Our family had the pleasure of exploring the resort community of Harrison Hot Springs over the past weekend. Apparently, we are one of few Vancouver residents who’ve never ventured out to this little community just past Agassiz British Columbia. In fact, we’d never even been to a Hot Spring before, and as someone who appreciates a good soak in a hot tub or bath, this place screamed relaxation to me!
We didn’t end up relaxing quite as much as I thought we would, only because there were just so many things to see and not enough time to do them! Though our plan was to experience Harrison during the off season, the town ended up being quite busy thanks to an unexpected heat wave and a Wedding which booked up every hotel nearby. Sunbathers were soaking up the last glimpses of summer on their beach towels and kids were walking around with ice cream cones and slurpees. So if you’re looking to experience Harrison without the higher summer prices, September may be the perfect time to visit, because there is a lot to do!
A great perk of visiting in September is the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival. Our three year old loves a good parade, and we showed up just in time to see Firetrucks, Tractors and various other floats tossing out candy and honking horns. There were rides, exhibits, live entertainment and races and sampling of food from the local farms! We really enjoyed being a part of the small town feel, even if it was just for a day.
A highlight for our boys was making a few stops on The Circle Farm Tour. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to drop by the Visitor Center and Museum since it was closed for the festival, but we had a list of a few stops on the tour and made our way to the ones that were open. The Farm House Natural Cheeses is a must for anyone in the area! The place was busy and it’s no wonder considering how many kinds of cow and goat cheeses they offer, all made right on site! We spent a majority of our time saying hi to the horses, sheep, donkeys, goats and a little cat that attempted to drive away with us in our van! Canadian Hazelnuts made another delicious adventure, and we had the opportunity to wander through the trees and see how the nuts are grown and harvested. We couldn’t leave without sampling a few flavors and purchasing a bag of the Pumpkin Spice nuts! Tis the season, right?
We spent some time walking around the main center of town, allowing our toddler to play on the playground and grabbing bites to eat here and there. We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast at Muddy Waters Cafe. They make some fantastic lattes, and though the menu is small, the food is good and the service friendly! We also ordered a meal from Village Pizzeria, and had tasty club sandwiches at Lakefront Cafe. On Saturday night, we headed to the public pool to experience the Hot Springs which gave the town it’s name. Very relaxing, if it weren’t for our two little boys who wanted to do nothing but splash while sitting on the steps! The water is quite warm, though it’s been substantially cooled down from it’s original boiling hot state. You’re encouraged to not stay in more than ten minutes at a time, and we saw lots of people reading books on lounge chairs and taking frequent dips.
Our accommodations at the Harrison Beach Hotel were nestled right in the center of town. You couldn’t get a better location and we had a fabulous large deck with a view facing the lake! It was so nice to wake up both mornings and breathe in the fresh morning air right from our room. We were in a suite with a kitchenette and a set up that gave us a separated living and bedroom. I snuggled with our one year old on the comfy king sized bed and my husband spent his nights with our toddler on the pull out. The bathroom has all you need, including shampoos, conditioners, lotions and soap from Bath & Body works. The Harrison Beach Hotel hotel is currently rated as the number one place to stay in Harrison Hot Springs, so you can trust that they will do all they can to make your stay enjoyable!
Even if it had been raining, I’m sure we would have had a spectacular time. We would have spent more time at the hot springs, more time exploring the eclectic shops and more time driving around to the various local farms. There’s a lot to see and do off season, and you really can make a trip here as busy or as quiet as you like. Of course, when you are traveling with kids as young as ours, every vacation is busy! But oh the memories we created! A big thanks to Tourism Harrison and Spectacular Ink for putting the weekend together for us!
*Disclosure – We received accommodations and complimentary admission to various locations in order to facilitate a review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own.*