also represented at the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League)'s post-season awards, with forward Neil Stevenson-Moore sharing the Interior Conference's most sportsmanlike award with Prince George (Prince George Spruce Kings)'s Mike Lalonde. 1931-32 ---The Trail Smoke Eaters (Trail Smoke Eaters (senior)) won their first of 22 Mowat Cups over a run of 29 seasons. They defeated Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) in Trail.


service film

Man '' were also filmed partly in the area. In 2013 ''Shana: The Wolf's Music'' directed by Nino Jacusso was released, it is a drama about a First Nation's girl coming of age. First Nations location and actors. The Nicola Valley is also host to the shooting of numerous commercials. Merritt is a member of the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission, which is a full-time, full service film commission representing the Thompson Nicola Regional District. Music The Merritt Mountain Music


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Today, ranching, farming, forestry, transportation and tourism are the primary industries (industry). Merritt is the nearest large community to the Douglas Lake Cattle Company, Canada's largest working cattle ranch. Merritt was once host to an annual Merritt Mountain Music Festival that is estimated to have drawn as many as 148,000 people at its peak in the summer of 2005. The Mountain Music Festival, combined with the development of the Merritt Walk of Stars - a display of bronzed handprints of Mountainfest artists placed around the community - the Mural Project, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Music in the Square and in the Park along with other tourism development activities have been used to solidify the city's branding as the Country Music Capital of Canada. Merritt's prime location has provided the opportunity to host many events, the West Coast Rally Association's Pacific Forest Rally, an off-road rally conducted as part of the Canadian Rally Championship series every October, also the annual winter Thunderbird Rally often begins and ends in Merritt. The Bass Coast Festival held annually on the BC Day weekend and supports electronic music and creative arts draws attendees from all over North America. The annual Labour day Rodeo and Fall Fair are long standing traditions in this ranching valley, drawing participants from all over Canada and the US. Merritt on film Merritt provided the backdrop for the Academy Award-nominated movie ''The Sweet Hereafter (The Sweet Hereafter (film))''. The Cents racked up an astonishing 489 goals that season, led by six different players with 90 points or more. Stroud (Ken Stroud), Ferner (Kelly Ferner), Beers (Ed Beers), and Sirkia (Gary Sirkia) would all wind up in the BCJHL (British Columbia Hockey League)'s top 15 in scoring, each with more than 111 points while Pat Rabbitt and Blake Stephen chipped in with 93 points each. Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) also had four 50-plus goal scorers in Stroud (Ken Stroud), Ferner (Kelly Ferner), Beers (Ed Beers), and Rabbitt (Pat Rabbitt). Stroud (Ken Stroud)'s 86 assists that season still stands as a team record. 1985-86 signified a big change for fans in Merritt as team owners tried to appeal more to the First Nations population in the Nicola Valley and also identify more with the Merritt Minor Hockey Association (Voluntary association). As a result, the team colours became white, black, and yellow and the team name was changed from the Centennials to the Warriors. The team improved on their record from the previous season, going 27-23-2. The playoff result wasn't much different for the Warriors as the Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) squad locked horns with Penticton once again in the Interior Division semifinal, only to be swept by the Knights (Penticton Vees) in four games. 2006-07 BCHL Annual Guide & Record Book (p.60) thumb 350px right The Centennials "Maple Leaf" logo used from 1996 to 2007 (Image:Cents Maple Leaf Logo.png) Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) saw its point total drop during the 1996-97 season as the Centennials finished with a 22-34-4 record, good enough for fifth in the Interior Division. The Cents had no players finish in the top ten in BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League) scoring, but still qualified for the playoffs and met Prince George (Prince George Spruce Kings), which finished ten points ahead of them in the regular season. Merritt eliminated the Spruce Kings (Prince George Spruce Kings) in their first round best of three mini series 2-1 and advanced to the league quarterfinals. The Centennials met Vernon (Vernon Vipers) in round two and were promptly swept by the Vipers (Vernon Vipers) in four games. In June 1997, Mike Brown (Mike Brown (ice hockey b. 1979)) became the first former Centennial to be drafted in the first round of the NHL entry draft when Florida (Florida Panthers) chose him 20th overall from the WHL (Western Hockey League)'s Red Deer Rebels. At the league's post-season awards, Cents goaltender Jason Tapp was chosen as the Interior Division's most valuable player. The Centennials improved marginally for the 1997-98 season, finishing with a record of 24-32-4, a four point improvement over the previous season. The Cents got a boost offensively when forward Shane Glover was acquired during the season from the Nanaimo Clippers. Glover (Shane Glover) would finish fifth in BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League) scoring with 94 points in 57 games. For the second season in a row, Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) faced off against Prince George (Prince George Spruce Kings) in a first round best of three mini series, but this season the result was different as the Spruce Kings (Prince George Spruce Kings) knocked off the Centennials 2-1. 2006-07 BCHL Annual Guide & Record Book (p.65) After the season, Glover (Shane Glover) was recognized as the Interior Division's most valuable player and most sportsmanlike player. It was first time in franchise history that a Centennials player had claimed the Interior MVP award in two straight seasons. In the 1998-99 season, the Cents ended up with exactly the same amount of points as the season prior, and in the same position as the season prior, fourth in the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League)'s Interior Division. The 1999 playoffs brought another post-season first round meeting with the Vernon Vipers for Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) and a similar result as in past years. The Vipers (Vernon Vipers) took the Centennials out in five games en route to a Royal Bank Cup Championship. 2006-07 BCHL Annual Guide & Record Book (p.65-66) Merritt rounded out the 1990s with its best season in eleven years. The Centennials placed fourth in the Interior Division for the third straight year, and their 33-22-5 record for 71 points left them just four points behind second place Vernon (Vernon Vipers). The Cents success was due in large part to the goaltending of Jamie Holden, who finished fifth in the league with a 3.45 goals against average. In the playoffs, Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) upset first place Penticton (Penticton Vees) in six games in the first round and met up with the Vipers (Vernon Vipers) in the Interior Conference finals. Despite a very good effort, the Centennials ultimately fell to Vernon (Vernon Vipers) in game seven. 2006-07 BCHL Annual Guide & Record Book (p.66) The Cents were also represented at the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League)'s post-season awards, with forward Neil Stevenson-Moore sharing the Interior Conference's most sportsmanlike award with Prince George (Prince George Spruce Kings)'s Mike Lalonde. 1931-32 ---The Trail Smoke Eaters (Trail Smoke Eaters (senior)) won their first of 22 Mowat Cups over a run of 29 seasons. They defeated Merritt (Merritt, British Columbia) in Trail.

Merritt, British Columbia

leader_title3 MP (Members of the Canadian House of Commons) leader_name3 Dan Albas leader_title4 MLA (Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) (Prov.) leader_name4 Jackie Tegart established_title Settled established_date 1893 (townsite) established_title2 Incorporated established_date2 1 April 1911 (city) established_title3   established_date3 1967 (district) area_magnitude unit_pref area_footnotes area_total_km2 24.9 area_land_km2 area_water_km2 area_total_sq_mi area_land_sq_mi area_water_sq_mi area_water_percent area_urban_km2 area_urban_sq_mi area_metro_km2 area_metro_sq_mi population_as_of 2011 population_footnotes population_note population_total 8000 population_density_km2 auto population_density_sq_mi population_metro population_density_metro_km2 population_density_metro_sq_mi population_urban 7189 Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and population centres, 2011 and 2006 censuses: British Columbia. Statistics Canada. Retrieved April 19, 2013. population_density_urban_km2 population_density_urban_sq_mi population_blank1_title Demonym population_blank1 Merrittonian population_density_blank1_km2 population_density_blank1_sq_mi timezone PST (Pacific Standard Time Zone) utc_offset −8 timezone_DST PDT utc_offset_DST −7 latd 50 latm 06 lats 46 latNS N longd 120 longm 47 longs 23 longEW W elevation_footnotes tags-- elevation_m 605 elevation_ft postal_code_type Postal code postal_code V1K area_code 250 (Area code 250) blank_name NTS (National Topographic System) Map blank_info 092I02 blank1_name GNBC (Geographical Names Board of Canada) Code blank1_info JCBSO website City of Merritt footnotes

'''Merritt''' is a city in the Nicola Valley of the south-central Interior of British Columbia (British Columbia Interior), Canada. Situated at the confluence of the Nicola (Nicola River) and Coldwater (Coldwater River (British Columbia)) rivers, it is the first major community encountered after travelling along Phase One of the Coquihalla Highway (British Columbia Highway 5) and acts as the gateway to all other major highways to the B.C. Interior. The city developed in 1893 when part of the ranches owned by William Voght, Jesus Garcia, and John Charters was surveyed for a town site.

Once known as Forksdale, the community adopted its current name in 1906 in honour of mining engineer and railway promoter William Hamilton Merritt III. Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973, p. 114 The city limits consists of the community, a number of civic parks, historical sites, an aquatic centre, a local arena, a public library (which is a branch of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System) and a civic centre. Merritt has dozens of bronzed hand prints of country music stars that have been in the city for the annual Merritt Mountain Music Festival displayed throughout town. Merritt is also home to a local radio station, a weekly newspaper and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology campus. Nearby, there are four provincial park (List of British Columbia Provincial Parks)s, numerous lakes, and several recreational trails. Merritt is nicknamed as "Country Music Capital of Canada" for its wealth of country music attractions, activities, and events.

Highway 5 (British Columbia Highway 5), and Highway 97C (British Columbia Highway 97C) all intersect at Merritt with Highway 97C (British Columbia Highway 97C) East connecting the city to Kelowna and Penticton, Highway 97C (British Columbia Highway 97C) Northwest to Logan Lake (Logan Lake, British Columbia), Highway 8 (British Columbia Highway 8) to Spences Bridge (Spences Bridge, British Columbia) and Lillooet (Lillooet, British Columbia), Highway 5A (British Columbia Highway 5A) South to Princeton (Princeton, British Columbia), Highway 5A (British Columbia Highway 5A) North to Kamloops, Highway 5 (British Columbia Highway 5) South to Hope (Hope, British Columbia), and Highway 5 (British Columbia Highway 5) North to Kamloops. Merritt's economy is dominated by the primary industries of forestry, tourism, and service.

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