- in the Harrison River Valley
Trip Length: 3-4 days
Day 1: Arrive in Harrison Hot Springs in the early afternoon. While many of the accomodations have a 4 PM check-in, you can use the early afternoon to get to know our Village. Stop into our Visitor Centre for information about our area. Grab dinner to-go from one of our many restaurants, and head up to Green Point for a picnic dinner and a sunset bird watch. Depending on the time of year, you can see turkey vultures, eagles, and Canadian geese to name a few.
Day 2: Explore by Land. Start your day with breakfast at one of our local restaurants, take a light stroll to the Hot Springs Source and around the lakeside promenade a to take in our local sites and our local wildlife. On this stroll, you will likely spot our resident Canadian geese, stellar jays, gulls and other shorebirds. The Miami River, located through the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, offers opportunities to see a wide variety of waterfowl, including shorebirds, great blue heron, and Canadian geese. After you have experienced the slow, laid back, Village feel of Harrison Hot Springs, take in our wildlife through different landscapes by exploring either one of our local trails or by making your way to Kilby Provincial Park, in Harrison Mills. In the Fall, eagles flock to Harrison Mills by the thousands, where the annual Kilby Bald Eagle Festival and Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival take place. Dine at the Clubhouse at the Sandpiper Resort before heading back to Harrison Hot Springs for the night.
Day 3: Explore by Water. After you have enjoyed breakfast at one of our local restaurants, head down to the Resort Dock, to take to the water. There are two ways to enjoy our birds and wildlife by water- by motorized boat ( Shoreline Tours and Harrison Eco Tours) or by paddling, (Harrison Eco Tours) and (Killer's Cove Rentals). Harrison Eco Tours and self-guided paddling excursions, can both lead you up the Harrison River where you can see eagles, gulls, freshwater seals, and minks; you might even witness a sportfisher reeling in a magnificent sturgeon! The Harrison River is the first designated salmon stronghold, and because of that sees a wide variety of wildlife. Shoreline Tours offers a scenic lake cruise that will take you up to Cascade Bay and Rainbow Falls. After a busy day birding, slow it down, with a nice relaxing hot springs soak. To soak in the hot springs, you may use the Public Pool Facility, or if you are a guest at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort, you may use their pools. After your soak and dinner, you may either head home or spend one more relaxing night in Harrison Hot Springs.
Chehalis Estruary- The Chehalis Estruary is located just outside of Harrison Mills, in Sts'Ailes. This estruary is the breeding grounds for species of salmon including choho and chum. This area was designated an Important Bird Area due to the large volumes of bald eagles and trumpeter swans found here. The bald eagles sighting in this area are particularly impressive when they gather in the Fall.
Cheam Wetlands- located a short drive from Agassiz, BC, Cheam Wetlands boasts is a 2 km trail, two wildlife viewing platforms, and an abundance of bird species including various types of shorebirds. One of the viewing platforms at Cheam Wetlands is wheelchair accessible.
Great Blue Heron Reserve- Located in Chilliwack, BC, The Great Blue Heron reserve features over 150 nests, and is home to one of the largest colonies in the Lower Mainland. The Interpretive Centre is open seasonally, please check the website for hours of operation. We highly recommend the Great Heron Reserve as a stop on your way to or from Harrison.