Harrison River Valley 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

December heralds the arrival of the holiday season, bringing with it the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and preparation. It’s great to add merriment to the mix by enjoying some stress-relieving winter activities too! But where to begin? We’ve made it easy by compiling this holiday gift guide with suggestions for fantastic local shopping and safe, socially-distanced winter activities the whole family can enjoy.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Lift the spirits of your community retailers by shopping locally this holiday season. The Harrison River Valley is home to a fabulous variety of shops and services that will help you wow everyone on your holiday shopping list. Watch for local Agassiz shops to host pop-up promotions on Fridays and Saturdays between December 4-19. An added bonus to holiday shopping here: you’ll enjoy the holiday lights you see along Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz and Esplanade Avenue in Harrison!

Stocking Stuffers

Gift cards to local businesses. See which businesses are participating in Support Local BC or ask your favourite shop if they offer gift cards (many do)!

Chocolate covered espresso beans from The Back Porch for the coffee connoisseurs on your list.

Bath bombs, bath salts, candles or tea from Harrison Lavender.

Locally crafted earrings from Casa Lifestyles, Blue Dandelion Gifts, or Canwest Art Gallery on the Lake.

For the Kids

Blue Dandelion Gifts
Blue Dandelion boasts a huge selection of games, toys, puzzles and books for kids of all ages.

The Garden House
The Garden House offers a marvelous array of locally sourced clothing, decor, and toys for toddlers and babies.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Adorable Christmas-themed chocolates or candy apples will delight the kids.

Sasquatch Mountain Resort
Lift tickets for family fun on the slopes!

For the Foodie

The Back Porch roasts several different blends of rich organic coffee. The Rustic Rooster is a dark and delicious blend perfect for sipping on Christmas morning.

Farmhouse Natural Cheeses: create a beautiful holiday charcuterie board as part of your Christmas eats, or order a custom gift basket.

The wine connoisseur in your life will love locally sourced wine and spirits from the abundant Fraser Valley. A sure-fire favourite: the Whispering Horse Wild Series.

Home Decor

Check out Santa’s Workshop at The Garden House! Browse their charming, locally made holiday décor, ornaments, wreath kits, and Christmas Trees!

Casa Lifestyles has a huge selection of beautiful seasonal décor and ornaments.

Canwest Art Gallery on the Lake features local artists like Richard Brodeur and Robert Andrews. Shop for unique items like paintings, pottery, sculptures, and stained glass.

Hand-woven baskets and hand-crafted pottery by Lynda at The Back Porch.

Health and Wellness

Essential Oils, bath and body products from Blue Dandelion Gifts.

Candles, bath and body products, and lavender tea from Harrison Lavender.

Golfing is available year-round in the Harrison River Valley. Find something special at the Pro Shop at the Sandpiper Resort.

WINTER ACTIVITIES

Photo: Mia Gołębiowska

Memorable family traditions are created by taking part in fun winter activities and experiencing the wonder and glow of sparkling Christmas lights.

Top 5 Winter Activities in the Harrison River Valley

1. Winter Night Lights, Pioneer Park, Agassiz, December 1-28
2. The Old Settler Pub and Liquor Store
3. The Sandpiper Resort
4. Esplanade Avenue, including Muddy Waters Café
5. Agassiz Harrison Museum

Top 5 Locations to View Christmas Lights in the Harrison River Valley

1. Sasquatch Mountain Resort for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and tubing.
2. Victorian Christmas at the Agassiz Harrison Museum, December 3 - January 9.
3. Viewing Holiday Lights in the Harrison River Valley: see our top five picks above.
4. Grabbing your favourite holiday beverage, from eggnog lattés to hot toddies.
5. Mask-erade Christmas Dinner: a four-course dinner at the Lakeside Café.

Happy Holidays from Tourism Harrison! We hope you have a wonderful time with loved ones and stay safe. Show us your holiday celebrations by tagging your photos with #justuptheroad.

BICYCLING IN HARRISON HOT SPRINGS

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:

SYÉX̱W CHÓ:LEQW ADVENTURE PARK

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.

CHILLIWACK COMMUNITY FOREST

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.

BICYCLE SAFETY

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.

 

GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR FATHER'S DAY

Father’s Day is swiftly approaching— it seems as though it snuck up on us this year! If you are puzzled about what to do to celebrate Dad, we have some great ideas to take Father’s Day to the next level! Whether you are looking for that perfect gift, want to take him out for a meal, or even better, have a fun shared experience with him, you’ll find everything you need at Harrison Hot Springs. Not only will you be treating dad, you’ll be supporting our fantastic range of local businesses.

GIFTS

There are a wide variety of shops in Harrison to find a unique and special gift for Dad. These are just a few ideas; you’ll find even more here!

THE BACK PORCH

6116  Golf Road, Agassiz

604-796-9871

The Back Porch is famous for its rich, delicious coffee. The beans are fresh as can be; roasted right on-site in a circa 1919 Flame Roaster.

THE BLUE DANDELION GIFTS AND COLLECTABLES

140 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs

604-491-3555

You’ll find an incredibly diverse range of gifts that dad will love: shaving and grooming accessories, coffee mugs, puzzles, rustic “man cave”décor, and so much more.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY

328 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs

604-491-2010

Dad will love whimsical treats like their famous Bear Claws and Sasquatch Feet, crafted right in the shop from their exquisite chocolate and candy. Get a delicious treat for yourself while you’re at it!

EATERIES

Sitting down and sharing a meal with Dad is a great opportunity to catch up and enjoy each other’s company over a hearty meal. Is your dad a fan of a great burger and brew? We have some excellent eateries to find that classic combo!

OLD SETTLER PUB

222 Cedar Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs

604-796-9722

The most delicious pub eats around! Try their loaded burger and pick from a wide selection of brews.

CLUBHOUSE RESTAURANT AT SANDPIPER RESORT

14282 Morris Valley Road, Harrison Mills

604-796-1000

For a sophisticated twist on the classic burger, try the West Coast Salmon Burger or the Mills Burger, featuring a grilled prime rib patty! Pick from a selection of brews like local favourite Old Yale.

HARRISON CORNER CAFE

310 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Spring

604-491-4429

The Corner Burger and a brew from local beer crafters Strange Fellows Brewing will hit the spot.

MUDDY WATERS CAFE

328 Esplanade, Harrison Hot Springs

604-796-5563

Try the Bison Burger once and you’ll be hooked! Enjoy it with an ice cold Old Yale Brewing beer on tap.

EXPERIENCES

Dad will often say that the best gift you can give him is your time. Share one of these amazing experiences with Dad for memories that will last a lifetime!

HIKING

Walking and talking together is a great way to bond with dad, and we have a wide assortment of trails, from an easy lagoon stroll to a challenging hike up the Harrison Grind/Campbell Lake trail.

GOLF

Book a tee time and enjoy 18 holes at the scenic Sandpiper Golf Resort or 9 holes at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort Golf Course. And be sure to check out Sandpiper Resort’s Father’s Day special.

KAYAK/CANOE

Take a kayak or canoe excursion together on Harrison Lake or Harrison River. Guided tours and rentals are available from the Harrison Resort Dock. Visit Harrison Eco Tours and Killer's Cove Boat Rentals for pricing.

RIVER & LAKE CRUISES

Enjoy a comfortable river, lake, or waterfall cruise in comfort and style on Shoreline Tours’ luxurious 62 foot boat. It features a sightseeing deck, dining area, BBQ grill and more.

BBQ BOAT

Get the whole family together; these unique boats seat six people. Bring some steaks to grill and spend  time on the water in a Harrison Watersports BBQ Boat.

STURGEON FISHING

BC Sportfishing Group offers the ultimate in fishing tours: guided fishing for White Sturgeon. These prehistoric river monsters can grow up to 20 feet in length and over 1000 pounds, and trying to land one is a thrilling and exhilarating experience! If your Dad has limited mobility, their large and comfy boats feature wheelchair accessibility.

LAKE FISHING

Harrison Hot Springs has an abundance of great fishing holes. Take dad and try your luck at Harrison Lake and the beautiful pocket lakes in Sasquatch Provincial Park: Hicks Lake, Deer Lake, and Trout Lake all offer excellent opportunities to reel in the big one!

 

We hope these ideas have sparked your gift-giving imagination! With so much to see and do, Harrison Hot Springs is an ideal place for exploring locally and enjoying Father’s Day fun. For more information on these or other activities and local businesses, visit TOURISM HARRISON.

VIRTUAL TOUR: The Harrison River Valley

As we delight in the luminous beauty and vast wilderness of the Harrison River Valley, we are reminded of the treasures this valley holds. The sparkling lakes, rich forests, and stunning mountain backdrops have been witness to the stories and lives of the Sts’ailes people for thousands of years. The abundant wildlife and thriving ecosystem within the valley is its beating heart that nourishes and sustains us, body, mind, and spirit. In respect and tribute to those before us, together we can enjoy this wondrous land while protecting it for future generations.

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