The Nooaitch Indian Band Lands are located within the Thompson-Nicola region of the southern Interior. The main Nooaitch I.R. #10 encompasses 903.1 hectares, and is located along the Nicola River corridor, beginning approximately 23 kilometers west of Merritt, adjacent to the Merritt-Spence’s Bridge Highway #8. The second Nooaitch Reserve, #9 Grass is 790.3 hectares, and is located northeast of IR #10 between the Nicola River Valley and Guichon Creek.
Nooaitch lands are situated along the eastern edge of the Spius Creek Volcanic Formation, with andesitic rock being common throughout. The Thompson-Okanagan region has rolling topography with extensive river and creek systems. Lakes are to the northeast of the Nooaitch IR. The elevation of the Nooaitch lands range from 500 meters at the Nicola River, to approximately 1000 meters on IR #10.
The closest urban certain is Merritt with a population of approximately 7,000. Merritt provides the main commercial area for the Nooaitch community. Nooaitch community members are currently dependent on Merritt for most of the shopping, health, employment, social service and education needs. At present, there are no commercial enterprises operating on Nooaitch reserve lands.
From an aesthetic perspective, much of the Nooaitch reserve land is in relatively pristine condition and the river, steep slopes and well treed areas should be considered of high value. Preserving the aesthetic value while promoting development will be a critical balancing act for the Nooaitch Land Manager and the community in general.