SPA TOWN IN CANADA
HARRISON HOT SPRINGS
Harrison Hot Springs is a village and vacation resort area in the Fraser Valley at the south end of Harrison Lake. Visitors and locals alike are drawn by the picturesque lake, the beach, recreation opportunities, camping, and, of course, the hot springs.
The area and hot springs were first known to and used by the Chehalis First Nations people. Low-key resort development began after the Canadian Pacific Railway was built through Agassiz, making the area more accessible. Development has increased, but the village is still small (fewer than 2,000 people). It remains a popular spot to get away to and can be very busy on summer weekends.
Things to Do
Not surprisingly, many of the activities in Harrison Hot Springs revolve around water -- relaxing in the hot springs, swimming, kayaking, cruising the lake, to name a few. But there's plenty more you can do if you want to stay dry.
- Harrison Public Hot Pool, 101 Hot Springs Rd (corner of Esplanade and Hot Springs Rd), . M-Th 10AM-8PM, F 10AM-9PM, Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 9AM-8PM. Indoor pool open to the public with water piped in from the source of the hot springs. The facility is fairly basic but clean and does show its age in spots. This is the only hot springs water that visitors can access if you don't stay at the Harrison Resort. $9 (adult), $6.75 (child/senior), $26.75 (family). Children 4 and under are free.
- Enjoy a refreshing dip in the glacier-fed waters of Harrison Lake. If you want something warmer than the lake but cooler than the hot pool, try the lagoon in the beach.
On the Lake
- Take a cruise on Harrison Lake.
- Rent a "boat" -- motorized or kayak -- and tour the lake yourself.
- Harrison Eco Tours. Offers jet boat tours, guided hiking, guided kayaking, white water rafting and more.
- Windsurf. Winds are highest in the afternoon.
- If you have your own boat, there is a boat ramp at the east end of Esplanade Avenue.
- Rent a bicycle or quadracycle and pedal around town. The quad bikes are particularly good for a laugh with four people providing the power and two steering. The various pedaling machines can be rented by the hour from:
- Jamie's Quadracycle Rentals, corner of Lillooet and Hot Springs Road. Rents out quadracycles and bicycles.
- Harrison Scooter Rentals, 439 Lillooet Ave. Rents bicycles, quadbikes, mountain bikes and scooters.
- There are many hiking trails in the area.