Last Updated on December 18, 2022
If you are looking for a unique and beautiful destination to visit during the winter months, then look no further than Harrison Hot Springs. Located about a 90-minute drive east of Vancouver, and within the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Harrison Hot Springs is one of the most charming and relaxing places to visit during the coldest time of year. Whether you want to soak in the natural hot springs or explore the nearby valleys, you are sure to have an unforgettable time when you enjoy Harrison Hot Springs’ winter activities.
With cozy accommodations, delicious local restaurants, and plenty of outdoor activities, there is something for everyone in this picturesque town. So why wait? Start planning your trip to Harrison Hot Springs today!
The Best Harrison Hot Springs Winter Activities
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- The Best Harrison Hot Springs Winter Activities
Soak In The Hot Springs
The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Harrison Hot Springs is the natural hot springs that are located right in the town. Whether you want to relax in one of the resort pools or book an exclusive spa treatment, there are plenty of ways to unwind and soothe your body during a winter visit.
Staying at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort is a great way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation just steps from your hotel room. With several different pools and hot tubs, you can spend all day soaking in the warm waters and enjoying time to recharge.
If you opt for other accommodations in Harrison Hot Springs, there is also a public pool that is a short distance from the Harrison Hot Springs Resort where you could go for a rejuvenating swim.
Explore The Local Valleys And Forests
While the hot springs are definitely a highlight of visiting Harrison Hot Springs, there is so much more to explore in the surrounding areas. With so many breathtaking vistas and nature trails, you will never run out of things to do when you visit this beautiful town. Whether you want to go for a short or long hike, there are options for everyone.
A couple of the best easy hiking trails nearby are:
The stunning scenery will have you mesmerized as you stroll along the 1.4-kilometer flat path around the lagoon. The picturesque route is perfect for visitors of all ages and abilities, so go ahead and bring your stroller or wheelchair!
The Spirit Trail
The short and sweet Spirit Trail, located near Harrison Hot Springs village, is a fantastic cedar forest walk that will have kids and adults alike happily searching for hidden masks created by a local – talk about fun and unique!
This short 1km trail is perfect for a quick walk. Be mindful of roots across the path, but other than that it’s an easy stroll. You can find the trail by driving down McCoombs Drive until you reach the parking spaces on the side of the road near the beginning of the trail.
We recommend both of these trails for families in our Ultimate Guide To Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Vancouver.
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With a wide array of locally-owned restaurants and cafes, you are sure to find something that suits your taste buds. From hearty comfort foods to fresh farm-to-table dishes, there is something for everyone on the culinary scene in Harrison Hot Springs. Whether you want to grab a quick bite or enjoy a leisurely meal with family and friends, you will never go hungry in this charming town.
Muddy Waters is a family-run cafe that uses fresh, local ingredients to create delicious farm-to-table dishes. With locally roasted coffee and cheeses from Agassiz, Muddy Waters has become a popular destination for foodies of all stripes – locals and tourists alike!
The first time you take a bite of one of Muddy Waters’ sandwiches, you’ll be addicted. This popular Harrison Hot Springs restaurant is always serving up some delicious food. Our favorite sandwich has to be the pulled pork; we love how it comes with apple slices inside. They also have a great kids’ menu that will make even the pickiest eaters happy.
The Black Forest Steak & Schnitzel House is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for hearty portions and a wide variety of options. We love trying something new each time we visit! For parents with picky eaters, never worry again! Our kids loved the spaghetti and so eagerly asked to have it again the next day.
Taco Rio is a Mexican restaurant that offers fresh and traditional dishes with an influence from the West Coast. It’s a few minutes’ drive off of the main strip, but it is completely worth the extra effort with the delicious food and lively atmosphere. The spicy crispy chicken burrito is one of the best burritos we have ever tasted.
Or, simply get a pizza to go from Village Pizzeria to take back to your accommodations for a pizza party. A cozy night in by the fireplace with comforting pizza sounds good too!
Christmas Tree Trail
The Christmas tree trail is the perfect place to take a stroll and do some holiday shopping. You’ll be amazed at how each store or restaurant has decorated its own unique tree. Pretty Christmas trees are a great way to get into the festive spirit!
Starlight Skating Rink
If you’re looking for an exciting way to stay active during your trip, head over to the outdoor synthetic rink for an ice skate. It is not a big rink, but it is a fun little skate among the lights at night.
It is free if you bring your own skates, or rentals are available on certain days and times. Check the updated pricing and schedule for rentals here. Keep in mind that the skating rink is open all day and is not supervised, so use it at your own risk.
Take a look to see how many Sasquatch statues you can find throughout town; some even get dressed up for the holidays. With hidden Sasquatches all around, it’s a fun scavenger hunt for the whole family!
If you have time, stop by the Sasquatch Museum to learn more about these elusive creatures. The museum includes information on real encounters, folklore, and even casts of footprints. Whether or not you believe in this mythological beast, it is still a fun hunt for everyone in your group!
If you’re looking for a more adventurous activity, pay a visit to Sasquatch Mountain. This ski resort offers a variety of slopes for all skill levels, from beginner to expert. If you are new to snowboarding or skiing, try one of the many beginner-friendly slopes first. Or if you’re looking for a thrill ride, try one of the more advanced slopes and see just how daring you can be.
Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to enjoy the winter mountains, but they’re not the only activities available. If you’re looking for a thrill, try out the tube park, where you can zoom down the slopes on an inflatable tube. Or, if you prefer a more leisurely pace, explore one of the snowshoe trails. Snowshoeing is a great way to get some exercise and take in the beautiful winter scenery. No matter what your interest is, there’s a way for you to enjoy the snow-capped mountains.
Sasquatch Mountain is sure to offer a fun time for the whole family!
Eagle Migration In Harrison Mills
For a unique experience in the area, head to Harrison Mills, 20 minutes down the road from the town of Harrison Hot Springs, to see a local spectacle. Every winter, thousands of bald eagles flock here as they migrate south for warmer weather.
You can observe the eagles from many spots along the road that runs through the migration zone, or you can stop at one of the local wildlife viewing areas.
One of the best places to view eagles is at the Sandpiper Resort. We also recommend staying in one of the cabins at Sandpiper to really get a good look at the eagles, and so that you can really take your time enjoying the majestic birds of prey without feeling rushed.
Lights By The Lake
Another can’t-miss activity in Harrison Hot Springs is strolling along the lake at night and admiring the beautiful holiday lights. Every year, thousands of twinkling lights are strung along the waterfront area. It’s even a fun wander during the daylight hours for photo ops, but nothing compares to that extra magic at nighttime when the lights will give you all of the warm fuzzies of this time of year.
Light By The Lake runs from late November to late January.
Festive Chocolatey Treats
One stop that is always hard to resist in Harrison Hot Springs is the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. It’s a must-do to pick up a sasquatch-themed treat. During the holidays, there are plenty of festive options to tickle your fancy and sweet tooth. Make a note to always grab an extra treat; there’s nothing wrong with more to savor!
Harrison Hot Springs is a wonderful destination to visit during the holidays. Whether you are looking for outdoor activities or festive celebrations, there are so many things to do in Harrison Hot Springs during winter. Round up your friends and family and plan your trip today!
The cold winter days will eventually come to an end, but the moments you create during your Harrison Hot Springs winter activities with loved ones will last a lifetime!
Disclaimer: We were invited by Tourism Harrison to experience the Harrison River Valley. Our opinions are our own.
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