If you are looking for BC hot springs then look no further than the healing hot mineral waters of Harrison Hot Springs, revered as the "healing place" by the local Sts'ailes First Nations for thousands of years they were first discovered by Europeans in the 1800's.
Settlers are said to have 'discovered' the hot springs in 1858 while enroute to the gold fields. Their boat capsized, and expecting to meet their doom in the frigid waters, they instead discovered that the lake at that spot was not freezing but rather warm. Local First Nations called the Hot Springs Kwals, meaning boiling water. The hot springs were revered as a "healing place" by natives of the Coast Salish people, who travelled by canoe to benefit from their waters.
It was later called St. Alice's Well after one of the daughters of British Columbia's first governor. Eventually the name changed to Harrison Hot Springs, after Benjamin Harrison, a deputy governor of the Hudson's Bay Company from 1835 to 1839. Although the philanthropic The St. Alice Hotel and Bath House were built soon after the railroad reached Harrison Mills in 1885 and Harrison Hot Springs has been a resort destinaiton ever since.
The two BC hot springs that exist in the area are Potash and Sulpher which are 40 degrees C (120 degrees F) and 62 degrees C (145 degrees F) respectively. The water is pumped from one of the springs and cooled to provide a indoor public mineral hot springs pool that visitors can enjoy at 38 degrees C (100 degrees F). Guests staying at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa may also access the resort indoor and outdoor pools which are served from the BC hot springs source. For more info on our and other BC hot springs.
The Public Pool is centrally located at the junction of Hot Springs Road and the Esplanade and accessible by all visitors to Harrison Hot Springs.
You can download their current (as of 2012) hours, rates and amenities here or call1-604-796-2244 ext. 249 or clip the brochure item below to your mybrochure.
101 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Springs
Admission: (One time swim.)
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