Tourism Harrison Newsletter

Spring Break

Spring Break and the Art of Maintaining Parental Sanity.

1…When you wake up in the morning, resign yourself to wet, sandy clothes at the end of the day, and remember,  it was FUN to go outside in the rain when you were a kid !

2…If you are planning to end up at the Indoor Public Pool, after a hike or playtime at the beach,
- Have the kids put bathing suits on under their clothes when they are getting dressed.
- Pack towels and shampoo for everyone (separate boys from girls).
- Take into the pool, a plastic water bottle for everyone…the water is warm enough that kids can get dehydrated if they are in the water for any length of time.
- There’s nothing wrong with wrapping up in a towel for the drive home and no need to put dirty clothes on     clean skin!

3…Have the kids wear rubber boots… if the weather is nice they will end up in bare feet on the beach anyway and if the weather is not so nice, you won’t have to deal with wet runners and cold feet.

4…Some different picnic options:
- A loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter and some banana’s (don’t forget a knife for the peanut butter).
- Cold hot dogs or heat them through and wrap them in tin foil.
- Crackers, cheese and slices of apple, oranges and cantaloupe.
- Cold thin pancakes spread with Nutella or peanut butter or even a thin spread of butter with brown sugar sprinkled over it. Roll the pancakes to make them easy for small hands to hold.
- Veggies and dip, fruit and dip, cookies and dip.
- Soft shell tacos.

5…Pick a hike to do each day…check out the Tourism Website.  Hover over the word PLAN in the blue banner and then from the drop down menu, check out the Harrison map under Visitor Toolkit and the list of things to do under Itinerary.  Or, use the following list to select a different place to go each day…

- Hicks Lake
- Green Point
- Sandy cove
- The Bridges Trail
- The Spirit Trail
- Lower Bear Mountain Trail
- The Lagoon
- Team up with another family and create scavenger hunts for each other.
- Have a family sand sculpture contest

8…DRIVE to the trail head or the beach…this way you can avoid the “I’m too tired to walk home!” issues and the “I’m too tired to carry this!” issues AND you have a place to stow things like beach toys.

9…Purchase a bottle of water for each member of the family.  Do not throw them out when they are finished.  At the end of each day, clean them, fill them half full of water or juice and freeze them.  When you are ready for the next day’s adventure, top up the bottle with more water or juice.

10…Always stuff a few plastic bags in your pocket so that when the kids find rocks and treasures, they will have somewhere to put their stuff. 

11…At the end of the day, if the kids clothes aren’t wet, just shake them out and let the kids wear them a second day…if they’re having fun they’re just going to get dirty again anyway!

Pssssst…keep an eye out for Hot Springs Harry…he’s on Spring Break too!

Harrison Family fun Carnival

Hey everyone!!
We are celebrating our newest holiday and we’re inviting you to the party!  Come on out to Harrison Hot Springs and join the fun!
February 7 & 8 from 11am to 4pm each day.  Admission is by donation with a suggested donation of only $5.00 per family/per day which includes all activities, games, events and possible Sasquatch sightings.

Celebrating the BC Family Day weekend the Harrison Family Fun Carnival is two days of activities, games, entertainment and fun for the entire family.  Sport activities will be taking place at St. Alice Hall while crafts and entertainment will be taking place at the Ramada Hotel. 

All of the weather channels are predicting warm temperatures and rain, but with weather being so changeable, we are doing our own predicting and have decided that it will be warm and sunny…but bring your umbrella just in case because it’s only 1 block between venues and not worth the effort of trying to find parking at both locations.  If there are no parking spots left on the street, there are tons of spots at the overflow parking lot just 1 short block from the Ramada Hotel.
As you come into the Village of Harrison, you will pass the Visitor information Center.  Your very next right till be at Miami River Drive and the entrance to the parking lot will be right there.
Check out our website for area maps.  Scroll across the blue banner to the word PLAN and our drop down menu will give you all the information you will need.

Ramada Hotel – 190 Lillooet Avenue
• Juggler - Mike Battie
• Story Telling
• OoO Happy Day Puppeteer - LaNae
• Button making table
• Face painting
• Sasquatch Investigators
• Sasquatch Scavenger Hunt

St. Alice Hall – 100 Esplanade Avenue
• 40 foot inflatable obstacle course
• Mini golf course
• Pirate bouncy castle
• Junior inflatable sport centre

Our Pet Sasquatch

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!

Harrison Oktoberfest 2014

At every great party that involves alcohol, certain songs will be sung that will create a group-memory-sound-track guaranteed to instantly transport you and your friends back to whatever you were eating, wearing, drinking, doing or wish-you-hadn’t-been-doing                      .
Turn that “Party” into a “Beer Fest” with the Oompah band blasting out “Ein Prosit” every 20 minutes or so and the song unites the Beer Fest Lovers around the world.  Seriously, where else can you find lots of men in leather shorts all happily yelling out good cheer?  It is an unashamed group collaboration that helps everyone get “nice and lubricated”. 

Ein Prosit has only been sung in its modern version since 1957.   It really isn’t a salute to genius lyric talent.  The composers of the modern version, Gerhard Jussenhoven and Kurt Elliot were most likely good and drunk when they came up with the words.  In German there are a total of 8 different words.  It’s a little more complicated in English as there are 12 words to memorize (including words such as “a” and “to”).   Ultimately, the song is a mutation of a much older version, so Gerhard and Kurt were not really challenged with creating a song so much as making sure that the excuse to chug your beer continued into the twenty-first century in an organized fashion.  

Whenever Ein Prosit is played, you are obliged to:

stand up with your beer held high, sway along to the tune, toast with everyone at the table and chug  your   mug.  At festivals the song is often followed by a charge of “Schenkt ein, trinkt aus, schenkt ein, trinkt aus!”(I poured you one, drink it up, I poured you one, drink it up!).
An alternative closing phrase from the band leader is "Prost ihr Säcke!" (Cheers, you p&%$s!), to which the crowd replies in unison "Prost du Sack!" (Cheers, you p&%$s!).

German Lyrics to Ein Prosit

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit.

English Lyrics to Ein Prosit
A toast, a toast
To cheer and good times
A toast, a toast
To cheer and good times.
                                                                                           ONE TWO THREE! DRINK UP!

Top 10 Oktoberfest songs 
• 1. Ein Prosit
• 2. Skandal im Sperrbezirk
• 3. Bayern, des samma mir
• 4. Marmor, Stein und Eisen Bricht
• 5. Viva Colonia
• 6. Country Roads (Seriously???)
• 7. Fürstenfeld
• 8. Joana du geile Sau
• 9. So ein Schöner Tag (Fliegerlied)
• 10. Hände zum Himmel

Popular Oktoberfest songs in English
• I will survive
• Hey baby!
• Mambo Number 5
• Living Next Door to Alice
• Sweet Home Alabama

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