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.

How to Harrison: People of the Land

Sx̲wōx̲wiyám

The Beating Heart – the root of the Sts’ailes community, which rests on the shores of the Harrison River, was created in a battle between a shaman and Xals, the Transformer. Up the west side of Harrison Lake, the battle took place, and Xals turned the once powerful shaman to stone. With the shaman’s powers limited, spreading broken pieces of his body amongst the territory conserved him, as each piece created landmarks. The village of Sts’ailes lies in the place where his heart landed. His heart beats on.
 

Tém:éxw

“We have always been here” is how the relationship with the land is described by Stó:lō elders. The connection has been tied from their arrival in S’ólh Téméxw, through transformations of animals and fish. The Xexá:ls, or transformers, fixed the world – including the people and the animals that walk the earth. This established our current landscape.

The connection is both spiritual and physical. Answer the spirit, and it will turn into a song. The song will turn into something very important to you - an animal, the trees, the water. That song is the healing for the people. 

Come together to cherish and respect the land.

Sx̲wōx̲wiyám: Legend or traditional story
Tém:éxw: Earth, land
S’ólh Téméxw: Traditional territory
Xexá:ls: Transformers

Lake life in Harrison Hot Springs

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What comes to mind when you think of Harrison, besides hot springs?

THE LAKE!

And, we would like to think that we aren’t just any beach, but the go-to beach! From shoreline picnic grounds and soft sand you’ll want to be buried in to boat launches, a playground and floating water park, we aren’t really sure why you would ever want to leave.

Here’s how to make the most out of summer!

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1. Ice Cream

The quintessential summer treat... a perfectly mounded, double-scooped ice cream cone! There is nothing better than cooling off at Baskin Robbins –conveniently located in the heart of Harrison Village at Muddy Waters Café -- with a variety of flavours to choose from. Not up for ice cream? Head down to Chantilly Ice Cream and enjoy Harrison's largest selection of authentic Italian gelato and sorbet.

 

2. Lakeside Sports

Lakeside volleyball is where. it’s. at!  Pull out your volleyball, grab a group of friends, and get your serves and spikes in all while absorbing the views of the aquamarine colours in Harrison Lake! If volleyball isn’t your choice, try soccer, frisbee, football, or badminton.  Or bring a kite!

 

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3. Water Sports

If you don’t want to hang by the water, then get in it. You will find everything that you can think of at the waterdock –kayaks, speed boats to rent, seadoos, wakeboards, banana tube rides, and even guided salmon and fishing tours.

 

 

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4. Beach Time

Laying on the beach and doing absolutely nothing. Ahhh, to have glowing sun-kissed skin and melt away stress and worry. Grab your fave beach towel, set up an umbrella (nothing fun about looking like beat-red at the end of the day), grab that book you keep meaning to finish off, and doze off. Not one to be a beach bum? Splash in the shallows, or go build a sandcastle. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen!

 

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5. Patio restaurants

You’ll be famished after a day at the beach…guaranteed.  Come fuel up and people watch on one of our patios.  For water views, our recos include Muddy Waters Café, Lakefront Café, Milos Greek Taverna, Morgan’s Bistro, Black Forest, and the Islands Bar at the Harrison Resort. Or, just off the beaten path is Harrison Corner Café or Old Settlers Pub.

 

 

Bonus note!
From mid-July through to Labour Day, Harrison is packed with weekend festivals and entertainment.

 

For more information on how to get here, current 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

 

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