Harrison Beach Hotel Blog
Harrison Hot Springs, BC
If you are looking to relax and rejuvenate, come and visit Harrison Hot Springs! The public mineral pools are open daily and are especially soothing in the winter. Below you will find hours and rates for the public pools. If you would like more info, please give us a call, 1-866-338-8111.
- Monday through Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Sunday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Admission: (One time swim.)
- Adult (age 15 – 64) $9.00
- Child (age 5 – 14) $6.75
- Toddler (age 4 and under) Free
- Senior (age 65+) $6.75
- Family (2 adults and 2 kids) $26.75
And just in case you were wondering, here is a brief history of the pools (Source: TourismHarrison.com):
Settlers are said to have ‘discovered’ the hot springs in 1858 while en-route to the gold fields. Their boat capsized, and expecting to meet their doom in the frigid waters, they instead discovered that the lake at that spot was not freezing but rather warm. Local Indians called the Hot Springs Kwals, meaning boiling water. The hot springs were revered as a “healing place” by natives of the Coast Salish people, who traveled by canoe.
It was later called St. Alice’s Well after one of the daughters of British Columbia’s first governor. A map dating back to 1846 bears the name Harrison Hot Springs, named in 1828 by Governor Simpson after Benjamin Harrison, a deputy governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company from 1835 to 1839. Although the philanthropic Harrison was never in North America, he served as treasurer of Guy’s Hospital in London for fifty years. The St. Alice Hotel and Bath House were built soon after the railroad reached Harrison Mills in 1885.
The two BC hot springs that exist in the area are Potash and Sulpher which are 40 degrees C (120 degrees F) and 62 degrees C (145 degrees F) respectively. The water is pumped from one of the springs and cooled to provide a indoor public mineral hot springs pool that visitors can enjoy at 38 degrees C (100 degrees F)
1. Ski, Snowboard, or Tube at Hemlock Ski Resort, only 45 minutes from Harrison Hot Springs!
2. Soak and relax in the Harrison Hot Springs public mineral pools.
3. Take a cooking class at Limbert Mountain Farms.
4. Participate in the local Circle Farm Tour.
5. Treat yourself to a day at the spa.
6. Discover one of the many art exhibits at the Ranger Station Art Gallery.
7. Wine and Dine at one of the many fabulous restuarants…we love Morgans!
8. Check out the line-up of concerts hosted by the Festival Society. www.harrisonfestival.com.
9. Browse the unique shops and treat yourself to something special.
10. Relax and enjoy a stroll through town or walk around the lagoon.
Come out to beautiful Harrison Hot Springs and you are sure to have a good time! Give us a call if you have any questions or if you would like to book your winter vacation today 1-866-338-8111.
-Katie, Director of Sales & Marketing
With many regional sightings, Harrison Hot Springs has a unique history with Sasquatch. Come out and learn about these hairy bi-peddled creatures with our exciting Sasquatch Adventure package which includes a tour with local researchers in a 6 passenger 4×4. They will take you to sighting locations and also teach you about the local flora and fauna. Make sure you bring a camera!
Before you visit, check out these great tips for the avid Sasquatch hunter!