Tourism Harrison Newsletter

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.

Slow Food Cycle Tour

Agassiz Summer Cycle Tour
 Saturday, August 2nd.


 Celebrating its’ 8th year, Agassiz Slow Food Cycle Tour is   excited    to welcome you to another year exploring the        countryside and  meeting the local farmers.  There will be fresh produce, exceptional  cheese, organic free-range chickens and delicious blueberries to pick. A shopping shuttle service has been provided by Tourism Harrison.  They collect your purchases from the farms and bring them back to the registration area for you to pick up.

 

Agassiz Harrison Museum & Visitor Information Centre
The museum is housed in the original Canadian Pacific Railway Station built in 1893, making it one of the oldest existing wooden stations in British Columbia. 
BC Dairy Classroom
We welcome BC Dairy to this year’s event with a photo stand and some fun promo items. Find them at the Cordine Farm on Cameron Road.
Cabin Fever Country
We welcome Kim Duncan, of Cabin Fever Collectibles.  Kim will have her delicious fudge and jams and jellies available for pick up.   Blackberry Lane Pies will no longer be available at the B&B on Limbert Mtn Road but Kim will be making all of your favourites and you will be able to find her at The Back Porch.
Canadian Hazelnuts Farm
Fresh, roasted, candied, chocolate dipped and bark, flour, protein powders, cold pressed oils, butter and chocolate spread. Come enjoy a walk in our orchard & enjoy a self-guided tour. 
Cordine Farms
Come out and visit this operating dairy farm. Learn where your milk comes from and say 'hi' to the cows.


Farm House Natural Cheeses
Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, happy cows graze the fields to produce the rich fresh milk used for the cheeses made in our on-farm creamery.  We will be offering for sale, cheese sampler plates and “Farm House Raclette” with boiled potato and pickles.
Hammersley Farms
Spray-free raspberries and blueberries in season, as well as jams, berry sauces and vinaigrettes.  Wander through beautiful display gardens. We have over 120 varieties of reasonably priced perennials for sale.  
Honeyview Farms
Come visit Honeyview Farms at the Registration Area.  Honeyview farm is the largest apiary in BC.
Invasive Species Council of BC
We will be on location at the UBC Dairy & Research Centre, stop by and learn how to stop invasive plants and organisms from spreading in BC.
Ossome Acres
Artisan breads for the Chilliwack Farmers Market and Vegetables for the table.  They believe that healthy soil equals a healthy crop so they use only organic compost and fertilizer and grow their veggies from non-gmo, untreated and organic seeds! 
Prospera Credit Union
Prospera will be giving away free seed packets so everyone can grow and enjoy their own fresh herbs at home. Don’t forget to stop by their table at registration to say hello and pick some up. 
Ian Sparkes Corn
Sparkes corn is picked fresh and delivered directly from our fields to our convenient drive-thru stands daily, ensuring it comes to you ripe, fresh, and full of flavour! We guarantee it! 
Tasty Chicken Farm
No additives, non-medicated, organic-fed, open fields, fresh water, and darn tasty! On the menu this year: BBQ Lemongrass Skewers, Croquettes and our Limonade Mocktail. 
The Back Porch
Lynda is a potter and a willow basket maker. Dan is a full time artisan coffee roaster. He works with an antique Royal #5 roaster dating from 1919.  This year they are offering iced coffee for sale and Blackberry Lane Pies will be on site selling pieces of pie as well as whole pies.
Yangbing Family Farm
Enjoy different ways to prepare pea shoots or just relax in the shade of their trees.
UBC Dairy & Research Centre
A world-class research facility and a working dairy farm.   We hope you will come for a tour of the UBC Dairy Centre.

2014 Harrison Dragon Boat Races

Saturday July 26th - 8:00am Start - 72 teams competing!

                                                     

After looking over the 2013 Race results for the Harrison Dragon Boat Festival, I became intrigued with the Mixed Championship Gold finalist, a team from the Dragon Heart Racing Club from Vancouver, known as “Dragon Heart Unicorn”.


The whimsical name brought to mind a lazy paddle on a slow river and a time twenty-four years ago when we allowed our then 4 year old, to have input in her new sister’s name and our subsequent scramble to explain why calling our second daughter Rainbow Heart Unicorn wasn’t going to work out so well.


I see from the roster of teams participating in the 2014 Harrison Regatta that the Dragon Heart Unicorn Squad will not be here but that the Dragon Heart club will be well represented by a number of teams, including I hope, one which has Kevin of the Dragon Heart Breaker Squad.

(To say that this picture of Kevin captures the intense focus of the sport would be an understatement.)


With participants and spectators combined the Harrison Lake front embraces over 4500 people and literally thumps like a beating heart to the rhythm of the drums, the energy, music, laughter and good natured but fierce competition.  It is impossible not to become caught up in the atmosphere and good will.
 

        

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