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.

 

Learn more about Kayaking and Canoeing in Harrison Hot Springs πŸ‘‰https://www.tourismharrison.com///paddling

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.

 

Learn more about Biking in Harrison Hot Springs πŸ‘‰https://www.tourismharrison.com///biking

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Harrison’s Top 5 Hiking Spots

Harrison Top 5 Hiking Spots

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πŸ“Spirit Trail

Feeling burnt out, stressed, or just kind of ‘blah’? You might be suffering from Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). It's tough connecting with nature when you’re spending too much time indoors and slaving away in an office meeting deadline after deadline. Although NDD is not a recognized medical condition, it has attracted widespread attention. Consensus is that NDD is a symptom of current lifestyle.


Richard Louv coined the phrase Nature Deficit Disorder in his 2005 novel Last Child in the Woods where he argues that all of us, especially children, are spending more time indoors, where we feel alienated from nature and more vulnerable to negative moods and reduced attention span.

Solution? Breathe in (count to 10) and breathe out…slowly. Remain in the present moment. And, spend time with Mother Nature…like on a hike.

How to Hike in Harrison
Hiking is an unscripted experience where exploration and spontaneity meet. It’s natural medicine. Seratonin levels are boosted, creating a sense of serenity, and increased dopamine will have you feeling great! It’s your own multi-dimensional reality show as you engage all your senses and allow nature to draw you in…not social media notifications or Google alerts.

A hike:
●     elevates your senses as you’ll feel connected to the earth as opposed to your phone.
●     puts nature into perspective --in this vast world, we only make up a small portion of it.
●     awakens your sense of adventure as you take in your surroundings with renewed perspective.
●     allows you to focus better and reduce anxiety by being in the present moment.


How to Hike in Harrison
West coast-like of course. Grab your warmest toque and flannel plaid shirt, fave Lululemons, comfortable hiking boots, and a recyclable and refillable glass water bottle. Be safe.

●     Know your location, make notes of where you are going, and tell someone. Venturing out in the unknown has risks.
●     Know your limits and be mindful of what you can handle. Don’t overdo it to prove a point.
●     Check the weather -- trails can get slippery in wet conditions.
●     Pack the essentials like water, healthy snacks, first aid items, and skin protection.
●     Don’t eat what you don’t know like unfamiliar berries or leaves. 

As expressed by John Odonohue, “The greatest friend of the soul is the unknown.” But, we still can’t resist sharing five awesome Harrison trails.

Easy: Spirit Trail & Bridle Trail

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Medium: Sandy Cove & Whippoorwill Point

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Hard: Campbell River & Harrison Grind

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Difficult: Slollicum Peak

*Note: Slollicum is an amazing remote 5K hike up east of Harrison Lake Gravel  Rd. It's off the beaten path and gorgeous. When we say difficul,t it isn’t for the faint of heart.

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Learn more about Hiking in Harrison Hot Springs πŸ‘‰www.tourismharrison.com/hiking

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Harrison Hot Springs is Good Medicine

Harrison Hot Springs is good medicine

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Escaping the 'hustle and bustle' of city life, enjoying peaceful surroundings, and reconnecting with family are, collectively, Harrison's call-to-action.

Nobody said that the balancing act was easy. Investing in a relationship, leading a household, feeling obliged to attend social events, and shouldering a demanding career takes its toll. Now add buzzing phones and constant alerts and notifications.  The truth is that we tend to underestimate the strain that we are under and forget the need to unplug.  Our daily lifestyles keep cortisol (the stress hormone) levels up, which increases sugars in the bloodstream and is threatening to our health. But, when we think and act 'green', cortisol levels drop.

Just an hour and a half from Vancouver,  Harrison is surrounded by pristine, natural beauty creating meditative forest walks, therapeutic hot springs soaks, and soft adventure lake experiences. .

Locally-owned 'mom and pop' shops, bistros, and hotels are also within walking distance. After checking in to your room, there is no need to start the car up again until it's time to go home. The walkability creates an intimate feeling and has visitors exploring so much more at the ground level. Like the Sasquatch feet on the lake esplanade! 

Since Harrison is pet-friendly, be sure to bring the sweet pup too.

Go on a family hike and take pictures together, bring your bikes or rent some from our Village and explore, learn about our local food scene on the self-guided Circle Farm Tour, and walk around Harrison Lake. Invest in the family memory bank.

Harrison' will give you peace of mind. It's good medicine.

 

Learn more about biking in Harrison Hot Springs πŸ‘‰ www.tourismharrison.com/biking

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