Hop in a car and drive about an hour and a half East of Vancouver and you will find yourself surrounded by lush trees, a beautiful lake and a number of hot springs for your enjoyment in Harrison. Since the 1800s, it has been called "the healing place" by the Coast Salish natives, and though it has developed during the years gone by, the natural minerals and wellness the hot springs exude have not.
During the summer months, Harrison is a popular vacation spot for avid boaters, fishermen, sunbathers and those that are just looking for a quiet escape from the city. The main strip of Harrison is located right along the Harrison Lake's shoreline and is scattered with a few hotels, restaurants, cafes and charming little shops. Though the lake and the hot springs are a major attraction, there are wonderful hiking trails, golfing, spas, wildlife viewing and agri-tours to add to your list of things to do there. If you have your own boat, you can load it in the boat launch, or get yourself booked in with one of the trusty tour guide companies in Harrison.
Harrison Lake — Photo courtesy of Webdevil666 (Flickr)
An indulgent spa experience can be found inside the Harrison Hot Springs Resort's Healing Springs Spa. The spa combines the therapeutic natural minerals from the hot springs with only the best spa products and procedures that will leave you refreshed and relaxed. If you're getting a spa treatment, you can make use of the pools that are there, which are filled with water from the springs. If you would like to extend your day trip to Harrison, there are a number of accommodations right on the water.
If you're coming for the sole purpose of visiting the hot springs, there are two that exist in the area. Potash spring is 40 degrees C (120 degrees F), and Sulpher spring is quite a bit warmer at 62 degrees C (145 F). The public mineral hot springs pool is open to visiotrs and has water that is pumped and cooled from the hot springs and is slightly cooler at 38 degrees C (100 degrees F). The public indoor pool is accessible year round and is centrally located on the main strip. A fee does apply to use it, but the healing and relaxation you will get from it may well be worth it.
Wind surfing on Harrison Lake — Photo courtesy of Tourism Harrison (Facebook)
The small beaches are perfect for families and there are dedicated swimming areas that aren't too deep and the shallow waters are refreshing during the peak summer months. If you're an avid fisherman, you will be pleased by the fishing that can be done throughout the expansive Harrison Lake. Harrison Hot Springs is a wonderful day trip, and even better weekend getaway and is worth the scenic drive away from Vancouver.