Kayaking and Canoeing...the Harrison Way.

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#JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by @roman_podorozhnyi
 
August 1, 2017

Harrison Hot Springs is a kayaking mecca for the novice and experienced paddler alike. From Harrison Mills to where the Harrison River meets Harrison Hot Springs, the scenery remains untouched, the water is calming, and the exploration routes are endless.
 
Did you know that…
  • Harrison Mills holds the record for being the world’s largest winter eagle gathering? From November to January, tens of thousands of eagles flock to the region as they feast on salmon. Harrison Mills is located only 15 minutes away from us!
  • Harrison Lake is crisp and clear because it is glacial-fed and often placed on Top 10 lists. It is wider and longer than it looks, amounting to 60 km in length and 9 km in width.
  • Paddle past First Nations' petrographs, burial sites, and the historic "Bubble and Squeak" sunken steamship and take in the abundant wildlife and scenic beauty that Harrison is known for.
  • You can rent kayaks from Killer’s Cove or take a guided tour with Harrison Eco Tours.

Know before you go:

  1. Stay close to shore. Strong winds can come up quickly and drift you just a little farther than you might like to go.

  2. Watch the weather as it can change quickly.

  3. Best to paddle with other kayaks or canoes. Thinking safety in numbers.

  4. Always strap on a life vest. You won’t look silly, you’ll look safe!

Dabble with a Paddle
This is the perfect trip for novice or experienced paddlers. Leaving twice daily from the Harrison Lake shore, this tour includes safety orientation and  a two-hour paddle on Harrison Lake.

Bring along the Littles
No need to leave the kids at home. Family-friendly Miami River is an easy, super-fun route that is well-suited for young(er) children. You will paddle right through the Village.

History Lesson on a Boat
Departing from Harrison Lake Beach, take a kayak down the Harrison River to Kilby Provincial Park in Harrison Mills. Paddle past petrographs and pictographs.

Over the Rainbow
Accessible only by boat, a full day trip in your kayak that you will never forget. Pack a picnic lunch and take a guided paddle to Rainbow Falls. Stretch your legs as you take a short hike up.

Lake to River in One Day
Bring a friend and two cars. Park one at either Sandpiper Golf Course and Rowena’s Inn on the River or Kilby Historic Site , in Harrison Mills, and the other at Harrison Hot Springs. Then paddle your way from Harrison Mills to your destination! Check it out in the fall when the bald eagles appear. 



A Legendary Park
Sasquatch Provincial Park touches on four lakes, two of which – Deer and Hicks – are well-suited to explore in small boats. (Electric motors only on Deer Lake and 10hp is the maximum permitted on Hicks.)  Paddle to the isolated Sandy Beach at Hick’s south end. Pack a tent and stay the night.



Spy with your Eagle Eye
Eco tours are not just for the birds. Paddle along calm waters on a guided trip and spy with your little eyes all that nature is hiding. 



Green PointJust a short 5km drive from Harrison Village, Green Point is 'chalk a block full' of salmon, eagles, and seals in the fall. A little explorer’s paradise!

 

 


BC Day Long weekend is just days away! Have you got plans?  Bike the Agassiz circle farm tour or learn what life was like in days of old at Kilby's Heritage Day. Is there a better way to celebrate BC's birthday?

With so much to do and only so many hours in a day, we encourage you to sleep tightBook your overnight stay. 

Harrison Hot Springs is #justuptheroad.

 

Happy Birthday Canada!

June 29, 2017

It's going to be an awesome summer in Harrison Hot Springs, From events, festivals, self-guided tours, and so much more, you'll be left with the question of where to start! Upload this post into your calendar and pace yourself for weekends of fun! 

Self Guided Circle Farm Tour
 

A celebration of past and present, this tour is a rich mix of wonderful things to see, do, smell, and taste! See cows roaming the fields, watch artisan cheese and hand-crafted pottery in the making. Take a self-guided tour of a 1920's living history historic site, explore a garden and shop for antiques and home & garden décor. Smell fresh coffee being roasted and taste homemade dishes with locally-sourced products, heirloom tomatoes, garlic, corn, cheese, raspberries, blueberries, and fresh veggies. Don't forget about the Harrison River Select salmon treats!

Here is a sample of what you can find year-round!
 

NOTHING CORNY ABOUT IT
As of August (as soon as it's ready), you must try Sparkes Corn Barn for sweet corn!

BUT FIRST...COFFEE
How far can you go without a refuel? Stop by Back Porch Coffee for coffee, antiques, pottery, and more!

SUSTAINABLE SAMPLING
River Select Salmon is carefully harvested with the future in mind so that we can enjoy for many seasons!

PEDAL ...THEN POOL
 Stay and soak in one of the hot spring pools or enjoy the healing springs spa.

Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour July 22

Tourism Harrison, Prospera Credit Union, and our farmers welcome you to another year of exploring the countryside.  The Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour is a leisurely, one-day self-guided cycle tour, centred around a 30-km flat route. 

Bags too heavy for biking? A shuttle service has been provided, which will collect your purchases and bring them back to the registration area for pick-up. We encourage a stop and shop at the many local artisan booths along the way. That's right, we are talking Christmas shopping in July! 

Stop by UBC’S Dairy Education and Research Centre and find out why cows can thrive eating forages, whereas humans cannot? Do they prefer to live indoors or outdoors? So many great questions, to be answered.

Follow on Facebook for updated announcements. 

Here is a sneak peak of what you will see on July 22nd!

THE BERRY BEST!
Hammersley Farms specializes in spray-free blueberries and raspberries. Flop on a sun hat and
u-pick away!

WATCH AND LEARN
Earthwise Agassiz' demonstration organic teaching farm has farm-grown veggies.

CHEESEY DOES IT
Why does a happy cow matter? Pasture-fed cows and goats make delicious cheese.
Just stop and ask at Farmhouse Natural Cheeses!

NESTLE IN
Peace and tranquility await.  Blackberry Lane will be featuring freshly baked farm fresh goodies and baking! 

Splash-Down Time

Let's not forget one of the most important parts of summer -- Harrison Lake! From activities like the Waterpark in the Lake and Bumper Boats, to a day at the beach, why not skip the airplane... and stay-cation with us.

Camping family? Explore our recreational scene.

BUMPER BOATS BABY!

Bring a friend!Loaded with electric water guns, and so fun at any age.

BEACH PLEASE

The sun, sand, & a bucket in hand.

 HOLD ON TIGHT!

10 person Banana Tube is pulled behind a high-performance
ski-tube. 
WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

HOURS OF AWESOME

See here for a complete list of
need-to-know before playing
at the Water Park!


Stay with us!

Explore our camping scene or book a room at one of our hotels.

 


Canada 150 Celebrations and Events



Come celebrate Canada's 150th with us! Cheer on with the crowd at our Annual Canada Day Fireworks display, but come early before the massive crowd arrive.

Read all about our festival and events! 

Want even more information? Download the Tourism Harrison App!

 

 

Preparing you for your next adventure!

June 1, 2017

Yes, we have magical hot springs, but there's a whole side to us that is wooing the free spirit's heart.
 
We are here to help you dot your i's and cross your t's before your next trek.

Make sure you don't forget! Bring your:

1. Lightweight backpack
Filled with sunscreen, jerky, granola, and an environmentally-friendly water bottle. Or, stop by one of our cafés for a bite to pack up.

2. Supportive hiking shoes
No fun climbing a mountain with sore feet. 

3. Bike or kayak
We have rentals if you don't have one!

4. Camera or smart phone, and sketch pad and pencils to capture your memories
Be sure to snap a pic with Sasquatch Harry -- the read deal, of course, or you can stop by our statue. Sketch pad by a calming stream? Pure heaven.

5. Your swimsuit
Take a hot springs dip at the public pool or spend the night at the Harrison Resort and Spa.

6. Binoculars 
The views are stunning, and you are sure to catch a glimpse of Supernatural BC wildlife!

7. Change of clothes to transition from day to night. 
You'll feel much better getting out of your damp and grimy clothing before hitting a local hotspot. 

8. Your appetite 
A full day exploring equals hunger!

Nothing means more to us than tagged photos. Sending a huge thanks to our social media savvy visitors! Click here for further information.
 

Be prepared for the
time of your life!

GEAR UP
Makes sure your checklist
includes an appreciation for
sensational views!

JustUpTheRoad in 
#HarrisonHotSprings by 
@bctravelchica

PROPER FOOTWEAR REQUIRED
Treat those tender tootsies right. Think about your awesome hike, not sore toes!

 JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by @corrinskalbeck

BY BOAT OR BY BIKE
Ride your bike to our Circle Farm Tour Partners, or chill on the water and watch soaring eagles.

JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by @tourismharrison

CAPTURE A LEGEND
This is your journey...your Harrison Hot Springs. Capture it the way you want to remember.  

JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by
@brezhnevaab

NO SKINNY DIPPING!
Although tempting, we have to require a bathing suit at all times! (winky face)

 JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by
@bei_liu



BEARS AND SASQUATCH OH MY!
Noise and distraction make it hard to be in the present moment. Take all of Mother Nature in.

JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by
@chrisprinn


LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE?

Feeling adrenalized? Time for a cold one, and we don't mean
another pool dip.

 JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by
@ellewoodsen


HUNGER STRIKES

Can't let your blood sugar drop. Fuel up with small bites with good eats at local hotspots.

 JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by
@ahmina_world

 

 

 

 

The Harrison You Didn't Know

May 1, 2017

When most hear of Harrison Hot Springs, they associate Harrison with just that...the hot springs. But, there is so much more to Harrison that we want to share. From hidden viewing points, charming cafés, and historical and legendary creatures to First Nations' storytelling, world-class fishing, and kayaking treasures, there is a whole side of Harrison that remains hidden. Locals know. Now, it's your turn.

1.   Historical and Legendary Creatures
Did you know that dinosaurs are alive and well in BC? We have a river full of them. Fish for modern-day dinosaurs, catch a glimpse of the elusive Sasquatch, or watch bald eagles soar amidst supernatural spectacular scenery.

2.   Storytelling
A Harrison Eco Tour will share the role that Harrison plays in preserving Canadian history. See First Nations' pictographs and petroglyphs that tell stories of long ago. And, be sure to ask about the hidden treasures at the bottom of the Harrison Lake! (Hint: some say it's a gold mine.)

3.   Hidden Treasures
Ride the wave and find yourself somewhere over the rainbow. Kayak from the Harrison main beachfront or from Greenpoint to Rainbow Falls.  Don't forget to pack your hiking shoes and a picnic.

4.    Adventure
Take a hike and blaze outstanding trails. Ready to seek new adventure? Take a ride with Harrison Eco Tour and run the rapids down to Hell’s Gate.

5.    Fishing
A flick of the wrist and a tug on the line, our backyard is renowned for world-class. Try a  Steelhead walk and wade fishing trip or some very fly fishing.

6. Rustic charm
Moments savoured on a front porch or back porch, is always the solution because life happens over coffee.

Harrison Hot Springs is #justuptheroad -- far enough away to feel away from it all, but only a 40-minute drive from Abbotsford and a scenic 1.5 hour drive from Vancouver. Click here for further information.
 

Change Your Course!

HISTORICAL & LEGENDARY CREATURES

Search for the Sasquatch or catch and release a modern-day dinosaur.

STORYTELLING

To know where we are going, we must first know where we came from.

HIDDEN TREASURES

Catch a wave and paddle
to the falls.

ADVENTURE

Awaken the senses and
boost your adrenaline.

FISHING

Give a man a fish, he will eat
for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.

RUSTIC CHARM

Reconnect over coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitor's Guide