Harrison Hot Springs’ idyllic village setting makes it the ultimate place for any type of bike ride. Its small size makes bicycling an ideal way to leisurely tour the village and see the sights. Its proximity to the heart of flat farmland means a bounty of bucolic back roads, ideal for long distance riders... then there are the roots and rocks of mountain bike trails that test your technical skills. There’s something for every kind of bicycling enthusiast, with the convenience of businesses along the way, and the icing on the cake is Harrison’s spectacular scenic backdrop.
COUNTRYSIDE RIDE & CIRCLE FARM TOUR
Harrison’s location right on the doorstep of Agassiz’s lush farmland means countless kilometres of countryside rides. And the best part: it’s all flat, yet offers incredible mountain views! Not sure where to start your pedal-powered adventure? Here’s a map of a fantastic, 26km long Country Roads Bike Ride. In addition, you can travel the Circle Farm Tour and make stops at participating farms and businesses along the way. Stop in for an ice cream, buy farm-fresh produce, enjoy fresh bakery products, tour a lavender farm, and so much more! Get the brochure here!
BEAR MOUNTAIN FLATS
For those looking for a little more adventure, visit the eastern portion of Harrison, known by locals as the East Sector Lands or Lower Bear Mountain. It’s an incredible natural area that’s 316 acres in size, now known officially as the East Sector Lands Recreation Site. For years, it was an unofficial trail system, but with its new designation, the park has received a number of major upgrades. New amenities include an information kiosk at the trail head, a pit toilet and picnic tables. As the starting point, Spirit Trail and Bridle Trail have been upgraded and joined, providing a pleasant 1 to 5.5 kilometer trail depending on where you decide to turn around.
FAMILY FRIENDLY RENTALS
It’s easy and convenient to rent a bike right in the village:
JAMIE’S QUADRICYCLE RENTALS Phone 604-799-0235
Jamie’s has variety of pedal-powered two, three, and four wheelers to choose from. Have a blast touring town in the Limo, that can seat four adults and two children and has four sets of pedals. There’s also the Model T that has two sets of pedals and seats two adults and a child; the Double Trike: a low rider that seats one adult and one child; the Single Trike; the single seat Ranger (go-kart style); and of course, regular mountain bikes.
HARRISON BEACH HOTEL MOUNTAIN BIKE RENTALS Phone 604-796-1111
The Harrison Beach Hotel offers mountain bike rentals right from the hotel. Ask at the front desk, or call for more information. You don’t need to be a guest of the hotel to rent!
A LITTLE FURTHER AWAY
Only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Harrison, you’ll find these amazing places to ride:
59389 Lougheed Highway
Halfway between Agassiz and Hope on the scenic BC Route 7 Highway, you’ll find this adventure park, newly built in 2018. It’s a perfect spot to spend some time as a family, with something for everyone. It features a mixed use trail system, a massive 90,000 sq. ft. playground, a mountain bike skills area and a beginner level pump track. Beautiful First Nations wood carvings are scattered throughout the park, located on 33 acres of forested wilderness.
51642 Allan Rd, Chilliwack
Located off the Annis Road exit, the Chilliwack Community Forest is a 100 acre park with a recently developed trail system that includes mountain biking trails as well as a network of hiking trails, in a range of skill levels from easy to difficult. Find a map here.
For your safety, and the safety of other visitors, bicycle riding isn’t allowed on Harrison’s Lakefront Promenade. Bicycling on any sidewalk is illegal and hazardous, so refrain from any sidewalk riding.
Obey the rules of the road, and know and use hand signals to indicate your intended movement to traffic.
On shared use paths, be sure to be courteous to other path users by keeping to the right. If you want to pass, ring your bell and pass slowly on the left hand side.
Wear an approved bicycle helmet with CSA, ANSI, ASTM, or SNELL standards approval clearly labelled on it.
For more details on safe riding, visit BC Government’s Cycling Regulations, Restrictions, and Rules of the Road.
Enjoy your ride (and all the health benefits that come with it)! Learn more about biking in Harrison Hot Springs here. For more information on this, or other activities and sights to see in Harrison, visit us at TOURISM HARRISON. Share your summer moments in Harrison Hot Springs with us by tagging your photos with #justuptheroad.