Distance From Vancouver:
135-140 km via Highway 1 or 7, then Highway 9.
scenery, several old artefacts, public
It can be very cold by the lake in the winter.
It's a popular place which is likely quite crowded during the tourist
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010
Coordinates: Page 4 (Chilliwack) F1. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this
and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available for purchase at
Harrison Hot Springs.
Other Trips in Harrison Hot
Harrison East Forest
Service Road (Second Trip),
Clear Creek Forest
Service Road (off Harrison East FSR),
Forest Service Road, Harrison East (Main) Forest
Service Road, Harrison West Forest Service
Road, Denhams Trail Around Weaver Lake,
Service Road, Bear Mountain Hike,
Campbell Lake Trail Hike.
Other BC Towns We Have Visited:
Vancouver (Stanley Park),
The village of Harrison Hot Springs is located
about 140 kilometers East of Vancouver, on BC Highway 9. It is possible
to get to Highway 9 either via Highway 7 or TransCanada Highway 1.
There is a public
washroom (it was open 8 AM - 6 PM) in the Memorial Hall along the
Harrison Lake promenade. And there is also a public pool where one can
swim in the warm water coming from a hot spring.
1. We start with a map of Harrison Hot Springs,
found on the Tourist Information shack a few blocks before Harrison
Lake. On the left side of the map, you can see Hot Springs Road (BC
Highway 9), the route in and out of the village. The top right of the
map shows Rockwell Drive, the road you need to take to get to Sasquatch
Provincial Park, Bear
Harrison East FSR and
Clear Creek FSR.
Harrison Hot Springs Map
2. The next map shows the Northern part of the
village. Note the Harrison Hot Springs Info Centre location on the
corner of Walnut Avenue and Hot Springs Road (BC Highway 9). This map is
located at the Northern end of Hot Springs Road, at the Harrison Lake
Map of Northern part of Harrison Hot Springs BC Canada
3. Our third and final map is also from Harrison Lake
Plaza, and it shows the location of the path along Harrison Lake.
Harrison Lake Promenade Map
4. And this is the Northern end of Hot Springs Road,
looking at the Harrison Lake Plaza.
Harrison Lake Plaza
5. Just behind and to the left,
on the corner of Lillooet Avenue and Hot Springs Road, there is a
Husky gas station (the price of gas was the same as in Chilliwack), and
this store next to it.
Harrison Hot Springs BC Smoked Salmon store
6. Here is the view of Harrison
Lake and the Lagoon.
Harrison Lake and lagoon - British Columbia Canada
7. Slightly to the left is a
place to rent boats (when it's warm, one would imagine), as well as
the seaplane boarding area.
Harrison Lake British Columbia Canada
8. Upon reaching Harrison Lake
Plaza, you can turn left or right to walk along the lake. If you turn
left, you would see a small mall, then Harrison Beach Hotel, then
Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa (brown building at the back). There is
a restaurant or two on this block as well. Plenty of free parking is
available along the lake, as well as on the nearby streets. However,
Harrison Hot Springs must be simply packed with tourists during the warm
season, so plan accordingly.
Harrison Hot Springs lake strip
9. If you keep walking in this
direction along the lake, in about 10 minutes you will find a hot
spring. This spring is so hot that no access is allowed, and signs warn
of severe skin burns to those unwise enough to ignore the warnings. The
water from this spring is used in the public pool and at the spa hotel.
At a lower temperature, of course.
Harrison Hot Springs hot spring source British Columbia Canada
10. The history of the spring
discovery is posted on the building.
Hot spring source history - Harrison Hot Springs
11. Coming back from the spring
source to the Harrison Lake Promenade.
Harrison Hot Springs British Columbia Canada
12. A bit further East.
Harrison Lake BC Canada
13. Harrison Hot Springs is a
very small village, yet a few interesting artefacts can be found there.
First of all, plenty of old lamps along the path to the hot spring
source. Like this lamp located at the entrance to a small trail behind
Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa.
Harrison Hot Springs British Columbia Canada
14. Zooming in to see the
details of another lamp.
Harrison Hot Springs Lamp
15. The trail behind Harrison
Hot Springs Resort & Spa can be done in 5-10 minutes, and it actually
has different lamps, some of which have moss hats on top.
Harrison Hot Springs mossy lamp - British Columbia Canada
16. This retired Harrison Hot Springs fire engine was found at the public works yard.
Harrison Hot Springs vintage fire engine
17. Art at Harrison Hot Springs
Elementary School (across from the Info Centre).
Harrison Hot Springs Elementary School British Columbia Canada
18. Finally, a photo of Lillooet
Avenue (one block South of Harrison Lake).
Lillooet Avenue Harrison Hot Springs British Columbia Canada
Harrison Hot Springs is a good place to visit by itself, or as a
stopover en route to nearby Sasquatch Provincial Park, FSRs or hiking trails.
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