Are the winter blues getting you down? A mini road trip to warmer climes might just do the trick! Well, maybe the ‘climes’ of Harrison Hot Springs aren’t exactly warmer but as the name suggests, the waters certainly are. Harrison Hot Springs is an easy drive away with plenty of things to do – perfect for when you want a quick break away from Vancouver.
You want to be on the road for as short a time as possible when you’re on a mini break. Situated at the southern end of Harrison Lake, Harrison Hot Springs is the perfect distance away from Vancouver to make it feel like a road trip but close enough to make sure that you get plenty of time there. The 120 km trip can be completed in an hour and a half-ish via the Trans-Canada Highway. You can also take the slightly longer—but definitely more scenic route on Highway 7. That’ll take you about two hours.
Depending on when you decide to leave home, may we suggest stopping at the Hopcott Premium Meats & Bistro in Pitt Meadows for a hot coffee and a bite to eat?
Whether you choose to stop or not, the drive just keeps getting more and more scenic with the mountains soaring on one side of you and the Fraser River on the other.
Things To Do in Harrison Hot Springs
Once you’re in Harrison Hot Springs, there are plenty of things you can do that cater to all tastes and ages.
Harrison Hot Springs:
Naturally, it wouldn’t really be a trip to the town without a visit to the famous Springs themselves. Situated over a fault line, the Springs contain a concoction of therapeutic minerals that can help ease aches and pains and rejuvenate your entire being. Soaking in the Springs in winter is an experience that is not to be missed. There is a public pool that is accessible to all visitors. The other option is to stay at the well-known Harrison Hot Springs Resort to take in the waters in one of their five indoor and outdoor pools which are only open to their guests.
Harrison Eco Tours:
A sight not to be missed is the gathering of hundreds of bald eagles that congregate in the area, attracted by the salmon and other fish. A covered boat tour on the lake gives you a close up look at these majestic birds – a truly once in a lifetime experience.
Hunt for Big Foot:
Yep! We’re talking about the infamous Sasquatch who plays a big role in the history of the land. Local First Nations’ believe that the Sasquatch is a spiritual being that vanishes into the spirit realm at will. Keep your eyes peeled, you might just see one. If not, then consider a visit to the Sasquatch museum to learn about the history and culture behind one of the most enigmatic creatures of the region. Don’t forget to write in and let us know if you spot one!
Get Your Skis On:
Speaking of Big Foot, the Sasquatch Ski Resort offerings some great ski slopes for those of all abilities. Learn to snowboard or hone your skiing skills with lessons or simply book a day or seasonal pass for the trails for yourself.
There are plenty of places to stay in Harrison Hot Springs and tons of great food including the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, a treat for any sweet tooth.
As you can see, winter doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time in Vancouver. There are plenty of mini road trips that will rejuvenate you during the drearier months of the year. Ascent Car Rental as a selection of cars that are winter ready along with SUVs and AWDs that are equipped with winter tires, so you’re set for that winter road trip. Whether you need rack hitches or snow tires, get in touch with us to ask us about what we offer and to book the perfect car for your upcoming trip.