Harrison Hot Springs - your car-free holiday destination

Harrison Hot Springs - your car-free holiday destination

Getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life is the perfect way to recharge your body, refresh your mind and reconnect with your partner. Slowing down to notice the beauty around us, whether it is the simple song of an evening Swallow or the spine-tingling majesty of a lake and mountain sunset, brings a sense of inner peace.  Finding peace and quiet, finding rejuvenation is not easy to do sitting behind the wheel of a car, stuck in rush hour traffic, regardless of how good the sound proofing.

Harrison Hot Springs surrounded by incredible natural beauty offers the perfect location for a car-free vacation.   Once you park your car in Harrison there is no need to use it again.  All the shops, cafe's and hotels are within walking distance.  Many of the local hikes are accessible from the Village.  Bring your bike with you to Harrison Hot Springs and you can access the back road farm country and do the Circle Farm Tour.  Turn you cell phone off, shut your blackberry down, leave your car keys in your room and explore the earth by foot or bike.  Want to explore the water, slip into a kayak and head down the Harrison River, listen to the river as the steady current carries you along.  Depending on the season you will find Herons, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Seals, Otter and other wildlife along the way.  This is life at a pace that allows you to enjoy your life.   Come enjoy a few days of your life in Harrison Hot Springs.

Harrison is one of Canada's best beaches!

Harrison is one of Canada's best beaches!

 

 

 

 

Harrison Hot Springs was recently voted #9 in TripAdvisor's 2011 Traveler's Choice Top 10 Beaches in Canada.

Did you know that Harrison's beautiful sandy beach is man made? In the early 1960's local resident Fred Hardy, assisted by Dan Power, assembled a dredge out of second-hand parts in order to pump sand from the bottom of Harrison Lake up onto it's south shore. After running the dredge 24 hours a day for two years, 700,000 yards of lakebed sand was successfully repurposed as sandy waterfront beach.

Touring with Shoreline

Touring with Shoreline

 

 

 

Despite the chilly winds and icy drizzle this was a great fall adventure. Admittedly the cozy warmth of the Laroan's enclosed lower deck was a huge factor in making the less than ideal weather bareable, even welcoming. The first leg of our Harrison River tour took us to ancient pictographs on a rock face just inside the mouth of the river - a reminder of the areas rich First Nations culture. And then came the bald eagles. Thousands of them in the trees, on the sandy banks or soaring on the winds. They are drawn to the area each year to feast on the equally abdundant spawning salmon. Even the seals and seagulls were taking advantage of an easily caught meal. On the return trip, we stopped at the sunken remains o the historic steam tug, the Port Douglas SS or otherwise known as The Bubbles & Squeak.

A special thanks to Steve and Gail for their fantastic hospitality and exceptional service. To head out on the water with Shoreline Tours, simply board the Laroan at the Harrison Resort dock. Tours launch at 1pm daily all year round.

The Eagles Have Landed

The Eagles Have Landed

 

 

 

 

The eagles are here...make sure you take a boat trip down the Harrison River to see them. Close to 2000 bald eagles migrate to the Harrison River at this time of year and it really is a spectacular sight. Both Shoreline Tours and Harrison Eco Tours offer trips from Harrison Hot Springs. On Nov 20/21 the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival celebrates the great raptors with events, activities and entertainment for the whole family. Also that weekend the following accommodation providers in Harrison offer special Bald Eagle Fest rates: Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Harrison Beach Hotel, Harrison Heritage House & Cottages and Hot Spring Villa Hotel.

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