Tourism Harrison Newsletter

Biking in Harrison

                                                                                                                                           May  1, 2018

Can you really experience your surroundings just by driving by? Something euphoric happens when you hop on a bike and feel the fresh spring air cascade around you.

It’s highly unlikely you will remember that one-millionth time you drove to your destination but will recall conquering a trail and the end reward of a gorgeous view or refreshing dip!

Harrison offers some of the nicest biking around.  At our doorstep, the fertile farmland provides kilometers of country-side scenery and, best of all, it is all flat.  Easy riding for everyone!

Check out one our favorite rides starting from the Harrison Visitor Center, past Circle Farm Tour stops and around Limbert Mountain.

Dust off your backpack, bring a picnic basket to be stuffed with Circle Farm foods, your bike, supportive shoes, and your camera to snap moments!

Don’t have a bike? No problem! You can rent one at Jaime Quadracycle from self-propelled vehicles and quadricycles to tricycles and regular bicycles. You can also rent by the hour at Glencoe Motel Bike Rentals or grab some from Harrison Beach. (Not limited to hotel guests.)

 

 

RIDE OUT WITH OUR TOP 5 PICKS

Harrison has a variety of biking trails, suited for the novice to the experienced.

1) COUNTRY ROAD RIDE is a 26 km ride, taking you from Harrison Hot Springs to the farm lands of Agassiz as part of our Circle Farm Tour. You’ll drive past farms, corn fields, hazelnut orchards, cows, sheep, and, even, the odd donkey.

Highlights!
Back Porch: Pottery & basketry studio boasting antiques, collectibles, and other home/ garden décor items. Character buildings, chickens, goats and family vegetable gardens.

Farm House Natural Cheeses: Certified organic farm producing a wide variety of artisan farmstead cow and goat milk cheeses, non-homogenized milk, butter and yogurt from the farm's grass-fed cows and goats. Watch the cheesemaking process through the viewing window and take time for a stroll around the farm to visit the animals.

2) LAKESIDE: Bike along the gorgeous esplanade*.
(Please watch out for vehicles as it is a narrow shoulder.)

3) HARRISON MILLS TO HARRISON HOT SPRINGS: (and back) - for the more intermediate riders --an hour ride there and back -- stop at the springs on Mt. Woodside where you can fill up your water bottle with fresh spring water! (Note: there is an elevation gain on both sides.)

4) RIDE THROUGH THE VILLAGE: Nothing beats taking a tour of Harrison Village. (Please watch for other pedestrians and vehicles.)

5) BEAR MOUNTAIN SIDE TRAIL LOOP: A total 7.5 km round-trip. This ride begins at Memorial Hall and turns into Mount Street Trail. You’ll see lots of farmland, leading into forest and over a bridge crossing at which point you’ll twist and turn a bit more before looping back.

Pedal then pool: Stay and soak in one of the hot spring pools or enjoy the healing springs spa at Harrison Resort.

 

 

BIKES TO BITES

You have worked up a sweat and are ready for a monster bowl of something.

Stop by The Old Settler Pub or Sandpiper Resort's Clubhouse.

Muddy's serves their coffee hot, and signature-size desserts are guaranteed to hit the spot. Wanting a bit more on the upscale and farm-fresh? Try Harrison Corner, Black Forest,  Copper Room, or Morgan's Bistro.



SASQUATCH DAYS

This two-day event begins at 9:00 am with a short procession to Harrison Lake Plaza where a welcoming ceremony will be held at 10:00 am.

Each day features artisan activity tables, medicine walks. and opportunities for intercultural sharing.

Joint hosts for this event, Sts’ailes First Nations and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, invite visitors to learn about the traditions of the Sts’ailes People and share cultural experiences.

Check out the pictures from previous years.
 


 

"The best routes are the ones you haven't ridden."

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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.

Love the journey as much as the visit. 
#justuptheroad .

 


 

 

Happy Birthday Canada!

June 29, 2017

It's going to be an awesome summer in Harrison Hot Springs, From events, festivals, self-guided tours, and so much more, you'll be left with the question of where to start! Upload this post into your calendar and pace yourself for weekends of fun! 

Self Guided Circle Farm Tour
 

A celebration of past and present, this tour is a rich mix of wonderful things to see, do, smell, and taste! See cows roaming the fields, watch artisan cheese and hand-crafted pottery in the making. Take a self-guided tour of a 1920's living history historic site, explore a garden and shop for antiques and home & garden décor. Smell fresh coffee being roasted and taste homemade dishes with locally-sourced products, heirloom tomatoes, garlic, corn, cheese, raspberries, blueberries, and fresh veggies. Don't forget about the Harrison River Select salmon treats!

Here is a sample of what you can find year-round!
 

NOTHING CORNY ABOUT IT
As of August (as soon as it's ready), you must try Sparkes Corn Barn for sweet corn!

BUT FIRST...COFFEE
How far can you go without a refuel? Stop by Back Porch Coffee for coffee, antiques, pottery, and more!

SUSTAINABLE SAMPLING
River Select Salmon is carefully harvested with the future in mind so that we can enjoy for many seasons!

PEDAL ...THEN POOL
 Stay and soak in one of the hot spring pools or enjoy the healing springs spa.

Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour July 22

Tourism Harrison, Prospera Credit Union, and our farmers welcome you to another year of exploring the countryside.  The Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour is a leisurely, one-day self-guided cycle tour, centred around a 30-km flat route. 

Bags too heavy for biking? A shuttle service has been provided, which will collect your purchases and bring them back to the registration area for pick-up. We encourage a stop and shop at the many local artisan booths along the way. That's right, we are talking Christmas shopping in July! 

Stop by UBC’S Dairy Education and Research Centre and find out why cows can thrive eating forages, whereas humans cannot? Do they prefer to live indoors or outdoors? So many great questions, to be answered.

Follow on Facebook for updated announcements. 

Here is a sneak peak of what you will see on July 22nd!

THE BERRY BEST!
Hammersley Farms specializes in spray-free blueberries and raspberries. Flop on a sun hat and
u-pick away!

WATCH AND LEARN
Earthwise Agassiz' demonstration organic teaching farm has farm-grown veggies.

CHEESEY DOES IT
Why does a happy cow matter? Pasture-fed cows and goats make delicious cheese.
Just stop and ask at Farmhouse Natural Cheeses!

NESTLE IN
Peace and tranquility await.  Blackberry Lane will be featuring freshly baked farm fresh goodies and baking! 

Splash-Down Time

Let's not forget one of the most important parts of summer -- Harrison Lake! From activities like the Waterpark in the Lake and Bumper Boats, to a day at the beach, why not skip the airplane... and stay-cation with us.

Camping family? Explore our recreational scene.

BUMPER BOATS BABY!

Bring a friend!Loaded with electric water guns, and so fun at any age.

BEACH PLEASE

The sun, sand, & a bucket in hand.

 HOLD ON TIGHT!

10 person Banana Tube is pulled behind a high-performance
ski-tube. 
WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

HOURS OF AWESOME

See here for a complete list of
need-to-know before playing
at the Water Park!


Stay with us!

Explore our camping scene or book a room at one of our hotels.

 


Canada 150 Celebrations and Events



Come celebrate Canada's 150th with us! Cheer on with the crowd at our Annual Canada Day Fireworks display, but come early before the massive crowd arrive.

Read all about our festival and events! 

Want even more information? Download the Tourism Harrison App!

 

 

Preparing you for your next adventure!

June 1, 2017

Yes, we have magical hot springs, but there's a whole side to us that is wooing the free spirit's heart.
 
We are here to help you dot your i's and cross your t's before your next trek.

Make sure you don't forget! Bring your:

1. Lightweight backpack
Filled with sunscreen, jerky, granola, and an environmentally-friendly water bottle. Or, stop by one of our cafés for a bite to pack up.

2. Supportive hiking shoes
No fun climbing a mountain with sore feet. 

3. Bike or kayak
We have rentals if you don't have one!

4. Camera or smart phone, and sketch pad and pencils to capture your memories
Be sure to snap a pic with Sasquatch Harry -- the read deal, of course, or you can stop by our statue. Sketch pad by a calming stream? Pure heaven.

5. Your swimsuit
Take a hot springs dip at the public pool or spend the night at the Harrison Resort and Spa.

6. Binoculars 
The views are stunning, and you are sure to catch a glimpse of Supernatural BC wildlife!

7. Change of clothes to transition from day to night. 
You'll feel much better getting out of your damp and grimy clothing before hitting a local hotspot. 

8. Your appetite 
A full day exploring equals hunger!

Nothing means more to us than tagged photos. Sending a huge thanks to our social media savvy visitors! Click here for further information.
 

Be prepared for the
time of your life!

GEAR UP
Makes sure your checklist
includes an appreciation for
sensational views!

JustUpTheRoad in 
#HarrisonHotSprings by 
@bctravelchica

PROPER FOOTWEAR REQUIRED
Treat those tender tootsies right. Think about your awesome hike, not sore toes!

 JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by @corrinskalbeck

BY BOAT OR BY BIKE
Ride your bike to our Circle Farm Tour Partners, or chill on the water and watch soaring eagles.

JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by @tourismharrison

CAPTURE A LEGEND
This is your journey...your Harrison Hot Springs. Capture it the way you want to remember.  

JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by
@brezhnevaab

NO SKINNY DIPPING!
Although tempting, we have to require a bathing suit at all times! (winky face)

 JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by
@bei_liu



BEARS AND SASQUATCH OH MY!
Noise and distraction make it hard to be in the present moment. Take all of Mother Nature in.

JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by
@chrisprinn


LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE?

Feeling adrenalized? Time for a cold one, and we don't mean
another pool dip.

 JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by
@ellewoodsen


HUNGER STRIKES

Can't let your blood sugar drop. Fuel up with small bites with good eats at local hotspots.

 JustUpTheRoad in #HarrisonHotSprings by
@ahmina_world

 

 

 

 

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)

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