WEEKDAY GETAWAYS: A GUIDE TO WINTER IN HARRISON HOT SPRINGS

Although best known for being a summertime paradise, Harrison Hot Springs can be just as fun and fabulous in the winter. Don’t believe it? Well, read on and you’ll understand why Harrison Hot Springs in the off-season can be prime time for a weekday getaway. With so much to do, no crowds, and great savings to boot, you’ll wonder why you haven’t taken a winter weekday getaway sooner!

ACCOMMODATIONS

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Many accommodations offer a discounted “off-season” rate to fill vacancies during this slow season. Pair that with getting away on the less-busy weekdays and you’ve got a win/win situation! Since most people take getaways on weekends, hotels often have discounted mid-week packages. By investing a few minutes of research, you’ll reap some super savings. Check out our DEALS for winter’s best rates. Or, go directly to the website of your desired accommodation, where their package deals are listed in detail. For example, a quick look at HARRISON HOT SPRINGS RESORT SPECIALS finds a great variety of package deals. (And, if you stay at the resort, you’ll find that the pools are divinely peaceful during the week).

HOT SPRINGS

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Speaking of hot springs, this subject deserves a mention of its own. We think winter is one of the most incredible times to enjoy the luxurious hot springs at Harrison Hot Springs Resort. When the winter air is crisp and biting, there’s nothing quite like the blissful sensation of sinking back into soothing warm mineral waters. And if you are in the pools when there is a blanket of snow around you, or delicate snowflakes gently falling; it’s pure enchantment to experience. You’ll never have to worry that the water will feel too hot, as there are three outdoor and two indoor pools kept at different temperatures; choose what suits you best. Not staying at the Resort? Don’t worry: there’s an indoor PUBLIC HOT SPRINGS pool accessible to all, with the same healing mineral water that’s used in the Resort pools. Kept at a perfectly temperate +38C, the mineral waters will soothe your aches and pains. The public pool building also features soaring windows with a seating area that looks out toward Harrison lake, so you can soak and then sit back, relax, and watch the world go by. And, of course, during weekdays, the pool is peaceful. The public pool is open seven days a week: Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 8pm, and Friday - Saturday, 9am-9pm

DINING

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What’s the benefit of dining midweek? Your favorite café, restaurant, or pub will be less busy during the week, especially during the winter season. This equates to no line-ups, speedy service and a lovely ambience. It’s much more pleasant to talk over lunch without a clattering of plates and cacophony of voices around you. Another plus: eateries usually offer weekday specials to draw people in.

ATTRACTIONS

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Believe it or not, even in winter, there are loads of activities to enjoy in the area. Although some attractions can get busy on weekends, during the week, you’ll have lots of room to roam. Bring some excitement and colour to a grey winter day by enjoying these fun winter attractions:

STARLIGHT SKATING RINK
This brand new, synthetic ice rink is a fantastic addition to Harrison’s winter waterfront! With no worry of melting ice, the rink stays in pristine condition no matter the weather. Bring your skates and take a glide! If you don’t have skates, you can rent some for a small fee. Admission to the rink is free, and it’s open from 10am to 9pm daily until February 29.

SASQUATCH MOUNTAIN RESORT
Offering skiing, snowboarding, tubing, a terrain park and guided or unguided snowshoe tours, Sasquatch Mountain Resort is located a short distance from the village. Brand new this season is their Sasquatch Quad Chair Lift. The benefit of visiting the resort during weekdays is a substantial discount on lift tickets! Their “early-week” (Monday-Wednesday) lift tickets are a bargain, plus they also offer discount days such as “2 for 1 Tuesdays” on lift tickets. If you’re new to skiing, you’ll love learning during the weekdays when the hills are less populated and there’s loads of room to zoom.

LIGHTS BY THE LAKE
Running November 23 - January 12, this dazzling holiday light display is a must-see! One kilometre of the lakefront promenade is alight with sparkling color, turning the lakefront into a captivating holiday wonderland. Pose in the many selfie-stands and capture your perfect Instagram photo.

NATURAL WONDERS
Winter is a great time to watch for bald eagles that congregate in the area (especially around Harrison Mills) to feast on spawning salmon. The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival happens in November, but the eagles hang around in droves anywhere from October to January.

HARRISON ECO TOURS
Check out the bald eagle/fish viewing tours all winter long. The salmon also attract other wildlife to the area: late fall/early winter is a good time to spot bears along the river as they feast before hibernation. Seals will also make an appearance as they swim in the river in search of fish. And, if hiking or driving around the Harrison Valley in the winter, watch for an icy natural wonder: if the temperatures remain below freezing for long enough, local waterfalls turn into magical ice castles!

One final tip: if you’re booking a winter getaway, it’s a great idea to book a room with a fireplace. After a day out and about enjoying the local attractions, it is heavenly to sit in front of a roaring fireplace with a hot chocolate and a great book!

Enjoy your winter getaway! If you’d like more information about these or other Weekday Getaways in Harrison Hot Springs, visit TOURISM HARRISON HOT SPRINGS!

 

HARRISON WINTER ACTIVITIES

Get into the season this winter in the Harrison River Valley! We have an abundance of activities that anyone can enjoy. Take the family, head out on your own, or have a group of friends get together to celebrate togetherness over the holidays and beyond!


WINTER FUN

Don’t feel cooped up inside this winter season! There’s lots to do outside with friends and family! Check out this list to get you started.


STARLIGHT SKATING RINK

495 Esplanade AvenueCome check out this free outdoor skating rink! Whether you’re with family, friends, or that special someone, this ice rink is sure to be a hit. Skate rentals are available.

 

LIGHTS BY THE LAKE

Harrison Lakefront
Enjoy enchanting holiday lights and custom-built light displays along Harrison’s promenade. Be sure to keep an eye out for Sasquatch along the way!


SHORELINE TOURS

100 Esplanade Avenue
Whether you prefer lake, river, or waterfall cruises, Shoreline Tours has an option for you. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the surrounding area as you tour the beautiful lake or river.


HARRISON ECO TOURS

100 Esplanade Avenue
Harrison Eco Tours offers a variety of wildlife tours, jet boat tours, guided kayaking, and guided hiking. Explore the outdoors, and enjoy what nature has to offer.


SASQUATCH MOUNTAIN RESORT

20955 Hemlock Valley Road
From tubing to snowshoeing to skiing and snowboarding, Sasquatch Mountain Resort has winter fun covered! You’ll love all the options of outdoor fun.


WHERE TO WARM UP

Being outside in the winter can certainly be quite beautiful, but you always need a place you can warm up in after all that outdoor fun!

MUDDY WATERS CAFE

328 Esplanade Avenue
Muddy Waters Café use local ingredients whenever possible and are a proud farm to table restaurant. They also offer espresso drinks and ice cream.


HARRISON CORNER CAFE

310 Hot Springs Road
This café has a seasonal menu that’s made from scratch. A destination for locals and tourists alike.


THE BLACK FOREST RESTAURANT

180 Esplanade Avenue
This family owned and operated restaurant serves up authentic German food in a friendly atmosphere. Almost any of their schnitzel can be done gluten free!


OLD SETTLER PUB

222 Cedar Avenue
A beautiful log cabin pub, complete with a liquor store. They serve delicious pub food in a welcoming manner. Kids are seated until 6pm, and then it’s adults only.


MORGAN’S BISTRO

160 Esplanade Avenue
Morgan’s Bistro serves great food in a hip atmosphere. The friendly staff are sure to make you feel welcome.

 

Find more activities in the Harrison River Valley – visit our website TOURISM HARRISON!!

WEEKDAY GETAWAYS: A GUIDE TO SUMMER IN HARRISON HOT SPRINGS

Harrison Hot Springs is an incredible summer destination with something for everyone! With seemingly endless activities to do in and around Harrison, the only difficulty you’ll have is deciding what to do first! A weekday getaway to Harrison is the ultimate way to beat the summer heat— the beaches and lakes are less busy during the week and there are great deals to be found.


HARRISON WATER SPORTS

If you’ve been to Harrison Hot Springs in the summer, you’ve likely noticed the brightly coloured floating waterpark situated on the lake in front of Harrison Hot Springs Resort. The waterpark is an absolute thrill and lots of laughter will be had as you romp around the bouncy surface and play on floating slides, trampolines, teeter-totters, and more. The “blob”, a giant inflated cushion, allows you to jump down from a high perch, and launch the person on the cushion high into the air before they come down for a splash-landing.
The waterpark is just one of the fun activities that Harrison Water Sports offers. They have a wide range of other water activities to take part in, including riding on water-blasting bumper boats, sea-doo rentals, and coming soon: barbecue boats! The advantages of a weekday getaway to Harrison Water Sports are there will be fewer people there, plus they have smoking hot deals on weekday rates! Get more information here: harrisonwatersports.com

 

BEACHES

Harrison is prized for its vast beaches with unparalleled views of the mountains surrounding them. A weekday getaway means you’ll have no problem finding a large space on the beach and making it your own for the day! Spread a blanket out, have a picnic and enjoy swimming and sunning yourself in comfort.
There are several separate beach areas along the village’s lakefront. If you have children, the playground on the main beach will be less busy during the week, meaning more play time for the kids. The lagoon and surrounding beach are generous in space and ideal for the whole family— the lagoon water is much warmer than the lake; and kids love the shallow areas to splash around in and collect water for building sandcastles. Lovely beaches can also be found at Greenpoint Day Use area, at Hick’s Lake and Deer Lake, as well as other spots around Harrison Lake which can be reached via Forest Service Roads. Explore and find your new favourite beach.


HIKES

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There are a wonderful variety of hikes to choose from in and around Harrison Hot Springs. During summer, a hike that leads to a swimming spot is an ideal route to take. After a good hike, the water feels especially exhilarating.  A weekday hike means less people on the trails: the Sandy Cove hike leads you to a gorgeous, secluded beach, that during the week, will likely have few, if any people there. The Hicks Lake Hike is a great way to burn some calories on an easy 6km trail around the lake, during which time you can scout out new spots to go for a swim. About halfway through the hike, on the south side of the lake, there is a beautiful haven of a beach that is a relaxing spot to settle in for the day. There is so much shoreline with easy access to the water, on a hot day you’ll see people set up their own beach spots all around Hicks Lake.


BEAT THE HEAT

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On a scorching summer day, it’s natural to want to get in the water to cool down. Since Harrison Lake is so large and glacier-fed, the water is typically cold. If you like a cold-water dip, you’ll love how invigorating the lake is, but if you’re looking for more temperate water, the smaller lakes in Sasquatch Provincial Park are fantastic places to swim.
Swimming and other water activities are a source of endless fun, but please keep safety in mind. If you are participating in water sports, make sure you have knowledge of water safety, practices and behaviors before you take part. Since Harrison Lake is quite cold, it’s important to know the impact of cold water on your body. For more information, check out the RED CROSS COLD WATER SAFETY page.


Remember these important tips:
Be prepared - wear a life jacket/personal floatation device (PFD) while boating.
Be smart - alcohol and water activities do not mix.
Be aware - water conditions may change quickly. Harrison Lake is known for its unpredictable weather conditions, including strong wind gusts.
Be safe - if boating, ensure your vessel has the required safety gear and sufficient fuel on board.
Be informed - know your limitations— open water conditions can be challenging. Expect cold water and limit your swim time accordingly.


For more information on water safety and drowning prevention, please visit:
BC YUKON LIFESAVING SOCIETY
TRANSPORT CANADA, OFFICE OF BOATING SAFETY
CANADIAN SAFE BOATING COUNCIL
CANADIAN RED CROSS

Have fun and stay safe! If you’d like more information about these or other Weekday Getaways in Harrison Hot Springs, visit our website HERE!

WEEKDAY GETAWAYS

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WHY VISIT HARRISON HOT SPRINGS DURING THE WEEK?

When most people plan a quick getaway, they usually think of taking it on typical days off from work: arriving at a destination on Friday evening and leaving Sunday afternoon: the customary weekend getaway. But guess what? Everyone else has the same idea! Resort destinations like Harrison Hot Springs are a buzzing beehive of activity on the weekends. If you thrive on the energy of a crowd and love people-watching, you may love weekend getaways. But if you are looking for a quieter, more restful visit, we have a tip for you: visit us during the week! An added bonus is that you’ll score some great deals during the week.


THE BENEFITS:

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If you’re looking to stay for a few days, many accommodations will offer discounts for weekday stays. Check out our deals and you’ll find a number of mid-week specials. Invest a few minutes in research and you’ll reap the rewards by saving a tidy bundle! Or, if you prefer roughing it, you’ll have a much wider choice of campsites during the week than during the busy summer weekends! You’ll be able to grab those coveted spots that always get taken first on the weekend.
What’s the benefit of dining midweek? Your favourite cafés, coffee shops, pubs, and restaurants will always be less busy during the week, which equates to little-to-no-line-up, quick service and a quiet environment. It’s much easier to carry on a lunch time conversation in a café that’s not full of chattering voices and silverware clattering on plates. Another plus: eateries usually offer weekday specials to attract people in.

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Mid-week also means fewer people at our seasonal outdoor attractions. If you’re a golfer, you’ll know it’s much easier to book a tee time on short notice during the week than on weekends. Plus, some golf courses will offer weekday discounts. For example, Sandpiper Resort Golf Club offers a weekday “play and stay” golf and accommodation package for an incredible deal! See their packages here.


In winter, a weekday visit to Sasquatch Mountain Resort means there’s more room for you to shred the slopes on your snowboard or skis, letting you really sharpen your skills. Sasquatch Resort offers the incentive of weekday lift ticket specials to attract people during the work week, which you’ll find here.
One of the biggest bonuses of a weekday getaway is that weekdays find the lake and the beach less populated! During a sunny summer Saturday, the lake— especially the south end, closer to the village— is often bustling with the activity of watersports: sport boaters, often towing waterskiers, wakeboarders, or giant tubes full of gleeful children (or fun-loving adults). Then there are the PWCs (Personal Water Crafts, such as Jet Skis, Sea-Doos, etc.), sailboats, canoes, windsurfers, kayakers… those doing watersports powered by human muscle sometimes inadvertently become part of the motorized lake traffic, getting bobbled about on a wake. But on a weekday, the lake traffic is greatly reduced. You’ll be able to leisurely paddle your Stand-up Paddleboard without the worry of boats zooming by and throwing you off balance. Some local water attractions also offer weekday discounts. Harrison’s Floating Waterpark, Harrison Watersports, offers cheaper weekday rates for admission to the waterpark and discounted rates on weekday rentals of their PWCs.

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Fishing is different during the week too. You’ll find that boat launches aren’t as frenzied with people unloading their boats. This means you can get out on the water sooner, get to your favourite fishing hole and have a long, peaceful afternoon of fishing without the distraction of weekend boaters and thrill-seekers. Or, if you fish from shore or enjoy fly fishing, there will be fewer anglers around to compete with.
Heavy hiking trail use is not a problem here; fortunately, our many trails don’t get steady traffic to the degree of a Vancouver trail like the Grouse Grind. Our shorter, easier hikes definitely see more hikers on the weekends than our challenging trails do. However, ALL the trails are quiet on weekdays. If you enjoy hiking through tranquil mossy green forest, hearing nothing but birdsongs, an occasional breeze fluttering the leaves, and the sound of your own feet softly padding the earth under your feet, a weekday hike is for you.

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What about bicycling, you ask? If you savor the simple pleasure of pedaling around the village, road traffic will be significantly lighter during the week, and local businesses less brisk with activity (should you feel a hankering to stop in for an ice cream). Harrison is an excellent location for a bike ride as we are surrounded by the beautiful, flourishing farmland of Agassiz, which provides many kilometres of abundantly scenic country roads. We have mapped out a route of one of our favourite rides, a 26 km trip starting at the Harrison Visitor Information Centre, along a number of our local Circle Farm Tour stops and around Limbert Mountain.


Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off for a lovely bike ride through the country (and perhaps a stop for the aforementioned ice cream)! Hope to see you this week!

For more information on these or other activities to do while in Harrison Hot Springs, visit our website at www.tourismharrison.com.

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