Harrison Hot Springs: A Dream Destination in Every Season

 In Harrison Beach Hotel Blog

Daydreaming about a getaway? Magical moments are hidden throughout beautiful Harrison Hot Springs just waiting to be discovered. And it’s not just a summer spot! No matter the season, there’s fun to be had. Whether you’re looking to relax or enjoy the adventure of a lifetime, Harrison has something for everyone.

Ready to explore some of the exciting experiences that await in each season?

WINTER IS A WONDERLAND IN HARRISON HOT SPRINGS

The Hot Springs, of course! One of the best ways to escape the winter blues is to enjoy a soak in one of our world-renowned hot springs pools and melt your cares away in their healing mineral waters. Our hot springs’ high mineral content is said to help relieve aches and pains, improve restful sleep, and restore general health. The public hot springs pool for all Harrison Hot Springs visitors is located at Hot Springs Road and the Esplanade — a 3-minute walk from Harrison Beach Hotel. Our friendly staff will be happy to point you in the right direction. For hours of operation, entrance fees, and more information, visit Tourism Harrison here.

Sasquatch Mountain: If you’re an adventurous soul who’d like to partake in some winter sports before a relaxing dip in the hot springs, then nearby Sasquatch Mountain has you covered. Think: snowshoeing, downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, and even a tubing park.

ski package

Image Courtesy of Sasquatch Mountain Resort

PUT A LITTLE SPRING IN YOUR STEP

Circle Farm Tour: Want to be a foodie for a day or simply interested in sampling some of Canada’s finest cheeses, classic homestyle goods, coffee, corn, and so much more? A Circle Farm Tour is “a road map that directs you to a variety of specialty farm-gate vendors, open-air markets, charming eateries, heritage sites, fairs, and other special events. There’s a brochure and map for each participating community…” — Harrison Hot Springs included! This tour gives you the chance to see incredible valley views and sample delicious foods. You can even visit a pottery/basketry studio and the Kilby Historic Site to learn something new. Learn more about Circle Farm Tour here.

Tulips of the Valley: The annual Tulips of the Valley Festival is a beautiful way to welcome spring. This fragrant festival happens in nearby Chilliwack and is a must-see — with 6.5 million tulips, 3-acres of specialty double daffodils, and 2-acres of hyacinths. Since it happens at a working farm, you can’t walk in the flower beds, but you can “tiptoe” around the perimeter of their fields along walking paths. “It’s Spring coming to life, in an explosion of eye-catching shades!” So bring your sunglasses and your camera — this festival promises epic selfies for your Insta-feed!

Yoga to Renew Your Mind, Body & Soul: Sure, we Spring Clean our homes, but what about spring cleaning your mind, body, and soul? There’s nothing quite like yoga to rejuvenate yourself for spring! That’s why we’ve created packages in partnership with the Bhima Yoga Centre, just minutes from Harrison Beach Hotel. Check out our Yoga Getaways to Harrison Hot Springs here.

HARRISON BEACH IS THE PLACE TO BE THIS SUMMER

Hiking: Harrison Lake is a view we could stare at all day, but we might be a little biased. If you visit us in the summer and manage to look away from our beautiful beach, you’ll see that we’re actually surrounded by breathtaking mountains and an abundance of hiking trails waiting to be explored. With so many trails to choose from, there’s one for every ability level, from first-time-hiker to seasoned pro. Each trail has its own unique surprises from panoramic vistas to lush forest areas, and even glacial peaks. Ready to explore the hiking possibilities? Find out more about hiking Harrison Hot Springs here. (And if you’re not sure about hiking on your own, you can let Harrison Eco Tours take care of the details while you simply relax and enjoy nature.)

Harrison’s Floating Water Park: A huge inflatable water park on Harrison Lake — it’s even more fun than it sounds. Harrison Water Park by Harrison Watersports is “an outdoor network of bouncy-castle-type climbing apparatus on the lake”. It’s like a playground on the water with inflatable teeter-totters, slides, swings, trampolines, and more. The water park is for anyone aged 6 and up, and lifejackets are required. You can enjoy playing on the water park for a few hours or an entire day, the choice is yours. Note: They offer Bumper Boat Rentals and BBQ Boat rentals too! For ticket pricing and FAQs, visit Harrison Watersports online.

Fun on the Water: Summertime at Harrison Beach is always a delight. But for those with a need for speed or the desire to spend a day out on the water, there are quite a few tour and rental options to choose from, including one of our faves, Shoreline Tours. Shoreline Tours offers everything from lake, river and waterfall cruises to private charters plus parasailing! You can experience the breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring wildlife of Harrison Lake and the Harrison River — all from the comfort of a sightseeing deck. Click here to learn more

Sasquatch Days: This two-day event takes place every June and it is not to be missed! There’s something fun for everyone, including: canoe races, boat tours, games, music, traditional salmon BBQ, artisan activity tables, medicine walks and talks on the Sasquatch from Sts’ailes experts and Sasquatch investigators. Amidst all the fun and games, you might even spot a legendary creature.

Canada Day: Being a pet-friendly hotel, one of our favourite annual events is the Pet Parade that happens on Canada Day in Harrison Hot Springs. People come from all over to see the pets strut their stuff in their favourite costumes. Of course there’s a main parade with classic cars and other unique floats too. And the day’s events end with fireworks over Harrison Lagoon. Come celebrate Canada’s birthday with us. Click here for more information about Canada Day in Harrison Hot Springs.

Harrison Festival of the Arts: An event the whole family can enjoy! The Harrison Festival of the Arts features music from all over the world, visual and literary arts, an artisan market, and even art workshops. It’s a unique way to experience art from across the globe, and celebrate the beauty of multiple cultures coming together. For more information about this year’s festival visit harrisonfestival.com.

Harrison Dragon Boat Regatta: Up to 70 teams are invited each year to compete in the Harrison Dragon Boat Regatta. Harrison’s sweeping vistas are quite the draw for dragon boat racers as they come to the lake to compete for medals and ribbons. If you’re not a racer, spectators are welcome and the race is certainly a sight to behold!

YOU’LL FALL FOR HARRISON HOT SPRINGS WITH THESE AUTUMN ACTIVITIES 

Sunflower Festival: Similar to the Tulip Festival in the spring, the Sunflower Festival happens in nearby Chilliwack in the fall. There are all sorts of festival fun to be had, including photo opportunities with props, food trucks, a field of Dahlias, and of course, sunflowers. Explore 6-acres of giant Mammoth sunflowers that can reach heights of 12 feet or taller, plus 4-acres of U-pick sunflowers, so you can bring a souvenir of sunshine home with you.

Kilby Historic Site: The Kilby Historic Site and General Store Museum offers a fascinating look back at BC’s rural history. It’s open year-round, and you can explore the original General Store Museum where interpreters are dressed in period costuming. There’s no shortage of incredible artifacts to see, and you can even continue looking upstairs into the old Manchester House Hotel or the galleries and exhibit rooms. There’s so much to see and learn about from life in the early 1900’s.

cabin at plein air painting festival

Harrison Hot Springs is full of moments like these that will turn into lasting memories — no matter what season you decide to visit, unique moments just waiting to be discovered. Book your stay with us at Harrison Beach Hotel today and enjoy access to all of this and much more.