Our Pet Sasquatch

Harrison Hot Springs is an eco-friendly destination that opens up BC’s backyard to every age group and level of ability. Incorporated in 1949, Harrison Hot Springs has a total land area of 5.57 square kilometers (and half of that is vertical, not horizontal.)  The Village is located at the south end of Harrison Lake, 123 km east of Vancouver.  The population in 2011 was 1468 and then some people moved out, some moved in, some were born and some showed up in 2012 and didn’t leave and some come here every day but sleep and vote elsewhere.  Anyway, we stopped counting because it just got difficult.
We Love!! animals.  According to village dog registration records there are only three dogs that live here… the other 892 just come to visit on a daily basis.  There are quite a few cats based on how many cats come through my cat door to eat at my house even though I rarely see the same cat twice.  The only time my personal cat population goes down is when a raccoon comes in and leaves it’s scent on the walls and doors… then we don’t have cats for a couple of days.  And FYI, yes, a seventy-three pound raccoon can fit through a cat door designed for dwarf cats.


All of the Village residents have a shared pet.  He is a Sasquatch.  No, he is not a collective hallucination.  Look at it this way …if our water can sustain 10 – 14 foot sturgeon that we don’t often see, and our mountains can sustain bear, deer and cougar even though we almost never see them, why can’t our forests sustain a large hairy person?  Just because you can’t see him, doesn’t mean we can’t.  (Mushrooms anyone?)
We are an incredibly friendly and social people and because we are really nice, we all leave town on beautiful summer days in order to free up parking for the tourists.    If you happen to see more than 10 people in a group, they are not a gang…that is a parade…so don’t forget to clap and cheer and maybe you’ll get some candy thrown your way!

Harrison Oktoberfest 2014

EIN PROSIT:
At every great party that involves alcohol, certain songs will be sung that will create a group-memory-sound-track guaranteed to instantly transport you and your friends back to whatever you were eating, wearing, drinking, doing or wish-you-hadn’t-been-doing                      .
Turn that “Party” into a “Beer Fest” with the Oompah band blasting out “Ein Prosit” every 20 minutes or so and the song unites the Beer Fest Lovers around the world.  Seriously, where else can you find lots of men in leather shorts all happily yelling out good cheer?  It is an unashamed group collaboration that helps everyone get “nice and lubricated”. 

Ein Prosit has only been sung in its modern version since 1957.   It really isn’t a salute to genius lyric talent.  The composers of the modern version, Gerhard Jussenhoven and Kurt Elliot were most likely good and drunk when they came up with the words.  In German there are a total of 8 different words.  It’s a little more complicated in English as there are 12 words to memorize (including words such as “a” and “to”).   Ultimately, the song is a mutation of a much older version, so Gerhard and Kurt were not really challenged with creating a song so much as making sure that the excuse to chug your beer continued into the twenty-first century in an organized fashion.  

Whenever Ein Prosit is played, you are obliged to:

stand up with your beer held high, sway along to the tune, toast with everyone at the table and chug  your   mug.  At festivals the song is often followed by a charge of “Schenkt ein, trinkt aus, schenkt ein, trinkt aus!”(I poured you one, drink it up, I poured you one, drink it up!).
An alternative closing phrase from the band leader is "Prost ihr Säcke!" (Cheers, you p&%$s!), to which the crowd replies in unison "Prost du Sack!" (Cheers, you p&%$s!).


German Lyrics to Ein Prosit

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit.
OANS ZWOA DREI! G'SUFFA!

English Lyrics to Ein Prosit
A toast, a toast
To cheer and good times
A toast, a toast
To cheer and good times.
                                                                                           ONE TWO THREE! DRINK UP!

Top 10 Oktoberfest songs 
• 1. Ein Prosit
• 2. Skandal im Sperrbezirk
• 3. Bayern, des samma mir
• 4. Marmor, Stein und Eisen Bricht
• 5. Viva Colonia
• 6. Country Roads (Seriously???)
• 7. Fürstenfeld
• 8. Joana du geile Sau
• 9. So ein Schöner Tag (Fliegerlied)
• 10. Hände zum Himmel

Popular Oktoberfest songs in English
• I will survive
• Hey baby!
• YMCA
• Mambo Number 5
• Living Next Door to Alice
• Sweet Home Alabama

Fish, Fish everywhere...

 

                                          

The Chehalis River Hatchery is responsible for rearing and for releasing a range of fish species, including Coho, Chinook and Chum Salmon, and Steelhead and Cutthroat Trout. This Department of Fisheries and Oceans facility is the largest producer of Chum Salmon on the Fraser River, and in the spring of 1998 an estimated 9 million Chum fry were released.   The hatchery compound is open to visitors year round, and there are self-guiding interpretive signs on-site.
 Viewing Highlights - Within the compound, fish of various ages are visible in the troughs and tanks throughout the year. In November, salmon can be seen spawning in the hatchery out-flow channel and in the small stream near the parking lot.
  Directions - From Highway 7 (Lougheed Highway) follow the hatchery directional signs north onto Morris Valley Road. Continue straight to the site.


Weaver Creek Spawning Channel is 2932 m long, about the same length as the new runway at Vancouver International Airport. It was constructed in 1965, and is operated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The channel compound is open daily when the fish spawn from late September to early November. When loaded, a total of 32,000 Sockeye Salmon (19,000 females and 13,000 males) and 2500 Chum Salmon use the channel, depositing an estimated 76 million eggs. This means that in each 1 m of channel length there were about 27,285 eggs.
 Viewing Highlights - Next to the Adams River east of Kamloops, this is one of the best sites to observe the bright red Sockeye Salmon. There are also some Chum Salmon that use the channel and adjacent creek to spawn, and in odd years (ie. 1999, 2001) a few Pink Salmon can be seen also.
Directions - From Highway 7 (Lougheed Highway) follow the directional signs north onto Morris Valley Road. The channel is past Chehalis River Hatchery, about 12 km from the highway.


Kilby Provincial Park is located at Harrison Mills on the Harrison River, opposite Harrison Bay. The Chehalis Flats area is located upstream of the Highway 7 (Lougheed Highway) bridge over the Harrison River. Both areas contain important fish and wildlife habitats. The park contains a small campground and a boat launch.
Viewing Highlights – This area is best known as the winter home of an estimated 700 to 1,100 Bald Eagle. The eagles begin arriving in early November and most have departed by late January. The presence of dead and dying salmon attracts the eagles to this area. The salmon are spawning in a series of rivers and streams that feed into the Harrison River, including the Chehalis River and Weaver Creek systems.

The Trumpeter Swans that utilize Nicomen Slough can be found here almost daily during the winter.
Directions - From Highway 7 (Lougheed Highway) follow the provincial park and binocular logo directional signs south onto School Road at the eastern end of the highway bridge. Continue straight to the t-junction and turn right onto Kilby Road, pass the historic Kilby Store and Farm, and continue to the park.


Sasquatch Provincial Park
The outlet of Hicks Lake is a small dam and fish ladder.      A trail leads along the creek and across the dam.
Viewing Highlights - During the months of March and April look for spawning Cutthroat Trout. They are best seen early in the morning or at sunset.
Directions - From Highway 7 in Agassiz follow the signs to Harrison Hot Springs via Highway 9. Follow the park directional signs onto Rockwell Drive and to the park. Continue into the park and follow signs leading to Hicks Lake Day Use Area.


 The Green Point Day Use area is located on Harrison     Lake. Just before entering the parking area you cross Trout Lake Creek.
Viewing Highlights - In the lower reaches of the creek (creek mouth to the culvert) look for spawning Chum Salmon in October and November.
Directions - From Highway 7 in Agassiz follow the signs to Harrison Hot Springs via Highway 9. Follow the park directional signs onto Rockwell Drive and to the Green       Point Day Use Area on Harrison Lake.


Fish viewing demands courtesy and common sense. For the well-being of fish, other wildlife and their habitats please follow these guidelines.
Be Considerate of Fish and Wildlife
Where possible, use binoculars to view from a distance rather than approaching too closely.
Be Considerate of Habitat
Plants are an important part of fish and wildlife habitat. Please do not remove or damage them, and stay on designated trails or roads.
Be Considerate of Other People
Respect private property and the viewing activities of others.
Control Pets
Pets can harm fish and wildlife, and can hinder viewing opportunities. Keep pets on a leash and do not allow them to enter streams when fish are spawning
Throwing Rocks
Throwing rocks or other items into streams will disturb spawning fish, and may cause siltation that prevents eggs from hatching.
Remove Garbage
Please dispose of all garbage in a proper receptacle.

Visitor's Guide