Tourism Harrison Newsletter

Christmas in Harrison

                                                                                                                                          November 1, 2018

Lights On the Lake

Have you saved the date?! November 24th marks our first Lights on the Lake event! Unlike other festivals painted with traditional Christmas scenes, Lights on the Lake is a Sasquatch-themed light display, sharing Harrison’s favourite ways to spend time outdoors.

Watch for Sasquatch hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, fishing, camping, windsurfing, and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Phases 2 and 3 will be revealed in the next two years.

Illuminated streets, painted storefront windows, Christmas trees lining the plaza, and Sasquatch Christmas storytelling at, nearby, Harrison Lake Hotel will have everyone loving the Christmas feels.

Date: November 24, 2018 to January 28, 2019
Time: Seven days a week from dusk until 11:00 pm
Location: Harrison Lakefront
Cost: FREE

 

 

Cozy Christmas Walks

Taking place from November 23 to January 13, The Christmas Tree Trail -- a self-guided, 2.5 km tour -- takes visitors through  Harrison Village.

Enjoy seasonal favourites at coffee shops and bistros, and discover unique Christmas gifts at our boutique shops. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we are also awarding weekly giveaways!

Pick-up your guide at the Harrison Visitor Information Centre and Sasquatch Museum.

Winter Eagles Gather

On November 17th and 18th, the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival celebrates its 23rd season of the eagles and salmon.  Located only 15 minutes away, Harrison Mills is home to the world's largest winter eagle gathering.

We invite everyone to witness this spectacular phenomenon. Choose from a variety of accommodation partners and drive to nearby prime viewing spots, such as Kilby Historic Site and Sandpiper Resort. Better yet! Take an eagle viewing boat tour with Harrison Eco Tours. The eagles leave in early January.

 

 

Upcoming Happenings

Annual Harrison Sturgeon Challenge from November 7th - 9th, 2018. Hosted by BC Sport Fishing Group and the Harrison Hot Springs Resort. Come out for this friendly three-day competition to see who catches the ‘big one’.

Christmas at Kilby on December 8th & 9th. Enjoy Roast Turkey Dinner and all the trimmings for lunch!. Book your table for the 12 pm or 2 pm seating. Only $22.95. Don't forget to browse the gift area on your way out. It's artisan heaven!

Holiday Train on December 17th. Supporting local food banks across the country, the Holiday Train stops in Agassiz on December 17th at 5:05 pm across from the Agra Centre on Pioneer Avenue, West of Highway 9. Musical guests include Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott, and Tracey Brown. Be sure to bring a non-perishable food item.


 

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navigate through our community.

Harrison Hot Springs is far enough
away to feel away from it all, but only a 40-minute drive from Abbotsford and a scenic 
1.5-hour drive from Vancouver.

Love the journey as much as the visit. 
#justuptheroad .

 

 

Follow the Autumn Breeze to Harrison

                                                                                                                                          October 1, 2018

Follow the Autumn Breeze to Harrison

"And All At Once Summer Collapsed Into Fall..."

Cool breezes, cozy blankets, healing soaks, and comfort eats are this month's call to action.

Hot Springs Soaks:  Release the stress of rigid routines with a dip at the Harrison Resort & Spa or Public Pool.

Comfort Foods: Soul-soothing bites will give you all the feels. Some of our faves include like the crisp chicken and fries from Harrison Corner Cafe, charbroiled ribs from Milos Greek Taverna, pulled pork sandwich from Old Settler Pub, and creamy tomato soup from Morgan's Bistro

Brisk Walks: Explore Spirit Trail or embark on the Heritage Walk to learn all about our storied past. This easy 5-km walk will take you by landmarks and along the promenade.

Forest Hikes and Lakeshore Strolls: Hit the trails and kick your boots through fall foliage or grab a hot bevvy and walk Harrison Lake's esplanade.

 

 

LOOK UP!

Fall brings majestic creatures as the annual salmon run invites the eagles to feast. On November 17th and 18th, the 21st Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival celebrates another season of the winter-gathering bald eagles and salmon, but the phenomenon lasts until early January.

Located only 15 minutes away, Harrison Mills offers prime salmon and eagle-viewing spots.

Weaver Creek Spawning
While the channel is a man-made extension, it offers a wonderful opportunity to view spawning salmon. Peak activity is from October 6 - November 1.

Sandpiper Resort
Located on the Harrison River, the eagles gather in great numbers resting on the trees and riverfront. Watch from the golf course or private gazebo. Be sure to ask about the salmon specialty menu.

Kilby Historic Site
Enjoy a short walking tour down the dike to the confluence of the Fraser and Harrison Rivers. A costumed interpreter will explain the relationship between the salmon and eagles, and tell the story of the once-thriving mill town.

If you prefer to watch the eagles by boat, Harrison Eco Tours takes guests to see them up close and personal!


OCTOBER HAPPENINGS

The Harrison Beer Festival includes Cask Night on October 26th, the Beer Festival on October 27th, and an Oktoberfest Dance on October 27th. Tickets are completely SOLD OUT for the Beer Festival, but we still have a few tickets left for the other two. Hurry, and get your tickets before they're all gone.

Thanksgiving at Kilby! Don’t miss out on their famous Thanksgiving dinner -- a traditional full course turkey dinner (roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, seasonal vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, dinner roll, apple or pumpkin pie & coffee or tea) for only $22.95.

Harrison Festival Society Presents Coco Jafro on October 6th at 8 PM at Memorial Hall. Coco Jafro captures the pulse, energy and vibrancy of innovative world music. For more information, click here.

Step Back in Time at Rowena's Inn: Enjoy four courses, amidst the 1920's ambiance at Rowena’s Inn. Better yet, request the King’s Table and dine communal style!

 

 

NEW! LIGHTS ON THE LAKE LIGHTS FESTIVAL


Save the date! November 24th marks the inaugural Lights on the Lake light display on the Harrison Lakefront.

From a Christmas Tree Trail and "Whoville-feel" Village to a  new winter light festival called Lights on the Lake, Christmas in Harrison is sure to be magical! 

Enjoy a Sasquatch-themed light display, sharing Harrison’s favourite ways to spend time outdoors.

The inaugural lighting occurs at 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 24th with pre-lighting festivities including complimentary hot chocolate and treats, and a roving Sasquatch. More details to come!




 

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Download our app (Tourism Harrison app) to help you
navigate through our community.

Harrison Hot Springs is far enough
away to feel away from it all, but only a 40-minute drive from Abbotsford and a scenic 
1.5-hour drive from Vancouver.

Love the journey as much as the visit. 
#justuptheroad .

 

 

'Tis the season to fish

                                                                                                                                          September 1, 2018

Harrison Lake and River
The Best Place to Start Your Fishing Adventure!

Welcome to a sports fisher's paradise... where you'll find an abundance of trout, salmon, and sturgeon. Harrison Hot Springs is situated on the largest freshwater lake in southwestern BC, truly a fishing dream come true!

The beautiful surroundings, glistening rivers and lakes, and majestic wildlife attract anglers from around the globe.

The Harrison and Fraser River is the main route for thousands of migrating salmon and today's dinosaurs -- the white sturgeon -- which can grow up to 1,000 lbs and live up to 200 years old! Fish as big as us are regular occurrences!

BC Sport Fishing Group (BCSFG) tags and records the length and location of all sturgeon, working in partnership with the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society's monitoring and assessment program. Awesome for educating the next generation of anglers!

Feeding into the Harrison River, the salmon migration is truly a sight to see. In fact, a festival celebrates the eagles and salmon every year.

We have a unique adventure to offer for everyone! Or, as we like to say, Go Fish!

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


Do you need a fishing license?
Fishing licences and conservation stamps are available for purchase online from the provincial government’s website.
Not sure which license to buy?
Double check your confirmation email – license info. and the appropriate link will be provided when you book your trip.

For more information, check out the Fresh Water Fishing Regulations.

'Catch and Release' varieties include:

Steelhouse (December to May)*
Cutthroat (year-round) *
Rainbow and Bull Trout (year-round)
Char (October to May) **
Salmon
Chinook (July to November) ***
Sockeye (August to October) ***
Coho (September to December) *
Chum (September to December)
Pink  (Odd years in September)
Sturgeon (year-round) **
* Hatchery Fish only for retention
** Catch and Release only
*** Seasonal openings

BC Sportfishing Group provides first-class guided fishing adventures and wildlife tours, offering the best experiences in and around Harrison Hot Springs.


SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS

Agassiz Farm Fresh Market:  Thursday afternoons from 4 - 7 pm, the Agassiz Farm Market connects local growers, artisans, and supporters. Featuring a market area for shopping and a kids' zone!

Bands on the Beach: It's finally here on September 1st and 2nd from 1:00 - 6:00 pm. Noted as one of our best summer events, bring lawn chairs and get ready to rock out to Bluegrass, Indie, and New Country music. Check out the bands!

Harrison Country Craft Market:  Happening over Labour Day weekend, experience this one-of-a-kind crafts and lively outdoor music market! Source new organic foods or a little something that sparks your creative side.

While you're out here, be sure to explore our arts & heritage attractions, outdoor fun, shopping and health and wellness scene!

 

 

BIG NEWS!


Lights on the Lake - Harrison's very first Sasquatch-themed Winter Festival will be taking place in mid-November! Details will be shared shortly, stay tuned!


 

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR UPCOMING EVENTS

Download our app (Tourism Harrison app) to help you
navigate through our community.

Harrison Hot Springs is far enough
away to feel away from it all, but only a 40-minute drive from Abbotsford and a scenic 
1.5-hour drive from Vancouver.

Love the journey as much as the visit. 
#justuptheroad .

 

 

Beachin' In Harrison

                                                                                                                                          August  1, 2018

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 lake! From shoreline picnic grounds and soft sand to boat launches and a floating water park, we aren't sure why you would ever want to leave.

Here's how to make the most out of your day adventure!
building sandcastles and sunbathing
hitting up a local restaurant with killer patio views
playing beach volleyball & other lakeside sports
getting in the water to kayak, banana boat, jet-ski, you name it!
enjoying ice cream! (Who doesn't scream for ice cream?!)

Stop by Baskin Robbins to grab a double scoop of your favourite ice cream or a combo. Or head down to Chantilly and try gelato or sorbet. Classics include raspberry, vanilla, and mango or specialty flavours like cappuccino cookie and pistachio!

 

 



HOW TO PREPARE

BEACH ESSENTIALS:

Be sure to bring:

  • plenty of sunscreen

  • lots of water

  • a cooler bag to hold your drinks

  • first aid supplies

  • change of clothing

  • frisbee or ball

AUGUST HAPPENINGS

Agassiz Farm Market:  Thursday afternoons from 4 - 7 pm, the Agassiz Farm Market connects local growers, artisans, and supporters. Featuring a market area for shopping and a kids zone!

Plein Air Painting Festival at Kilby: Starting on Aug 17th, join us for the 4th Annual Plein Air Painting Festival located at Kilby Historic Site. This 'In the Open Air' event was a great success last year. Come to see the participants in action on Friday and Saturday with a public display on Sunday. Don't forget to ask about the festival luncheon!

Bands on the Beach: September 1st and 2nd from 1:00 - 6:00 pm. Noted as one of our best summer events, bring your lawn chairs and get ready to rock out to Bluegrass, Indie, and New Country music. Check out the bands!

 

 


 

HARRISON BEER FESTIVAL!

Harrison Beer Festival - Tickets are available as of 11 am today!
Returning this October, the Harrison Beer Festival brings the best BC microbreweries to one convenient location.  Held in St. Alice Hall, the festival ends with an Oktoberfest Dance.

Make sure to buy your tickets early as this event sells out extremely fast!

BUY TICKETS!


 

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR UPCOMING EVENTS


Harrison Hot Springs is far enough
away to feel away from it all, but only a 40-minute drive from Abbotsford and a scenic 
1.5-hour drive from Vancouver.

Love the journey as much as the visit. 
#justuptheroad .

 

 

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