Minister of Citizens Services suggesting a regional partnership is needed to keep visitor services at Exit 286.
City of Merritt officials met with Jinny Sims at last month's UBCM to see if the pending closure of the Merritt Visitor Centre could be reconsidered.
While she couldn’t meet with them again during her visit to the city on Friday, Sims suggests a regional partnership could be a way to keep the doors open.
"The cost of sharing the fee, is so much less. Then you are only paying small amounts per community, where as if you are doing the whole amount the costs can be prohibitive."
The Merritt Visitor Centre at Exit 286 is set to close January 12, 2018, and following that will initially be run out of the Baillie House.
Nicola Valley Search and Rescue hosting an open house and info session tonight with the hope of attracting new members.
Manager Lynne Broekhuzien says they hope to add to the current 35 full-time members.
"Come out and look at what we do. Take a peak at our new headquarters, and speak to members. There will also be a rope rescue demonstration planned."
You need to be physically fit, but not necessarily outdoorsy.
"You don't necessarily need to go out on searches. We also need people to help with mapping, logistics and radio, and other things like that. So, there are a variety of roles to fill."
Tonight's open house starts at 6pm, at the Nicola Valley Search and Rescue airport compound.
Broekhuizen says new members with snow mobiles, ATVS, and a Class 1 driver's license are particularly needed.