Tourism Harrison Newsletter

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!


 

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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 .

 

 

Slow Summer Vibes

                                                                                                                                    


July 1, 2018

Slow Summer Vibes

                                          CIRCLE FARM TOUR

Return to simpler times with this self-guided farm tour through the countryside!  A celebration of past and present, this tour is a rich mix of wonderful things to see, do, smell, and taste!

Suggested Stops:

The Back Porch: Dan and Lynda invite you to visit their pottery & basketry studio, watch coffee being roasted in a circa 1919 flame roaster, or head out to the barn to see antiques.

Farm House Natural Cheeses: A variety of award-winning handmade artisan cheeses are produced from rich, fresh milk produced from dairy cows and goats. In fact, you can watch cheese being made right in front of you.

Kilby Historic Site: Experience a snapshot in time -- a 1920s living and thriving historical site! This three-hectare heritage attraction includes interpreters dressed in period costume, a 1906 General Store Museum, Manchester House Hotel, as well as a working farm with sweet, friendly farm animals. Make sure to pop in for a bite to eat and try a piece of homestyle pie.

SLOW FOOD TOUR - AGASSIZ FARM CYCLE TOUR
Support the Slow Food movement and our local farmers!

A long-anticipated and favorite event is the Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour, held on July 21. Coming back for its 12th year, this self-guided tour takes bicycle riders on a leisurely 30 km circuit of the countryside. Meet the farmers and learn about agriculture.

 

 

TAKING IT EASY

Harrison Village boasts a ton of amazing things to do and see!

Beach It: What's better than soaking in some rays while the kids make sand castles?   If you want to kick it up, don't forget that Harrison has an awesome waterpark!

Shop Till You Drop:
Whether you're a serious shopper or window browser you will find unique shops in the Village – selling everything from hand-crafted art to Christmas gifts. (Did we just mention Christmas in June? Don't groan just yet!)

Indulge: Our quaint strip does not disappoint when it comes to great eateries. Some of our faves include Morgan’s Bistro, Muddy Waters, Harrison Corner Cafe, and the Old Settler Pub.

 

 


JULY HAPPENINGS

Happy Birthday Canada!
Roll out the red and white on July 1st! Birthday festivities are taking place all day, including a pancake breakfast, parades, children's activities, family entertainment, craft markets, live music, and of course, a firework show over Harrison Lake.

The day will start at 8:30 am with a pancake breakfast and pet parade at 10:00 am followed by the main parade at 5 pm and fireworks at 10:00 pm.  See the full schedule.

Harrison Festival of Arts
From July 7-15, this world-class festival brings music from around the world.  The festival is an event the whole family can enjoy featuring music from all corners of the globe, as well as visual and literary arts, theatre, and a large outdoor art and craft market.

Harrison Dragon Boat
The Harrison Dragon Boat Festival takes place the 3rd weekend in July on the 21st and is one of the season's major races with up to 70 boats competing.


 

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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
 

 

 

Paddle Up The Harrison Way!

                                                                                                                                          June  1, 2018

Harrison Hot Springs is a kayaking mecca for the novice and experienced paddler alike. The scenery remains untouched, the water is calming, and the exploration routes are endless.

Don't have your own kayak or canoe? You can rent kayaks from Killer's Cove or take a guided tour with Harrison Eco Tours. 

Make sure to plan your next outing accordingly! 
Know before you go:
Stay close to shore. Strong winds can come up quickly and drift you just a little farther than you might like to go.
Watch the weather as it can change quickly.
It's best to paddle with other kayaks or canoes. Remember, safety in numbers.
Always strap on a life vest.
Be aware of your surroundings.

 

 



PADDLE OUR TOP 5

1. DABBLE WITH A PADDLE: The perfect trip for the novice or experienced. Leaving twice daily from the Harrison Lakeshore, this tour includes safety orientation and a two-hour paddle on Harrison Lake and part-way down the Harrison River.

2. MIAMI RIVER IS FAMILY FRIENDLY: Bring along the littles. This is an easy paddle suited for families with young children where you'll paddle right through the Village. 

3. HARRISON'S PAST: Paddle past the First Nations' petroglyphs, burial sites, and the historic "Bubble and Squeak" sunken steamship.

4. OVER THE RAINBOW: Accessible only by boat, a full day trip in your kayak that you will never forget. Pack a picnic lunch and take a guided paddle to Rainbow Falls. Stretch your legs as you take a short hike up to the falls. 8 hours round trip. 
 
5. FROM LAKE TO RIVER:  Harrison Hot Springs to Harrison Mills. Come with a friend and bring two cars. Leave one in at either Kilby Historic Site or Sandpiper Resort and take the other to Harrison. Gorgeous year-round but, especially, in the fall when bald eagles gather. 

 

 



FAMILY FUN

Harrison Hot Springs...also known as 'family fun town'!

Although kayaking and canoeing is a blast, don't forget to part take in all those other fun water-filled family activities Harrison has to offer.

Sand and water always make for a good time. Try riding a banana boat, get in a bumper boat fight,  play in the Wipe Out zones, and don't forget about the awesome waterslides! The kids. Will. Have. A. Blast!

And, CIRCLE FARM TOURS are back. This self-guided farm tour takes you through the countryside. Pet farm animals and sample locally grown and made food.

SASQUATCH DAYS

June 16 and 17th: This two-day event begins at 9:00 am with a short procession to Harrison Lake Plaza where a welcoming ceremony will be held at 10:00 am.  Each day features artisan activity tables, medicine walks. and opportunities for intercultural sharing.

Joint hosts, Sts’ailes First Nations and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, invite visitors to learn about the traditions of the Sts’ailes People and share in cultural experiences.

See pictures from previous years.


 

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 .

 


 

 

Biking in Harrison

                                                                                                                                           May  1, 2018

Can you really experience your surroundings just by driving by? Something euphoric happens when you hop on a bike and feel the fresh spring air cascade around you.

It’s highly unlikely you will remember that one-millionth time you drove to your destination but will recall conquering a trail and the end reward of a gorgeous view or refreshing dip!

Harrison offers some of the nicest biking around.  At our doorstep, the fertile farmland provides kilometers of country-side scenery and, best of all, it is all flat.  Easy riding for everyone!

Check out one our favorite rides starting from the Harrison Visitor Center, past Circle Farm Tour stops and around Limbert Mountain.

Dust off your backpack, bring a picnic basket to be stuffed with Circle Farm foods, your bike, supportive shoes, and your camera to snap moments!

Don’t have a bike? No problem! You can rent one at Jaime Quadracycle from self-propelled vehicles and quadricycles to tricycles and regular bicycles. You can also rent by the hour at Glencoe Motel Bike Rentals or grab some from Harrison Beach. (Not limited to hotel guests.)

 

 

RIDE OUT WITH OUR TOP 5 PICKS

Harrison has a variety of biking trails, suited for the novice to the experienced.

1) COUNTRY ROAD RIDE is a 26 km ride, taking you from Harrison Hot Springs to the farm lands of Agassiz as part of our Circle Farm Tour. You’ll drive past farms, corn fields, hazelnut orchards, cows, sheep, and, even, the odd donkey.

Highlights!
Back Porch: Pottery & basketry studio boasting antiques, collectibles, and other home/ garden décor items. Character buildings, chickens, goats and family vegetable gardens.

Farm House Natural Cheeses: Certified organic farm producing a wide variety of artisan farmstead cow and goat milk cheeses, non-homogenized milk, butter and yogurt from the farm's grass-fed cows and goats. Watch the cheesemaking process through the viewing window and take time for a stroll around the farm to visit the animals.

2) LAKESIDE: Bike along the gorgeous esplanade*.
(Please watch out for vehicles as it is a narrow shoulder.)

3) HARRISON MILLS TO HARRISON HOT SPRINGS: (and back) - for the more intermediate riders --an hour ride there and back -- stop at the springs on Mt. Woodside where you can fill up your water bottle with fresh spring water! (Note: there is an elevation gain on both sides.)

4) RIDE THROUGH THE VILLAGE: Nothing beats taking a tour of Harrison Village. (Please watch for other pedestrians and vehicles.)

5) BEAR MOUNTAIN SIDE TRAIL LOOP: A total 7.5 km round-trip. This ride begins at Memorial Hall and turns into Mount Street Trail. You’ll see lots of farmland, leading into forest and over a bridge crossing at which point you’ll twist and turn a bit more before looping back.

Pedal then pool: Stay and soak in one of the hot spring pools or enjoy the healing springs spa at Harrison Resort.

 

 

BIKES TO BITES

You have worked up a sweat and are ready for a monster bowl of something.

Stop by The Old Settler Pub or Sandpiper Resort's Clubhouse.

Muddy's serves their coffee hot, and signature-size desserts are guaranteed to hit the spot. Wanting a bit more on the upscale and farm-fresh? Try Harrison Corner, Black Forest,  Copper Room, or Morgan's Bistro.



SASQUATCH DAYS

This two-day event begins at 9:00 am with a short procession to Harrison Lake Plaza where a welcoming ceremony will be held at 10:00 am.

Each day features artisan activity tables, medicine walks. and opportunities for intercultural sharing.

Joint hosts for this event, Sts’ailes First Nations and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, invite visitors to learn about the traditions of the Sts’ailes People and share cultural experiences.

Check out the pictures from previous years.
 


 

"The best routes are the ones you haven't ridden."

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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