Last Updated on May 26, 2023
Disclaimer: We were invited by Harrison Hot Springs Resort for a family girls getaway. Our opinions are our own.
A Spring Family Getaway To Harrison Hot Springs Resort
If you’re looking for the perfect destination to rest, relax and recharge, look no further than Harrison Hot Springs in beautiful British Columbia. With stunning views of lush mountain forests and gorgeous Harrison Lake, it’s easy to see why people flock to this incredible resort year after year.
From the moment you step foot on the property, a sense of calm will wash over you as your worries slip away – but that’s only the beginning! There are endless activities in and around Harrison Hot Springs Resort that will ensure an unforgettable getaway experience. From pampering spa treatments at the resort, to breathtaking hikes around nature trails, or getting out on the lake – whatever type of relaxation you’re seeking is just steps (or a short drive) away from the Harrison Hot Springs Resort!
Table Of Contents
- A Spring Family Getaway To Harrison Hot Springs Resort
- Where Is Harrison Hot Springs?
- When Is The Best Time To Visit Harrison Hot Springs?
- Healing Therapeutic Properties Of Hot Springs
- Harrison Hot Springs Resort
- Harrison Hot Springs Resort Lakeside Café
- A Perfect Girls Getaway
- Activities Around Harrison Hot Springs
- Take A Walk Around Harrison Lagoon
- Spirit Trail Hike
- Miami Bridges Loop Hike
- Agassiz Museum
- Get Out On The Water
- The Heritage Walk
- Circle Farm Tour
- Sasquatch Territory
Where Is Harrison Hot Springs?
Harrison Hot Springs is located in the Fraser Valley region of British Columbia, just a couple hours’ drive from Vancouver. This means that you can easily access the resort and all its amenities by car. To make things even easier, there are several direct flights connecting Vancouver to Abbotsford International Airport – around 70 km away.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort sits on the most southern point of Harrison Lake, the largest lake in Southwestern BC. It is 60km long, up to 9km wide, and covers over 200 square kilometers. The maximum depth is 279m (916 feet). It is glacier-fed and beautiful. The Coast Mountains surround the lake, and a few miles south of the end of the lake, the Cascade Mountains end with Mount Cheam.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Harrison Hot Springs?
The best time to visit Harrison Hot Springs Resort is during the spring and summer months when temperatures are milder and the days longer. This is also when nature around the resort comes alive with vibrant colors, making it a perfect place for outdoor activities. For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Harrison Hot Springs is an easy getaway that will ensure your stay is blissfully stress-free.
Healing Therapeutic Properties Of Hot Springs
Hot springs have been used to treat ailments and injuries since ancient times. Local First Nations recognized and respected the therapeutic properties of the hot mineral waters in Harrison Hot Springs as “the healing place” prior to the arrival of European settlers.
The Harrison Hot Springs Resort has five natural mineral pools at different temperatures (including an adults-only pool), so you have plenty of choice to find the right temperature for you. There are two springs that feed the pools.
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Harrison Hot Springs Resort
During our mini-getaway to Harrison Hot Springs, we stayed at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort. This gorgeous property is the perfect spot to rest and relax, complete with comfortable rooms, hot spring pools, a luxurious spa, and more.
We had a queen room with two queen beds and a mountain view — and that breathtaking vista was incredible to wake up to! The rooms are spacious and clean, with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.
The resort is also home to a luxurious spa, complete with therapeutic treatments to relax your mind, body and soul. The Healing Springs Spa uses the ancient mineral springs of Harrison Hot Springs to create a menu of spa treatments that help to reduce stress, boost the immune system, increase energy, and rebalance the body. These treatments will help you feel alive and well, and truly experience the bliss of being healthy. From facials and massage therapy, body wraps, hand and foot treatments — you’ll leave feeling recharged.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort Lakeside Café
To fuel up before or after you’ve worked up an appetite from a day of spa treatments and outdoor activities, head over to the Lakeside Café. This family restaurant at Harrison Hot Springs Resort serves breakfast and dinner, featuring a variety of delicious meals with beautiful lake views – perfect for watching the sunset too. Choose from gourmet a breakfast buffet, or a delicious dinner menu.
We enjoyed a buffet breakfast at the Lakeside Café, and we were very pleased. The pancakes with whip cream and strawberries was a highlight, but there was a great variety to choose from. The buffet option is always a huge hit with the kids because they can choose from a variety of different food items and chow down to their heart’s content.
A Perfect Girls Getaway
I went on a girls’ weekend to Harrison Hot Springs Resort with my twin sister and my two eldest daughters. Since I have four kids, I sometimes like to split them up to have more focused, undivided time. This was the perfect opportunity to reconnect and enjoy some mother-daughter time.
We spent a lot of time soaking in the hot springs. We all got out feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, ready for a fun day of activities around Harrison Hot Springs. At night, a soak in the hot springs relaxed us so much that we drifted off to sleep as soon as our heads hit our pillows.
And, of course, no girls weekend would be complete without dancing on a bed and singing into hairbrushes.
Being around two hours away from Vancouver, Harrison Hot Springs Resort is the perfect spot for a quick getaway to recharge.
Activities Around Harrison Hot Springs
Whether you’re looking for some rest and relaxation or the adrenaline rush of outdoor activities, Harrison Hot Springs has something for everyone.
Take A Walk Around Harrison Lagoon
The town of Harrison Hot Springs boasts beautiful views, which you can admire by taking a pleasant 1.4km walk around the lagoon. This easy walk is perfect for all as you can even bring a stroller or wheelchair. The scenery is stunning and will make you want to stop and take photos multiple times. Don’t forget to pack a picnic, or simply sit back and appreciate your surroundings.
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Spirit Trail Hike
The Spirit Trail is an enjoyable walk through a cedar forest located near the village of Harrison Hot Springs. Children particularly enjoy finding the masks hidden throughout the forest, which were created by a local resident. The trail is only 1km in length and although there are many roots across the path, it is an easy walk. Access to the trail can be found on McCoombs Drive, and there are a few parking spaces near the trailhead on the side of the road.
The Spirit Trail is also an excellent trail that we suggest taking the kids on in our Ultimate Guide To Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Vancouver.
Miami Bridges Loop Hike
The Miami Bridges Loop is a short, half-kilometer walk that takes you under a canopy of trees covered in moss and across nine small bridges. Keep in mind that some of the bridges have stairs, making this trail unsuitable for wheelchairs or strollers.
This is a short and scenic trail located at the back of the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel. It may not be well-known, but it leads to the lake and Miami River Pump Station. If you follow the gravel path to the left when you reach the lake, you can also see the building where the hot springs originate.
The Agassiz-Harrison Museum & Visitor Information Centre is located within one of Canada’s oldest wooden Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) stations. In 1985, the Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society bought the Agassiz CPR station for $1. The museum opened in 1986 and displays material culture objects and archival records from Agassiz, Harrison Mills, and Harrison Hot Springs communities.
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Get Out On The Water
For an exciting kayaking experience, join Harrison Eco Tours starting from the Harrison Hot Springs Resort dock. Head to their kiosk inside the Harrison Hot Springs Resort hotel to sign waivers, and arrive at the dock a few minutes before the scheduled adventure time.
The scenery is lovely and you may spot different types of wildlife, such as bald eagles, ospreys, or black bears depending on the season. You can also make stops and explore throughout the tour. Everything you need for the tour is provided, so just bring your sense of adventure and dress appropriately for the weather. Remember to wear sunscreen and bring a hat or sunglasses if it’s sunny, or a light rain jacket if it’s cloudy or rainy.
The Heritage Walk
Discover Harrison Hot Springs’ historical buildings and landmarks on a 5km roundtrip trail that begins at the Visitor Centre. You’ll pass by various sites, including the hot springs source, a community gathering spot since the 1950s, and one of the town’s first residences from 1888. The Visitor Centre itself was once a logging camp bunkhouse.
This place offers a great opportunity to delve into its history and imagine what it was like in the past, which is something we enjoy during our travels.
Circle Farm Tour
The Circle Farm Tour is a great way to visit some of the area’s best farms and shops. The Harrison area offers a diverse range of activities for you to experience with your senses. You can witness cows grazing in the fields and observe artisans create cheese and pottery by hand.
You can enjoy a self-guided tour of a historic site that portrays 1920’s living history (Kilby Historic Site). In addition, smell freshly roasted coffee and sample homemade dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including heirloom tomatoes, garlic, corn, cheese, raspberries, blueberries, and fresh vegetables. You can also purchase artisan salmon products made with delicious locally caught Harrison River salmon.
The area of Harrison in Hot Springs is known for being inhabited by Sasquatch, a legendary bipedal mammal of up to 14 feet in size and covered in reddish hair.
The Sasquatch has been a part of the oral traditions of the First Nations communities of Harrison for centuries. According to the Sts’ailes, the Sasquatch is a spiritual being that can vanish into the spirit realm at will, making it difficult to track down.
Make sure to stop and get a picture with the Sasquatch statue located at the “Welcome to Harrison Hot Springs” sign. You can also follow the Sasquatch footprints around town.
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Harrison Hot Springs is a beautiful destination that provides an array of activities for visitors of all ages and interests. From soaking up the therapeutic minerals in the hot springs, to exploring the town, getting out into nature, and taking advantage of the luxurious spa treatments, there are endless ways to relax and unwind at this unique location. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an adventure with the family, Harrison Hot Springs is the perfect destination!
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