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HARRISON HOLIDAY EVENTS

The holiday season can be a hectic time of year: besides your already busy schedule, you have to find pockets of time to fit in things like shopping, decorating, and cooking. Sometimes we get swept up in our to-do lists, but it’s important to pause the whirlwind of activity, and take the time to truly delight in the wonder, joy, and celebration of the season. We’ve compiled a list of holiday events that you can enjoy with friends and family. Make a Harrison Holiday Event a new tradition!

LIGHTS BY THE LAKE 

On the Lakefront Promenade

November 23, 4:30pm-7:00pm: GRAND OPENING. Join us as we light the lakefront! Festivities include complimentary hot chocolate (one per person, while supplies last), performances, and much more.

November 23 - January 12, dusk to 11pm: LIGHTS BY THE LAKE continues daily. One kilometre of the lakefront is decorated with dazzling light displays and selfie-stands.

November 23-February 29: SKATING: This year’s Lights by the Lake includes a synthetic ice rink. Skating is free: bring your ice skates or rent some for a small fee.

November 23-January 1: CHRISTMAS TREE TRAIL is a free, self-guided Christmas Tree Tour at featured retailers. Find a last-minute Christmas gift and enter weekly giveaways.

Learn more:  http://lightsbythelake.ca

 

HARRISON FESTIVAL SOCIETY CONCERT

Memorial Hall, 290 Esplanade Avenue

November 30, 8pm: LE VENT DU NORD CONCERT: The Harrison Festival Society presents Le Vent Du Nord, a leading force in Quebec’s Francophone folk movement. Tickets are $25/person, available HERE.
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HARRISON BEACH HOTEL CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

160 Esplanade Avenue

November 30, 10:30am-4:30pm: Find something for everyone on your list at the Harrison Beach Hotel's third annual Christmas Craft Fair. Free admission!

KILBY HISTORIC SITE

215 Kilby Road, Harrison Mills

December 14 & 15, and December 21 & 22:  OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON: Enjoy a full course traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Gift shop will be open for your last-minute Christmas shopping. Call 604-796-9592 to reserve.

ROWENA'S INN

14282 Morris Valley Rd.

December 15: 5:30pm-8:30pm. STEP BACK IN TIME DINING: Join us in the Upper Drawing Room as Chef Adrian Beatty prepares four courses amidst the 1920’s ambiance of Rowena’s Inn. Tickets $75/person. 

CLUBHOUSE RESTAURANT

14282 Morris Valley Rd. | Call the Clubhouse to reserve: 604-796-1000 ext. 3

December 8, 8am-2pm: BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Specialty Brunch Pricing: Adults $28.95 & Members: 15% off. Kids 6-12 years $14.95. Under 5: free. Kids receive a free gift from Santa. 

December 24, 8am-3pm CHRISTMAS EVE BRUNCH: Specialty Brunch Pricing: Adults $28.95 & Members: 15% off. Kids 6-12 years $14.95. Under 5: free. 

December 31 & January 1, 8am-2pm both days: NEW YEAR’S EVE AND NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH: Regular Brunch Pricing: Adults $21.95 & Members: 15% off. Kids 6-12 years $12.95. Under 5: free. 

SASQUATCH MOUNTAIN RESORT

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20955 Hemlock Valley Road

December 25, 11am-3pm: CHRISTMAS AT SASQUATCH: Come out Christmas Day with your family and friends for skiing/snowboarding/tubing! 

December 26-31, 4pm-8pm: DECEMBER NIGHT SKIING: Our ski hill will be lit up for night skiing, and we’ll keep the holiday spirit going as music played by our DJ echoes through the mountain slopes!

Learn more:  https://sasquatchmountain.ca/

Now you can fill your calendar with merry holiday events! To find out more about these events or other fun activities in Harrison Hot Springs, watch our EVENTS CALENDAR.

WEEKDAY GETAWAYS: A GUIDE TO FALL IN HARRISON HOT SPRINGS

Fall is upon us, a time of thick, cozy sweaters, crisp fall breezes, and pumpkin spice everything! Harrison Hot Springs in the fall is a must-see. A palette of colors will dazzle your eyes: deep green fir, cedar, and hemlock; deciduous trees ablaze with color; and the vibrant blues of lake and sky. If you crave a fall getaway and would love some restorative and relaxing time, consider a weekday getaway! Local accommodations, restaurants, and attractions will be far less busy than on a weekend; and you’ll find some great deals!

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Firstly, a great advantage of a fall vacation is that many accommodations will offer a discounted “off season” rate. Pair that with getting away on the less-busy weekdays and you’ve got a win/win!
Since most people take getaways on weekends, hotels will often offer discounted mid-week packages to attract people in to fill more rooms. Check out our DEALS for the seasons’ best rates! By investing a few minutes of research, you’ll reap some terrific savings. (And, if you stay at the resort, you’ll find that the pools are blissfully peaceful during the week).


CAMPGROUNDS

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Maybe you prefer to “rough it,” fall is a beautiful time to go camping. A mid-week getaway means you’ll have your pick of prime campsites, and with far fewer people camping in the fall, you’ll have an incredibly peaceful retreat. Although some campgrounds close for the fall/winter season, there are campgrounds in the area that offer camping year-round; for example, at Kilby Provincial Park, and Deer Lake in Sasquatch Provincial Park. Camping in the fall saves you money, too: both of these campgrounds have discounted off-season rates.


DINING

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What’s the benefit of dining midweek? Your favorite café, restaurant, or pub will very likely be less busy during the week, which equates to no line-ups, speedy service and a quiet ambience. Another plus: eateries usually offer weekday specials to draw people in.

 

ATTRACTIONS

Credits: Danny Chan

Even in the off-season, you’ll still find so much to do and see, and visiting mid-week means great savings. Visit SANDPIPER RESORT during the week and you’ll pay significantly less for a round of golf than you’d pay on the weekend. You’ll also have a much bigger choice of available tee-times during the week. Plus, Sandpiper is an excellent place to see the bald eagles that converge on the area in fall. They even have an eagle viewing platform!


Speaking of eagles, it’s a great idea to come midweek for eagle viewing: if you want to set up and do photography, you’ll have lots of room to set up your camera without jostling for the perfect spot with other photographers. Or, if you prefer to take a boat tour, there will likely be fewer people on the boat during the week than on the weekend. Lots of room to move around and get the best viewpoints!


WEAVER CREEK SPAWNING CHANNEL is a fantastic place to witness nature in action as it is teeming with salmon spawning in the fall. Hundreds of splashing, swimming salmon are truly an amazing sight to see. Because this attraction is free, weekends can get quite busy. Visit on a weekday and your visit will feel like a leisurely stroll through the park.


Enjoy your fall getaway! If you’d like more information about these or other Weekday Getaways in Harrison Hot Springs, visit our WEBSITE or stop by the Visitor Centre.

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!

GRAB A SEAT FOR SUMMER EATS

Photo: Muddy Waters Cafe

There’s nothing quite like a sizzling hot summer day spent enjoying the refreshing lake! But where to go when your stomach starts rumbling? Harrison Hot Springs has a wide and varied selection of eateries to choose from— you’ll find something that’s sure to satisfy you and your whole crew. When you feel that craving kick in, grab your beach towels, dust the sand off and head to one of our many fantastic eateries!
Here are some great options for you to grab a seat and devour some delicious summer eats; most with patios so you can bask in the outdoors while enjoying your favourite fare.

MUDDY WATERS CAFÉ

328 Esplanade Avenue

HARRISON CORNER CAFÉ

310 Hot Springs Road

OLD SETTLER PUB

222 Cedar Avenue

MILOS GREEK TAVERNA

324 Esplanade Avenue

ISLANDS BAR

100 Esplanade Avenue, Lobby Lounge, Harrison Hot Springs Resort

LAKESIDE CAFÉ

100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs Resort

HARRISON HAMBURGERS

#111-196 Esplanade Avenue

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LAKEFRONT CAFÉ

280 Esplanade Avenue

MUNCHIKONE FOOD BAR

#112A-196 Esplanade Avenue

LAKEVIEW RESTAURANT

150 Esplanade Avenue

Once you’ve tamed that appetite, it’s time for more lake fun; just don’t forget the sunscreen! If you’d like more information about these or other eateries in Harrison Hot Springs, visit our website!

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