From Relaxation To Wipeout You Can Have It All In Harrison Hot Springs

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During the weekends it is packed but if you go during the week Harrison is like a private playground.

Normally I am up for almost any adventure you can throw at me but on this visit to Harrison Hot Springs with my Mom I’m looking for some quality lounging time. Luckily we chose to visit during the weekdays which meant that most of the weekend visitors were no where to be seen. With a population of only 2000 people my Mom and I felt like the town was our own private playground for us to explore, and that is just what we did with a coffee in hand.

Harrison Hot Springs Lagoon

There is actually quite a bit to do in Harrison. We started off with a stroll on the waterfront exploring some of the shops, picking out where we’d eat later and of course soaking in the beautiful sunshine and the views of Lake Harrison. The shops are a little touristy but there were some cute finds to be had if you were in a shopping mood.

Shops in Harrison Hot Springs

Little Grocery market in HArrison

more little shops

Something that we saw pass us by a few times that looked like a lot of fun was a Quadricycle. A bicycle built for a family!

Quadricycle rentals

the Quadricycle

family out for a quadricycle

The showstopper of attractions at Harrison though is of course the water. Back in the 1960’s to encourage more weekend visitors the town built a lagoon to provide a “warmer” swimming hole for residents and visitors a like. Harrison Lake is massive at over 60 KM long and at some points over 900 feet deep, it is glacier-fed and as such the water can be a bit chilly, hence why the lagoon was built. I for  one like my swimming to be in bath water warm temperature so no chance I’m hoping into hopping into Harrison Lake, the pool at Rowena’s Inn though is a totally different story. One of the cool things about the lagoon is that you can walk around it, kind of a like the Stanley Park Seawall.

View of the Lagoon at Harrison Hot Springs

the other side of the lagoon

looking back at the town from the far side of the lagoon

loving my walk around the lagoon

For the more adventurous sort Harrison has it’s one WIPEOUT inspired attraction. Fun for kids of all ages however this kid doesn’t have a water proof IPHONE so it was a no go for me but the next time I am there you can be sure I’ll be bouncing and flopping like the rest of them.

Wipout water attraction

little crafts to get to the WIPEOUT attraction


If you are looking for a little less strenuous activity than the water park but want a bit more action than sunning around the lagoon how about a hike or a round of golf? There are quite a few hiking options available from the on your own to joining a guided group hike tour. Golf is more up my alley though and there are a few great options in the Harrison region from 9 hole executive courses to full 18 hole courses.

Sandpiper Golf Course is one of my favourite courses to play and for years I’ve driven out at least once or twice a season to play. On this trip is was right next door to where I was staying at Rowena’s Inn. Of course there are other options but Sandpiper is by far my favourite with it’s location on the Harrison River, Bald Eagles everywhere especially in the fall salmon feeding frenzy and of course the small plane airstrip. Where else can your golf ball almost hit a plane or a helicopter?

First Tee at Sandpiper Golf Course

view of the club house

putting green at Sandpiper

So you see there is lots to do in Harrison no matter what your energy level. For my last day in Harrison I’ll ramp it up and get out onto the water to truly experience the best that Harrison has to offer.

If you were in Harrison would you try that Waterpark out? Maybe we should schedule a group day trip?

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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