Get Out and See The World


Well I made it to Harrison Hot Springs as a start.

Here we are, 2013 a glorious New Year. It’s the time we all make resolutions we never really intend to keep, even though we make them with the best of intentions. Well I’m making a resolution to make 30 Resolutions and I’m going to do my best to stick to them. The first of them has been on my mind for a few years.

Resolution #1 Get out and see more of the world.


I’m an impulsive kind of guy. Always have been and always will be. While I love this part of my personality because it keeps my life fresh and interesting it also means I’m not very good at planning out my vacations in advance. First you have to decide where to go, then you have to pick people to go with, then you have to save for it, then you have to book it… you get the picture. Plus I’ve never had a job where I book my vacation time in advance, it’s always been a spur of the moment decision to take time off based on workload and opportunity.

So my resolution is to expand my travel beyond what I’ve currently done – BC, a little bit of the States (mostly former work related) and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Where should I start? I’m going to go to Harrison Hot Springs. Why Harrison? Two reasons I was just given a Klout Perk of having a Cadillac ATS for a 3 day weekend test drive and because Harrison is only 1.5 hours from downtown Vancouver and I hadn’t been there in 20 years!

Check out my Cadillac for the weekend

Check that baby out. It’s a sweet ride and I wasn’t going to let it go to waste. I packed an overnight bag and hit the highway to visit Harrison Hot Springs Resort.

I'm off in my Cadillac ATS

I arrived in style and in under 2 hours.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

I've arrived

A quick check in and I headed to the outdoor pools. Bring on the natural hot springs.

Three pools, two that are family oriented and two different temperatures and one that is for adults only. It turns out that a friend of mine was also there with her kids enjoying a last bit of vacation time before the kids went back to school. We swam and hung out in the pools for a couple of hours and then it was time for some spa treatments.

Healing Springs Spa

I had booked two treatments the 3 Actions Body Wrap and the  Men’s Facial. I deserved a little pampering and body detoxing especially after two weeks of holiday eating.

3 Actions Body Wrap

Men's Facial

My beauty team Beth and Carolyne

I know I know gorgeous! After the spa I made my way back up to my room and ordered room service. I was far too relaxed to get dressed and head to the Copper Room for dinner. I was ready for an early evening nap.

Winter view of Harrison Lake from the Harriosn Resort

I woke up around 10:30 from my nap and changed into my swim suit, put on the bathrobe and wandered back to the spa area but this time I enjoyed the indoor pool which is open to Adults only from 10pm to 1am.  A little late night swim and steam and then I was ready for bed time.

Awakened all bright eyed and bushy tailed I invited my friends Rick and Kathleen Rake from Abbotsford to join me for brunch. At the suggestion of one of the hotel staff we checked out The Horn of Plenty Cafe. Attached to an Esso gas station it would not have been my first choice but I was promised great food and I was not disappointed!

Horn of Plenty Cafe

Kathleen Marc and Rick

Horn of Plenty Breakfast menu

Corned Beef Hash - delicious!

OMG it was delicious. Good food and great people = happy Marc.

And that was it. After some great conversation and a couple cups of coffee it was time to return back to Vancouver.

I know this isn’t a big vacation or an exotic location but it’s a start and I think if I’m going to make these resolutions stick I have to start small and build up to them so they become habits not one offs that I fail at. So I resolve to take every opportunity that comes my way to see the world. I will start thinking about places I want to go and I will start to make some plans to make them happen.

What are some of your resolutions? Do you have one you’d like me to try? I’m certainly up for it! Leave me your resolutions in the comments and I may give them a whirl.

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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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