The Hot Springs

Posted on March 25, 2022April 19, 2022Categories Fire

The Hot Springs are Harrison’s namesake. The mineral rich hot springs were originally used by the Salish Coast Natives who revered them as a “healing place”, arriving by canoe to benefit from their rejuvenating waters. These healing waters can be enjoyed by all at the Harrison Hot Springs Public Pool. Open Monday through Thursday 9:00am till 8:00pm, and Friday and Saturday 9:00am till 9:00pm. Adults $8.50, Children and Seniors $6.25, Children 4 and under Free. One dip tickets as well as day passes can be purchased. Locker and towel rentals are available for a nominal fee.

#1 The facts

There are in fact two hot springs at the south end of Harrison Lake, the Potash, with a temperature of 40°C (120°F), and the Sulphur, with a temperature of 65°C (150°F). Combined the temperature averages 145F/62.8C at the source which is then cooled down for the pool to 100F/38C According to the Resort the waters average 1300 ppm of dissolved mineral solids, one of the highest concentrations of any mineral spring. Harrison’s hot spring is one of several lining the valley of the Lillooet River and Harrison Lake, with two others on the lake at Twenty Mile Bay and at Port Douglas, at the head of the Bay. The northernmost of the Lillooet River hot springs is at Meager Creek, north of Whistler, with another well-known one to the east of Whistler at Skookumchuck.

#2 The belief

In general heated water can hold more dissolved solids. Hot springs coming up through the earths crust often have a very high mineral content, containing everything from simple calcium to lithium, and even radium. The Harrison Hot Springs are said to bring relief to sufferers of rheumatism and arthritis through the 8 minerals present in the water including: sulphur, iron, magnesia, Epsom salts, iodine, potash and alum. For more information on healing waters or the study of Hot Springs click here.

#3 The Story

The traditional story of the spring’s discovery talks about one member of a nearly frozen group of miners who were returning down the lake from Port Douglas, falling into the water from either being over anxious to reach the shore or from weakness. In any event he was so happy with the warmth, that his companions soon joined him. A year later Judge Matthew Begbie named the springs Alice Springs after the daughter of then Governor Douglas.

Other great Hot Springs in B.C. include:

  • Ainsworth
  • Canyon Hot Springs
  • Fairmont Hot Springs
  • Halcyon Hot Springs
  • Nakusp
  • Radium Hot Springs

Other less known Hot Springs that often require some off-roading or hiking can be found if you follow this link: BC Hot Springs. This site also has an extensive listing of hot springs throughout the Northwest.

Just over the border in Alberta are a couple of other hot springs worth mentioning:

  • Banff Hot Springs
  • Miette Hot Springs

Harrison Hot Springs Watersports

Posted on March 25, 2022April 19, 2022Categories 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

Harrison is the perfect place for Family reunions

Posted on March 25, 2022April 19, 2022Categories 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 – Things to do in the air

Posted on March 25, 2022April 19, 2022Categories 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

 

What Type Of Filter Is The Best Fish Tank Filter?

Posted on March 25, 2022April 19, 2022Categories Blog

It is can’t be denied that a filter plays an important role in creating the cleanest and most hospitable environment for your fish and plants.

Choosing the right type of filter for your tank can be a litter confusing because there are so many products out there.

Choosing the best fish tank filter also depends on your tank size, your preference, and space. This post will help you to understand the pros and cons of each filter type, in order to help you make the right decision.

Canister filter

Canister filter is external filter that using a powerful mechanical filter media. It is also larger than another filter. These features make it perfect for medium to large size tank. If you are using the larger than 40 gallons size tank, you can choose the Canister filter.

Due to its size, this filter may cause you some problems if you do not have much space outside the tank. You have to ensure that you have enough beneath space the aquarium to install this filter.

There is also one more negative side that canister filter is difficult to disassemble when you need to clean it.

Hang on back filter

HOB filter is also an external filter. It is delicate and also smaller than Canister filter. Therefore it will take less space outside the tank.

However, HOB filter can make noise during operation, you should choose the HOB device that allows you to regulate the flow of water in order to solve this problem.

Internal filter

For people who do not have space outside, the internal filter is the best fish tank filters. Internal filter quite smaller, due to this it is cannot use for larger than 50 gallons size tank. However, there is the drawback that the internal filter will take the living space inside the tank of your fish.

Although it is placed inside the tank, you can disassemble and remove it in and out of the tank easily. It is also easy to take apart and clean.

Under gravel filter

UGF filter is placed under the substrate of the tank. This is the simple filter that quite cheap, easy to install and does not take you lots of effort to maintain it. However, UGF filter clogs fairly easily and not an ideal option for aquarium with live plants.