WELLNESS IN HARRISON HOT SPRINGS

The events of the last few months have been challenging to say the least; the unknown, a source of anxiety and confusion. In addition to that, our usual sources of recreation and relaxation quickly shut down. Our homes became our schools and offices, and isolation became the norm. Now, more than ever, we can use some calm and wellness in our lives. Following are some tips to keep you balanced and healthy right now, and in the days and weeks ahead, as our favourite places and spaces begin to re-open.

FINDING WELLNESS NOW

Even though many of our favourite places are closed, there are still ways we can restore peace and contentment into our lives right now. Here are some helpful tips:

Stay connected: Although most people enjoy some alone time, too much of it can have negative consequences. Studies show that prolonged isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness, depression and stress. Be sure to keep connected to others: phone calls, video chats, a socially distanced visit with the neighbor.

Grow a garden: Even if you don’t have access to a plot of land, planting seeds in a pot of soil will do. The satisfaction of nurturing something you planted, and watching it grow, is incredibly rewarding. Whether you grow flowers to brighten up a dark space, or food to feed your family, every gardener will tell you that the activity feeds your soul.

Take a local hike: Even a leisurely paced walk has many health benefits for body and mind. Take a friend along and enjoy the simple pleasures of chatting, birdwatching, and enjoying nature. In Harrison Hot Springs, we have a fantastic array of trails to choose from, ranging from easy to difficult. Find your favourite trail here.

Get out on your local greens: There are more health benefits to golf than you may realize. Breathing in the fresh air, socializing, walking, and swinging reduces stress, increases heart health, and stimulates brain activity. Sandpiper Resort is strictly adhering to government guidelines to keep their guests safe: all surfaces are sanitized frequently throughout the day, automated hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the resort, and tee-time intervals are spaced to allow for social distancing. These and many more safety measures will help you have a worry-free round. 

Spend time on the water: Whether you choose to go fishing, boating, windsurfing, kayaking, or canoeing, we have plenty of sparkling clean water to enjoy. Click here to learn more about all the fun water activities we offer. Hire a local guiding company to show you where the best fishing spots are and to learn tips from local experts. Check out our local guiding companies and book a fishing excursion. Check here for opening dates for Sasquatch Provincial Park, home of three beautiful pocket lakes offering hikes, camping, fishing, boating, and swimming.

Meditate and do yoga: These calming activities bring peace and harmony to body, mind, and spirit. Learn meditation techniques and yoga poses that have myriad health benefits, such as reducing anxiety, fighting depression, reducing inflammation and pain, improving flexibility and increasing strength. Crystal Spirit Yoga & Healing is currently offering low cost online classes; and once re-opened will offer yoga, sound healing, meditation and reiki classes, workshops, and events. Watch their Facebook page and webpage for announcements about online classes. 

RE-OPENING SOON

In the months ahead, we will start to see a re-opening of businesses with strict measures in place to ensure public health and safety. This can be a confusing time, so throughout this process, we will keep you updated on what to expect. We have a number of informative links on our website that will bring clarity during this transition. Please visit Harrison River Valley Know Before You Go and Information for Visitors During Covid. You can also learn how you can Support Local for those businesses who aren’t fully open yet. Keep tuned for the following Harrison favourites to re-open with ways to help you restore wellness into your world.

YA DOMA NATURE AND FOREST THERAPY

Learn how to use the gifts of the forest to soothe body, mind, and spirit with a guided forest walk. “Ya Doma” is Russian for “I am Home”... and this is the concept behind forest therapy: the feeling of coming home to nature and in turn, reconnecting to your own true nature. Certified Forest Therapy Guide Kim will teach you how to still your busy mind, find clarity and learn to live in the moment. Experience the enrichment and nurturing effects of nature, with a number of different walks to choose from, including private walks, group walks, family fun walks, a night-time full moon walk and much more. Get full details here: Ya Doma Nature and Forest Therapy.

HOT SPRINGS

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Harrison has been known as a place of healing for thousands of years, since its discovery by local First Nations who called the Hot Springs Kwals, meaning boiling water. The hot springs were revered as a healing place by the Coast Salish people, who travelled by canoe to benefit from their waters. To this day, there’s nothing quite like the blissful feeling of sinking back into the warm, welcoming waters of natural mineral springs. They’re known for their healing properties, such as boosting blood circulation, easing pain, reducing stress, and promoting sleep. Book a stay at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and enjoy their hot spring pools, all kept at different temperatures. Or visit the Public Hot Springs Pool (opening date to be announced), with views of the lakefront. The public pool uses the same natural healing mineral waters as the resort pools, cooled to a balmy +38C. You can enjoy the hot springs feeling at home with mineral bath salts sold at the Visitor Centre, re-opening June 5.

SPAS

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You’ll find pure indulgence in a wide range of services at these charming spas:

HEALING SPRINGS SPA

100 Esplanade Avenue

604-796-8888

Located in Harrison Hot Springs Resort, you’ll find soothing massage therapies and body wraps, hand and foot treatments, and waxing and beauty services to help you look and feel your best.

PARADISE COVE SPA

6989 Rockwell Place

604-791-5212

Visit for certified massage treatments and relaxing facials at a gorgeous waterfront property.

SPAW DOGZ

#1111, 190 Lillooet Avenue

672-999-SPAW (7729)

Spoil your furry family member with a “spaw” treatment. Their unique Nagayu CO2 bathing system leaves a dog’s coat and skin noticeably cleaner, healthier and odor-free, and helps heal skin issues. They’ll enjoy a luxury wash in a spa tub and a massage dry. Luxury boarding also available!

 

Learn more about health and wellness in Harrison Hot Springs here. We’re grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming you back in the months ahead, as we all start transitioning into a new normal. Visit us at TOURISM HARRISON.  

 

WAYS TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES FOR MOTHER’S DAY

Moms do so much for us and are always there when we need them. They comfort and guide us through all stages of our lives, even long after we’ve left the nest. Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to recognize and thank mom for her selfless dedication to those she loves. This year, Mother’s Day shopping is a bit more challenging, but we have some great ideas to find a unique gift to show her your appreciation. Here are some places to find that perfect something for mom, while supporting your favourite local businesses!

FLOWER STANDS

Spring is the best time to give mom a fragrant, fresh-from-the-farm bouquet of flowers. Swing by one of our local flower stands and choose from a gorgeous variety of blooms. Have cash handy for these serve-yourself locations.

TULIPS OF THE VALLEY
1694 Tranmer Road, Agassiz

BLUE CLOVER CREATIONS
6352 Golf Road, Agassiz

GARDEN CENTRES

House plants, annuals, perennials, bedding plants, and home and garden décor. You’ll find this and much more at these locations:

AGASSIZ GARDEN CENTRE
7323 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz
604-864-1730

THE GARDEN HOUSE
52905 Yale Road, Rosedale
604-794-9884

SPECIALTY RETAIL

Mom is guaranteed to adore gifts from any of these community shops!

THE BLUE DANDELION GIFTS AND COLLECTABLES
1-7026 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz
778-999-3634

Open Fridays & Saturdays, 10am – 5pm, limit two people in store. Browse their items on their Facebook page, The Blue Dandelion Gifts and Collectables Agassiz. Pick-up and delivery options available.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY
328 Esplanade Avenue
604-491-2010

Offering curbside pickup or delivery.

HOLLY TREE FLORIST & GIFTS
7220 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz
604-796-2596

Shop ONLINE to arrange for no-contact floral delivery. Serving Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Rosedale & Area.

THE BACK PORCH
6116 Golf Road, Agassiz
604-796-9871

Open Saturdays 10am – 2pm for pre-ordered pick-up.

FARMHOUSE NATURAL CHEESES
5634 McCallum Road, Agassiz
604-796-8741

Open Wednesday - Saturday 10am – 2pm. Or shop ONLINE; shipments are insulated and packaged with ice packs.

CASA LIFESTYLES
110-196, Esplanade, Harrison Hot Springs
604-796-2972

Shop via their Facebook Page Casa Sasquatch. Offering free delivery from Agassiz to Rosedale.

CANWEST ART GALLERY ON THE LAKE
160 Esplanade Avenue
604-796-5557

Shop their E-STORE or visit by appointment.

RESTAURANT TAKE-OUT

Although you can’t take mom out for supper, you can still treat her with delicious take-out from one of our local restaurants!

BLACK FOREST RESTAURANT
180 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs
604-796-9343

Open for take-out from 1-6pm daily.

CLUBHOUSE RESTAURANT AT SANDPIPER RESORT
14282 Morris Valley Road, Harrison Mills
604-796-1000

Open for take-out 9am-7pm daily.

KITAMI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
318 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Springs
604-796-2728

Call for hours of operation.

ROYAL KING INDIAN RESTAURANT
140 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs
604-491-3368

Call for hours of operation.

SUPPORT LOCAL BC GIFT CARD PROGRAM

Support Local BC is an initiative created to support local businesses during the pandemic. Purchase gift cards that can be used once businesses re-open. Available in $10, $25, $50, and $100 denominations. Check our participating businesses and purchase gift cards here: SUPPORT LOCAL BC HARRISON/AGASSIZ

We hope these ideas have helped to take the guesswork out of spoiling your mom on her special day. Check out the Harrison Hot Springs app to learn more about shopping local. It’s available for free at the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android. At this time, we do not recommend any non-essential travel, but look forward to welcoming you back once travel restrictions are lifted. Until then, we  encourage you to be a virtual tourist and enjoy the beauty of our region. Learn more at TOURISM HARRISON.

 

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!!

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