Harrison Beach Hotel Blog
Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Spring is an amazing time to visit Harrison Hot Springs. The weather is beautiful, the flowers are blooming, and the attractions are just beginning to open. Come out and see what all the fuss is about!
- Harrison Festival Society presents Mutato at Memorial Hall (Mar 8)
- Health & Wellness Fair at Memorial Hall (Mar 29)
- Heritage Walk/Run to help raise money for Kilby Historic Site and the Agassiz/Harrison Museum (Mar 29)
- Harrison Festival Society presents Ken Whiteley at Memorial Hall (Apr 5)
- Tulips of the Valley Festival (Late April – TBA)
- Opening day of Hell’s Gate Airtram (Apr 17)
- Harrison Festival Society presents Lorne Elliot at Memorial Hall (Apr 26)
- Opening Day at the Agassiz Speedway (Apr 26)
- Harrison Festival Fundraiser (May 10)
- Family Night at the Agassiz Speedway (May 10)
- 8th annual Harrison Art Show (May 17-18)
- Featuring Street Stock, Mini Stock, Hornets and Midgets at Agassiz Speedway (May 24)
- Harrison Hot Springs Relay for Life (May 31)
For more information on events around Harrison Hot Springs, please click here…
If you are looking to relax and rejuvenate, come and visit Harrison Hot Springs! The public mineral pools are open daily and are especially soothing in the winter. Below you will find hours and rates for the public pools. If you would like more info, please give us a call, 1-866-338-8111.
- Monday through Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Sunday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Admission: (One time swim.)
- Adult (age 15 – 64) $9.00
- Child (age 5 – 14) $6.75
- Toddler (age 4 and under) Free
- Senior (age 65+) $6.75
- Family (2 adults and 2 kids) $26.75
And just in case you were wondering, here is a brief history of the pools (Source: TourismHarrison.com):
Settlers are said to have ‘discovered’ the hot springs in 1858 while en-route to the gold fields. Their boat capsized, and expecting to meet their doom in the frigid waters, they instead discovered that the lake at that spot was not freezing but rather warm. Local Indians called the Hot Springs Kwals, meaning boiling water. The hot springs were revered as a “healing place” by natives of the Coast Salish people, who traveled by canoe.
It was later called St. Alice’s Well after one of the daughters of British Columbia’s first governor. A map dating back to 1846 bears the name Harrison Hot Springs, named in 1828 by Governor Simpson after Benjamin Harrison, a deputy governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company from 1835 to 1839. Although the philanthropic Harrison was never in North America, he served as treasurer of Guy’s Hospital in London for fifty years. The St. Alice Hotel and Bath House were built soon after the railroad reached Harrison Mills in 1885.
The two BC hot springs that exist in the area are Potash and Sulpher which are 40 degrees C (120 degrees F) and 62 degrees C (145 degrees F) respectively. The water is pumped from one of the springs and cooled to provide a indoor public mineral hot springs pool that visitors can enjoy at 38 degrees C (100 degrees F)
1. Ski, Snowboard, or Tube at Hemlock Ski Resort, only 45 minutes from Harrison Hot Springs!
2. Soak and relax in the Harrison Hot Springs public mineral pools.
3. Take a cooking class at Limbert Mountain Farms.
4. Participate in the local Circle Farm Tour.
5. Treat yourself to a day at the spa.
6. Discover one of the many art exhibits at the Ranger Station Art Gallery.
7. Wine and Dine at one of the many fabulous restuarants…we love Morgans!
8. Check out the line-up of concerts hosted by the Festival Society. www.harrisonfestival.com.
9. Browse the unique shops and treat yourself to something special.
10. Relax and enjoy a stroll through town or walk around the lagoon.
Come out to beautiful Harrison Hot Springs and you are sure to have a good time! Give us a call if you have any questions or if you would like to book your winter vacation today 1-866-338-8111.
-Katie, Director of Sales & Marketing