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mt. cheam...definately do-able!

                                                 

The Village of Harrison Hot Springs lies near the northern foot Mt. Cheam.  Rising 2104 meters, this peak dominates our landscape and offers not only a breathtaking backdrop but a hiking challenge as well.  Can you do it??  Yes, you can.

https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.1690625,-121.6217038,8985m/data=!3m1!1e3
Cheam Peak was part of the oral history of the Sto:lo peoples. The Halkomelem name for the peak, Theeth-uhl-kay, means "the source" or "the place from which the waters spring."
Cheam dominates the eastern Fraser Valley, rising above Bridal Falls and Agassiz just east of Chilliwack. It and three sister peaks form a group known as the Four Sisters or Four Brothers, which are part of the mountain wall framing the Lower Fraser Valley.
Though the trail to the summit lies along the southwestern flank of the mountain, the view from the top to the north offers an unprecedented look at Harrison Lake.
Lady Peak is a mountain located just southeast of Cheam Peak and has an elevation of 2200 meters.  It is west of the four peaks in the eastern portion of the range known as The Lucky Four Group.  Lady Peak can be summited by a route that branches off the Cheam Peak Trail.
The Lucky Four Group is the name for a group of four mountains in the Cheam Range of the North Cascades. The name of the region comes from the abandoned Lucky Four Mine near Foley Peak and refers to the four summits in the eastern end of the range that are visible from the old mine access road that runs near Wahleach (Jones) Lake.
The mountains in this group, from north to south, are: Foley Peak, Welch Peak, Stewart Peak and Knight Peak.

Hiking Mt. Cheam is something that should be on everyone's bucket list.   Check out how to get up there at this great Club Tred website;

http://www.clubtread.com/Routes/Route.aspx?Route=73

Rather Fly?  Try Hang Gliding Mt. Cheam:

http://www.westcoastsoaringclub.com/sites/bridal_falls_lower.php

Harrison Family fun Carnival

Harrison Family fun Carnival
Feb 8 & 9, 2014

We've added something new and we are really, really excited about it.  Bring the family out for a couple of days worth of wonderful, family fun from 11am until 4pm each day...stay connected to our website where we will be posting event schedules soon! 
The Harrison Family Fun Carnival is two days of activities, games, entertainment and fun for the entire family.   It takes place February 8 & 9 as Harrison Hot Springs celebrates the new Family Day long weekend.  The Harrison Family Fun Carnival takes place at two venues. Sport activities will be taking place at St. Alice Hall while crafts and entertainment will be taking place at Memorial Hall.   The Sasquatch Scavenger Hunt will take in a number of wonderful stops through the Village and includes a wonderful family friendly hike.  The hunt will run rain or shine so don't forget your rain boots and umbrellas!

Activities include:


Memorial Hall
• Magician - Erik Stephany
• Story Telling
• One Woman Circus - Sand Northrup
• Button making table
• Drum making table
• Face painting
• Sasquatch Investigators
• Sasquatch Scavenger Hunt

 


St. Alice Hall
• 40 foot inflatable obstacle course
• Mini golf course
• Little Kickers indoor soccer
• Pirate bouncy castle
• Junior inflatable sport centre

Sand Northrup - One Woman Circus, is an exceptional artist and educator whose extensive experience and contagious enthusiasm for circus arts inspires thousands. Well known for her hilarious, interactive performances, Sand's skill as physical comedian, juggler and unicyclist matches her remarkable ability to build rapport with young audiences in French, English or both.

Erik Stephany – Well known not only for his incredible Magic but also for his comic characters such as Chicken Kung Fu, Professor Zaravin  and Dr. Smarticals and his amazing talent  for balloon animals.   In Erik’s words, “Magic doesn't just belong on a stage.”  Erik Stephany is a master of close-up magic with huge impact!

The Eagles are here...but so are the Sturgeon!

The Eagles are here... but so are the Sturgeon

 

 

 


If you’re out here checking out the thousands of Bald Eagles that are flocking to the Harrison area, keep in mind that the mighty Fraser River, a main artery of millions of migrating salmon that pass through on the way to the spawning grounds, is as well, home to the long-lived white sturgeon, the largest fresh water fish in North America. These monster fish grow to over one thousand pounds and can live nearly 200 years. They are considered to be one of the most spectacular fresh water sports fish, having the reputation for their size, strength, and impressive jumps.

All guided sturgeon fishing trips with BC Sports Fishing Group, one of our local fishing companies, include the sampling, tagging, and releasing of all white sturgeon caught as per their ongoing commitment to the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society.

To date BC Sport Fishing Group has tagged over 40 % of the more than 46,000 Sturgeon that have been tagged for the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society.

One of the oldest families of fish in existence, sturgeon are native to subtropical, temperate and sub-Arctic rivers, lakes and coastlines of Eurasia and North America. They are distinctive for their elongated bodies, lack of scales, and occasional great size: sturgeons ranging from 7–12 feet (2-3½ m) in length are common, and some species grow up to 18 feet (5.5 m). Most sturgeons are bottom-feeders, spawning upstream and feeding in river deltas and estuaries. While some are entirely freshwater, a very few venture into the open ocean beyond near coastal areas.

Several species of sturgeons are harvested for their roe, which is made into caviar — a luxury food which makes some sturgeons pound for pound the most valuable of all harvested fish.  Because of their long reproductive cycles, long migrations, and sensitivity to environmental conditions, many species are under severe threat from overfishing, poaching, water pollution and damming of rivers.  Over 85% of sturgeon species are classified as at risk of extinction, making them more critically endangered than any other group of species.

Several measures have recently been taken to improve the White Sturgeon’s prospects for survival.
In 1994, commercial and sport harvest of sturgeon became illegal in the province, and First Nations people voluntarily stopped their sustenance harvests. This should allow more fish to reach reproductive age, and may help to rebuild some stocks. Designation of the White Sturgeon by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (cosewic) as a Vulnerable species in Canada has focused attention on its plight and stimulated some long-needed research.

Here are the facts if you are ever lucky enough to be in a place that offers sturgeon on the menu:

Nutrition Facts
Sturgeon, cooked
Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat   5 g   7%
Saturated fat   1.2 g   6%
Polyunsaturated fat  0.9 g
Monounsaturated fat  2.5 g
Cholesterol   77 mg   25%
Sodium   69 mg   2%
Potassium   364 mg   10%
Total Carbohydrate  0 g   0%
Dietary fiber   0 g   0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 21 g   42%
Vitamin A  17%
Vitamin C  0%
Calcium   1%
Iron     4%
Vitamin D  128%
Vitamin B-6  10%
Vitamin B-12  41%
Magnesium  11%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Before 1800, swim bladders of sturgeon (primarily Beluga sturgeon from Russia) were used as a source of isinglass, a form of collagen used historically for the clarification of beer, as a predecessor for gelatin, and to preserve parchments.

Oktoberfest and the Harrison Beer Festival

Oktoberfest & the Harrison Beer Festival

 

 

 

 

 

Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's Meadow") in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the "Wies'n".

The yearly anniversary of this celebration is Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest has become the world's largest fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.  Over the past 200 years, Oktoberfest was canceled 24 times due to cholera epidemics and war.

In Munich in recent years, almost 7 million litres of beer is served during the 16 day festival.
Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, at a minimum of 13.5% Stammwürze (approximately 6% alcohol by volume) may be served at Oktoberfest. The beer must also be brewed within the city limits of Munich. Beers meeting these criteria may be designated Oktoberfest Beer.  The Reinheitsgebot (literally "purity order"), sometimes called the "German Beer Purity Law" or the "Bavarian Purity Law", was a regulation concerning the production of beer in Germany. In the original text, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops.

The breweries that can produce Oktoberfest Beer under the traditional criteria are:

Augustiner-Bräu
Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu
Löwenbräu
Paulaner-Bräu
Spatenbräu
Staatliches Hofbräu-München

By 1960, Oktoberfest had turned into an enormous world-famous festival. Since then, foreigners have pictured Germans as wearing the Sennerhut, Lederhosen, and the girls in Dirndl.

Traditional Oktoberfest Bavarian hats (Tirolerhüte), contain a tuft of goat hair. In Germany, goat hair was highly valued and prized.  The more tufts of goat hair on your hat, the wealthier you are considered to be. This tradition ended with the appearance of cheap goat hair imitations on the market.

There are many problems every year with young people who overestimate their ability to handle large amounts of alcohol, and who pass out due to intoxication. These drunken patrons are often called "Bierleichen" (German for "beer corpses”).

For them as well as for the general public, the Bavarian branch of German Red Cross operates an aid facility and provides emergency medical care on the festival grounds, staffed with more than 100 volunteer medics and doctors per day.

Nearly 1,000 tons of garbage result annually from the Oktoberfest.

In 2004 the queues outside the toilets became so long that the police had to regulate the entrance. To keep traffic moving through the restrooms, men headed for the toilets were directed to the urinals (giant enclosed grate) if they only needed to urinate.

Approximately 1,800 toilets and urinals are now available during the Festival.

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