The SpaceMy unit is a 1200 square foot, double-wide, manufactured home with a sun porch and a 12 foot deck the width of the entire front, overlooking the Nicola River. There is a large window looking onto the deck with a view of the bird feeders and a sliding glass door that gives access to the deck for bird feeding, lounging, enjoying the sounds of the river going by, and smoking. I love my visitors to feed the birds while I am away. There is a new Community Garden next to me, a part of our Mobile Home Park. Guest AccessI would like to rent most of my home while I am traveling, so the guest room, guest bathroom, living room, kitchen, dining room, office area and deck will be available. I also have two Thermarests and linens for anyone who may wish to bunk down on the living room floor. Interaction with GuestsAs I will be out-of-town, guests will be on their own, but I have a cleaner available on Fridays, if needed, and a friend in the park who is keeping their eye on things while I'm away, if guests need assistance. The NeighborhoodMy home is the last unit in a Mobile Home Park with friendly neighbours. I have only one neighbour closeby, a single fellow who is very kind and helpful.
There are various walking trails right from my back door: one up a big hill to a scenic viewpoint of the City, one that joins up with a walking trail along the Coldwater River, and one that goes past the tennis courts, through the golf course, along the Nicola River, to Rotary Park and its trails.
Merritt's Courthouse Art Gallery is just down the street and there is a Dance Studio upstairs. Brambles Bakery and Cafe is about a 15 minute walk away - the best in town for coffee, tea, bread, baking, soup & salads. The Grand Pub & Grill is only a 10 minute walk and offers good pub food in a friendly atmosphere and has specials most nights of the week. Kekuli Cafe "Don't Panic - We Have Bannock" is only a 10 minutes walk away. Merritt Desert Inn is also close and often has live music. The Historic Baillie House is also close and a treat for picnics on the lawn, free coffee and tea and, if you're lucky, goodies, an ongoing treasure-trove garage sale in the basement and in the Visitor Centre, where you can also buy ice cream and Nicola Valley Honey, and beautiful gardens, all maintained by volunteers. Getting AroundThere is public transportation right out on the main road, about a 3 minute walk from my home. Downtown is only a 10 minute walk and has every store you need. The upper Bench area of town where you can find the chain stores like Canadian Tire, Walmart, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, etc. is about a 15 or 20 minute walk, depending you your route, or you can take the bus. Biking is easy as it's so flat in the downtown area, with one big hill to get to the upper Bench. Other Things to NoteThe Nicola Valley is known for sunshine and "a lake a day as long as you stay". There is hiking, biking, boating, swimming, sailing and camping in and around the lakes and rivers within 15 minutes in any direction.
Our City has a lot of great parks and recreation facilities - leisure pool, arena, curling rink, bowling alley, Central and Rotary Parks with their adventure playground and water park, picnic tables, walking trails, skate and bike park, music amphitheatre, ball diamonds, lacrosse box & skating rink, and a fabulous library.
There is a Vipassana Meditation Centre only 30 km out of town.