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The Beer is Here!

The Beer is Here!




For 60 years, hops, a basic ingredient in beer, were the main industry in the Agassiz Area of British Columbia. At the height of the business, 300 acres of a total holding of 450 acres were planted with hops. The first hop yards, planted in 1892, belonged to the B.C. Hop Company.

Hops were harvested from August to early October every year and during that time Agassiz prospered. With the arrival of a thousand pickers, the town's normal population swelled to 15 hundred and business flourished.

Many town merchants increased their sales by setting up small stalls beside the hop yards to serve the pickers. Reliable men with teams of horses were hired to plow and cultivate the hop fields. In the early days pickers came exclusively from First Nation families but later the work force included locals and Chinese immigrants who had come to Canada to work on the CPR line. Many plants were destroyed by downy mildew around 1935 and as it began to spread, pesticides were used but the sprays proved to be expensive and ineffective. Still, from 1939 to 1945 the hop industry boomed in Agassiz. The Famous Fraser River flood of 1948 annihilated the hop fields, the industry rapidly declined and in 1952 the hop yards moved to the Creston Valley. The fertile soil that had for 60 years nourished a bounty of hops, was planted with corn and hay as dairy farms began to prosper in the Agassiz area.

This October, Harrison Hot Springs will present the first of what we hope will be an annual event, The Harrison Beer Fest. Get your tickets early and join us on October 26th and 27th for what already promises to be this years hottest hop happening!!

2nd Annual Bands on the Beach

2nd Annual Bands on the Beach





Well known and loved names, beautiful beach venue, soaking up the sun, the last weekend of the summer season, amazing music, no tickets-no charge, welcome to Harrison Hot Springs Bands on the Beach.

Reserve your hotel, motel, B&B, campsite now! Two full days that are sure to keep your feet tapping, your hands clapping and heart light. This year headliner Todd Richard will be joined by Kenny Hess and grow this great event from one day to days. Other great names include:

Brent Lee  - the real deal. One of the best singer/songwriters around. One of the last great country guys around. Canada`s best ..."

Ken McCoy & the Snake Oil Band - "Ken has over 20 chart hitting singles released to radio to date, countless nominations and awards including SOCAN songwriter of the years and single of the year for Prayin for Rain.

Trevor Murray - Trevor Murray's baritone vocals and catchy songs set him apart. His positive outlook on life make him an instant favourite in the Canadian country community. Trevor Murray's the kind of artist who makes you want to dance, sing and forget about your troubles for awhile.

Robyn & Ryleigh - "Robyn and Ryleigh Gillespie are part of the wave of young, new country performers rising up from the West Coast of Canada. Like many of their contemporaries, they've taken modern, youthful pop influences and blended them with traditional country elements of acoustic instruments, meaningful lyrics and sibling harmonies."

Alisa Rose & the Show, Vacationers, Chris Buck Band, & Mathew Cheverie round out the festival!

On top of the great music, the Labour day weekend also sees a great craft fair taking place at Memorial Hall, so while the music is on a break do some shopping!

Green Point Picnic Ground

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.


Slow Food Tour 2012

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.

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