Harrison Hot Springs is a popular resort town in the Fraser Valley boasting natural mineral hot springs, a sandy beach and a beautiful lake for boating.
Harrison Hot Springs
On a sunny day Harrison Hot Springs is spectacular – the views include giant rocky mountains, a stunning lake surrounded by forests and hills, and long sandy beaches.
Where to Stay at Harrison
The best place to stay is the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, where the main hot pools are located. There are public hot springs as well, which are okay, but not as exotic.
If you’re going for the hot spring experience, the resort is where you’ll want to stay. It’s not inexpensive, however, but it’s the place to get pampered. If you’re not staying at the resort or not paying for a spa treatment, then you’ll have to just enjoy the public pool.
There are many other great places to stay at Harrison, including the Harrison Beach Hotel. It doesn’t offer its own hot springs, but it’s cheaper, still very nice and right across from the water. There are also several RV parks, a small commercial campground and numerous other hotels and B&B’s in the area.
What to Do at Harrison
Even if you don’t plan to visit the actual hot springs, there is still lots to do at Harrison. In the summer Harrison Lake is popular for swimming, boating, beach volleyball and hanging out in the water and on the sand.
In addition to the large lake, on the beach surrounded by sand is a fair-sized natural pool of water that’s great for young children to play in (provided there aren’t too many geese also swimming in it). Nearby there is also a great children’s playground.
Boats of various kinds can be rented at Harrison, there are chartered boat tours, and there is even an amazing inflatable water playground out in the lake that’s open (for a fee) in the busy summer season.
Not far from the main downtown area is a nice 9-hole golf course – the Harrison Resort Golf Course. The town of Agassiz is also just down the road from Harrison, and between the two places is the Agassiz Speedway, a small car track with races between once and four times a month between April and November.
Also not far away, the Kilby Historic Site is a “Museum of Rural Life” located at 215 Kilby Road in Harrison Mills. The whole region is beautiful.
Harrison Festivals and Events
Being a resort town and tourist destination, Harrison Hot Springs hosts various festivals and events throughout the year. A sample of the village’s calendar of activities includes the following:
- January – Lights on the Lake runs from the end of November until late January and features Christmas illuminations and Sasquatch-themed light displays between the lake and Esplanade Avenue.
- April – Harrison Uncorked: a 2-day wine festival featuring over a dozen different wineries.
- June – Sasquatch Days: two days of war canoe races, local First Nations performances and a salmon BBQ.
- On July 1st – small town Canada Day festivities, including fireworks.
- July – Harrison Festival of the Arts: nine days of concerts and arts exhibits.
- August – Lakeside Car Show: a free event with vehicles from all eras. (Note: in some years it takes place in July, and other years, like in 2018, it doesn’t take place at all.)
- September – Bands on the Beach: two days of FREE music on the Labour Day long weekend.
- October – Harrison Beer Fest: a two-day celebration of craft beers and everything Oktoberfest.
- November – Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival: an event celebrating one of the largest migratory gatherings of bald eagles anywhere.
- December – Lights on the Lake takes place at Harrison Hot Springs and features Christmas light displays along the waterfront.
For more information about the area see the Tourism Harrison website.
Other Picturesque Villages and Resort Towns
Harrison Hot Springs is one of several small towns and villages we recommend as some of Vancouver’s best places.
If you like Harrison Hot Springs, other similar places you might like include Horseshoe Bay (terminal for BC Ferries), Fort Langley (a national historic site) and White Rock (an ocean-side resort community). There is also Steveston Village (a historic fishing village) and Deep Cove (a seaside community in North Vancouver). Also, further away in the opposite direction, is the world-famous resort town of Whistler.