Tourism Harrison Newsletter

Reflections of a Year Gone By...As 2018 Starts Anew!

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The end of a year marks a threshold...inviting pause.

Take time to reflect, look deep within, and set new intentions. Self reflection builds awareness, efficacy, and resilience, which will only help you to achieve your goals.

We are here to help you hit the 'restart' button as you begin 2018 with renewed focus.

"Today is the first day of Your 365 Day Book. 
Write a good one."

Be Still

Studies show that nature:

  • heals as it reduces anger, fear, and stress. We heal emotionally as our well-being connects with the natural elements. 
  • helps us cope with pain as we are genetically programmed to find forest and water soothing, thereby distracting us from pain and discomfort.
  • restores as we increase our ability to pay attention. People find nature, inherently, interesting, providing respite for our overactive minds and refreshing them for new tasks.
  • creates connection as the parts of our brains, associated with empathy and love, are activated. Nature inspires feelings that connect us to one another and our environment. 

Harrison is a land filled with meandering creeks, powerful waterfalls, mountaintop views, and deep forest and lakeside walks.



Go Into The Mystic

Look to the trees on Harrison's Spirit Trail and discover clay masks that were created by a local artist. His gift to the community created a deeper sense of connection to our natural landscape.  What story do you hear?



Cross The Bridge

"Of all of the paths you take in life, make sure
a few of them are dirt." - John Muir

Take a leisurely walk on a moss-covered path and cross the bridge over the Miami River. The forest will rejuvenate from head-to-toe.


Face Time

By 'face time', we are referring to the real thing. Stroll along
Harrison Lake and look ahead at Breckenridge Glacier. In the
face of time and wonder of Mother Nature, our
troubles are given perspective.


Happy New Year from our home to yours! May 2018 bring you peace, solitude, and joy!


Christmas Joy From Harrison To You!

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Christmas is joyous but full of hustle and bustle, congested ski hills and shopping malls, and road traffic. It's time to escape the crowds and circle back to what matters...the gifts of the Season!
Visualize Christmas cheer with family or friends or take some 'you time' to finish that book you started months ago, re-energize in our natural hot springs, or to just soak in the natural winter beauty that Harrison has to offer.

Breakfast with Santa at Harrison Resort

Appealing to the child in all of us, embrace the magic and dine with the jolliest of souls...Saint Nick himself. 

What: Breakfast with Santa at Harrison Resort
Where: 100 Esplanade Ave, Harrison Hot Springs
When: December 2nd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Price: $2.00/person and children are free
How to Register: Through the Harrison Village Office, Agassiz-Harrison Community Service, Agassiz Library, Seabird Island Band Office & Early Childhood Centre
Contact: 604.796.9510 or 604.796.2585



Christmas at Kilby

For two days, Kilby celebrates with a home-cooked classic turkey dinner and all the trimmings.  On your way out, don't miss the gift shop where you'll find fun conversation-starters and artisan pieces, guaranteed to please even the hardest ones to buy for.

What: Christmas Lunch at Kilby Historic Site
Where: 215 Kilby Rd., Harrison Mills (15 minutes from Harrison Hot Springs)
When: December 9th and 10th. Seatings at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Price: $19.95/person
To Book Your Table: Call 604.796.9576 or email By reservation only.



All Aboard the CP Holiday Train

Approaching its 19th year chugga-chooing joy across Canada, the CP Holiday Train arrives in Agassiz on December 16th at 5:00 pm!  The Holiday Train program benefits local food banks, playing a critical role in our local communities.


Harrison's Streets of Whoville!

So festive and nostalgic seeing Harrison lit up. We promise even the 'grinchiest of hearts' will grow a few sizes!

Cool Yule!

Ring in a musical Christmas with, the Vancouver-based swing quartet, Van Django and Guests. Featuring a Christmas mix of nostalgic and jazz favourites, pop tunes, classical elements, and sing-alongs, all delivered in swinging gypsy jazz style. This show is family-friendly, perfect for all ages!

What: Cool Yule
Where: 290 Esplanade Ave (Memorial Hall), Harrison Hot Springs
When: December 15th at 7:30 pm
Price: $35.00/person
How to Book: Online at or call 604.796.3664


The Therapeutic Side of Harrison

The best gift you can give yourself are moments to pause and rest. Take some time to be still, be memorized by the winter fog that hovers over Harrison Lake, or go on a reflective walk. Come and escape with us.


Click here for Harrison Hot Springs' complete December event listings.

Only an hour and a half from Vancouver and 40 minutes from Abbotsford... Harrison Hot Springs is #justuptheroad.


Romance, Adventure & Forest-Bathing

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Fall has arrived. Dreary, rainy days can definitely dampen one's mood, but we think it's all about perspective. Harrison is mystical in the fall. A silent fog can often be seen hovering over Harrison Lake, the trees and fauna are stunning as fall hues make a vibrant appearance, and the forest invites you to celebrate the present moment. It's time to slow down, relax, and re-energize.

Warm your tired bones by the fire, preferably in a cabin meant just for two. Take in the bald eagles soaring overhead, and give 'forest bathing' a try -- the art of spending time in nature, surrounded by trees that give us the oxygen we need to take in that extra breath of fresh air.

The beauty of Harrison Hot Springs is found in the Naturehood that surrounds us year-round. 

Our list brings light so you can combat the upcoming shorter and darker days.  


A Cottage for Two

Even the word bungalow evokes feelings of warm and cozy, doesn’t it?  Turn on the fire and turn up the heat!

Comfort Food & Drink

Every morning should start with a hot cup and feel-good breakfast bites. 

Hot Springs

Healing, hot mineral water never sounded so good. Did you know that our public pool is open all year?

Kick it up a Notch

 Dine in style, then dance the night away at the iconic Copper Room. Nothing 'old school' about the
Copper Room!

Swish, Swoosh, Stomp

Sasquatch Mountain (previously Hemlock Resort) is only a 35-minute drive away, and while you will need to watch their snow level report to see when it opens, once it is... ski, snowboard, and snowshoe to your heart's content!

As far as the Eagle
Eye Can Se

Spectacular winter phenomenon gaining global attention. Take a jet boat down the Harrison River and watch the bald eagles, as they congregate in pursuit of spawning salmon. For more activities, check out the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival on November 18 & 19  happening only 15 minutes away in Harrison Mills!

Close Encounter

For all you fishing enthusiasts, check out the Annual Harrison Sturgeon Challenge on Nov. 10. These modern-day dinosaurs will try their best to outswim a 'catch and release' that will bring you feel-good vibes.

Breathe Deeply

We all need it and we don't get enough of it...fresh, clean air. Head to the forest, breathe in the calm and breathe out the stress. Sit silently as you take in the present moment and celebrate everything around you.



We are only an hour and a half from Vancouver and 40 minutes from Abbotsford.  
PS: Treacherous mountain passes not required! Smooth sailing all the way here...we promise!

Harrison Hot Springs is #justuptheroad.


Meet Harrison's Living Legends

October 1, 2017

While we love sharing stories and talking about the experiences and adventures that Harrison has to offer, what can often be overlooked are the people. Harrison has sparkle, vibrant energy, and is full of big-hearted people who love their community. We invite you to get to know some of our local legends!

(By the way, we know this newsletter is longer but we didn't want to lose any of our legends' juicy tidbits!)

Mayor Leo Facio

Don’t let the last name fool you. Born in Gibraltar and with his last name rooted in Italian descent, Leo moved to Harrison from England in 1975, where he started working in a drapery store with his wife Jackie. After visiting Harrison in 1974, he fell in love with the area leading him to move the following year.

Jackie became well known after she accepted a job with Front Desk at Harrison Resort. At that time, it was called the Harrison Hotel. She ended her career at the Harrison Resort with the title of Deputy Executive Manager until she passed away in 1995. Jackie was also involved with the Sorority Club and the girls’ group Brownies.

Simultaneously, Leo was heavily involved with the Lions Club and the Harrison Agassiz Rotary Club. Due to his strong belief in supporting community and effort behind innovative initiatives, Leo was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship, which is the highest distinction to be awarded. Shortly after, he received the Queen Elizabeth The Second Diamond Jubilee Medal, for his dedicated service to his community and Canada.

Leo was one with the community as he drove a daily school bus for the District and spent a great deal of time watching the children grow but, since he is a natural born leader, he decided he wanted to immerse himself deeper in the community.  In 1993, he ran for Village Council and was elected. With a few short breaks, Leo has remained with Council and accepted his first term as Mayor in 2005. He is now in his third term. He leads his team with passion and is dedicated to both families.

“Why do I keep running? I have two families –the Village and my own. This is my life. I have great passion for this community,” says Leo.


Bill Miller, Sasquatch Expert











Bill Miller is our expert in ‘all things Sasquatch’! Originally from Illinois, Bill came up to Canada for a Sasquatch Conference at the University of BC in 1998. To this day, Bill believes that he witnessed a large Sasquatch run by him when he was fishing with a friend, one night, in Northern Minnesota in July of 1980. At first, he thought it was a giant person as he didn’t know what to make of the occurrence.

“I didn’t think of Bigfoot/Sasquatch in that part of the U.S. in those days. This memory has stuck with me all of my life,” says Bill. 

His ‘obsession’ to learn more about these incredible creatures altered his life path, so much so that he set himself up to live part of the year in Harrison, given its reputation as the world’s Sasquatch Capital.

Like most people, Bill thought that the term Bigfoot or Sasquatch meant there was only one of these creatures still in existence, but has learned that there are several forms of the species all over the world.  Contrary to popular belief, Sasquatch is an animal and not a person.  From 2005 to 2010, Bill became a self-funded, full-time field researcher as he searched for evidence of the elusive animal in the field, working more than 60 hours a week. People were constantly approaching him wanting to hear more about his experiences and knowledge, and several even asked to join him in the field. The next thing you know, Bill started Sasquatch Country Adventures, which fully launched in 2012. 


Aside from writing articles, doing interviews on radio shows, and giving public talks on the topic, Bill's research has been featured on Shaw TV and Global News and his investigative work has also been covered by the press. To learn more, visit


Andy Hillhouse, Harrison Festival



The Harrison Festival brought Andy Hillhouse, Executive and Artistic Director, to Harrison Hot Springs. Five years ago, when Andy heard about a senior position opening at the Harrison Festival, which is a rare opportunity, Andy followed his love of music festivals and uprooted from Toronto.  As a Celtic rhythm guitarist and singer, someone who loves to teach others, and having earned a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto, Andy is, successfully, filling the big shoes that Phyllis and Ed Stenson left behind.

“I grew up going to large-scale music events, like the Vancouver Folk Festival, so leading one was always a big goal of mine,” says Andy. 

In Andy’s down time, he is known to connect with like-minded peers who play flute, fiddle, and the penny whistler!

With only a team of three, they pursue the mandate of organizing and executing a festival, founded on community development through the arts, cultural diversity, and accessibility of the arts for all.  Celebrating 40 years next summer, the 9-day festival will feature music on the beach, workshops, artisan markets, a Children’s Day, art exhibits, and more. Visit for more information.


Frank Peters, Rocky Mountain Chocolate






Frank Peters has been a long-standing and active Harrison member for decades. His story is fascinating as Frank has been heavily involved with land development and is now the owner of Harrison’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate.  In 1990, Frank built a summer log cabin due to the awesome windsurfing that Harrison Lake is known for.  His ‘day-job’ included building Harrison’s first condominium unit-- Branches by the Lake-- amongst many similar projects, and then he opened the Muddy Waters and Baskin Robbins shop.

This is 25 years ago when he was the original owner and, at that time, the vision was to have a quaint café where locals played music – like a traditional coffeehouse from the ‘70s.  Bands were often seen playing outside the storefront.

After a few unfortunate incidents, including a life-threatening boating accident that almost cost Frank his life, Frank first sold Muddy Waters to his sister, Bonnie, who then sold it to their sister Jenny. Jenny, and her husband, Richard, are still the owners today, and have taken Muddy’s to the next level with its farm-to-plate philosophy and hipster vibes.

 “The accident was a major life-changing moment for me. I needed to do something less active and I thought chocolate was a perfect fit for Harrison. Chocolate inspires happiness in all,” says Frank.

When asked what is favourite bite was he said the hazelnut clusters and candy apples. But don’t take our word for it. Visit the shop and try everything for yourself.  Oh, and true to Frank’s ambitious nature, he just built Harrison’s newest townhome unit of 26!  


Todd Richard, Musician

Todd Richard (pronounced Rishard is an iconic superstar, but as humble as they come. Having won numerous awards, Todd’s career relaunched after the passing of his dad.

“My dad was a musician. Once my dad passed away in 2007, I sold my plumbing business as I made him a promise to start playing music again,” says Todd.

Todd has lived in Harrison for 17 years. It was a lifestyle choice to move as Todd and his wife would take their son to go camping and biking in the back trails. Now their son has grown, but their lifestyle continues with nature hikes and lagoon strolls.

Todd’s local claim-to-fame is Bands on the Beach, which has grown significantly over the past seven years. He is grateful to the Village of Harrison, Tourism Harrison, and local businesses for embracing his brainchild and giving him the support to launch the festival.Today, Todd has two albums with new music and music videos on the way. He is deeply supportive of the Variety Children’s Network and has written a song for the network called Follow Your Heart. 

Donna Wright, Island View Gifts

Donna Wright has been here for many years…since 1953! After coming with her family to visit her aunt, her mom fell in love with the lush green and moderate climate. Harrison was paradise to her, especially compared to the harsh Manitoba winters. The white building that is at the Harrison Marina—once called Paul Raake Boat Service-- was a floating structure where the boats would come and stock up on provisions to bring to logging camps. Donna’s father helped with boat repairs, and loading the boats, and Donna and her mom worked at the cookhouse upstairs. They lived in this ‘float home’ until they built their first home in 1955, which was only sold in 2015. It still stands there today.

Donna enjoyed growing up in the Village, playing with the children in the community, and learning to waterski. When she became a young adult, the travel bug got her and she went by ship to Europe, and then backpacking through Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Middle East, and Australia. When she came back to Harrison in 1979, she opened Donna B’s--a health food and sandwich store where everything was made from scratch including soups and pies—which is now called Harrison Pizza.  

Today, Donna owns Island View Gifts, which is a flagship gift store in the Village loaded with unique items from all over the world.  Donna and her sister Audrey, who also works there, have spoken with many visitors during their time, and have wished for all of them to enjoy the beautiful Village. This season is their last as Donna steps out onto her next adventure, but Harrison will remain home.

Marg Doman, Artist

Like so many of our locals, Marg is a strong community member with deep roots. She used to live in Abbotsford until, one day, she and her husband decided to take a weekend drive and ended up in Harrison. They fell in love with the scenery and people –next thing you know they built a home and it’s now 16 years later.

Marg spent most of her adult life as a Special Education Assistant. She adores kids and felt so blessed that she could spend so much time with these young minds.  After retiring in 2002, and dabbling in some volunteer work which even included the school’s Hot Dog Days, Marg saw an ad in the Agassiz Observer, inviting locals to take an art class with Joey Ellis.

“I joined this class and then a fellow suggested that I join the Agassiz Monday Painters. Now we get together every week and just paint. We have over 30 members! I am basically self-taught and paint what I like. I still prefer watercolour even though acrylic is the popular medium now,” says Marg.

Marg is recognized for her role with the annual art show, taking place during May Long Weekend, at Memorial Hall where local artists exhibit their work. For more information, contact Marg at 604.796.8665




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