Located less than two hours from Vancouver on Harrison Lake in the town of Harrison Hot Springs is the world-famous Harrison Hot Springs Resort Hotel.
It’s a full-service hotel and spa that is known for its beautiful setting and five natural hot mineral spring pools.
HOTEL CLOSES AND THEN REOPENS
Because of the COVID-19 health crisis and concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, the Harrison Hot Springs Resort ceased operations temporarily. On May 29th, however, it reopened. As of early June, outdoor pools are open, but with limited capacity in each. Indoor pools have still been closed for the time being.
For details about the current status of the hotel, see the Resort & Spa‘s website.
The Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa
Originally built in 1886, the Harrison Hot Springs Resort is an iconic part of the town of Harrison Hot Springs. Known for its signature hot springs after which the town is named, the resort is home to some of British Columbia’s most famous swimmable mineral pools.
People come from all over the world to stay at the resort, soak in its waters and admire the stunning views of Harrison Lake. It’s an incredibly beautiful spot!
The Harrison Hot Springs Resort can be found at 100 Esplanade Avenue in the town of Harrison Hot Springs in the Fraser Valley. It’s about a 90-minute drive from Vancouver in good traffic.
The resort is located on the southern shore of Harrison Lake on the westernmost point of the small picturesque town. Restaurants, shops and boat launch facilities are all within easy walking distance, and the lake is right outside the hotel.
Hotel Hot Springs and Other Amenities
The Harrison Resort is most famous for its naturally-fed hot springs mineral pools. There are five pools on-site. These include three outdoor pools of varying temperatures, with one being a 1000-square foot adults-only pool. There are also two indoor pools near the spa, one of which is a hot pool and the other being slightly cooler.
The water in the pools has one of the highest concentrations of dissolved mineral solids of any natural hot springs in British Columbia. The hottest gets up to 40 degrees Celsius (or 103 degrees Fahrenheit). Other pools range in temperature between 30 degrees C (or 86 degrees F), which is good for swimming in, and around 35 degrees C (or 95 F).
Directly beside the main pool is a small fitness centre. The place is equipped with both cardio and strength training equipment. Other fitness activities on-site include a tennis court and walking trails by the lake.
The Resort also owns a marina that extends into the lake. Folk can book eco tours which explore the area’s nature and wildlife, or water sports equipment including jet skis and power boats. The Harrison Lake Waterpark is also pretty much right outside the hotel.
Healing Springs Spa
The Harrison Resort is also home to the Healing Springs Spa. Healing Springs is a full service spa offering treatments such as massages, facials and manicures.
Guests who book a massage or other treatment at the Healing Springs Spa also receive a day pass to use the hotel’s mineral pools.
Dining at the Harrison Resort
The Harrison Hot Springs Resort has three restaurants on-site. Options include the Copper Room, Lakeside Cafe and Islands Bar, as well as a small cafe called Miss Margaret’s in the lobby.
The Copper Room is the fanciest of the three options. The historic place is known for its sit-down dinners, sometimes with live entertainment. There is even a dance floor in the middle of the restaurant!
The Lakeside Cafe is a family-friendly restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner. It also has a patio and great views of Harrison Lake.
Finally, Islands Bar is a lounge-style restaurant. The place serves cocktails and traditional bar food and also has a patio with views of the lake.
Extra Information Regarding the Hotel
Below are some suggestions and extra bits of information to help you make the most out of your stay at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort.
- Registered overnight guests at the hotel can use the pools as much as they like during their stay within regular hours of operation. Day guests of Healing Springs Spa are also welcome. For visitors not staying at the hotel or receiving spa services, there is a public hot spring pool in the middle of town just a few blocks away.
- All rooms at the hotel are non-smoking. This includes outside balconies. There are, however, designated smoking areas outdoors on the hotel’s grounds.
- Dogs are permitted at the resort for an additional fee. Just be sure to tell the hotel about your pet when booking your room.
- Arguably, the highlight of the resort is the hot springs, and you can only use them if you are a registered guest or have a day pass from the Healing Springs Spa. If you can afford to stay at the resort, do so! It’s quite a treat! If staying somewhere else and not using the spa, be sure to check out the public pool in town. It’s not nearly as fancy – it’s kind of like an older indoor public swimming pool. It uses water from the same source though and is nice enough.
- Harrison is a great place to visit any time of the year. In the late spring, summer and fall it’s especially beautiful. In late April and May there are spring flowers. In the summer there is the lake and water sports activities. From late September until early November there are beautiful autumn colours, and from October until early December there are salmon spawning in the river and thousands of bald eagles. In winter it can be cold, which makes the hot springs even more enjoyable!
- The resort sometimes has special rates and packages, especially in the off-peak seasons. To see what’s being offered, click Resort Specials.
- We’ve stayed at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort a couple of times and loved it! Other places we’ve enjoyed include the Harrison Beach Hotel which is just a couple of blocks away, and the Sandpiper Resort which is fabulous (especially for people who like golf) and a 15-minute drive away, up the river, in nearby Harrison Mills.
For more details about the resort click Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa.
For ideas about things to do while in the area, check out the following:
- Sasquatch Provincial Park
- Harrison Water Park
- River and Lake Boat Cruises
- Sasquatch Mountain Ski Resort
- Sandpiper Resort & Golf Course
- Kilby Historic Site
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