Harrison Lake is home to a wide variety of water sport from windsurfing to kayaking
Learn more about Harrison Lake
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.
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.
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.