THE SPIRIT TRAIL
Winter wind storms cause havoc in forested areas that walkers and hikers rarely see and the windfall silently and slowly decomposes to feed the soil and nurture new growth. The Spirit trail in Harrison Hot Springs, over the years has been subject to a number of significant winds and the trail, guarded by the spirits, was becoming hazardous. Tourism Harrison saw the potential to save this trail, that is so well loved by visitors and residents alike. So they hired Scott Tree Care Service to come in and assist in the project by determining which trees were potential problems and taking down any that would pose a hazard, leaving them in the forest to decompose. Some local groups then volunteered to come in and clean up the trail, clearing any little branches and raking the pathways.
Ernie Eaves became involved in the ceramic arts soon after his retirement as a high school shop and theatre teacher four years ago. He has a small studio in his garage in which he throws pots (sometimes against the wall), sculpts and tries to figure out how to glaze stuff.
The Artists story
The Spirit Trail began as a walk in the woods with Pearl the Wonder-Dog. We discovered a seemingly abandoned trail that meanders through a wonderfully mysterious bit of old second growth forest in which the processes of renewal are seen everywhere. In the spring and early summer, the false Lily-of-the-valley covers the forest floor in shiny green and year by year the moss envelopes the wind-fallen trees, seemingly giving them a second life.
It is an enchanting place to walk, and as time passed the trees seemed to me to be alive in an other-worldly sort of way. As a lark, I created a dozen ceramic faces and surreptitiously hung them in the trees, hoping to cause a laugh or two among other walkers who might discover the trail. The compulsion was on me and the dozen eventually became over thirty.
At the turn around point of the trail, there is a circle of trees, a sort of committee of spirits. I made a dozen ceramic faces of women from different places and circumstances and I call them the “Goddesses”. They are meant to evoke the quiet but monumental strength of women from all over the world. Most have their eyes closed to impart a quiet, meditative feeling to the spot. The whole endeavor grew of it’s own accord, without a plan or even a particular goal in mind. The first masks were put in the trees over six years ago, and apart from knowledge of its whereabouts by the Geo-caching community (People who use GPS units to find stuff) and a brief mention in British Columbia Magazine, little effort has been made to publicize their existence. Instead, it has been a kind of “Guerrilla art”, meant to be a surprise and mildly subversive.
Posted on May 22, 2014 by Tourism Harrison
Summer in BC starts with the May long weekend and everyone goes camping. Since the days of spontaneously packing up the old canvas tent and a cooler full of food, packing the six kids in the back seat of the old woody, throwing the 100 pound canoe on top of the roof and stuffing in one change of clothes per person, camping has evolved!
Nobody needed reservations. Nobody needed maps. Nobody needed to send out a cyber message that would bring 300 close friends running to meet you out in the woods.
Four ways to go camping;
The “realistic” Camper - www.discovercamping.ca
Under the heading of pick your Provincial park or campground choose Sasquatch.
You will then be given options for the three sites within Sasquatch Park…Hick’s lake, Bench Campground or Lakeside.
FCFS –( first come, first served) remember, check out is 11am
All campsites in Sasquatch Park allow wood fires.
No shower facility, pit toilets only.
The “civilized” Camper:
Need we say more. Harrison offers some great RV sites check our listing.
The Redneck Camper:
The term Redneck has become widely used as a "badge of honor" for those camping in the more remote areas of our region. For camping up the East or West side of Harrison lake visit: http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/default.aspx
Click on find a site by Location
Click on Chilliwack
Scroll to East Harrison or West Harrison.
Remember that west Harrison is accessed from Harrison Mills and not through the Village of Harrison. Your turn off point for West Harrison or the Chehalis forest Service Road is Highway 7 and Morris Valley road. For the East Side of Harrison Lake access is through the Village of Harrison Hot Springs and up Rockwell Drive.
These are remote areas and not for the unexperienced camper. Make sure you have enough fuel, a working spare tire and the means with which to change it. Water and food. Blankets (there is a fair amount of elevation gain the further up lake you go and this can put you into some fairly cold areas.) Make sure that someone at home knows where you have gone and when to expect you back. There is little to no cell phone service and if you break down or need medical assistance you will need to send someone out before help can come in. Only use a 4x4 vehicle or a car you really don’t like.
And here’s a tip…if you have to send someone out (at least 2 hours) and then wait for the ambulance (at least 2 hours), make sure that the person going to get help knows which side of the lake you are on. There aren’t enough ambulances to send one up each side trying to hunt you down on a road where road signs do not exist and directions rely on landmarks as in “When you see the flipped over blue truck, turn.”
The “I want to be spontaneous and use a tent” Camper
Unless you have reservations somewhere, leave the tent at home. Finding tenting sites is difficult at the best of times…on hot long weekends…torture.
Posted on May 14, 2014 by Tourism Harrison
The Village of Harrison Hot Springs lies near the northern foot Mt. Cheam. Rising 2104 meters, this peak dominates our landscape and offers not only a breathtaking backdrop but a hiking challenge as well. Can you do it?? Yes, you can.
Cheam Peak was part of the oral history of the Sto:lo peoples. The Halkomelem name for the peak, Theeth-uhl-kay, means "the source" or "the place from which the waters spring."
Cheam dominates the eastern Fraser Valley, rising above Bridal Falls and Agassiz just east of Chilliwack. It and three sister peaks form a group known as the Four Sisters or Four Brothers, which are part of the mountain wall framing the Lower Fraser Valley.
Though the trail to the summit lies along the southwestern flank of the mountain, the view from the top to the north offers an unprecedented look at Harrison Lake.
Lady Peak is a mountain located just southeast of Cheam Peak and has an elevation of 2200 meters. It is west of the four peaks in the eastern portion of the range known as The Lucky Four Group. Lady Peak can be summited by a route that branches off the Cheam Peak Trail.
The Lucky Four Group is the name for a group of four mountains in the Cheam Range of the North Cascades. The name of the region comes from the abandoned Lucky Four Mine near Foley Peak and refers to the four summits in the eastern end of the range that are visible from the old mine access road that runs near Wahleach (Jones) Lake.
The mountains in this group, from north to south, are: Foley Peak, Welch Peak, Stewart Peak and Knight Peak.
Hiking Mt. Cheam is something that should be on everyone's bucket list. Check out how to get up there at this great Club Tred website;
Rather Fly? Try Hang Gliding Mt. Cheam:
Posted on May 14, 2014 by Tourism Harrison
Harrison Family fun Carnival
Feb 8 & 9, 2014
We've added something new and we are really, really excited about it. Bring the family out for a couple of days worth of wonderful, family fun from 11am until 4pm each day...stay connected to our website where we will be posting event schedules soon!
The Harrison Family Fun Carnival is two days of activities, games, entertainment and fun for the entire family. It takes place February 8 & 9 as Harrison Hot Springs celebrates the new Family Day long weekend. The Harrison Family Fun Carnival takes place at two venues. Sport activities will be taking place at St. Alice Hall while crafts and entertainment will be taking place at Memorial Hall. The Sasquatch Scavenger Hunt will take in a number of wonderful stops through the Village and includes a wonderful family friendly hike. The hunt will run rain or shine so don't forget your rain boots and umbrellas!
• Magician - Erik Stephany
• Story Telling
• One Woman Circus - Sand Northrup
• Button making table
• Drum making table
• Face painting
• Sasquatch Investigators
• Sasquatch Scavenger Hunt
St. Alice Hall
• 40 foot inflatable obstacle course
• Mini golf course
• Little Kickers indoor soccer
• Pirate bouncy castle
• Junior inflatable sport centre
Sand Northrup - One Woman Circus, is an exceptional artist and educator whose extensive experience and contagious enthusiasm for circus arts inspires thousands. Well known for her hilarious, interactive performances, Sand's skill as physical comedian, juggler and unicyclist matches her remarkable ability to build rapport with young audiences in French, English or both.
Erik Stephany – Well known not only for his incredible Magic but also for his comic characters such as Chicken Kung Fu, Professor Zaravin and Dr. Smarticals and his amazing talent for balloon animals. In Erik’s words, “Magic doesn't just belong on a stage.” Erik Stephany is a master of close-up magic with huge impact!
Posted on Jan 17, 2014 by Tourism Harrison