Harrison Hot Springs is an eco-friendly destination that opens up BC’s backyard to every age group and level of ability. Incorporated in 1949, Harrison Hot Springs has a total land area of 5.57 square kilometers (and half of that is vertical, not horizontal.) The Village is located at the south end of Harrison Lake, 123 km east of Vancouver. The population in 2011 was 1468 and then some people moved out, some moved in, some were born and some showed up in 2012 and didn’t leave and some come here every day but sleep and vote elsewhere. Anyway, we stopped counting because it just got difficult.
We Love!! animals. According to village dog registration records there are only three dogs that live here… the other 892 just come to visit on a daily basis. There are quite a few cats based on how many cats come through my cat door to eat at my house even though I rarely see the same cat twice. The only time my personal cat population goes down is when a raccoon comes in and leaves it’s scent on the walls and doors… then we don’t have cats for a couple of days. And FYI, yes, a seventy-three pound raccoon can fit through a cat door designed for dwarf cats.
All of the Village residents have a shared pet. He is a Sasquatch. No, he is not a collective hallucination. Look at it this way …if our water can sustain 10 – 14 foot sturgeon that we don’t often see, and our mountains can sustain bear, deer and cougar even though we almost never see them, why can’t our forests sustain a large hairy person? Just because you can’t see him, doesn’t mean we can’t. (Mushrooms anyone?)
We are an incredibly friendly and social people and because we are really nice, we all leave town on beautiful summer days in order to free up parking for the tourists. If you happen to see more than 10 people in a group, they are not a gang…that is a parade…so don’t forget to clap and cheer and maybe you’ll get some candy thrown your way!