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Incredible scenery and fun festivals at Harrison Hot Springs

  Adult hot spring pool at Harrison Hot Springs Resort
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The main hotel in Harrison Hot Springs – Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa – often entices its visitors to look no further than its hot spring pools, in itself undoubtedly worth a visit for those who are looking for a relaxing weekend-getaway. But there is so much more to Harrison Hot Springs that is worth discovering (visit the Harrison Hot Springs Tourism official pages).

 

First of all, the lovely beach, with a stunning view of Harrison Lake and the mountains, is perfect for a stroll, especially during one of the many festivals that take place throughout the summer, such as the annual Harrison Festival of the Arts, a 10 day event in July, which features a wide variety of musical performers from around the world, and a large outdoor art market.  In late July,  experience the excitement during the annual Harrison DragonFest.  In November, use Harrison Hot Springs as your base to experience an absolutely amazing spectacle during the Bald Eagle Festival. You can see literally hundreds of bald eagles at a time, feeding on the dying salmon during spawning season. Harrison Hot Springs offers events and festivals year round, so you can always take advantage of some great discounts offered in the winter season.


A big draw for Harrison Hot Springs is of course the lake. Many people don’t realize that Harrison Lake is almost 60 km long, and there is a variety of ways that the lake can be enjoyed by boat. If you like to get some exercise, you can rent canoes, kayaks, or pedalboats.   But there are also many other interesting and exciting water-vessels to try: Sea-Doos, Blaster Bumper Boats, Trimaran Sail Boats, Banana Tube Rides and more. Or you can book a boat tour, and get an interesting biology lesson about the abundant wildlife, which includes not only the bald eagles and the many species of salmon that arrive from the ocean to spawn in the Harrison River each year, but also Trumpeter Swans, Great Blue Herons, and even seals.  

 

A fun activity for families with young children is to bike around town on a quadricycle, each with space for a family of four. Or you can rent some regular bicycles, explore the quiet and flat country roads and stop at some neat places such as Farm House Cheeses, or Canadian Hazelnut, where you may want to try to obtain the secret recipe for any of their tantalizing flavoured hazelnuts!  At the Back Porch, with its pottery studio, antiques and collectibles, they grow an amazing variety of different kinds of garlic. You can watch coffee being roasted in an antique flame roaster, feed the chickens or admire the garden. A good time to explore the area by bike is during the annual Slow Food Cycle Tour.  You can of course do the Circle Farm Tour by car as well and explore all these destinations and others.

 

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