Tourism Harrison Newsletter

Inviting You to Celebrate the Cozy this Month!

February 8, 2017

February usually has us smiling and dancing to a spring in our step as we anticipate the onset of spring, but Mr. Groundhog was very clear about longer winter weeks.

Remove that long, sad face because there is always a silver lining and snow, or no snow, Harrison Hot Springs is here to bring back the 'love & cozy' this month!

Here is what we recommend!

Family Day is a great addition to February with Christmas Break seeming so distant already. Escape with the kids and make it a long weekend!

Valentine's Day is the the day to ignite those tanks of burning love and get those sparks going again. Take the kids to grandma and grandpa's so the two of you can escape alone.

Harrison Hot Springs is 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.  Forget hopping on a plane or driving across treacherous winter roads, the answer  to your February blahs is #justuptheroad.

valentine's day specials

HARRISON RESORT & SPA

Reserve now for our special Valentine's Dinner. Romance, candlelight, and dancing cheek-to-cheek is the traditional Copper Room experience. Ask about our Romance Package, starting February 19th!

MORGAN'S BISTRO  
Kidnap your sweetheart and and indulge in a delicious farm-to-plate dinner, prepared with a whole lot of TLC.

BLACK FOREST
RESTAURANT

Create memories with one of the best seats in the house. Lakefront views and authentic German cuisine.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN
CHOCOLATE FACTORY

With boxes named Desire and Bomb, these chocolates are designed especially for you.

MUDDY WATERS CAFE 

The best hand-crafted lattes and monstrous desserts that are meant to be shared.

HARRISON BEACH HOTEL

Renew the 'woo' in your life with a romantic getaway and Valentine's Romance package.

HARRISON LAKE HOTEL
                            
Aahhh..this special allows you to sleep in with a late check-out,
sparkling wine, chocolate, and roses.

 

 

 

Rainy Days and Winter Days... Come on Down!!!

Rain, puddles, and mud can heal your soul and bring out the kid in all of us. Revel in it!

As the Village of Harrison settles into the winter season, visitors often bypass Harrison as a destination assuming that there is “nothing to do”. They couldn’t be more wrong.  The easiest solution to enjoying cold and rain is a… change of clothes.
There are few things as magical to a child (or young teen for that matter) than being let loose in the pouring rain to run on the beach, make mud castles and generally stop being told to Button up! Wear your hat! Don’t step in puddles!!! By bringing a change of clothes and a large garbage bag to carry home your “have fun” clothes, parents can, with a wonderful hot chocolate, coffee, tea or mocha in hand, pull out the camera and capture pure joy on the faces of their children…or better yet, jump in yourself and be a kid again.

Here is how you can enjoy with abandon the following things to do in Harrison when it's not summer:

BC Sport Fishing Group

Sturgeon Fishing Charters and Off-Season Fishing. From December 15 to April 30th we offer daily walk and wade tutorials for either gear or fly fishers.

Farm House Natural Cheeses

Bring along some cut apples for the horses and pull up a couple of handfuls of green grass for the cows and goats!

Harrison Eco Tours

Harrison River Eagle Viewing Tours

Sasquatch Country Adventure Tours

Shoreline Lake Tours

The Back Porch

Lynda has been a full-time potter for the last 30 years and a willow basket maker for over 20 years, so be sure to check out the studio and showroom.  Dan is a full-time artisan coffee roaster, offering certified organic and origin coffees. He works with an antique Royal #5 roaster dating from 1919 and there’s always coffee on.

Trout Fishing in Trout, Hicks, and Deer Lake

Chilliwack River Rafting

Running the most awesome trips ever, all year round!

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Sandpiper Golf

Course conditions change daily which can determine if we are open for play. Call ahead for course updates and to book a tee-time by *phone, please call 1-844-796-1717 (extension 1) *Regular green fee rates apply when phoning the Pro Shop!*Regular Rates $59.95/person Mid-Week & $79.95/person Weekends & Holidays (taxes are extra)

Harrison Beer and Oktoberfest 2016

Hold onto your Lucky Charms... The Harrison Beer & Oktoberfest is going Irish!

The 5th Annual Harrison Beer Festival Friday October 28th & Saturday October 29th

First things first. You need to buy tickets before they sell out! Next, you will need a proper Irish Leprechaun Name...

What's your Leprechaun name?

Use the letter that your name starts with to find your first name:

A - Antiquee B - Bubbles C - Corney D - Droopy E - Ethically F - Fussy G - Grumpy H - Harmony I - Itchy J - Jaunty K - Knobby L - Lumpy M - Messy N - Nippy O - Ornery P - Perky Q - Queasy R - Rolypoly S - Snappy T - Testy U - Unruly V - Vaguely W - Wobbley X - Xspecially Y - Yummy Z - Zippy

Use the month that you were born to find your last name:

Jan - McComplicated Feb - O'Doodle Mar - McDiddleDoodle Apr - McCreepy May - O'Lucky Jun - O' Droopy Jul - McSippy Aug - McNugget Sept - O'Shlitzski Oct - McMuffin Nov - McWobbly Dec - O'Shootsky

Now that you have tickets and a proper Irish Name, here are some extremely useful Irish words and phrases:

What? = Cad?

Can you speak more slowly? = An miste leat labhairt níos moille?

You speak Irish, good for you. = Tá Gaeilge agat, bail ó Dhia ort.

I need more beer. = i gá níos mó beoir.

I can't find my beer. = Ní féidir liom teacht ar mo beoir.

Hello, you look like beer. = Dia duit , a fhéachann tú cosúil le beoir.

Can I have your beer? = Is féidir liom a bheith do beoir ?

Do I look fat? = dhéanann Táim saill?

Where's the bottle opener?  I can't get this twisty thing off the top of the bottle! = Nuair is é an opener buidéal?  Ní féidir liom a fháil an rud twisty as an barr an bhuidéil!

Now take your tickets, your proper Irish name, your useful phrases and go to the following events:

CASK NIGHT - Friday October 28th from 6:30pm until 10:30pm

Will bring in up to eight of BC's best craft breweries, for an evening of friendly competition comparing a variety of unique, one of a kind brews. With a warm and friendly Irish pub feel complete with food, music and games. More info: www.harrisonbeerfest.com/Cask-Night

HARRISON BEER FESTIVAL- Saturday October 29th from 1:00pm until 6:00pm

Armed with your complimentary tasting glass, compare a selection of awesome craft beers.  You will then vote to decide the winner of this year's Harrison Beer Festival.  Check out the website to see the list of Brewers or the list of beers they will be pouring.  More info: www.harrisonbeerfest.com/Harrison-Beer-Festival

OKTOBERFEST DANCE - Saturday October 29th from 8:00pm until 11:30pm

October and beer means Oktoberfest and tonight you will experience great music with the Beer Barrels, great beer & a great time. Come dressed to celebrate and the best male and female costumes will win a great prize. More info: www.harrisonbeerfest.com/Oktoberfest-Dance

By the end of the Harrison Beer Festival you will believe...say it with me now... I BELIEVE!

Bands on the Beach

 

Bands on the Beach 2016

Free on the beach!

Saturday, September 3rd on the beach: 1pm - 6pm

Sunday, Sept. 4th on the beach: 1pm - 4:30pm

Tickets are now available for Sunday night "After-party" Memorial Hall: 7:30-midnight

Bring your lawn chairs and get ready to rock the end of summer with two days of great entertainment.  We are bringing you music like never before…everything from Bluegrass to Indie to New Country.

This year's free beach lineup:

Saturday 1:00pm - Nicole Sumerlyn - Country Rock

"...Nicole Sumerlyn is a country singer/songwriter from Abbotsford, BC.  She echoes the sounds of Gretchen Wilson, Shania Twain and Miranda Lambert.  Sumerlyn’s eclectic musical interests have created a unique blend of angelic  sweetness, with a root-sy, rock edge..."

Saturday 2:15pm - Jon Bos Band - Rock

"...Jon Bos Band is a world-class rock and roll outfit designed to make you groove.  With an amazing repertoire of songs, the band expertly reads the crowd and plays the perfect selection of songs, every time.   From familiar sing-along hits to danceable favorites, Jon Bos Band is tremendously entertaining..."

Saturday 3:30pm - Combine the Victorious - Pop Indie

"The albums, Disagreements and Crumbling Hearts saw the band refining their musical identity, distilling to a powerful, evocative essence, perfectly captured on the standout track from the Crumbling Hearts, Glasgow, where sumptuous guitars weave in and out of Mark's wily groove, a perfect backdrop for Isabelle's melancholy lyric and heart-breaking melody."

Saturday 5:00pm - Todd Richard - Country Rock

“Todd Richard is one of the most distinct, refreshing artists on the  country music scene today.  Born in Hamilton but raised in BC,   Todd’s rich vocals and unique style have fans sitting up and taking notice, and they’re loving what they hear.  With multiple BC Country Music Award nominations in the past seven years, Todd has been busy building his growing fan-base of TR  Rebels and "Frands"and shared the  stage with many of country music’s top acts, including Dwight Yoakum, Dierks Bentley, Gord Bamford and rock legend Randy Bachman.”  Todd’s ours and we love him!!

Sunday 1:00pm - Tianna - Folk Country

"...The saying “She’s not just a pretty face” is one of those phrases you  hear all the time; but never has it held more true than with country music  artist Tianna Woods! Not only a singer/songwriter, but a dancer, a multi-instrumentalist,  actor, and choreographer, Tianna crushes all stereo- types and barriers  with her impressive list of skills..."

Sunday 2:15pm - O'Hara Lane - Rock

“..O'Hara Lane is a cover band like no other.  They came together in 2012 and quickly established a reputation as the band that will take an audience all over the musical map, doing it with passion and style. They are the real musical deal, no tracks, no loops, just pure music.....With BIG vocals and a screaming band they bring energy and charisma to the stage every time!  Playing everything from rock, new wave ‘80s, current pop hits with some country tunes in between.  O’Hara Lane will entertain..."

Sunday 3:30pm - The Gords - Folk, Pop, Indie

“...Gord Maxwell, Gord Matthews and Gordon Lee Worden, gifted singer- songwriters who offer a truly remarkable rich sound and natural vocal harmony blend, with lusciously textured songs that remind listeners that  there is still a world of wonderful musical alternatives to dance remixes and rehashed top 40.”

Get your tickets while they last for Sunday Evening at the Memorial Hall, an After-Party not to be missed.  Join Todd on Sunday night for a special after-party at the Harrison Memorial Hall!  A concession offering beer, wine and snacks will be open. Tickets for the after-party are $20 and can be purchased online at our secured site www.tourismharrison.com.

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