Harrison Hot Springs is a village and vacation area in the Fraser Valley at the southern end of Harrison Lake. Visitors and locals alike are drawn by the picturesque lake, the beach and hot springs, and more recently, the sand sculpture contests on the
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 (less than 2000 people). It remains a popular spot to get away to and can be very busy on summer weekends.
From Highway 1, exit at Highway 9 (exit 135) and follow it north to Agassiz. From there, follow Hot Springs Road north to the lake. If you're on Highway 7, turn onto Hot Springs Road in Agassiz. The drive from Vancouver will take about 1.5 - 2 hours, depending on traffic.
World Championship of Sand Sculptures, (this event no longer takes place in Harrison Hot Springs. The last year was 2009.) The sand sculptures were located on the beach near the lagoon, . Held each year just after Labour Day (first Monday in Sept), master sand sculptors from around the world compete to build sand castles, sand figures and anything else they can think of as long as it is made from sand and water. The sculptures remain on exhibition for one month afterwards. There is hope that this event will return in the future.
Harrison Lake, is largest lake in southwestern BC. Framed by mountains on three sides, makes a nice backdrop to the location.
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.
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 out a seclection of bicycles, quadbikes, mountain bikes and scooters.
Several small shops are available along Esplanade and Hot Springs Road.
BC Sportfishing Group, 100 Esplanade Avenue (In the Resort Hotel), ☎ 604 796 3345, . offering world class sturgeon, salmon and steelhead fishing in the Fraser Valley from the Harrison Hot Springs Resortedit
There isn't much late night nightlife in Harrison. Pubs and restaurants are generally open until 10 or 11 PM. The Settler Pub also serves as a liquor store if you want to stock up on your own supplies.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, 100 Esplanade Avenue, ☎ 1-800-663-2266 (toll-free) or 1 604-796-2244, . Large hotel with their own hot springs pool at the far end of the beach.edit
Harrison Beach Hotel, 160 Esplanade Avenue, ☎ 1-866-338-81111 (toll-free) or 1 604-796-1111 (fax: 1 604-796-1112), . Newer hotel across the street from the beach.edit
The Spa Motel, 140 Esplanade Avenue, ☎ 1-800-592-8828 (toll-free) or 1 604-796-2828, . Older motel in both looks and style, but clean and across the street from the beach. Has a BBQ on the grounds plus spots for guests who brought their own.edit
Executive Hotel Harrison Hot Springs, 190 Lillooet Ave, ☎ 1-888-265-1155, . checkin: 3pm; checkout: 12pm. 88 room hotel located one block from Harrison Lake.edit
Harrison Heritage House, 312 Lillooet Avenue (Harrison Hot Springs), ☎ 604 796 9552, . checkin: 4; checkout: 11. Luxury B&B on 1 care in the heart of the Village offering both private riverside cottages and B&B room110. (165,)edit
Harrison Lakehaven B&B, 6565 Rockwell Drive, ☎ 604-491-7748, . checkin: 4:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. Lakehaven B&B in Harrison Hot Springs is the ultimate in refined relaxation. The sprawling grounds contain two private, adult-oriented residences with a clear view of Harrison Lake. This isn’t ordinary accommodation; it’s an estate.$225.00. edit
Further east is the scenic Fraser Canyon, the town of Hope and Manning Provincial Park, which offers hiking, camping and other recreation opportunities. If you're looking to return to Vancouver and have some time, you may want to take Highway 7 which is slower but more scenic (particulary the piece between Agassiz and Mission).