Harrison’s Top 5 Swimming Holes

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Oooh…it’s a hot one this summer! If you haven’t discovered our swimming holes, catch them now and escape the heat!

We are all about skipping ‘the busy’ and overcrowded beaches. Forget salty oceans and man-made pools. Ugh.

We are talking the Harrison way with cliff jumping, standing underneath roaring waterfalls, and enjoying crisp mountain water.

 

 

Sharing our top 5 picks:

 

1. Sasquatch Provincial Park (Deer, Trout, and Hicks Lake)

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Sasquatch Provincial Park, which is located north of Harrison Hot Springs is known for its series of pocket lakes, thriving forest, and scenic mountain ridge. To get here, you will need to drive through Harrison where you will stumble upon three different lakes: Deer, Trout, and Hicks.

Sasquatch Provincial Park is a vast wilderness area yet has ‘off the beaten path’ private swimming spots. Hicks and Deer Lake are also ideal for canoeing, while Trout Lake provides amazing fishing experiences. You have the option of choosing a day-use area or camping overnight.

 

2. Green Point

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This shoreline park is located about 6 kilometers north of Harrison Hot Springs and is situated right on Harrison Lake. Green Point is a day-use area, so make sure you don’t get stuck here overnight! There is plenty to do during the day with ample picnic spots, restroom facilities, a boat ramp, and kayaking spots. Harrison lake is a little cooler making it a great swimming beach to help you cool right off.

 

3. Kilby

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Tucked away in a rural setting, Kilby Provincial Park is known for its scenic riverfront location, and pioneer culture and history. Enjoy camping, picnicking, beach-time (opens mid to late summer when the water levels decrease), fishing, and boating. Note: the beach is fed by Harrison Lake so it is definitely on the refreshing side. And, rivers bring currents so don’t drift too far on a floaty or you’ll have one heck of a swim getting back!

 

4. Elbow lake

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Another great swimming spot is Elbow Lake. This lake is a smaller body of water compared to most in the Harrison area, and is a few kilometers up a dirt road (the Chehalis Forest Service Road), directly off of Highway 7. While it’s bit of a trek, this spot won’t disappoint and the water is warmer!

 

5. Sandy Cove

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Sandy Cove is definitely worth the drive in and hike up. Located directly behind Harrison’s historical buildings is a tree-lined path leading to a well-marked trailhead. As you continue on this trail, you’ll come to a junction where you can split off and head towards Sandy Cove or Whippoorwill Point (taking you to the entrance of Harrison River). Following Sandy Cove, you will be lead down through the forest and voila! You’ll be mesmerized by the secluded beach!

 

To learn more, visit tourismharrison.com

For weather conditions, itinerary ideas, and a Visitor Toolkit, head to our Plan Your Trip section.

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

 

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

Learn more about Nature in Harrison Hot Springs πŸ‘‰ www.tourismharrison.com/our-naturehood

Learn more about the Circle Farm Tours πŸ‘‰ www.tourismharrison.com/circle-farm-tours

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Quality of the Water and How It All Started!

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Are you reading to let off some steam? Although Harrison is a destination full of adventure and beautiful landscape, it’s one people long to go to for rest and relaxation. When most people hear of Harrison, they think of hot springs and the pools that encompass Harrison Resort. But, what they don’t know is the long history behind how these famous springs came to be.

How Hot Springs are Created

Hot springs occur when the emergence of geothermally, heated groundwater rises from the Earth's crust, meaning that water has seeped into the earth and has been heated by magma. Due to the earth’s pressure, water rises above the surface creating a “hot spring”. Geothermal hot springs are located world-wide!

How the Hot Springs Were Discovered

Originating back to the mid-1800s, when first discovered by the Europeans, Harrison’s hot springs were originally known as Warum Chuck or as the ‘healing place’ by the local Salish First Nations. Here’s an interesting story to share-- a group of miners, returning down Harrison Lake while trying to reach the shore had fallen into the waters from being anxious and exhausted. Due to its shocking warmth, they were delighted and comrades started to follow and jump in.

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A year later, Judge Matthew Begbie named the springs Alice Springs, after the daughter of the era’s Governor Douglas, but soon the springs were renamed Harrison Hot Springs, out of respect for Benjamin Harrison who was an important shareholder, and committee member, of the Hudson Bay Company.

There are two hot springs -- the “Potash”, with a temperature of 40 degrees C, and the "Sulphur" with a temperature of 65 degrees C. The water is pumped from one of the springs and cooled to provide a public mineral hot springs pool that visitors can enjoy at 38 degrees C (100 degrees F).

Hot Springs Health Benefits

The hot springs provide a natural cure for diseases and ailments due to the therapeutic use of the waters’ high mineral content, which is known to bring pain relief.  When submerged in the water, one’s hydrostatic pressure slowly rises and circulation and oxygen flow increase, which creates a strong heart! Primary minerals (calcium, sodium bicarbonate, sulfate, magnesium, iron, chloride, potassium, and zinc) and a handful of others are present in the water, averaging 1,300 parts per million of dissolved mineral solids, which is one of the highest concentrations of any mineral spring! When absorbed by one’s skin, the result is euphoric. 

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The Minerals:

  • boost blood circulation.
  • reduce stress and promote sleep.
  • heal skin irritation, such as eczema.
  • relieve pain and aches.
  • help with nasal congestion and digestive issues.

Note: Hot springs soaking will impact everyone differently, resulting in varied results.

Why we have Hot Springs in Harrison

Most geothermal areas are near volcanoes that have been active in the past, or are still active. Many geologists believe that even after an eruption hundreds of thousands of year ago can leave magma chambers beneath the surface. In an area such as Harrison, which sits on a fault line, combined with its geothermal energy, makes it the perfect location to form hot springs.

 The Harrison Resort & The Harrison Public Pool.

Guests staying at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa may access the thermal waters while the public pool is centrally located at the junction of Hot Springs Road and the Esplanade, available to everyone.

Have we convinced you that the springs of Harrison have healing powers? Still unsure, come down for a visit, and test the waters yourself.

Learn more πŸ‘‰  http://tourismharrison.com/hot-springs

Learn more about Harrison Hot Springs Resort πŸ‘‰  http://harrisonresort.com

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