Harrison Resort Municipality is a relatively short jaunt from Vancouver (90 minutes) and has lots to offer the whole family. Or leave the kids at home for a more romantic getaway. We took a little tour out Hwy 1 to see what this place has to offer — from spas to quaint little shops, cafes and a beach. Here are 5 reasons to check out Harrison Hot Springs.
1. Muddy Waters Espresso Bar and Cafe. Every resort needs a place like this. Melt-in-your-mouth baked pear and brie open faced sammies are a lunch favourite. Fresh baked breads and pastries as well as goldfish-bowl sized cappuccinos will bring you back for breakfast. Muddy Waters is family owned and operated by caring, authentic staff. Get some delicious, uncomplicated comfort food in your belly here.
2. Harrison Lake. Beautiful, glacier fed Harrison Lake is the largest lake in South Western British Columbia. (If you’re all about the numbers, it’s 60 kilometers long, 9 kilometers across at its widest point, and up to 300 meters deep.) Its beautiful turquoise colour comes from the coldness and suspended silt. Rather large ‘Sturgeon’ can be caught and released here, as well as other less prehistoric and downright frighteningly large lake fish.
3. The Beach. The expansive sweeping beach front offers hours of recreation for young and old vacationers. Children can dig and create sand castles while parents lounge or play some beach volleyball. Brand new playground facilities and a neatly manicured lawn lines the beach edge creating an oasis of options. Imagine one of the few 20 degree plus days BC gets in the summer and a cooler full of refreshments and snacks with nothing on the agenda but chilling out. This beach dominates over other BC beaches in spades.
4. The Spa. Though we stayed at the Harrison Beach Hotel, we got to experience Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa as day pass spa visitors. Spend a minimum of $100 on a spa package to gain you access to the restorative and relaxing outdoor hot springs all day. The Healing Springs Spa offers a wide range of spa packages from mani-pedis to a couple hours with a Registered Massage Therapist. We recommend the “glow” package with a revitalizing head to toe body scrub followed by a 25-minute relaxing massage. Bliss-tastic.
5. Hicks Lake Loop. On busy days in the village, this family friendly hike can be a great way to get away from it all. We recommend packing a light lunch and a bottle of wine. Put aside a couple hours to enjoy the trek. Once you find the secluded little beach, put out your picnic blanket and take a dip or just zen out to sounds of chirping birds.
The Harrison Beach Hotel. Friendly staff, nice clean rooms with expansive balcony views of Harrison Lake. For the budget conscious, buy groceries and prepare meals in the well-appointed kitchenette. The indoor pool and outdoor hot tub provide a nice escape from the sandy beach across the street. Secure parking and a location right in the thick of the strip make this hotel a great option.