Harrison Beach Hotel Blog
Harrison Hot Springs, BC
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What a fantastic summer we had this year! Once the rain decided to ease off we had hot weather, glorious sunshine, fun shops, food and of course, all of the wonderful events that took place in the area this year.
- While it was still considered spring, we kicked off the month of June with the Relay for Life on the 2nd, an event that started at 7pm and continued till early morning. There was music and food on the beach, and Harrison’s own Country star, Todd Richard emceed the event as well as preformed. $38,000 was raised for the cause to conquer cancer with 118 participants.
- This was definitely a musical summer for Harrison with the Layback Lounge and Muddy Waters Cafe hosting bands every weekend! We often saw bands like the Ponderosas, Watasun, Whitey, Jackie Treehorn, Kytami and more! There was even a special date set aside for Dub FX!
- After a 70 year hiatus, Sasquatch Days has returned! June 9th & 10th was a fun weekend for all involved, and all that came to enjoy the activity filled days. Street parking was full while everyone’s bellies were full with the delicious barbequed salmon that was cooked right on Harrison Beach amongst the many Sts’ailes displays artisans and canoe races. We definitely don’t want this fun event to go on another hiatus!
- There was a lot of hype in Harrison this summer as we welcomed the inflatable water park that was placed in front of the Harrison Resort and Spa early this summer! Everyone we talked to said this is one of the coolest things they have ever seen, with a slide, trampolines, climbing stations and more!
- Kilby Historic Site always seemed to have something going on! With their Black Powder Day events on June 17th, Pirate Day on August 6th, and more, it was a great place to bring the kids and even a tent and have a great time!
- Every Thursday in Agassiz, you could head down Pioneer Avenue to the Farm Fresh Market and pick up your fresh vegetables for the week! This was a hit with our guests, especially for the ones in our kitchenette suites.
- Ahhh Canada Day… A day that we look forward to every year. Guests book MONTHS ahead, Summer is FINALLY here, AND it’s just a day of fun for everyone! The day kicks off with a Pancake breakfast at the Harrison Fire Hall, and everyone heads down to the plaza to see performances by the Korbiron Dance Studio and the RCMP Flag Raising Ceremony. There is also a Sts’ailes welcome, cake, entertainment and children’s game, music provided by Sweetwater Band and Treble Hook, a parade, the Yacht Club sail past and last but not least, the spectacular fireworks show that takes place over the lagoon! Such an incredible, fun-filled day for everyone.
- It was Harrison’s 34th annual Festival of the Arts this year! From July 7th to the 15th, there were visual and literary arts, theatre, the art market on the weekends, music on the beach, and concerts at the Memorial Hall. People came out from all over the world to experience the natural beauty of Harrison Hot Springs and the world’s art.
- As the Harrison Festival of the Arts was kicking off, so was our own shopping extravaganza! On July 7th, our hotel and staff welcomed Fifth Avenue Jewellery, Party Lite and Princess House into our meeting room with all of their beautiful products to sell, book parties, and even give information on becoming sales representatives of these fantastic companies. We definitely look forward to having these ladies back again for another shopping extravaganza soon!
- Sasquatch was a popular thing this year! Every Sunday we had our local Sasquatch investigators share their knowledge in the plaza, and you were able to book your own Sasquatch Adventure. That was definitely a hit for the many enthusiasts that came to visit our beautiful village.
- After quite a drizzly July, on the 21st the clouds parted and allowed some beautiful sunshine through for the 8th Annual Dragon Boat Festival. Street parking was full from the early morning on throughout the day while 70 teams and over 1500 paddlers swarmed Harrison Lake for races and great team fun! The staff at Harrison Beach enjoyed watching the races from the lobby area and watching the different cheers each team had. You can find countdown for the next Dragon Fest at www.harrisondragonboat.com!
- The Chilliwack Corn Maze opened its… corn stalk doors for us on August 17th this summer. With the bouncing pillow, sand box, indoor hay bale maze, animals and the huge outdoor corn maze, it was aMAZEing family fun for everyone! People can still visit this awesome maze until October 31st.
- Mmmm we smell garlic! Limbert Mountain Farm hosted the Garlic Festival this year with Edible Vancouver on August 18th. People were able to buy seeds, bulbs, try some samples and see some local recipes! We definitely encouraged everyone to take some gum with them…
- The end of August… Kids go to school the next week and it’s back to the daily grind… But there was one last event for this month, the Annual Movie in the Park in Centennial Park. Families brought out their lawn chairs, blankets and loonies for the concession stand while enjoying family friendly Rio. It was fun to take family movie night out doors for a change!
- On September 8th this year we were surprised when about 100 motorcycles road by the hotel… Only to hear that we had some celebrity visitors in town! Sophie, Nick, and Shannon Tweed-Simmons along with Nick “Mosh” Marshall and special musical guests 54-40 joined the 11th annual Music Therapy Ride. There was a barbeque lunch at the Lakeside Café, a live auction and an acoustic performance by 54-40. This ride provides much-needed funds for Music Therapy programs in BC. As a result of ten years of dedication, support and generosity, the Music Therapy Ride has raised over $500,000 for the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. Proceeds of this year’s ride will go to the launch of “Band Wagon 2” – a mobile recording studio that will tour various care facilities throughout the lower mainland. How awesome is that!?
- And finally, after many months of waiting, we had the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival… What a spectacular September weekend it was with the parade, rides, exhibits, music, animal shows, tractor pull, and the beer garden. It was, as always, a successful event with many people joining in the good old country fun! We are already counting down the days until next year!
We are half way through summer but don’t be sad, there are still plenty of things to do and see in Harrison Hot Springs!
Don’t miss the Harrison Art Expo on August 12th. Enjoy artwork, photography, and paintings while surrounded by spectacular scenery.
The Garlic Festival at Limbert Mountain Farm will be happening on August 18th. Learn about the numerous varieties of garlic, how to grow them, and enjoy yummy garlic recipes.
Don’t forget that the Agassiz Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday until September 1st. Come and check out the local wares, everything from fruits and veggies, baked goods, crafts, and more!
Or just kick back and relax on the beach! Don’t forget your sunscreen because it is going to be a hot one this long weekend!
Have you ever wondered about BIG FOOT or SASQUATCH sightings? Do they exist or is it just another tall tale that we have grown up hearing about! Well we have a way to help you decide if your a believer or not. Join us in Harrison Hot Springs on a Sasquatch Country Adventure Tour and decide for yourself.
The tour starts right from the Harrison Beach Hotel where you will be picked up by the guides and taken up the east side of the lake into Sasquatch Provincial Park. While in the Park you will hear of many of the sightings in the area while enjoying a scenic tour in the lush back country surrounding Harrison Hot Springs. You will get to hear about many of the most well known sighting reports in Sasquatch history as well of the capture of a young Sasquatch above the town of Yale in 1884. If that doesn’t have you questioning your stance on the Sasquatch, your guides will also give you a chance to look at cast footprints and other evidence suggesting the existence of this mystical creature. Whether you’re a believer, a skeptic or just along for this ride this tour provides a little bit of excitement, beauty and intrigue for everyone.
So now it is just your turn to decide whether you believe or not.
To learn more or to book your Sasquatch tour please contact our guest services at Harrison Beach Hotel.
Take a look at the site below for more info on the Sasquatch Adventures:
As Fall slowly starts to approach, don’t run from it; embrace it! Come out to Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs and take part in the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival. Awarded the best small town fair award in BC, this annual event features a parade, midway, exhibits, music, animal shows and demos, antique tractor pull, logger sports and good old country fun. This festival is taking place on September 16th -17th at the Agassiz Fairgrounds. Prove to the kids that there is still fun to be had after school starts!
If you are looking for more information about the fair visit www.agassizfallfair.ca.