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Harrison Hot Springs Sasquatch Days

War Canoes on Harrison Beach

Sasquatch Days is an annual festival with war canoe races, First Nations cultural performances and a salmon BBQ in the resort town of Harrison Hot Springs.

Sasquatch Days Festival

In 2018 Sasquatch Days took place on the weekend of June 16-17.

The free two-day family-friendly event takes place in mid-June each year and includes live entertainment, canoe races, medicine walks and Indigenous artisan vendors.

During the weekend hundreds of First Nations families and other spectators set up their lawn chairs and canopy awnings along the waterfront at Harrison Lake and dozens of war canoes line the beach. Race commentary is announced through loud speakers, and about 10 or so vendors sell souvenirs in the market.

Sasquatch Days Event Details

Jointly hosted by the local Sts’ailes First Nations and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, Sasquatch Days runs on both days from about 9 am to 2 or 3 pm and starts with a small procession and official welcome on the Saturday.

Sasquatch Days takes place in the resort town of Harrison Hot Springs which is about a 2-hour drive east of Vancouver.

The primary focus of the event is definitely the canoe races.

Sasquatch Days Canoes on Harrison Lake
Canoes on Harrison Lake

Canoe Races

War canoe races take place throughout the day starting at around 10 am on both the Saturday and Sunday. The races start slowly, after the rules are announced and racers are introduced. By around 10:30 or a bit after the junior racers hit the water, followed by increasingly older competitors as the day progresses.

Salmon Barbeque

There is a traditional salmon BBQ beginning at 11 am each day. In 2018 a lunch with one piece of fish, rice, potato salad and bannock cost $15. Other food items for sale include Indian chili tacos ($8), chili with bannock ($5), bannock ($3) and fruit salad ($3).

In 2018 funds raised from the BBQ and other food sales benefited the Sts’ailes Youth Canoe Club.

Sasquatch Days BBQ
Salmon BBQ at Sasquatch Days

Sasquatch Days 2018 Schedule

The following is the schedule of the festival’s events for 2018:

Saturday, June 16, 2018

  • 9 am – Procession from St. Alice Hall at the Harrison Lake Resort & Spa at 100 Esplanade Avenue to the Harrison Lake Plaza.
  • 10 am – Start of the war canoe races.
  • 11 am – BBQ salmon and bannock sales begin. The first free Medicine Walk Tour also takes place (but you need to sign up for it).
  • 12 noon – Sasquatch Tours Dance Group performs at the Beach Stage.
  • 1 pm – Medicine Walk Tour (free, but participants need to pre-register on the day).

Sunday, June 17, 2018

  • 9:30 am – Elders prayer and welcome.
  • 10 am – Start of the war canoe races.
  • 11 am – BBQ salmon and bannock sales begin. The first free Medicine Walk Tour also takes place (but you need to sign up for it).
  • 1 pm – Medicine Walk Tour (free, but participants need to pre-register on the day).
  • 3 pm – Closing prayer ceremony.

Harrison Sasquatch Festival War Canoe

Tips and Advice

Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Sasquatch Days experience.

TIP #1: Arrive early (e.g., before 10 am) if you hope to find parking anywhere near the waterfront.

TIP #2: Sasquatch Days isn’t a huge event. It’s a nice addition though to an already amazing place. Watch the canoe races, take part in a medicine walk and enjoy some barbequed salmon, but also plan to enjoy the beach, go for a stroll and explore the area.

TIP #3: The canoe competitions begin with the junior races. It’s not until later in the morning, towards noon, that the adults compete.

TIP #4: If you have kids, don’t forget to take their swimsuits and sand toys.

TIP #5: Be sure to have a salmon lunch. The fish is delicious, and funds raised benefit kids and their canoeing program.

War Canoes on the Beach
War Canoes at Harrison Lake

Other Information

Sasquatch Days is a free cultural event that’s open to the public. For more information, see Sasquatch Days.

For other places and ways to experience First Nations culture, click Lower Mainland First Nations.

For information about the region and other things to do in the area, click Harrison Hot Springs or the Fraser Valley.

For other festivals throughout the year in Metro Vancouver, see the Festivals and Events Calendar.

Note: Sasquatch Days often takes place on or around the Father’s Day weekend (as is the case in 2018). For a list of other activities to do with Dad and the family, click Metro Vancouver Father’s Day Activities.

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