Biking

Posted on April 15, 2020Categories Earth

Biking …. the finest mode of transport known to man! Harrison Hot Springs surrounded by lush vegetable and dairy farms to dense forested trails, hop on a bike and experience the wind in your face.

The Bear Mountain Side Trail Loop

7.5 km round trip Beginning at Memorial Hall bike east along Esplanade, through Rendall Park to Rockwell Drive. Turn right and bike straight into the Mount Street Trail. Continue on this trail to the Quarry Road Trail and further along until you reach farmland. This trail climbs about 20 meters and offers a great view of the area. At the farmland you will find McPherson Road. Follow this road for about 450 meters, where you will see on your right the trail head of the Bridle Trail. This trail will lead you back through the forest to a bridge crossing a slough. Turn right onto Otter Slide Trail. After 350 meters you will come to New Forest Trail. Turn left and bike back along this trail descending via the Mount Street Trail to Rendall Park. Turn left and head back to Memorial Hall.

Hicks Lake Loop Trail

6 kms. Take a short 12 km drive from Harrison Hot Springs along Rockwell Drive to Sasquatch Park and follow signs to Hicks Lake. Park your car in the “Day Use” parking lot” and bike to the main dock. On your left follow the old logging road. At the fork in the road (just past the outhouse) bear right onto a trail which winds up and down crossing 16 little wooden bridges. At the end of this trail turn right onto a beautiful sunny beach. Follow the shoreline back to your car. Hicks Lake is an ideal spot for a picnic or swim so make sure you go prepared.

  • Quarry Rd: This road runs from McCombs Road to the old shale pit on Bear Mountain. A great bike trail with no hills.
  • Sidehill Trail: From the east end of Driftwood Road, this trail climbs up Bear Mountain and runs along the hillside to the shale pit. This trail offers views of the village, as well as a few bumps and grinds!

Circle Farm Tours: Want to stay away from the Mountains, then venture into the valley and do all or part of the Circle Farm tours. biking the circle farm tour

Bike past farms, pastures, river and country serenity. Stop at the Cheese farm for some homemade gelato. One of our favourites.

As an alternative you can always try Group Biking: A bicycle built for 2….or 4! Jamies Quadracycle Rentals has it all.

Rain . . . the natural pause that refreshes

Posted on April 15, 2020April 15, 2020Categories Blog

Rain is a precious gift and the secret of what makes Harrison a beautiful green jewel. Rainy days remind us that we are not always in control, that it is not always sunny and that we need to learn to enjoy the balance between rain and sun in our own lives. As Henry Longfellow said “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” If you are rainy day people here are our:

Top 10 Ways enjoy the rain in Harrison

1. Retreat to the Hot Springs

2. Walk the Lagoon

3. Listen to the rain

4. Go for a swim

5. Go fishing

6. Curl up by the fire

7. Enjoy some culture

8. Do a rain dance

9. Go on a Lake Tour

10. Rain + Winter = Skiing

#1 Retreat to the Hot Springs

There is no finer treat on a rainy day then heading to the Hot Springs and getting soaked to the skin. The warmand healing waters chase away any rainy blues. It is the ultimate way to, relax and recharge on a rainy day.

#2 Walk the Lagoon

Grab an umbrella, or not, and go for a leisurely rainy day walk around the lagoon. On a rainy day, it so peaceful, only a few other rainy day people and all the nature that is unique to Harrison: Mountains, lake, ducks, geese, herons. Stop and watch the rain dancing on the water.

#3 Listen to the rain

Nothing is more soothing then listening to the rain fall, well maybe listening to a waterfall, or ocean. There’ just something soothing about water. Find a covered porch, grab a warm coffee and just sit and listen.

#4 Go for a swim

There is something wonderful about swimming in the rain (as long as its not the middle of the winter). The water feels warmer, the rain falling on your head tingles, it is just a great experience. Head over to the Lagoon and go for a dip.

#5 Go Fishing

Even though the fish are already wet there is something about rain and fishing that go together. Some think the rain makes the fish more active, others think the rain brings the fish to the surface, whatever happens fishing in the rain, with the right gear, is a great experience.

#6 Curl up by the fire

Prefer to enjoy the rain from a warm dry room. At Harrison Heritage House we offer a hot chocolate and game package that is just perfect for curling up in front of a wood burning fireplace on a cold rainy day.

#7 Enjoy some culture

On a sunny day it just doesn’t feel right to be cooped up in a museum, art gallery or library. So take advantage of guilt free culture by checking out, the Agassiz-Harrison Museum, The Ranger Art Gallery or Historic Kilby Farm on a beautiful rainy day.

#8 Do a rain dance

Let loose and invent your own rain dance. Find a puddle and jump in it. Dancing in the rain worked for Gene Kelly so add a little song kick up your heels. It’s a great way to just embrace the rain and truly enjoy it.

#9 Go on a Lake Tour

The lake has a totally different look and feel in the rain. Take your boat out and check out the sights in the rain. Want to stay dry or don’t have a boat then April through September take one of the Shoreline Lake tours.

#10 Rain + Winter = Skiing

Sometimes sitting in the rain in Harrison you forget that up on Hemlock that moisture takes o a different form. It’s called Snow! Between December and March if the wet stuff is coming down in Harrison you can be pretty sure that half an hour west on Hemlock Mountain the snow is piling up. So on a rainy day head for the hills and ski down them. Or if your not into skiing try something else like tobogganing, snowshoeing, building snowmen or just have an old fashioned snowball fight.

Harrison is the perfect place for Family reunions

Posted on April 12, 2020April 15, 2020Categories Blog

Family reunions are a great way to reconnect with family members you haven’t seen in years and give yourself a chance to celebrate that most important of relationships “Family” Why is Harrison Hot Springs the perfect place to meet for family reunions:

  • close to Vancouver and BC’s Interior
  • a natural paradise: hot springs, lake, mountains
  • lots to do: hiking, biking, boating, walking, shopping
  • safe place to meet, secluded location
  • great family activities: mini-golf, waterslides, beach, horseback riding, museums, and much more

These days, it’s tough to get your own family together for a meal, much less the extended family for a few meals and days of telling family tales and photos. Harrison Hot Springs offers you the location to get together away from the distractions of everyday life and enjoy an environment where family activities are natural.

Top 10 Family Reunion activities in Harrison

  • Mini-golf and Sasquatch Hunting
  • Kite Tournament
  • Water fun
  • Horseback Riding
  • Soak in the Mineral Pool
  • Circle farm tour
  • Family Sports Day
  • Family Walk, hike, bikeathon

Whether you want to have a small get-together of your closest relatives or a great gathering of everyone you can find hanging on your family tree, you need to know where to get your family reunion started and how to keep it all organized.

Harrison Hot Springs Watersports

Posted on March 19, 2020April 15, 2020Categories Blog, Water

Harrison Lake is home to a wide variety of water sport from windsurfing to kayaking

Learn more about Harrison Lake

  • Windsurfing
    Canoeing
    Kayaking
    Water Fun
    Dragonboats
    Swimming
    Watersliding

#1 Windsurfing

Windsurfing and kite boarding have been popular in Harrison Hot Springs for years. The Harrison Windsports Society maintains a small beach area and a portable toilet (biffy) at the breakwater on the south west side of the Village of Harrison – commonly referred to as “Breakwater Beach. The afternoon invariably brings great thermals for windsurfing. Want to get an idea of what its like then check out this Youtube video.

#2 Canoeing and Kayaking

When canoeing and kayaking in Harrison Lake its important to remember that it is 60 km (37.2 mi.) long and 9 km (5.58 mi.) wide in spots, glacier fed and is subject to sudden and sometimes strong winds.

What you need to know:

its best you stay close to shore,

watch the weather

paddle with at least two or three boats

always wear a PFD

Best Canoe/Kayak excursions

#3 Harrison Hot Springs to Harrison Mills

A great canoe/kayak trip is to paddle from Harrison west down the Harrison River to Harrison Mills. This is an amazing trip, especially in October and November when 1000’s of Bald Eagles are around. Make sure you have a pickup car at Harrison Mills. To get a feel for it check out this Youtube video.

Canoeing the lake – As long as you stay close to shore, and plan properly the lake can be paddled. You can put in at the beach at Harrison Hot Springs to travel the beach road east and put in at the park and boat launch. There are frequent landing and camping sites on the west side of the lake. The east side camping is more difficult with some exceptions.

#4 Water Fun

There are other ways to be on the lake than in a boat that are a lot of fun. They include:

Sea-doing. Discover the lake on a Sea-doo. On such a large lake there is actually room to have some fun. If you don’t have a Sea-doo they can be rented from Harrison Watersports.

Bumper boats. Loaded with electric water guns these boats are fun for all ages. These boats are great for floating around or getting immersed in water fights.

Banana Boat Ride. This Ten Person Banana Tube is pulled behind one of Harrison Watersports high performance ski boats, and feels much like white water rafting without the white water.

Dragon boat Racing – Want to be on the water as part of a team. Maybe dragonboat racing is for you. Harrison hosts the annual Fraser Valley Dragon Boat race in July and is home to the Pirates Dragon Boat Team. If your interested they are always looking for new Pirate wannabe’s. Want to see them in action check out this Youtube video.

#5 Swimming

There are a number of great ‘swimming holes’ in and around Harrison Hot Springs. They include:

Harrison lagoon. This man made wonder offers lots of sandy beach and water that warms up nicely in the summer. Great place for the family.

Harrison lake. On either side of the lagoon there is beach on Harrison Lake itself. If you prefer your water cold and fresh. Take a dip here but remember this lake is fed by Glaciers.

Greenpoint. Just up the east side of the lake 6km outside of Harrison this day use park is a great place for a day out. It has a nice secluded bay but it is Harrison lake so its never really warm.

Hicks and Bench lake. Sasquatch provincial park is 15 minutes up the road from Harrison and has a 2 wonderful little lake for swimming, fishing or canoeing. For a great map of Sasquatch Provincial Park which covers Greenpoint, Hicks lake and Bench lake click here.

#6 Watersliding

Looking for water fun but not ready to get on the lake. Just up the road is TransCanada Water slides. They offer great slides, giant hot tub, barbecue area, Volleyball court, picnic tables, children playground and a 18-hole miniature golf.

#sporting #Windsurfing

Birding

Posted on March 15, 2020April 15, 2020Categories Air

Sandpiper on Harrison Lake beachHarrison Hot Springs is a bird watchers paradise. The combination of forest and water make a perfect environment for all species of bird. Harrison Lake is a major resting area on the north-south migration path. The Harrison River is the second largest home for bald eagles in North America. Some of the better places to observe:

The lagoon and Miami River

with the river and lagoon providing a wonderful sanctuary it is possible to see a wide variety of birds by just walking around the Village. In the Spring the Miami river is full of Geese and their goslings.

For a list of birds observed by a local resident check out this website.

Cheam Wetlands

a 93 hectare park with quite a bird following. At the kiosk (print out the PDF) you will find a list of 129 local birds including the Western Wood-Pewee, the Willow Flycatcher and the more common Great Blue Heron. This handout makes it easy for you by listing the birds by the seasons they are usually spotted. To date there have been more than 173 different bird species identified in the Wetlands. If you have the time bring along a picnic to enjoy while taking in some serious bird watching. Cheam Wetlands is a combination of lake, marsh and forest. The trail is 2 km long and suitable for all ages. Please note in order to protect the sensitive ecosystem pets are not allowed. Want a personalized guided tour of the Wetlands then check out this Youtube video.

bald eagle on Harrison RiverHarrison River Bald Eagle – The majestic Bald Eagle is Canada’s largest bird of prey. One of over 59 species in the world, the Bald Eagle is exclusively North American. Most of Canada’s breeding population of Bald Eagles is found in B.C. with the Fraser Valley hosting over 250 pairs of nesting Bald Eagles. 2,000 to 3,000 additional eagles winter in our Valley enjoying the warm winter climate and abundant offerings of spawning salmon. Each year The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is hosted the 3rd weekend in November. From mid October to late January the Bald Eagles converge on the Harrison River, Chehalis Flats and Harrison Bay. These areas located 10 minutes from Harrison Hot Springs, house 1,000 to 2,000 visiting eagles during the winter. For a great video click here.

Harrison Hot Springs – Things to do in the air

Posted on March 15, 2020April 15, 2020Categories Blog

Harrison Hot Springs, enjoy the sunshine and drink the wild air…. Harrison Hot Springs, the perfect place in the Fraser Valley to enjoy flying, birding and kiting

Here are just a few of the possibilities,

(click on the link to learn more)

  • Experience the unique world of a helicopter flight
  • The local favorite for paragliding is Mount Woodside, check out this Youtube video to get a feel.
  • Fly a kite in the afternoon winds
  • Sail in the thermals
  • A little bit of a hike to reach but Paraglide Mount Cheam the highest local peak – check out this short video on Youtube. its almost like being there, without the heart pounding adrenaline rush!
  • Wind surf the wild air
  • Watch the ducks and geese along the Miami River
  • Observe the birds at Cheam Wetlands

 

How To Use A Griddle

Posted on July 3, 2019Categories Blog

A stove top griddle is flat cookware that has a large flat cooking surface and used to cook more food at once. You can prepare a variety of delicious meals such as toast bread, eggs, pancakes, hamburgers… at the same time. This kitchen appliance is often made of cast iron and coated by a non-stick layer.  The non-stick coating helps you to control fat to your meals and clean easily. In fact, I think there are still some of you wonder “How to use a griddle?” when you all know about the benefits it can bring. So I’m here for you to give you the general instruction of this griddle pan.

How to Use a Griddle?

The griddle has 4 types in total but two main types that are classified by the heat source: gas and electricity. Normally, the gas griddle is used as a traditional pan that put directly on the gas stove. This kind of stove top griddle is used commercially and you can adjust the temperature on the surface of griddle through the gas stove. About the electric griddles, they are more convenient and frequent in households than the gas stove top griddles. They are made of thin plate material and also equipped with a built-in heating adjustment. They provide a larger area and a more even heat than a gas griddle. So now, when you completely understand the operation mechanism of different griddles, especially the heating element, it’s time to cook.

First, turn on your griddle and heat it up. You need to wait till your griddle is hot enough to use. Several methods for you to check whether the griddle is ready for cooking. An easy technique is to add a few drops of water onto it and see if there is any sizzle or bubble, your flat thin pan is ready. Now, spray a bit of cooking oil or smear a small amount of butter until it melts, place your food on its surface then cook them at a suitable temperature. If your griddle starts to smoke or burn, lower the heat or you can apply more fat into it. It seems like it is never as easy as using this stove top griddle pan for cooking any kind of food.

Griddles are not only used for cooking new food but also for warming up the leftovers or toast foods and a sandwich press. Therefore, no food is not suitable to cook on a griddle but you might notice that each food has its own cooking temperature for the best result, so you have to adjust reasonably the heat and the distance of time you add a type of food into the surface when cooking another one. Things you also should know to use a griddle is that abrasive cooking tools such as metal or wire tools are not allowed when cleaning the griddle. Those utensils can damage the smooth surface.

Conclusion

I picked a griddle for my kitchen last summer and it is still working well now because I’ve always followed exactly the answer that I gave you above about the user guides of the griddle. I hope this helps and this article will go to the people who are confusing of “Stove top griddle: How to use?”

If you are just in love with pancakes and do not want to purchase large surface cookware like a griddle to cook only pancakes, the solution is that you can buy the best pancake pan instead.

PLANS FOR SUMMER

Posted on November 27, 2017Categories Blog

“The worst thing you can do with summer is waste it. You certainly don’t want to be stuck at home when all your friends are off on adventures of their own. And before you know it you’ll be back to the grindstone wishing you’d spent your time more wisely.

Instead of twiddling your thumbs alone in the pub garden, come away with Work the World for the experience of a lifetime. Travel to the most exotic reaches of the planet, get ahead of your peers with life-changing experiences in your chosen medical field, and get to know the most charming people you’ll ever meet.

But you’ll have to get in quick — the remaining spaces won’t be around forever!

Kathmandu

In the heart of the Himalayan mountains this ancient city swarms with life both day and night. The temples have an aura of spirituality while the narrow streets are loud with all things modern. Take a trip into the mountains where you can paraglide through the peaks before camping out under an unblemished canopy of stars.

There are stunning temples, too. The traditions of the Nepalese people are deeply spiritual, and whether you’re Hindu or Buddhist (or anything else for that matter), you’ll find solace here. A visit to the much revered child goddess at Kumari Chowk temple never fails to impress. Nor does the epic Boudhanath Stupa — one of the largest in the world.”

 

TOKYO NIGHTLIFE

Posted on October 20, 2017Categories Blog

TOKYO NIGHTLIFE

“Tokyo has some of the best nightlife in the world. The city’s size to population ratio means that they have to cram an unimaginable number of small businesses into a relatively restricted area.

Most buildings have 5 or more floors that house anything from hairdressers to karate dojos, but it’s the bars we’re interested in here.

This Asian metropolis has more bars than the sea has fish and if you’re not familiar with the area you’ll never stumble across the same bar twice.

After living in Tokyo for quite some time I became used to this and started documenting all my alcohol-influenced experiences. Here is a list of 5 of my favourite bars in Tokyo.

1. The BBQ bar

All you can eat and drink. That’s all you should need to hear to want to visit a BBQ restaurant. The beer flows freely as does the food. There’s a small barbecue in the middle of every table and plates upon plates of the tastiest meats you can think of are brought out by the waiters upon request.

Run out of food? Press the little buzzer on your table and as if by magic five more plates will appear. Bear in mind that there’s a three hour time limit in most of these places, so eat and drink as fast as you can… if you can stomach it.”

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Learning How to Be Patient May save Your Life

Posted on October 1, 2017Categories Blog

Learning How to Be Patient May save Your Life

Morocco is hot in the summer. And as much as I love warm weather, 110 degree heat is pushing it in a busy city where the air-con exists only in one KFC. I was used to the local people hassling me and begging for money at 5 minute intervals, but I wasn’t ready for one guy to overstep the mark. The man held his hand out to my girlfriend and I as we were sitting and enjoying the day, but he lingered for too long. He edged closer and tried to reach into my pocket without me noticing. I stood up and moved away so as not to cause a a fuss, but the man stood up and started shouting as though the contents of my pocket were his to take. Then he spat on me.

Without elaborating, I lost my patience and it ruined the entire experience.

If you don’t learn how to be patient…

…all sorts of negative things can happen to both your mind and your body; we can become stressed and anxious, or start wishing ourselves into the future.

The human imagination is so good at what it does that we can think ourselves into a preferable situation that might not even happen. When we do this it makes us want to jump forward into this imaginary future to escape the stressful present (which is stressful in itself, because such a thing is impossible to do).

When we let impatience turn into stress and let that stress gather momentum, it becomes crazily hard to return to balance. We can start to feel our muscles tense, experience shortness of breath and feel our limbs become restless – all of these are physical manifestations of our negative mental state.

Impatience is no good for our minds either; our thoughts become scattered and any trace of our ability to stay focused turns to goop. If this goes on for even a moment too long, we risk heading into the abyss that is anger, and you sure as hell don’t want to go down that road.

Worst of all, if we don’t learn how to be patient we can begin to feel isolated, and isolation can make us feel very sad and lonely. We feel cut-off and alone because rather than accepting that we’re being impatient, we assume that the fault lies with the other person or situation. The feelings themselves spring from the realisation that there are some things we just can’t control.

And so, we must learn patience.

How to learn patience

This dog knows how to be patient

By Stephen Korecky on Flickr

When people suggest that you should take a deep breath and count to ten, they’re not all that far off the truth (as annoying as that statement may be).

The below is by no means a definitive list, but there are some simple points to get you started.

  • Breathe

Step one: breathe.

Before you announce that you’re already breathing, let me explain: actively paying attention to the breath in the body can bring focus and clarity to your present experience even at the worst of times.

Spending a few moments focusing on the breath can loosen the grip of impatience like a Chinese finger trap; the more you relax, the easier it is to escape it. Breathing is probably the easiest thing ever, so it’s amazing how dramatic the effects are when we pay it even a little bit of attention.

The best thing is that you can do it anywhere; in a long check-in queue; at an unhelpful immigration office; with that one travel buddy who drank too much and can’t make it home without you; anywhere.

  • See the challenge

The next time you notice impatience creeping on, silently say the following three sentences to yourself:

“I am intelligent enough to realise that this response is not beneficial.”

“It’s completely normal for me to respond this way, but it is not productive.”

“From this moment on I will breathe, pay attention to my breath and observe my feelings mindfully.”

The moment we see situations that cause impatience as challenges, we’ve already shifted our focus away from losing our cool. This takes a lot of practice, so don’t be disheartened if you find it completely impossible the first few times.

There are plenty of opportunities to learn this skill while travelling, as life on the road presents us with frustrating challenges almost everyday. For some of us, personal growth is why we travel in the first place.

  • Teach

Teaching requires incredible patience. If you find the above point too difficult, try and teach someone something. It gives you more control over the situation as you’re going in prepared to feel frustrated.

Teach someone local three reasonably complicated phrases in your native language and see how you get on. Judge your mood before, during and after to see what the patterns are and which triggers start the frustration and make the feeling of impatience worse.

Next time see if you can accept frustration and be with it by being kind to yourself and focusing compassionately on the needs of the person you’re teaching. You’re there for them just as much as you’re there for yourself.

  • Meditate

Daily meditation is an irreplaceable ally. There are many forms of meditation and they all have their own individual benefits, but for simplicity I recommend mindfulness meditation.

Mindfulness meditation helps us to become more aware of the present moment rather than dwelling on the past, or wishing ourselves into/worrying about the future. It hones our ability to drop into the present – just what we need when a little patience is required.

  • Ask your friends

Our friends and family see a side of us that we do not.

If we want an honest opinion, we must ask for one – it’s no good roping in a relative unless you’re going to tell them to be brutally honest.  Ask them if they recognise anything that causes you frustration and compare that with self-assessment.

Write a list of everything you learn and try to take one item each week and look out for it. If you notice frustration arising from any item, refer to points one and two, rinse and repeat.

 

The most challenging thing about this process is that it requires persistence, which is in and of itself a challenge. Fortunately, next week’s post is all about the benefits of persistence, so subscribe to the mailing list if you don’t want to miss it.

You’ll start to notice that many of the things I talk about are interconnected and dependent on one another. The best way to nail them all is to chip away piece by piece – take baby steps and don’t lose hope.

If you’ve got any stories about a time you managed to keep your patience instead of switching on the rage, please let us know how you did it in the comments below.