The Harrison Bluffs - Rock Climbing in Harrison Hot Springs

It's a little know fact that the bluffs in Harrison Hot Springs offer some of Canada's best rock climbing routes.  This set of granite bluffs is similar in nature to the Squamish Bulletheads. The Harrison bluffs are located behind the golf course as you drive into the village of Harrison Hot Springs. The cliffs are several tiers with routes up to 6 pitch long. The bluffs mostly offer trad routes with a couple short sport climbs.

 

To get there take highway 11 towards Harrison Hot Springs from Agassiz. Following the golf course, you will find a gated road (on the left side driving towards Harrison) with space to park your vehicle near the entrance of the village welcome signs.  Follow the dirt road by foot for about 5 minutes then follow the board walk through the swamps near the powerlines. The trails from here go left, right and up the gully to various other walls.

Photo Credits: John Valecko via Fraser Valley Climbing Facebook Group

Tattle Tales, Carmen Pelligrino, Vertibrae, Crystal Ether, Raul Silva, Skyfall, Murder in the dark are shown above but many more routes and areas are available for climbing at the bluffs.

 

For more information:

You can join the Fraser Valley Climbing Facebook group to directly connect with the local rock climbing community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/992853877392628

Contact our local outfitter in Chilliwack, Mt Waddington Outdoors.  http://mtwaddingtons.com

Or visit these links:

https://mountainproject.com/area/105994963/harrison-bluffs
https://thecrag.com/climbing/canada/british-columbia/area/289672128
http://rockclimbing.com/routes/North_America/Canada/British_Columbia/Fraser_Valley/Harrison_Bluffs

 

The Harrison Way to Nourish Your Body and Soul

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You are what you eat, so it’s important to treat your body like a temple.  What’s true for the body holds even more true for the soul.  Have you ever evaluated what your ‘food groups’ are or what your soul food is? Situated in a land of forest and water, a place of rest and refuge, and a hub of fertile farm land, Harrison’s soul food means:

 

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Holding Still

Practicing stillness is a venerable art in many cultures. Sit on one of our beachside benches and drink in the views as you recharge your spirit.

 

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Talking It Out

Speak from within and release negative energy.

 

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Going Natural

Take time to be outdoors. Connecting with the elements quiets us enough to hear wisdom and intuition.  (For more details, see February’s post.)

 

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Connecting

While solitude can be therapeutic, we also need community. Giving and receiving are, equally, healing.

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Body Food

The word ‘foodie’ conjures up images of eating in an upscale restaurant, or a blogger speaking in lingo. The true definition is, simply, someone who appreciates real food.

Discover your inner foodie by visiting our local farms, learning where our food comes from, embracing the slow-food movement, and enjoying farm-to-plate foods.

Cheeses made right in front of you, antioxidant-packed and vitamin-rich vegetables and fruits (we are talking about heirloom tomatoes, garlic, corn, raspberries, blueberries to name a few!), real and natural honey from bee hives, freshly-picked hazelnuts, dark-roasted artisan coffees, happy and free-roaming hens, and so much more.

Whether by foot, bike, or car the best way to experience our farm scene is through our self-guided Circle Farm Tour.

 

Suggested Farm Stops:

Back Porch
Dan & Lynda invite you to visit their pottery & basketry studio, or watch coffee being roasted in a circa 1919 Flame Roaster. Head out to the barn for antiques, collectibles, and other home or garden décor items. Character buildings, chickens, goats and vegetable gardens create a welcoming experience.

Farm House Natural Cheeses
A certified organic farm producing a wide variety of grass-fed artisan cow and goat milk cheeses, butter, and yogurt. Watch the cheese-making process through the viewing window and be sure to visit the animals.

Earthwise Society Agassiz Farm
Take a tour of this certified organic farm, explore the garden and trails along the Miami River, and shop for fresh local produce.

On July 21st, we honour the slow food movement with the Agassiz Farms Cycle Tours – a 30 km flat, countryside route! As an added bonus, a shuttle service is available to collect your purchases and bring them back to the registration area, so you can pick them up when you are done for the day.

Come for the night, wake up early and jump-start your day at Muddy Waters for breakfast, tour our farms, take in a hike, and end your day dining at Harrison Corner Café, Morgan’s Bistro or, our new Greek restaurant, Milos Taverna!

Your body and soul were designed to act as one. Nourish it well.

 

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Kayaking & Canoeing: Soul-soothing goodness

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πŸ“ Harrison Lake

 

You may already be familiar with the fact we have magical healing hot springs, but there is a whole free-spirit side to Harrison that you may not be aware of.

Harrison is also a kayaking mecca.

From Harrison Mills to where the Harrison River meets Harrison Hot Springs, the scenery remains untouched, the water is calming, and the exploration routes are endless.

Kayakers come to Harrison to embrace the serene and be held in suspense, watching nature’s version of Netflix--bird sightings, scenic wilderness, wildlife, and breathtaking views and waterfalls.

 

Paddle out with our Top 5:

πŸ“Harrison River

1. DABBLE WITH A PADDLE: This is the perfect trip for the novice or experienced paddler. Leaving twice daily from the Harrison Lakeshore, this tour includes safety orientation and a two-hour paddle on Harrison Lake and part-way down the Harrison River.

 

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πŸ“Maiami River

2) MIAMI RIVER IS FAMILY FRIENDLY: Bring along the littles. This is an easy paddle suited for families with young children. The Miami River is a super-fun route where you'll paddle right through the Village. Scenic and full of wildlife and a variety of birds.

 

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3) HARRISON HISTORY THAT REMAINS A SECRET: Paddle past the First Nations' petroglyphs, burial sites, and the historic "Bubble and Squeak" sunken steamship. Abundant wildlife and scenic beauty, 4-5 hours long.

 

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πŸ“Rainbow Falls

4) OVER THE RAINBOW: Accessible only by boat and a full day trip in your kayak that you will never forget. Pack a picnic lunch and take a guided paddle to Rainbow Falls. Stretch your legs as you take a short hike up to the falls. 8 hour round trip.

 

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πŸ“ Harrison Mills

5) FROM LAKE TO RIVER:
Harrison Hot Springs to Harrison Mills. Come with a friend and bring two cars. Leave one in Harrison Mills, at either Kilby Historic Site or Sandpiper Resort, and take the other to Harrison Hot Springs. This is gorgeous year-round but, especially, in the fall when bald eagles gather. Be sure to explore Weaver Creek and Morris Creek along the way.

 

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πŸ“ Sasquatch Provincial Park

*BONUS: SASQUATCH PROVINCIAL PARK: Touches on four lakes, two of which --Deer and Hicks --are well suited to explore in smaller boats. (Electric motors are only meant for Deer Lake and 10 hp is the maximum permitted speed on Hicks.) Paddle to the isolated Sandy Beach at Hick's south end.
Note: Kayakers can experience strong winds and should note that Harrison is a glacier-fed lake that can be quite cold. Come prepared, use fitted good-quality life jackets, stay close to shore, and only venture out with a guide or if experienced.

Bring your own kayak or rental one from Killer's Cove.  Better yet, take a guided tour with Harrison Eco Tours.

 

Whichever route you choose, you’ll be able to:

● explore - If you go far enough, and wander into the ‘unknown’, Harrison will surprise you with hidden inlets and unturned stones.

● strengthen – Kayaking requires upper body strength and balance. Every time you venture out, you will feel yourself getting stronger.

● de-stress- Hear yourself think again as you drown out inside noise. It’s a mystical Spotify tune in real time as you listen to nature whispers.

Only 1.5 hours from Vancouver and 40 minutes from the Valley, Harrison Hot Springs is
#justuptheroad.

 

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Health Benefits of Being Outdoors & Biking

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Love seeing today’s awareness campaigns about health and fitness. Messaging strongly states to “get outdoors and stay fit”!

While the advancement of technology has brought convenience, the downside is sedentary living.

Let’s recapture --maintaining regular physical activity helps to protect our bodies from disease and obesity and fights mental illness.  We know this.

How?

One of the ways to stay active and, still have fun, is to bike! We loved biking as kids –it was our ticket to freedom! Around teenage-hood, we got cars and many of us stopped. Remember that feeling of exploring hidden spots, riding down paths, and just being outside in the fresh air? Nostalgia at its best, right?

We encourage you to bring biking back.

The benefits of cycling are nearly endless! Riding a bike (even a stationary one) helps to reduce the risk of health problems –it’s a low impact exercise that is enjoyed by all ages- - but being outside in nature is stimulating. Remember last month’s post about Nature Deficit Disorder?

Other benefits? Biking is awesome for our environment as we aren’t polluting the air and parking is a breeze. We are witnessing a rise in biking to work, too. Did you know that there is roughly one billion people riding their bikes every single day? Don’t see biking as a workout. Bike to run an errand or see a friend.

 

You can ‘copy and paste’ this section and forward to those friends that you are asking to join you on bike rides.

Health Benefits:

● increases cardiovascular fitness and improved joint mobility
● increases muscle strength and flexibility in hands and legs
● decreases stress levels
● improves posture and coordination
● sharpens the mind
● strengthens bones
● decreases body fat levels
● prevents or manages disease and illness
● reduces anxiety and depression

 

General rule of thumb is to do 100 - 150 plus minutes of moderate physical activity a week. Breaking it down, that’s about 20-30 minutes of exercise 3-5 days a week.

We have some beautiful biking spots in Harrison. You can bring your own bike, but we also have rentals at Jaime Quadracycle from self-propelled vehicles and quadracycles 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.

 

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