Last Updated on June 7, 2022
Our latest Harrison River Valley adventure found us focusing on ways to breathe in the wild of this gorgeous area of British Columbia.
We all need to feel connected to something larger than ourselves sometimes. For us, one of the best ways to do that is by spending time in nature. There is just something about being surrounded by trees, flowers, and fresh air that makes us feel more at peace. And when we take the time to really slow down and appreciate all the little details, we feel incredibly lucky and spoiled by the beauty of it all. It is like our own personal paradise and really is a wonderful feeling.
From exploring the waters by jet boat and kayak, experiencing an incredible four-course meal made of fresh and local ingredients, enjoying s’mores by the fire, golfing on a world-class course, and soaking in hot springs, we really felt surrounded by the beauty of nature and could feel our spirits lift.
Whether you are visiting the Harrison River Valley for the first time, or you are a resident looking for weekend inspiration, this is one of the many ways to experience the Harrison River Valley. This post focuses on exploring the area from a base in Harrison Hot Springs at The Lodge On Harrison Lake.
Our last visit to the Harrison River Valley had us using Harrison Mills as a home base during the winter off-season. During this visit, the Harrison River Valley was starting to gear up for a busy summer.
Table Of Contents
- Where Is Harrison Hot Springs?
- Sasquatch Folklore
- Best Time To Visit
- Rowena’s Inn On The River
- Harrison River Boat Ride
- The Lodge On Harrison Lake
- Guided Harrison River Kayaking Tour
- Golfing At Sandpiper Golf Course
- Soaking In The Harrison Hot Springs
- Must-Try Harrison Food Favourites
Where Is Harrison Hot Springs?
Harrison Hot Springs is a small town located in the Fraser Valley region of British Columbia, Canada. The town is situated on the shores of Harrison Lake, and its name comes from the hot springs that can be found in the area. Harrison Hot Springs is a popular tourist destination, and its main attractions include the hot springs, hiking trails, rainbow falls, and the world’s largest eagle migration. The town is also home to several restaurants and cafes, as well as several art galleries and shops. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, Harrison Hot Springs is the perfect destination.
Harrison Hot Springs is also known for its close association with the sasquatch. Local folklore tells stories of the sasquatch living in the nearby woods, and there have been several sightings of the creature over the years. Whether you believe in the sasquatch or not, there is no denying that Harrison Hot Springs is a beautiful place to visit. With its stunning scenery and welcoming community, it is easy to see why this small village has become such a popular tourist destination.
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Best Time To Visit
Harrison Hot Springs is a great destination to visit year-round. During the offseason, it is quiet and peaceful, making it the perfect time to relax in the warm springs. As the weather gets warmer, the town starts to come alive with visitors from all over. There are endless adventure options available, from hiking and biking to water sports and golfing. And of course, there are plenty of places to enjoy a delicious meal or refreshing drink. No matter what time of year you visit, Harrison Hot Springs is sure to have something for everyone.
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Rowena’s Inn On The River
Rowena’s Inn on the river is a colonial-themed inn that was built in the 1920s. The inn is located on the banks of the Harrison River, and it is infused with old-world charm. A few times a year, guests are invited to dine in the upper and lower drawing rooms for step-back in-time fireside dining.
We were able to enjoy charcuterie and wine in the Upper Drawing Room at Rowena’s Inn as we learned more about the new direction of Tourism Harrison and the Harrison River Valley through their Breathe In The Wild presentation. Rowena’s Inn is furnished with antique furniture, and the views are spectacular.
Rowena’s Inn is a part of the Sandpiper Resort, where we stayed in a luxury cabin during our last Harrison River Valley adventure.
Harrison River Boat Ride
Experience the natural beauty of the Harrison River on a scenic jet boat tour. With boats that are heated and covered, you can enjoy the journey no matter what the weather is like. As you weave down the river, you will be able to take in the stunning views while keeping an eye out for wildlife such as eagles, ospreys, herons, beavers, otters, and more.
We did not see any wildlife on our adventure, but on our personalized tour, we went from Harrison Hot Springs to our dinner at The Lodge On Harrison Lake.
This is a great way to see the area’s natural wonders up close and personal. It was so fun speeding through the Harrison River.
As you travel down the Harrison River, you will eventually reach the point where it meets the Fraser River. Seeing the two rivers come together is an amazing sight, as the crystal-clear water of the Harrison River mixes with the muddy water of the Fraser River. It is almost as if Mother Nature is fighting with herself. We saw a similar sight when we were sturgeon fishing, on the Fraser River and it is a neat contrast!
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The Lodge On Harrison Lake
Staying at The Lodge On Harrison Lake is a truly unique experience. Nestled in the heart of British Columbia’s stunning Fraser Valley, the lodge offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Whether you are looking to relax and enjoy the scenery or explore all that the area has to offer, there is something for everyone at the lodge. Guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, with all the amenities you need to feel at home. And with a variety of on-site activities, like guided fishing trips, boat tours, sunset cruises, kayaks, and paddle board rentals, you are sure to find plenty to keep you busy during your stay.
The serene and tranquil setting at this gorgeous beachfront property will offer you the perfect opportunity to escape from everyday life. With 2 1/2 acres of private property, that also features a barrel sauna, it is the perfect space to relax and unwind without distractions or worries.
Surrounded by tall growth trees, guests will feel like they feel a sense of privacy when staying at this fabulous getaway. It creates an atmosphere that is perfect for bonding with family or friends.
We loved the campfire area, and there was a private dock for fishing, kayaking, or if you wanted to jump in for a swim.
Whether you are looking for a romantic trip or a family-friendly adventure, The Lodge On Harrison Lake does not disappoint.
We had the most incredible dinner at a special event we attended at The Lodge On Harrison Lake with some fellow content creators. It would be a dreamy location for a wedding or any event.
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Lakeside Dinner And Campfire S’mores
There is something special about dining lakeside, surrounded by the natural beauty of your surroundings. And what could be more magical than finishing off the perfect meal with some s’mores around a cozy campfire? Lakeside dining is the perfect way to appreciate nature’s bounty. The fresh air and peaceful setting are the perfect backdrops for a delicious meal, and the campfire provides the perfect way to finish things off.
During our meal, we listened to Valley Music Co., a playlist of local musicians.
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Guided Harrison River Kayaking Tour
Go for a refreshing kayaking experience on the beautiful and flowing waters of the Harrison River system. This five-hour kayaking trip will take you from the Harrison resort marina all way to its head, following alongside the shore.
This experience in nature will leave your heart full. You will view petroglyphs – ancient drawings covering everything from animals to humans, and some of the most gorgeous scenery. You finish your paddle at Kilby Provincial Park before loading up the kayaks for a ride back towards Harrison Hot springs. If you are staying at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort, it would be a perfect time to enjoy some restful relaxation in the hot springs after all the fun that was had along the shores.
When we first heard five-hour kayaking tour, I was curious about how strenuous of an experience it would be. However, it was honestly a relaxed paddle. We slowed down at several points to enjoy the peacefulness of our surroundings.
We even stopped to view some spawning Sturgeon; something I did not expect to see! I have been fascinated by these river monsters since we went sturgeon fishing and caught (and released) a Sturgeon that was 8’4″ and an estimated 300 lbs. Reeling in a big one is no joke; it is HARD work!
We were thrilled by how welcoming the staff of Harrison Eco Tours were. They made me feel relaxed during my kayaking experience and provided an excellent tour experience during our jet boat ride to The Lodge On Harrison Lake for our dinner.
Golfing At Sandpiper Golf Course
Sandpiper Golf Course offers breathtaking views and challenging play for golfers of all skill levels. Just a short drive from Harrison Hot Springs, Sandpiper is situated on a gorgeous rolling terrain, with well-manicured fairways and pristine greens. The course features a variety of holes, including several elevation changes and water hazards. In addition, the clubhouse offers a pro-shop.
There are a number of outstanding holes, but one of the best is the 486-yard, par 5 fifteenth, where the footprint of the legendary sasquatch guards the green.
Darcy has been wanting to golf at Sandpiper for years, so while I was on a kayaking tour, it was the perfect opportunity for him to experience the full course.
On our last visit to the Harrison River Valley, we also stayed at the Sandpiper Resort, in an incredible luxury cabin. If you are looking for a world-class golf course with accommodation, you will not want to miss this one. The luxurious cabin felt like home, and we did not want to leave.
Whether you are looking for a challenging round of golf or simply a scenic place to relax, Sandpiper Resort is sure to please.
Soaking In The Harrison Hot Springs
There is nothing quite like a soak in a hot spring to relax and rejuvenate the mind and body. The hot springs at Harrison are a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. The hot springs are fed by underground springs that keep the water at a comfortable temperature year-round.
Few things are as relaxing as soaking in a hot spring. The combination of hot water and minerals helps to soothe muscles, ease aches and pains, and promote circulation. In addition, warm water can help to release tension and calm the mind. For centuries, people have been flocking to hot springs for their healing properties. Today, there are thousands of hot springs around the world, each with its own unique benefits. Whether you are looking to relax or rejuvenate, a soak in the Harrison hot springs is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort offers five different natural, hot-spring-fed mineral pools to choose from and has options of both indoor and outdoor pools.
To soak in the Harrison Hot Springs, you must be a hotel guest. We were able to go for a soak for a couple of hours as media guests of the resort and really enjoyed the relaxation, especially after my five-hour kayaking tour.
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Must-Try Harrison Food Favourites
Muddy Waters Café
When you are in Harrison Hot Springs, be sure to swing by Muddy Waters Cafe. It is a cozy little spot with a great atmosphere – perfect for catching up with friends over coffee or enjoying a leisurely meal. The menu features all your favorite comfort foods, and the staff is always happy to make recommendations.
You must try their bakery selection from muffins and granola bars to desserts; it is all delicious. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. We always need to make a stop when we are in the area.
Taco Rio is a must-visit restaurant when you are in Harrison Hot Springs. The food is delicious, and the atmosphere is lively and fun. The spicy crispy chicken burrito is hands down one of the best burritos I have ever tasted. If you are looking for a great place to eat, drink and have a good time, Taco Rio is the perfect spot.
Taco Rio uses fresh local ingredients to offer the best in Mexican cuisine with a West Coast influence.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate
Rocky Mountain Chocolate in Harrison Hot Springs is a great place to get your sweet fix. The chocolates are handmade using only the finest ingredients, and the shop offers a wide variety of flavors to choose from. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and they are always happy to help you find the perfect treat. Whether you are looking for a gift for someone special or just want to indulge in a little self-care, Rocky Mountain Chocolate in Harrison Hot Springs is the perfect place to go.
While in Harrison Hot Springs, do not miss getting one of their signature sasquatch feet chocolates. It is a fun way to celebrate the mystery of the mythical and elusive sasquatch.
Whether you are looking to soak in the springs, get out on the water, hike in the nearby mountains, or simply enjoy some small-town charm, Harrison Hot Springs and the Harrison River Valley is an ideal destination.
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Disclaimer: Our adventure in the Harrison River Valley was provided by Tourism Harrison. However, our opinions are our own.