Green Point Picnic Ground
Thousands of years ago, a huge blanket of ice covered everything in sight except the highest mountain peaks. As the ice mass slowly receded, it bulldozed tones of earth and rock lying in its path, carving out a lakebed. As the earth warmed and the glaciers melted, these scooped out trenches filled with water creating Harrison Lake.
The lake is tidal. Ocean tides influence water levels in the Fraser River, the Harrison River and even Harrison Lake. As far back as 8000 years ago, local Stolo people have harvested trees here for use in building enormous long houses, dugout canoes and carvings.
From 1931 to 1937, Green Point was used as a base camp by the Green Point logging company. Massive trestles were built and steam locomotives were used to access the wilderness for further tree harvesting. Remnants of these trestles still exist today near the entrance to Sasquatch Provincial Park, less than a kilometer away. The modern road network in Sasquatch Park follows much of the original logging rail network.
In the autumn months, migrating salmon fill the waters at Green Point and Eagles and seals follow.Wildlife abounds from squirrels and rabbits to deer and brown bear, although they are keenly sensitive to human activity and make themselves scarce during the times the park is in use.
Only a five-kilometer drive from the four-way stop in Harrison Village, the park is beautifully maintained and offers a boat launch, a large parking area, washroom facilities and picnic tables. The beach is a mixture of sand and pebbles and is a wonderful place to explore and a child's paradise filled with nature's wonders.
Posted on Aug 5, 2012 by Tourism Harrison
Slow Food Tour 2012
A summer day, country roads, a bicycle, you, your family, your friends and hundreds more. Simple treats and wonderful eats...what an amazing way to support local farmers and a global cause. A truly delicious way to spend the day.
Across the globe, the food system is broken. Worldwide, 30 percent of food is wasted, 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night, while another 1 billion suffer from health problems related to obesity and agriculture contributes roughly one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Meanwhile, people are increasingly disconnected from how their food reaches their plate, making solutions to the global agricultural system seem even more difficult to attain.
Slow Food is part of the solution. We are an international organization building a network of small-scale sustainable farmers. A recent UN report says, small-scale farmers can double food production in ten years using simple farming methods. And that we must increase global food production by 50 - 70% to meet the needs of the planets growing population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050.
Support the Slow Food movement and our local Fraser Valley farmers. Harrison/Agassiz and Chilliwack will feature farms that are unique to their areas so be sure to sign up for both cycle tours and spend the weekend at one of the comfortable Valley accommodations. Both Slow Food Cycle Tours are perfect for families. The routes are around 25km and relatively flat. And best of all, kids 12 and under can take part free of charge for the cycle tour but must pay for food along the way
A shopping shuttle service has been provided by Tourism Harrison. They collect your purchases from the farms and bring them back to the registration area for you to pick up.
Posted on Jul 15, 2012 by Tourism Harrison
Canada Day Celebration
Canada Day is the national Day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867, which united three colonies into a single country called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day the name was changed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.
Frequently referred to as "Canada's birthday", the occasion marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, NewBrunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, into Ontario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867. Canada became a country in its own right on that date, but the British Parliament kept limited rights of political control over the new country until the last vestiges were surrendered in 1982 when the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.
Under the federal Holidays Act, Canada Day is observed on July 1 unless that date falls on a Sunday, in which case July 2 is the statutory holiday, although celebratory events generally take place on July 1 even though it is not the legal holiday. If it falls on a Saturday, any businesses normally closed that day will generally dedicate the following Monday as a day off. (this is why Canadians invented the oh so useful question, Eh?...basically, we are not really positive about when we get a day off, but we are pretty positive that we do get a day off and that there will be a parade).
Harrison's fireworks are spectacular. Colors and designs explode above the reflecting water between the surrounding mountains, and the blasts echo in a ripple effect from one mountain range to the next. Here we have no bad views, bring your lawn chair and don't forget your coffee or hot chocolate as we celebrate Canada Day in Harrison Hot Springs.
Posted on Jul 4, 2012 by Tourism Harrison
Not even the November-like weather managed to dampen the incredible sense of community during Sasquatch Days. Though some wore mittens and others wore blankets, laughter and good natured jokes competed with warm welcomes and happy hellos. Colorful, stunning regalia defined months and sometimes even years of loving hand work. Hugs enveloped children as they greeted Aunties, Uncles and Grandparents.
As everyone seated themselves for the performance at the Memorial Hall, the Drummer welcomed us with the words "We are all Canadians."
Drumbeats echoed heartbeats and dancing feet quickened to the drama created by song and drum.All were welcomed into the First Peoples traditions and their commitment to past, present and future.
The usually elusive and reclusive Sasquatch made a shy appearance, as did his Cousin from Yale. The smell of Salmon barbequing and Bannock cooking over open flame permeated the air. War Canoes lined the beach while truly committed paddlers cheered on their favorite teams. Sasquatch Days are back and I for one, can't wait for next year!
Posted on Jun 21, 2012 by Tourism Harrison