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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.

The festival takes place on June 18th and 19th in 2022.

Other major events happening on the same weekend this year include ScotFestBC in Coquitlam and Community Day in Langley. Also taking place just down the road from the Sasquatch Days event in Harrison Hot Springs, family-friendly activities happen at Kilby Historic Site with their Father’s Day Rendezvous event. To learn about these and other events taking place on the third weekend in June this year see our article about Vancouver Father’s Day Activities. To learn about Sasquatch Days, continue reading.

 


This article contains the following information about Sasquatch Days:

Sasquatch Days Event Details | Canoe Races | Salmon Barbeque | Sasquatch Days Schedule | Tips and Advice | Other Information


 

Sasquatch Days Festival

In 2020 Sasquatch Days was tentatively scheduled to take place on June 27th and 28th but it was cancelled due to COVID-19. It was cancelled in 2021 too. The event returns, however, on June 18th and 19th in 2022. 

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

Hundreds of families and other spectators set up their lawn chairs and canopy awnings during the weekend along the waterfront at Harrison Lake and dozens of war canoes line the beach. Race commentary is projected through loudspeakers and about ten or so vendors sell souvenirs in the market.

 

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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 9:00 am to 3:00 pm this year and starts with a small procession and official welcome on the Saturday.

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

The primary focus of the event is definitely the canoe races, but there are other activities too.

 

Sasquatch Days Canoes on Harrison Lake
Canoes on Harrison Lake

 

Sasquatch Days Canoe Races

War canoe races take place throughout the day, usually starting at around 10:00 am on both the Saturday and Sunday. The races start slowly, after the rules are announced and racers are introduced. By around 10:30 am or a bit after, the junior racers hit the water. They are followed by increasingly older and more experienced competitors as the day progresses.

 

Sasquatch Days Salmon Barbeque

There is a traditional salmon BBQ beginning at around 11:00 am each day. A lunch with one piece of fish, rice, potato salad and bannock cost $15 in 2019. Other food items for sale included Indian chilli tacos ($8), chilli with bannock ($5), bannock ($3) and fruit salad ($3).

Funds raised from the barbecue and other food sales in 2019 benefited the Sts’ailes Youth Canoe Club.

 

Sasquatch Days BBQ
Salmon BBQ at Sasquatch Days

 

Sasquatch Days Schedule

As of early June there is not yet an exact schedule for the 2022 Sasquatch Days Festival. For an idea of what to expect, the following was the schedule of events from 2019:

 

Saturday (in 2019)

  • 9:00 am – Procession from St. Alice Hall at the Harrison Lake Resort & Spa at 100 Esplanade Avenue to the Harrison Lake Plaza.
  • 10:00 am – Start of the war canoe races.
  • 11:00 am – BBQ salmon and bannock sales begin. The first free Medicine Walk Tour also takes place (but you need to sign up for it).
  • 12:00 pm – Sasquatch Tours Dance Group performs at the Beach Stage.
  • 1:00 pm – Medicine Walk Tour (free, but participants need to pre-register on the day).

 

Sunday (in 2019)

  • 9:30 am – Elders prayer and welcome.
  • 10:00 am – Start of the war canoe races.
  • 11:00 am – BBQ salmon and bannock sales begin. The first free Medicine Walk Tour also takes place (but you need to sign up for it).
  • 1:00 pm – Medicine Walk Tour (free, but participants need to pre-register on the day).
  • 3:00 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 barbecued 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 for 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, check out Lower Mainland First Nations.

To learn 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.

Sasquatch Days often take place on or around Father’s Day weekend. For a list of other activities to do with dad and the family, click Metro Vancouver Father’s Day Activities.