Someone had mentioned that Harrison Hot Springs would be turning into Whoville this Christmas, and that mistaken comment went viral. Instead, the little town of Harrison Hot Springs was transformed into Lights on the Lake, a Sasquatch-themed festival. You’ll find light displays with the legendary, mythical Sasquatch taking part in all his favorite outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, fishing, camping, windsurfing, and displays wishing visitors a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Sasquatch tale of Harrison is an interesting one and there are some residents claim that the beasts also exist in real life. Some even claim there have been sightings in the caves of Mystery Valley on the West Side of Harrison Lake. It sure is fun to imagine, as long as you do not run into one!
It was a cute light display, though nothing really impressive if you would have to take a long drive to get there. It was nice for a little stroll through the town before taking a dip at night in the hot springs. Lights on the Lake runs until January 28th.
There is also a Christmas Tree Trail that starts at the Harrison Visitor Information Centre and Sasquatch Museum and takes you through the shops of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. Each shop has their own decorated tree. The Christmas Tree Trail runs until January 13th.
It also happened that during our stay was the beginning of the height of Bald Eagle watching, just minutes away from the resort in Harrison Mills, the world’s bald eagle capital. Every Fall when the spawning salmon return to the Harrison River and the migration of the returning bald eagles happens, you’ll find the eagles diving to feast. We were completely blown away by how many eagles there were around us and how many we could count soaring around up in the sky. I had never witnessed this before and it sure was fascinating.
Take a look at our Harrison Hot Springs adventure:
Harrison Lake and Harrison Hot Springs Resort
Outdoor Christmas Displays
Bald Eagle Migration
It was a nice touch to add some festive spirit to our girls getaway. A little bit of Christmas cheer was just what the doctor ordered to further lift our spirits. We took some time to rejuvenate our bodies in the healing hot mineral water of the hot springs, before the busy few days of celebration are actually here. Located just over an hour outside of Vancouver, Harrison Hot Springs is a great little town for an escape.
Where is an escape you enjoy close to home?