Tourism Harrison Newsletter

"We're not in Kansas Anymore Dorethy!"

We're Not in Kansas Anymore... Dorothy!

 

 

 

 

 

Let's see if we have this right...

Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz, a five minute drive from Harrison, has been transformed into the imaginary town of Wayward Pines, ID.

Pioneer Park, usually an open green space with towering trees, is now home to "Wayward Pines" a Fox event TV series about a secret service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) that comes to town to investigate the disappearance of two federal agents.  He’s involved in an accident and wakes up in the town’s hospital with no ID or cell phone.  Burke finds himself caught up in more mysteries than he counted on and unable to connect with his wife (Shannyn Sossamon) and son (Charlie Tahan) back home.  Because…he can’t figure out how to secretly borrow a phone?

Hmmmm…

The show will be directed by master film maker M. Night Shyamalan, whose successes include "The Sixth Sense", "Signs", "Unbreakable" and "The Village", all of which seem to offer up weirdly bazaar takes on reality.

Hmmmm…

Like A&E’s Bates Motel, the upcoming 10-episode series is a cross between Twin Peak and The X-Files.

Melissa Leo (The Fighter) plays a nurse who takes care of Burke and Toby Jones (The Hunger Games) is Dr. Jenkins, the psychiatrist who treats him. He with no wallet or proof of health insurance??

Hmmmm…

As the TV series evolves, the hero and the beautiful lady begin to see beneath the thickly layered veneer of small town life.

Terrence Howard (The Butler) plays Sheriff Pope and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers) has been cast as the town’s bartender Beverly.

The cast also includes Carla Gugino (Political Animals) as Kate Hewson, Burke’s ex-partner at the Secret Service and Tim Griffin (Covert Affairs) as Burke’s boss.

Sword of Truth
According to the fictional world created by Terry Goodkind in his fantasy book series "Sword of Truth," the wayward pine is a massive tree with drooping bows that offers shelter to travelers. These protective fortresses are throughout Goodkind's stories in the fairyworlds of Westland and the Midlands.

World of Warcraft
In the gaming world, a wayward pine is a member of a raiding guild composed of older players. Members consider their loosely organized guild to be casual and welcoming, offering players whatever intensity of play they desire.

Wayward Pines are large pine trees whose branches droop close to the ground while leaving a large hollow interior. They are scattered throughout the New World, particularly in Westland and the Midlands. They are known as a "friend to any traveler" as the inside hollow area is typically used by travelers as a small but cozy shelter for the night or to wait out a rain. Most wayward pines are large enough to almost allow a grown man to stand inside. The branches are typically bare near the trunk, with needles on the ends, leaving the hollow interior. The tree is fire-resistant as long as one is careful, allowing the traveler to build a small campfire inside. The smoke from the fire curls up the center, near the trunk. The needles typically grow so thick that even in a good rain it remains dry inside as well as provides concealment for its inhabitants.

A Wayward Pine
Because of the method of seed dispersal, it isn't uncommon for a pine tree to pop up in an unexpected location, far from its parent tree. This would be a wayward pine in its most literal sense.
Wayward Pines is based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch, who has said the story was inspired by the ’90s TV series Twin Peaks. It’s been adapted for television by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club), and... is described as:  a mind-bending thriller in which nothing is what it seems.  Hmmmm...

 

We're not just a beach, we are a beach!

We're not just a beach... we ARE a beach!

 

 

 

 

From shoreline picnic grounds, to the public boat launch,  sandy beaches with a kids play park and public washrooms,  the float plane dock where people in their teens prefer to lounge, and the water sport dock that offers everything from kayak rentals to speed boat rentals, leisurely boat tours to the magnificent Rainbow Falls,  a truly “sick” floating water park perfect for teens and adults…guided fishing tours for salmon and sturgeon, guided eco tours featuring our local wild life, seals popping up to check out the action and Bald Eagles and Great Blue Heron soaring above.

Wheelchair accessible pathways make simply walking the beach front easy and peaceful.
Southerly winds in the afternoon make windsurfing and kiting here a truly breath taking experience.
Water skiing, wakeboarding, sea-doo-ing, blaster bumper boats, banana tube rides… if you can’t find something to do in Harrison it’s because you haven’t visited the beach or the watersports dock on the lake at the front of the Harrison Resort and Spa.

If your idea of water sports means actively and "relax-ively" watching the water and other people sporting upon it while you enjoy the warm summer breeze and exceptional food, drink and dessert, you couldn't ask for better places to do this than local restaurant patios that look out over the beach!

Harrison Festival of the Arts

Harrison Festival of the Arts

 

 

 

 

 

July 6-14 2013

“Celebrating the cultural diversity of Canada and the world, by presenting audiences with the artistic expression of diverse cultures, helping them appreciate the contributions of different cultures to our common culture.”

An explosion of color and sound, a sensory feast, a smile that reaches round the globe…for thirty-five years The Harrison Festival of the Arts has been bringing the world of art and music to our doorstep and has given hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to experience worlds of sound otherwise not accessible to most.

“The Society’s commitment to its audience is to bring the best Canada and the world has to offer, while remaining accessible and inclusive.”

Phyllis (Executive Director) and Ed (General Manager) Stenson along with (over the years) a cast of thousands, have spent 31 and 26 year respectively, bringing The Festival of the Arts to Harrison Hot Springs.  Under their leadership, The Festival has grown to become a nationally recognized event and they have recently announced that after this year’s event, they will officially begin their retirement and Andy Hillhouse and Mel Dunster will be stepping up to the plate to begin organizing for Festival 2014.
Evenings in the Hall – Experience the magic of live performance in the venerable Harrison Memorial Hall.  Enjoy eight full length concerts, one evening of theatre and one evening of literary readings.

Music on the Beach – Enjoy musical from around the world at this outdoor stage with the mountains and majestic Harrison Lake as a backdrop.

Art Exhibit – The Festival’s visual art exhibit takes place at the picturesque Ranger Station Art Gallery.

Workshops – Join in participatory workshops lead by Festival performers.

Juried Art Market – July 6 – 7 and July 12, 13 & 14 – Under the tents on the grass in front of the beach.  A juried market with some of BC’s finest artists and artisans, featuring a dazzling array of hand crafted items.

Children’s Day – Wednesday, July 10 – A special day for the young and young at heart.
http://www.harrisonfestival.com/

 

Sasquatch Days 2013

Sasquatch Days 2013

 

 

 

Only one month away!  Sasquatch Days 2013 will be held on June 8th and 9th on the beach front here in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs.

This cultural event is a collaboration between the Village of Harrison Hot Springs and the local First Nations Band of the Sts’ailes and includes War Canoe Races, Men’s, Women’s, Mixed Doubles, Buckskins, Small and Large Canoes.  There will be a salmon barbeque, Drumming, Artisans, Sasquatch Talks, Medicine walks, Games and Cedar Weaving.

Ever wonder what the difference was between War Canoes and Dragon Boats?
Dragonboats are the basis of the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing an amateur watersport which has its roots in an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers held over the past 2000 years throughout southern China. While ‘competition’ has taken place annually for more than 20 centuries as part of religious ceremonies and folk customs, dragon boat racing has emerged in modern times as an international sport, beginning in Hong Kong in 1976.
Typically, a war canoe will be faster than a dragon boat over any given distance, because of a better hull shape (narrower and without the characteristic ‘w’ shape of dragon boat hulls), lighter construction, and the kneeling position allowing for a fuller, more powerful stroke than the sitting position used in dragon boats.

The term ‘war canoe’ is derived from large Native American canoes intended for war, and war canoeing was in fact a popular sport in Vancouver,  before large gatherings of indigenous people were outlawed for a time beginning in 1922.  War canoeing among indigenous communities is enjoying a revival today, although there as yet has been little interaction with non-indigenous teams.

A war canoe holds 15 paddlers including one coxswain, or cox, for steering. Native Americans also utilized canoes in warfare, ranging from small, lightweight canoes for rapid raids to large, ceremonial canoes amply decorated for conferences and other events. As an attack craft, a canoe is actually quite well designed, because it can be easy to maneuver with a skilled crew, and it can be extremely fast with a lot of paddlers working together to propel the canoe. Native American war canoes are sometimes seen at ceremonial events held by groups with a tradition of canoe building

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