Tourism Harrison Newsletter

July 2020 Newsletter

 

 

June 29, 2020

Harrison Welcomes You!


As we launch Phase 3, we invite you to
experience Harrison River Valley's
lush forest, crystal-clear waters, fresh air,
and wide open spaces.

 

Be One With Nature

Health is a state of body.
Wellness is a state of being.

- J. Standford

Forest Therapy

Forest bathing is an immersive experience of
being in the forest. Considered a science by some
and a form of meditation by others, forest bathing
simply brings us back to nature.

Ya Doma Nature and Forest Therapy provides
guided, mindful experiences for all ages. 

Ground Yourself

If you would rather self explore,
here are our favourite hikes and walks. 

Spirit Trail
Short, easy 20-minute level walk.
 
Heritage Walk
Gentle 90-minute walk where you will
learn about Harrison's history and explore
historical buildings and landmarks.

Spirit Trail/Bridle Trail Loop
Moderate 2-hour walk through Lower Bear Mountain
consisting of forest, wetlands, and cliffs.
This closed-loop is home to a variety of wildlife.

Bear Mountain
Not for the faint of heart!
This 18-km, 7-hour hike, east of Harrison Lake,
leads you past several small waterfalls and
breathtaking views of The Fraser Valley,
Fraser River, and the Cheam Mountain Range.

Harrison Eco Tours can also take
you on a guided hiking tour !

Soothing Waters


Enjoy the peace and calm as you
explore
 Harrison Lake.

Boating | Paddling | Fishing
 
Get Ready to make a SPLASH!

Harrison Watersports Water Park 
opens on June 27th!


Bounce and slide on a giant
inflatable waterpark!

Wide Open Spaces 


How about cycling through Harrison?

Bring your own bike or rent one of ours.

Circle Farm Tour


Our self-guided Circle Farm Tour
takes through the countryside as
you visit quaint farms.

Walk, bike, or drive through it!

See all the stops!

Canada Day Celebrations!

We are celebrating virtually this year.

Join us through our Facebook Event Page. 

See our Schedule Of Events

Which Local Businesses Are
 Ready to Host You?

For a complete and updated list, please 
visit our website
As you Explore BC, please travel
responsibly and do not travel 
if you are feeling unwell. 

From RV and camping sites to
hotels and resorts, our accommodations
are ready to host you!


For more information on
how BC is responding to
COVID-19, please visit  
HelloBC: What You Need To Know

And, review this page
before you visit us! 

Harrison Know Before You Go!
Harrison Hot Springs is far
enough away to feel away
from it all, but only a  1.5-hour
drive from Vancouver. 

Love the journey
as much as the visit. 
 

#justuptheroad 
 
 

 

April Adventures

                                                                                                                           April 1, 2019

APRIL ADVENTURES!

The glare coming through your window is real...spring has arrived! Dust off your backpack, dig out your flip flops, and hit the road up to the land of
hike, bike, and paddle!

Choose from easy walks, beautiful hikes, scenic boat rides, and relaxing cycling routes or do it all. Did you know that Harrison Eco Tours has a new guided hiking experience? Trek out with friends and they will guide you to some killer spots.

 

 



UNCORKED WINE FESTIVAL

Individual tickets and accommodation packages are now sold out! If you missed your opportunity for Harrison Uncorked By Day, there are still reservations available for the Uncorked Dinners on April 26th and April 27th.

These restaurants have created a special menu and are pairing wines from featured wineries.

Morgan’s Bistro on April 26th and April 27th
604.491.1696 | 160 Esplanade Avenue

Step Back in Time at Rowena's Inn on the River on April 26th
604.796.1000 | 14282 Morris Valley Rd in Harrison Mills at Sandpiper Resort

Harrison Corner Café on April 27th
604.491.4429 | 310 Hot Springs Road

Reservations must be made directly with each restaurant.

APRIL EVENTS

Tiller’s Folly is an internationally travelled acoustic power trip coming to Memorial Hall on April 13th. Tickets can be purchased online

Easter Egg Hunt at Kilby on April 20th and 21st. Decorate eggs, pet farm animals, play good ol' fashioned games, and take home a candy bag!

Bring the kids to meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy brunch at Harrison Resort's Copper Room.



UPCOMING EVENTS

May 12th:
Celebrate Mother's Day at Kilby Historic Site where kids can make a special gift for mom or grandma.

May 12th: Harrison Resort's Copper Room is hosting a delicious brunch.

May 18 & 19th | June 29 & 30th |August 3 & 4th | August 31 & September 1st:  Kilby's 1920's Pioneer Days

May 25 & 26th: 50th Seabird Island Festival showcasing cultural diversity.

June 15th & 16th: Sasquatch Days, an intercultural celebration with canoe races, traditional salmon BBQ, medicine walks, boat tours, and talks on the Sasquatch from the Sts'ailes experts and local investigators. Read more about the legendary creature!

July 27th: Harrison Drag Boat Regatta and Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour
July 12 - 21st: The Harrison Arts Festival

See our 2019 Events Schedule!

 

 

Harrison Hot Springs is far enough away to feel away from it all,
but only a scenic 1.5-hour drive from Vancouver.
Love the journey as much as the visit. 
#justuptheroad


 

 

 

 

Meet Harrison's Living Legends

















October 1, 2017


While we love sharing stories and talking about the experiences and adventures that Harrison has to offer, what can often be overlooked are the people. Harrison has sparkle, vibrant energy, and is full of big-hearted people who love their community. We invite you to get to know some of our local legends!

(By the way, we know this newsletter is longer but we didn't want to lose any of our legends' juicy tidbits!)


Mayor Leo Facio


Don’t let the last name fool you. Born in Gibraltar and with his last name rooted in Italian descent, Leo moved to Harrison from England in 1975, where he started working in a drapery store with his wife Jackie. After visiting Harrison in 1974, he fell in love with the area leading him to move the following year.


Jackie became well known after she accepted a job with Front Desk at Harrison Resort. At that time, it was called the Harrison Hotel. She ended her career at the Harrison Resort with the title of Deputy Executive Manager until she passed away in 1995. Jackie was also involved with the Sorority Club and the girls’ group Brownies.

Simultaneously, Leo was heavily involved with the Lions Club and the Harrison Agassiz Rotary Club. Due to his strong belief in supporting community and effort behind innovative initiatives, Leo was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship, which is the highest distinction to be awarded. Shortly after, he received the Queen Elizabeth The Second Diamond Jubilee Medal, for his dedicated service to his community and Canada.

Leo was one with the community as he drove a daily school bus for the District and spent a great deal of time watching the children grow but, since he is a natural born leader, he decided he wanted to immerse himself deeper in the community.  In 1993, he ran for Village Council and was elected. With a few short breaks, Leo has remained with Council and accepted his first term as Mayor in 2005. He is now in his third term. He leads his team with passion and is dedicated to both families.

“Why do I keep running? I have two families –the Village and my own. This is my life. I have great passion for this community,” says Leo.
 

 

Bill Miller, Sasquatch Expert

 



















 



 

 



 

 

 



 

 

 

Bill Miller is our expert in ‘all things Sasquatch’! Originally from Illinois, Bill came up to Canada for a Sasquatch Conference at the University of BC in 1998. To this day, Bill believes that he witnessed a large Sasquatch run by him when he was fishing with a friend, one night, in Northern Minnesota in July of 1980. At first, he thought it was a giant person as he didn’t know what to make of the occurrence.

“I didn’t think of Bigfoot/Sasquatch in that part of the U.S. in those days. This memory has stuck with me all of my life,” says Bill. 

His ‘obsession’ to learn more about these incredible creatures altered his life path, so much so that he set himself up to live part of the year in Harrison, given its reputation as the world’s Sasquatch Capital.

Like most people, Bill thought that the term Bigfoot or Sasquatch meant there was only one of these creatures still in existence, but has learned that there are several forms of the species all over the world.  Contrary to popular belief, Sasquatch is an animal and not a person.  From 2005 to 2010, Bill became a self-funded, full-time field researcher as he searched for evidence of the elusive animal in the field, working more than 60 hours a week. People were constantly approaching him wanting to hear more about his experiences and knowledge, and several even asked to join him in the field. The next thing you know, Bill started Sasquatch Country Adventures, which fully launched in 2012. 

 

Aside from writing articles, doing interviews on radio shows, and giving public talks on the topic, Bill's research has been featured on Shaw TV and Global News and his investigative work has also been covered by the press. To learn more, visit SasquatchCountryAdventures.com.

 

Andy Hillhouse, Harrison Festival


















 

 

The Harrison Festival brought Andy Hillhouse, Executive and Artistic Director, to Harrison Hot Springs. Five years ago, when Andy heard about a senior position opening at the Harrison Festival, which is a rare opportunity, Andy followed his love of music festivals and uprooted from Toronto.  As a Celtic rhythm guitarist and singer, someone who loves to teach others, and having earned a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto, Andy is, successfully, filling the big shoes that Phyllis and Ed Stenson left behind.

“I grew up going to large-scale music events, like the Vancouver Folk Festival, so leading one was always a big goal of mine,” says Andy. 

In Andy’s down time, he is known to connect with like-minded peers who play flute, fiddle, and the penny whistler!

With only a team of three, they pursue the mandate of organizing and executing a festival, founded on community development through the arts, cultural diversity, and accessibility of the arts for all.  Celebrating 40 years next summer, the 9-day festival will feature music on the beach, workshops, artisan markets, a Children’s Day, art exhibits, and more. Visit harrisonfestival.com for more information.

 

Frank Peters, Rocky Mountain Chocolate

 














 

 

 

 


Frank Peters has been a long-standing and active Harrison member for decades. His story is fascinating as Frank has been heavily involved with land development and is now the owner of Harrison’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate.  In 1990, Frank built a summer log cabin due to the awesome windsurfing that Harrison Lake is known for.  His ‘day-job’ included building Harrison’s first condominium unit-- Branches by the Lake-- amongst many similar projects, and then he opened the Muddy Waters and Baskin Robbins shop.

This is 25 years ago when he was the original owner and, at that time, the vision was to have a quaint café where locals played music – like a traditional coffeehouse from the ‘70s.  Bands were often seen playing outside the storefront.

After a few unfortunate incidents, including a life-threatening boating accident that almost cost Frank his life, Frank first sold Muddy Waters to his sister, Bonnie, who then sold it to their sister Jenny. Jenny, and her husband, Richard, are still the owners today, and have taken Muddy’s to the next level with its farm-to-plate philosophy and hipster vibes.

 “The accident was a major life-changing moment for me. I needed to do something less active and I thought chocolate was a perfect fit for Harrison. Chocolate inspires happiness in all,” says Frank.

When asked what is favourite bite was he said the hazelnut clusters and candy apples. But don’t take our word for it. Visit the shop and try everything for yourself.  Oh, and true to Frank’s ambitious nature, he just built Harrison’s newest townhome unit of 26!  

 

Todd Richard, Musician


Todd Richard (pronounced Rishard is an iconic superstar, but as humble as they come. Having won numerous awards, Todd’s career relaunched after the passing of his dad.


“My dad was a musician. Once my dad passed away in 2007, I sold my plumbing business as I made him a promise to start playing music again,” says Todd.

Todd has lived in Harrison for 17 years. It was a lifestyle choice to move as Todd and his wife would take their son to go camping and biking in the back trails. Now their son has grown, but their lifestyle continues with nature hikes and lagoon strolls.

Todd’s local claim-to-fame is Bands on the Beach, which has grown significantly over the past seven years. He is grateful to the Village of Harrison, Tourism Harrison, and local businesses for embracing his brainchild and giving him the support to launch the festival.Today, Todd has two albums with new music and music videos on the way. He is deeply supportive of the Variety Children’s Network and has written a song for the network called Follow Your Heart. 

Donna Wright, Island View Gifts



Donna Wright has been here for many years…since 1953! After coming with her family to visit her aunt, her mom fell in love with the lush green and moderate climate. Harrison was paradise to her, especially compared to the harsh Manitoba winters. The white building that is at the Harrison Marina—once called Paul Raake Boat Service-- was a floating structure where the boats would come and stock up on provisions to bring to logging camps. Donna’s father helped with boat repairs, and loading the boats, and Donna and her mom worked at the cookhouse upstairs. They lived in this ‘float home’ until they built their first home in 1955, which was only sold in 2015. It still stands there today.

Donna enjoyed growing up in the Village, playing with the children in the community, and learning to waterski. When she became a young adult, the travel bug got her and she went by ship to Europe, and then backpacking through Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Middle East, and Australia. When she came back to Harrison in 1979, she opened Donna B’s--a health food and sandwich store where everything was made from scratch including soups and pies—which is now called Harrison Pizza.  

Today, Donna owns Island View Gifts, which is a flagship gift store in the Village loaded with unique items from all over the world.  Donna and her sister Audrey, who also works there, have spoken with many visitors during their time, and have wished for all of them to enjoy the beautiful Village. This season is their last as Donna steps out onto her next adventure, but Harrison will remain home.
 

Marg Doman, Artist


Like so many of our locals, Marg is a strong community member with deep roots. She used to live in Abbotsford until, one day, she and her husband decided to take a weekend drive and ended up in Harrison. They fell in love with the scenery and people –next thing you know they built a home and it’s now 16 years later.

Marg spent most of her adult life as a Special Education Assistant. She adores kids and felt so blessed that she could spend so much time with these young minds.  After retiring in 2002, and dabbling in some volunteer work which even included the school’s Hot Dog Days, Marg saw an ad in the Agassiz Observer, inviting locals to take an art class with Joey Ellis.


“I joined this class and then a fellow suggested that I join the Agassiz Monday Painters. Now we get together every week and just paint. We have over 30 members! I am basically self-taught and paint what I like. I still prefer watercolour even though acrylic is the popular medium now,” says Marg.

Marg is recognized for her role with the annual art show, taking place during May Long Weekend, at Memorial Hall where local artists exhibit their work. For more information, contact Marg at 604.796.8665


 

  

 

Rainy Days and Winter Days... Come on Down!!!

Rain, puddles, and mud can heal your soul and bring out the kid in all of us. Revel in it!

As the Village of Harrison settles into the winter season, visitors often bypass Harrison as a destination assuming that there is “nothing to do”. They couldn’t be more wrong.  The easiest solution to enjoying cold and rain is a… change of clothes.
There are few things as magical to a child (or young teen for that matter) than being let loose in the pouring rain to run on the beach, make mud castles and generally stop being told to Button up! Wear your hat! Don’t step in puddles!!! By bringing a change of clothes and a large garbage bag to carry home your “have fun” clothes, parents can, with a wonderful hot chocolate, coffee, tea or mocha in hand, pull out the camera and capture pure joy on the faces of their children…or better yet, jump in yourself and be a kid again.

Here is how you can enjoy with abandon the following things to do in Harrison when it's not summer:

BC Sport Fishing Group

Sturgeon Fishing Charters and Off-Season Fishing. From December 15 to April 30th we offer daily walk and wade tutorials for either gear or fly fishers.

Farm House Natural Cheeses

Bring along some cut apples for the horses and pull up a couple of handfuls of green grass for the cows and goats!

Harrison Eco Tours

Harrison River Eagle Viewing Tours

Sasquatch Country Adventure Tours

Shoreline Lake Tours

The Back Porch

Lynda has been a full-time potter for the last 30 years and a willow basket maker for over 20 years, so be sure to check out the studio and showroom.  Dan is a full-time artisan coffee roaster, offering certified organic and origin coffees. He works with an antique Royal #5 roaster dating from 1919 and there’s always coffee on.

Trout Fishing in Trout, Hicks, and Deer Lake

Chilliwack River Rafting

Running the most awesome trips ever, all year round!

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Sandpiper Golf

Course conditions change daily which can determine if we are open for play. Call ahead for course updates and to book a tee-time by *phone, please call 1-844-796-1717 (extension 1) *Regular green fee rates apply when phoning the Pro Shop!*Regular Rates $59.95/person Mid-Week & $79.95/person Weekends & Holidays (taxes are extra)

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