Harrison Beach Hotel Blog
Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Check out the many great things to see and do while in Harrison Hot Springs this Winter:
Ranger Station Art Gallery Exhibit – Throughout January
The Life and Paintings of Nancy Goldstein, Walter Conner, and Walter Conner Jr.
February at the Ranger Station Art Gallery – February 1st
The Monday Painters Group Show.
Annual Valentine’s Tea – February 9th
An annual afternoon tea and bake sale, hosted by the Legion Ladies auxiliary at the Agassiz Legion.
Bentall, Taylor & Ulrich – February 16th
The Harrison Festival Society presents Bentall, Taylor and Ulrich, three veteran musicians team up to create a BC super group. Barney Bentall, Tom Taylor and Shari Ulrich bring their considerable talent and experience to create an unforgettable show.
First Nations Student Exhibit – March 1st
The students of Chehalis and Seabird Island Community Schools showcase their aboriginal art at the Ranger Station Public Art Gallery.
Writers Workshop, World of Words – March 2nd
Who Let the Poets Out! 1 – 4 pm at the Ranger Station Art Gallery, everyone welcome!
Maeve MacKinnon Trio – March 15th
The Harrison Festival Society presents: The Maeve MacKinnon Trio. Even amid the wealth of gifted musicians thronging today’s Scottish folk scene, singer Maeve MacKinnon stands out as an exceptional young talent.
Walk/Run for Heritage – March 23rd
Take part in the 3km or 5km route and help raise money for the Agassiz Harrison Museum and Kilby Historic Site. Kent Fitness/Activity Centre, Agassiz.
Carlos del Junco & the Blues Mongrels – March 30th
The Harrison Festival Society presents: Carlos del Junco & the Blues Mongrels. To say he plays the harmonica is like saying “Jimi Hendrix plays guitar”. His playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”).
Easter at Kilby Historic Site – March 31st & April 1st
Hunt for Easter eggs, cuddle live bunnies, enjoy a home style Easter feast and tour the museum. Reservations suggested for the Easter meal.
Merry Christmas everyone from the staff and management at Harrison Beach Hotel. We wish you all a happy and safe holiday season!
Check out this great review we received from Kelly Marion at the Vancouver Observer!
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!