Southern B.C. can be quite grim in the Fall. They don’t call it Raincover for nothing. I usually plan a sunny getaway this time of year, but with a toddler my free time is a little limited nowadays, so I decided to mix it up and stay local this year. I discovered my new favourite shoulder season getaway in B.C., Harrison Hot Springs.
The reason I decided to book a getaway here was after I heard about the healing powers of hot springs, (something that was much needed this time of year when the weather is just blah). Some of the benefits include boosting circulation, pain reduction, stress relief, improve skin conditions, and detoxify.
I wanted to share my weekend getaway to Harrison Hot Springs with you
Harrison Hot Spring’s is part of Harrison River Valley in the heart of the Fraser Valley just a short 90 minutes from Vancouver. You can get here by car, bus, boat from Vancouver, or even a float plane.
Where to stay
There is no better place to stay in Harrison Hot Springs than Harrison Hot Springs Resort. It is located along the gardens and shoreline of Harrison Lake. Walking inside you notice the rustic charm right away. I had a pet-friendly room overlooking the beautiful lake. It is also home to famous hot mineral spring pools, that come straight from the mountain pools located just a short 15 minute walk away. There are 5 pools in total both indoors and outdoors each different temperatures. I spent 4 hours in the pools and felt like a whole new person afterwards.
There are also a few on site restaurants including the infamous Copper Room. The restaurant including delicious west coast favourites, amazing live music, and a dance floor so make sure you bring your dancing shoes.
Things to do
Soak in the hot springs
The top reason to come here is to relax and rejuvenate and soaking in mineral waters is the best way to do that
Enjoy the lake
Sure, you may not be laying out in the sunshine in November – but you cans till enjoy the beautiful lake. There is a path all around with gorgeous views of the mountain and forests that surround the area.
Take a cultural tour
I had a chance to join a tour with St’sailes First Nations to find out more about the healing powers of the hot springs and learn about the history of Qwolts (which means land of boiling water).
Visit Sasquatch Provincial Park
There is everything you could want in this park, beautiful waterfalls, mountain ranges, and gorgeous second growth forest.
Visit the Sasquatch Museum
If you didn’t know, Harrison Hot Springs is known for Sasquatch and there is even a must see museum with all the history and information of this spiritual animal.
Visit Bridal Falls
On the way to Harrison Hot Springs make sure that you stop by Bridal Falls. It is just a short walk to see the gorgeous views of the waterfalls.
Get a coffee and treat at Muddy Waters Cafe
With views of the lake and delicious farm to table treats it is a great little stop for a quick meal in the area.
Visit Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
You need to stop by here for a post meal treat, and make sure you try their Sasquatch feet.
I hope this inspires you to make Harrison Hot Spring your next B.C. getaway.