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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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

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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.

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