Tourism Harrison Newsletter

Slow Food Cycle Tour

Agassiz Summer Cycle Tour
 Saturday, August 2nd.

 Celebrating its’ 8th year, Agassiz Slow Food Cycle Tour is   excited    to welcome you to another year exploring the        countryside and  meeting the local farmers.  There will be fresh produce, exceptional  cheese, organic free-range chickens and delicious blueberries to pick. A shopping shuttle service has been provided by Tourism Harrison.  They collect your purchases from the farms and bring them back to the registration area for you to pick up.


Agassiz Harrison Museum & Visitor Information Centre
The museum is housed in the original Canadian Pacific Railway Station built in 1893, making it one of the oldest existing wooden stations in British Columbia. 
BC Dairy Classroom
We welcome BC Dairy to this year’s event with a photo stand and some fun promo items. Find them at the Cordine Farm on Cameron Road.
Cabin Fever Country
We welcome Kim Duncan, of Cabin Fever Collectibles.  Kim will have her delicious fudge and jams and jellies available for pick up.   Blackberry Lane Pies will no longer be available at the B&B on Limbert Mtn Road but Kim will be making all of your favourites and you will be able to find her at The Back Porch.
Canadian Hazelnuts Farm
Fresh, roasted, candied, chocolate dipped and bark, flour, protein powders, cold pressed oils, butter and chocolate spread. Come enjoy a walk in our orchard & enjoy a self-guided tour. 
Cordine Farms
Come out and visit this operating dairy farm. Learn where your milk comes from and say 'hi' to the cows.

Farm House Natural Cheeses
Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, happy cows graze the fields to produce the rich fresh milk used for the cheeses made in our on-farm creamery.  We will be offering for sale, cheese sampler plates and “Farm House Raclette” with boiled potato and pickles.
Hammersley Farms
Spray-free raspberries and blueberries in season, as well as jams, berry sauces and vinaigrettes.  Wander through beautiful display gardens. We have over 120 varieties of reasonably priced perennials for sale.  
Honeyview Farms
Come visit Honeyview Farms at the Registration Area.  Honeyview farm is the largest apiary in BC.
Invasive Species Council of BC
We will be on location at the UBC Dairy & Research Centre, stop by and learn how to stop invasive plants and organisms from spreading in BC.
Ossome Acres
Artisan breads for the Chilliwack Farmers Market and Vegetables for the table.  They believe that healthy soil equals a healthy crop so they use only organic compost and fertilizer and grow their veggies from non-gmo, untreated and organic seeds! 
Prospera Credit Union
Prospera will be giving away free seed packets so everyone can grow and enjoy their own fresh herbs at home. Don’t forget to stop by their table at registration to say hello and pick some up. 
Ian Sparkes Corn
Sparkes corn is picked fresh and delivered directly from our fields to our convenient drive-thru stands daily, ensuring it comes to you ripe, fresh, and full of flavour! We guarantee it! 
Tasty Chicken Farm
No additives, non-medicated, organic-fed, open fields, fresh water, and darn tasty! On the menu this year: BBQ Lemongrass Skewers, Croquettes and our Limonade Mocktail. 
The Back Porch
Lynda is a potter and a willow basket maker. Dan is a full time artisan coffee roaster. He works with an antique Royal #5 roaster dating from 1919.  This year they are offering iced coffee for sale and Blackberry Lane Pies will be on site selling pieces of pie as well as whole pies.
Yangbing Family Farm
Enjoy different ways to prepare pea shoots or just relax in the shade of their trees.
UBC Dairy & Research Centre
A world-class research facility and a working dairy farm.   We hope you will come for a tour of the UBC Dairy Centre.

2014 Harrison Dragon Boat Races

Saturday July 26th - 8:00am Start - 72 teams competing!


After looking over the 2013 Race results for the Harrison Dragon Boat Festival, I became intrigued with the Mixed Championship Gold finalist, a team from the Dragon Heart Racing Club from Vancouver, known as “Dragon Heart Unicorn”.

The whimsical name brought to mind a lazy paddle on a slow river and a time twenty-four years ago when we allowed our then 4 year old, to have input in her new sister’s name and our subsequent scramble to explain why calling our second daughter Rainbow Heart Unicorn wasn’t going to work out so well.

I see from the roster of teams participating in the 2014 Harrison Regatta that the Dragon Heart Unicorn Squad will not be here but that the Dragon Heart club will be well represented by a number of teams, including I hope, one which has Kevin of the Dragon Heart Breaker Squad.

(To say that this picture of Kevin captures the intense focus of the sport would be an understatement.)

With participants and spectators combined the Harrison Lake front embraces over 4500 people and literally thumps like a beating heart to the rhythm of the drums, the energy, music, laughter and good natured but fierce competition.  It is impossible not to become caught up in the atmosphere and good will.


Festival of the Arts Concert Series

Every year for the last 35 years, thousands of people have been able to say, "Oh my God, it was amazing!"  Have you been one of them?  Do NOT let this year's concert series go by without your class entertainment and small town atmosphere meet here in Harrison Hot Springs to create a music festival like no other...see you there!

Straight from the Valley...
The Festival kicks off with a sampling of the Valley's finest performing artists.
UFV Bhangra Club
UFV Bhangra Club is the official team of the University of the Fraser Valley.  It was founded by students of the university in the Fall of 2010 to preserve the art and culture of Bhangra, a South Asian genre that has become hugely popular in the Fraser Valley in the past decade
Langley Ukulele Ensemble
In the more than 30 years of its existence, The Langley Ukelele Ensemble has become one of Western Canada’s most distinctive and accomplished youth musical organizations, playing arrangements of pop, classical and folk music with precision, dexterity and a sense of fun. 
The Sabir Sisters
The Sabir Sisters (Shamma, Roxanna, Sarah and Laila) are individually and collectively among BC's most well-known fiddlers.  Combining step-dancing, influenced in equal parts by Ottawa Valley style and tap, with classic Canadian fiddling and strong singing, The Sabirs are Fraser Valley treasures.   

Kobo Town...
Artistic voices of the Caribbean diaspora and one of the grooviest calypso bands anywhere.  Founded by Trinidadian-Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born.  Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of classic Caribbean music and runs it through a 21st Century filter.

Eric Bibb...
The best there is in acoustic blues, an Eric Bibb performance is an enriching experience, both musically and spiritually.  A native New Yorker, who has spent most of his life in Europe, Eric is the son of Leon Bibb, nephew of John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and godson of Paul Robeson.

Literary Café ...An evening of readings and music courtesy of UFV students and faculty.
Theatre...Two one act plays from the 2014 University of the Fraser Valley Theatre Directors’ Festival.

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson... Award-winning contemporary pipers unite and reinvent the traditional sounds of Ireland & Scotland.  Individually they’re two of the best players around but collectively they create a chemistry which is almost magic.  They are not only vastly talented but have created a sound that is bursting with emotion and energy - a fusion of pipes and flutes which pushes the boundaries of what the instruments can achieve.

Mokoomba...A distinct blend of traditional Tonga music and the vibrant youthful energy of southern Africa.  Exuberant youthful energy bursting with natural talent and contagious rhythm, the six young men of Mokoomba represent Zimbabwe’s next generation of hope.  Musically distinct, Mokoomba combines traditional and modern instruments with a rich blend of rhythms, creating a vibrant sound consisting of traditional Tonga music yet embracing the sounds of southern Africa’s diverse cultures.

Quique Escamilla...Quique is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer living in Toronto.  With his stylistically flexible band, he fuses traditional Mexican musical styles such as Ranchera and Huapango with modern sounds of rock, reggae, pop, ska, cumbia, bolero and other Latin American rhythms.

Nathan Music Co...Part country, part wild Gypsy music and part rootsy pop. All homemade in the prairies.
Nathan Music Co. (formerly Nathan) has been at the forefront of alternative country music in Canada since the early 2000's.

Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana...
A fresh and sunny kaleidoscope of Tuscan sounds, Mediterranean flavours and jazz improvisation.  Banditaliana was founded by internationally renowned composer and concertina player Riccardo Tesi, rated as one of the most daring and authoritative musicians on the European world music scene.

For tickets, call 604-796-3664, order on-line at

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