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Merritt visitor center

Merritt visitor center

Postby catgaypar » Oct 25th, 2017, 1:56 pm

So with the closure of the Merritt Visitor's Center, what happens to the buildings etc there?
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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby alanjh595 » Oct 25th, 2017, 1:58 pm

Public washrooms and garbage drop off only?

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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby TylerM4 » Oct 25th, 2017, 2:33 pm

I've questioned that facility since it 1st opened.

Did anyone ever stop there for the "visitor center" component? All I ever saw from day 1 was people using it for the washrooms, convenience store, and a place to park/stretch.

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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby lightspeed » Oct 25th, 2017, 3:45 pm

TylerM4 wrote:I've questioned that facility since it 1st opened.

Did anyone ever stop there for the "visitor center" component? All I ever saw from day 1 was people using it for the washrooms, convenience store, and a place to park/stretch.


Not much to visit in Merritt.

More business for Timmys, Starbucks and the Home Diner. No biggie.
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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby alanjh595 » Oct 25th, 2017, 3:51 pm

lightspeed wrote:
TylerM4 wrote:I've questioned that facility since it 1st opened.

Did anyone ever stop there for the "visitor center" component? All I ever saw from day 1 was people using it for the washrooms, convenience store, and a place to park/stretch.


Not much to visit in Merritt.

More business for Timmys, Starbucks and the Home Diner. No biggie.


AND the visitor's center is not even very close to Merritt.
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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby GordonH » Oct 25th, 2017, 3:57 pm

TylerM4 wrote:I've questioned that facility since it 1st opened.

Did anyone ever stop there for the "visitor center" component? All I ever saw from day 1 was people using it for the washrooms, convenience store, and a place to park/stretch.


That how I used it.... next stop Abbotsford to top off fuel before entering GVRD.

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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby lensbaby » Oct 25th, 2017, 4:47 pm

I used to use the washrooms, buy coffee and a snack. browse the books in the visitor centre, and pick up campground guides etc. (it wasn't just a centre for Merrit). So now the intention is to close down a perfectly good centre, with buildings in good condition - and then spend 7 million to build another one at the Loon Lake intersection - which is just a couple of K from the dead centre of nowhere.

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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby Bsuds » Oct 25th, 2017, 5:44 pm

lensbaby wrote: and then spend 7 million to build another one at the Loon Lake intersection -


They are not building "another one", they are building a rest stop. Hopefully with room for RV's as well as cars.
We need more of those in BC.
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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby MAPearce » Oct 25th, 2017, 5:46 pm

Well .... Now where do we stop so I can have a smoke and a road pop ???

Perhaps the shoulder of the turn off from the connector to the Coqh.

That'll do .
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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby WalterWhite » Oct 25th, 2017, 5:50 pm

Wonder what the chances are with this visitor center decommissioned, that MoT will now realign the absolute fuster cluck of an intersection accessing Hwy 5 from 97C? Yea, I know - slim to none.

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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby MAPearce » Oct 25th, 2017, 5:54 pm

WalterWhite wrote:Wonder what the chances are with this visitor center decommissioned, that MoT will now realign the absolute fuster cluck of an intersection accessing Hwy 5 from 97C? Yea, I know - slim to none.


No reason to really ..It's Merrit .

The light to get from 5 to the connector doesn't take that long and all the rest are yields...

And the traffic ain't that bad..
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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby generalposter » Oct 25th, 2017, 6:14 pm

The new road stop at the Loon Lake turn off is intended to be isolated. That's generally where people need rest and washroom facilities... after putting a few clicks behind them. If you're 3 minutes out of Merritt where the original one was and need amenities it makes sense to side step into town which will be good for the local economy. The distance between Merritt and Kelowna is a comparatively long haul between serviced stops in terms of southern BC highway routes. Loon Lake turn off is also a location that will provide a haven if the Pennask Summit is temporarily weathered in. It may also facilitate the removal of that traffic light which for interests sake is the only one between Westbank and Horseshoe Bay if you travel on highway 1. Traffic lights at the bottom of long hills are not good whether you're going up or down.

The new one is also intended to accommodate large trucks and RV's as previously mentioned, probably similar to the one at the top of the Coke heading towards Hope. Personally, I rarely use these places. When we travel we focus on moving and not stopping. Great for people with small children, our tireless truck drivers and tourists though. Hard to understand anyone complaining about advancements in our highway corridors. Work for our people is usually a good thing.

On a side note, why is this topic listed under the Central Okanangan?

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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby WalterWhite » Oct 25th, 2017, 7:20 pm

MAPearce wrote:
WalterWhite wrote:Wonder what the chances are with this visitor center decommissioned, that MoT will now realign the absolute fuster cluck of an intersection accessing Hwy 5 from 97C? Yea, I know - slim to none.


No reason to really ..It's Merrit .

The light to get from 5 to the connector doesn't take that long and all the rest are yields...

And the traffic ain't that bad..


It’s actually not so much the light, but headed West the left turn from 97C to 5, is a major pain for truck driver’s. It’s also the only intersection between leaving West Kelowna and 7A at East Hastings.
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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby motorhomebabe » Oct 25th, 2017, 7:43 pm

When it was first opened , it was run by senior citizens, my mom being one of them. They had a lot of visitors, and mom said they really appreciated the old timers knowing the history of the area. and points of interest. So now everything can be googled ,Kind of sad to lose the human touch ,but I guess that's progress.

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Re: Merritt visitor center

Postby fall » Oct 25th, 2017, 7:50 pm

Honestly people, it's what, an hour from Kelowna, Kamloops or Hope to the soon to be decommissioned center.
Can you not go an hour without requiring a rest stop?
Even if you did need one there are out houses along the way. If you are really a trooper and can make it just over an hour there is a rest stop at the old toll booth, and if you are truly a road warrior on an adventure and can make it about an hour and a half there's another washroom facility with food trucks.

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