The Nicola Valley enjoys a dry, sunny micro-climate, and if it’s rainy in Hope it’s probably sunny in the Nicola Valley. We’re lucky to have easy access to this ochre-hued ranch country – just an hour or so up the Coquihalla from Hope – the temperature drops by around 13 degrees or so over the course of the journey and then goes back up again to be warmer than the temperature in which we started out. We’ve been through Merritt and surrounding areas a few times and anyone who knows this area knows that there’s little else around for quite some way, so ‘Mandolin’s’ coffee shop in Merritt has always made a good pit stop when on long road trips. Here are the photos I shot on our recent trip, starting off in Merritt (Canada’s country music capital, as you will gather) and then taking a drive through Nicola and Quilchena. Shot on my ailing Leica M6 (which despite a recent repair still has a malfunctioning shutter) and with Kodak Portra 800. Film processing by Canadian Film Lab.