If you have never been to the Canadian province of British Columbia in the spring, then you need to consider it for your next travel destination. I experienced a girl’s weekend hanging out in Harrison Hot Springs and we had the most relaxing time taking in the sights of this small town located on Harrison Lake, surrounded by the majestic southern Coast mountains. On my latest travel blog post find out where to stay, what to do and where to indulge your taste buds!
Harrison Hot Springs
Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia will make you feel like you woke up in the middle of the Twilight movie set. I kept hoping Edward Cullen would step out of the beautiful morning mist and whisk me away. Nestled in the evergreen mountains of Harrison Lake, which is roughly 60 km in length and at its widest almost 9 km across, you’ll find nothing but the sweet peacefulness of the great outdoors. Check-in to the The Harrison Beach Hotel and relax on your balcony overlooking the lake. Sit back and enjoy a glass of BC wine!
If you’re looking to get out of town and find some true peace and quiet, Harrison is it. The town’s population is less than 2,000 and with that comes all the calm and tranquility to really make you enjoy nature. On your way, stop in at The Back Porch Coffee Roaster. Check out their hand-made pottery and make sure to stock up on coffee or espresso that was created in their antique roaster from the early 1900s!
What To Do in Harrison Hot Springs
My friend Kaley and I were truly there at the perfect time. It was not crowded with tourists and we strolled around the quiet neighbourhood in search of those famous spring blossoms. I am just in love with the breath-taking magnolia and cherry blossom trees. There is no beauty like the spring in BC! Everything is so lush and green! So walking, biking or hiking would be the best way to really experience the area. Check out their website for all kinds of routes; we highly recommend the 5 km historical walk along the lake!
In the summer, you must take advantage of the lake water sports! Your kids would have an absolute blast on the floating water park, it looks like so much fun! I can’t wait to bring my boys back to experience it! There is also boating, paddling and fishing to suit the needs of everyone in your group.
There are two hot springs in this area of British Columbia: Potash and Sulpher. The water is pumped from the springs and then cooled to provide an indoor public mineral pool at 100 degrees F. The public pool admission is $10. Alternatively, you can book yourself for a spa treatment at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and get full access to their indoor and outdoor hot spring pools.
Where to Eat
Can you say DELICIOUSNESS? I had to finish every single bite on my plate during breakfast in Harrison for fear I’d regret wasting such an amazing meal. You’ll have a hard time choosing because their entire menu looks so appetizing! I must say that I’m not sure anything can top my pear, brie, pecan and honey toast! You’ll even be able to get a cup of local coffee from The Back Porch Coffee Roaster as mentioned above! I love how these businesses are all about supporting other local growers, you know exactly where everything on your plate came from. If you don’t have room for dessert make sure to take some of their sweet baked goods for the road!
Looking for a delectable meal right on the boardwalk? Check out Morgan’s Bistro! A family-run restaurant with recipes that have been perfected over years in the culinary business. If you ask nicely, they may even share their melt-in-your-mouth family Foccacia bread recipe with you! We both were tempted by lamb dishes for dinner and we were not disappointed. Everything was beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. I loved how their patio is dimly lit and offered great views of the lake. Morgan’s Bistro is the perfect date night out!
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Looking for more information on British Columbia travel? See my previous posts on Abbotsford, which is only a 45-minute drive away: