Tourism Harrison Newsletter

Canada Day Celebration

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.


Sasquatch Days

Sasquatch Days




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!

Sasquatch Days - June 9th and 10th

Sasquatch Days - June 9th & 10th




Check the Harrison Hot Springs website for schedule of events.

Relay For Life

Relay For Life





We walked with thoughts of you as the sun set over the western mountains and the lake took on the color of mourning.

You walked with us through the long night, showing us the stars, the quiet beauty of the moon, the dark solid mountains, the perpetual strength of all that surrounds us, the place where your spirit lives.

You walked with us as the sun rose over the east showing us that life without you would continue, that we could live still, knowing that you are with us, safe inside our hearts your spirit permeating the beauty of our world, the dignity of the mountains, the strength of the water, the solidarity of the trees, the laughter of children.

We walked with you in our hearts and greeted the new day knowing that you were with us still.

We walked.

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