Tourism Harrison Newsletter

The 37th Annual Harrison Festival of the Arts

The 37th Annual Harrison Festival of the Arts




Saturday July 11th through Sunday July 19th

Everyone always has so many wonderful things to say about the amazing concerts and art markets of the Harrison Festival of the Arts! Here's a little something you may not know about... warm breezes, cold water, hot sun, sandy beach, the coconut scent of sunblock, happy people and then it gets even better with incredible live music!

For as little as $2.00 per day you can work on your tan while some of the 2015 line-up of musical talent serenades you.

We're waiting for you! For festival information and tickets:

Sasquatch Days 2015

Sasquatch Days 2015




We hope you will join us on the 27th and 28th of June as the joint hosts for Sasquatch  Days,   Sts’ailes First Nations and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, invite visitors to this unique event that brings two communities together in an opportunity to learn about the traditions of the Sts’ailes people and share cultural experiences.

North of Highway 7, running along the west side of the Harrison River, lays the village of Sts'ailes, whose traditional territory includes Harrison Hot Springs and Harrison Lake and includes the watersheds of Harrison Lake and River, Chehalis River and the Fraser River. The name Sts'ailes, meaning the Beating Heart, comes from halfway up the west side of Harrison Lake. In this area, Xals, the Transformer, battled a once-powerful shaman called the Doctor and turned him to stone.

In an effort to preserve and limit him, Xals broke apart pieces of his body and spread them throughout the territory, creating landmarks. Where his heart landed became known as the village of Sts'ailes. The usual English name Chehalis is identical to that of the much more numerous Chehalis people of southern Puget Sound in Washington. By Sts'ailes tradition, the southern Chehalis were separated from their homeland as a consequence of the Great Flood. Fish and seashell fossils found in abundance near Mystery Creek (cited as one of the meeting places of Sasquatch)  deep in Sts'ailes territory, seems to support this Native American Hypothesis. Culture in Sts'ailes runs very strong. They take great pride in what they do and how they carry themselves particularly through their ceremonies and in their spirituality. They "live" the culture.

This intercultural celebration includes canoe races, traditional salmon barbeque, medicine walks, cultural boat tours, arts & craft activities, games, entertainment and most importantly talks on the Sasquatch from Sts’ailes experts and local Harrison Hot Springs Sasquatch investigators.

This two-day event will begin at 9:30 am Saturday June 27th with a short procession from the Memorial Hall to Harrison Lake Plaza where a welcoming ceremony will be held at 10:00.  Each day will feature artisan activity tables, medicine walks and opportunities for intercultural sharing.  Saturday morning the main event starts as war canoes gather for a friendly competition that will continue with final races on Sunday.  Of course, no canoe race is complete without a traditional salmon barbeque that  will take  place Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Keep your eyes peeled for Sasquatch...there's nothing they like better than Salmon and Bannock!


Mother's Day Menu

Harrison Hot Springs Mother's Day Menu






Shoreline Tours - 604-796-3123 | A 2 hour boat cruise with “breathtaking scenery, waterfalls and amazing natural rock formations are all part of the Harrison Lake Tour...”

Harrison Resort & Spa - 604-796-224 | The Hot Springs Spa that Heals All Health and Wellness Emerges from within at Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. Using the mineral springs as a source of inspiration and energy, our Healing Springs Spa features a menu of stress-relieving, immune-system-boosting, energy-building and rebalancing treatments that open your eyes to the true bliss that comes from feeling alive and well.

Ramada Spa Treatments or Romance Packages - 604-796-5555 | "Our mission is to take care of you, our guest, to listen to you, to nurture you, relax and to help you look and feel your best whilst using the finest natural and organic ingredients possible."

The Pretty Estate Resort - 604-796-1000 | Sandpiper - Sandpiper is heralded as one of British Columbia’s best resort courses, is renowned for its adventure packages, and, is consecutively, voted by the province as the #1 golf course in the Fraser Valley. Rowena's Inn on the River - Time stands still from the moment you catch your breathe. Secluded on a 160-acre waterfront estate, Rowena's Inn on the River is a grand, English-style manor that was converted into a boutique. Special Occasion Brunches - We are known for our Special Occasion Buffet Brunches! Mother's Day brunch, served between 10am and 2pm.

BC Sport Fishing Group - 604-796-3345 | Sturgeon fishing holidays in BC offer one of the most popular guided sport fishing experiences that can be found anywhere.  Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River and Harrison River provide calm water sport fishing year round.

Biking on Country Roads | Harrison Hot Springs offers some of the finest biking to be found in the Fraser Valley. At Harrison's doorstep the fertile farmland of Agassiz provides kilometer of beautiful scenery and wonderful country roads. Best of all it is all flat. Check out the maps on our website or stop into the information center for a Circle Farm Tour Map.

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!

Visitor's Guide