Are you reading to let off some steam? Although Harrison is a destination full of adventure and beautiful landscape, it’s one people long to go to for rest and relaxation. When most people hear of Harrison, they think of hot springs and the pools that encompass Harrison Resort. But, what they don’t know is the long history behind how these famous springs came to be.
How Hot Springs are Created
Hot springs occur when the emergence of geothermally, heated groundwater rises from the Earth's crust, meaning that water has seeped into the earth and has been heated by magma. Due to the earth’s pressure, water rises above the surface creating a “hot spring”. Geothermal hot springs are located world-wide!
How the Hot Springs Were Discovered
Originating back to the mid-1800s, when first discovered by the Europeans, Harrison’s hot springs were originally known as Warum Chuck or as the ‘healing place’ by the local Salish First Nations. Here’s an interesting story to share-- a group of miners, returning down Harrison Lake while trying to reach the shore had fallen into the waters from being anxious and exhausted. Due to its shocking warmth, they were delighted and comrades started to follow and jump in.
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A year later, Judge Matthew Begbie named the springs Alice Springs, after the daughter of the era’s Governor Douglas, but soon the springs were renamed Harrison Hot Springs, out of respect for Benjamin Harrison who was an important shareholder, and committee member, of the Hudson Bay Company.
There are two hot springs -- the “Potash”, with a temperature of 40 degrees C, and the "Sulphur" with a temperature of 65 degrees C. The water is pumped from one of the springs and cooled to provide a public mineral hot springs pool that visitors can enjoy at 38 degrees C (100 degrees F).
Hot Springs Health Benefits
The hot springs provide a natural cure for diseases and ailments due to the therapeutic use of the waters’ high mineral content, which is known to bring pain relief. When submerged in the water, one’s hydrostatic pressure slowly rises and circulation and oxygen flow increase, which creates a strong heart! Primary minerals (calcium, sodium bicarbonate, sulfate, magnesium, iron, chloride, potassium, and zinc) and a handful of others are present in the water, averaging 1,300 parts per million of dissolved mineral solids, which is one of the highest concentrations of any mineral spring! When absorbed by one’s skin, the result is euphoric.
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- boost blood circulation.
- reduce stress and promote sleep.
- heal skin irritation, such as eczema.
- relieve pain and aches.
- help with nasal congestion and digestive issues.
Note: Hot springs soaking will impact everyone differently, resulting in varied results.
Why we have Hot Springs in Harrison
Most geothermal areas are near volcanoes that have been active in the past, or are still active. Many geologists believe that even after an eruption hundreds of thousands of year ago can leave magma chambers beneath the surface. In an area such as Harrison, which sits on a fault line, combined with its geothermal energy, makes it the perfect location to form hot springs.
The Harrison Resort & The Harrison Public Pool.
Guests staying at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa may access the thermal waters while the public pool is centrally located at the junction of Hot Springs Road and the Esplanade, available to everyone.
Have we convinced you that the springs of Harrison have healing powers? Still unsure, come down for a visit, and test the waters yourself.
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