This past weekend we had an amazing opportunity to check out a laundry list of great things that Harrison Hot Springs has to offer. We paired up with Glampfam to take on the resort town and see what there was to do with older kids.
We both camp and were super excited to get spots at The Springs RV Resort. It is an amazing place to camp or should I say Glamp. They have all of the amenities of a luxury resort at a fraction of the price. Some of the great amenities include 2 pools complete with hot tubs, one for families and one adults only for those looking for an escape from the kids or those who are just looking for some quiet time with friends. A beautiful playground complete with vintage carousel! The stunning log pavilion is the centrepiece for all of the resorts activities such as the Friday night outdoor movie with welcome bbq to theme weekends and dances, dinners and of course the biggest event of the year the annual lip sync contest, which is my favourite!. The pavilion is also home to ping pong and foosball as well as the basketball court. In my opinion it is the heart of the resort.
The adult pool’s beautiful backdrop is another stunning pavilion that hosts a list of adult activities such as pool, darts and chess. The upstairs is a beautiful space that offers a big screen tv, lounge space and a library complete with fireplace.
At the back of the property there is horseshoe pitching, and a putting green. A meandering hike through the trees and pet area are also out back. The beauty of the mountains and the quietness of it all is calming to both pet and owner.
The designers and campgrounds amazing staff have spared no detail in this resort. If you are looking for an amazing holiday, with beautiful spacious and clean sites close to home this summer you must check out The Springs RV Resort. Check out their website for a complete list of activities and theme weekends.
Our first activity on Sunday morning was a relaxing SUP around the bay in Harrison Lake The weather was perfect for a morning paddle. We had picked up rental SUP boards from Valhalla Pure in Abbotsford before we left. They come with everything that you need, PFD, Paddle and a great Red Paddle Board with pump. It was pretty quick and easy to set up. We paddled for a good hour or more which was such a lovely way to start the day. Nothing beats being out on the water in the morning with beautiful snow capped mountains in the background. The kids loved it. They wanted to be cool and not wear pfd’s of course but two important things to note, 1. PFD’s are mandatory on paddle boards in BC, they are considered a vessel. 2. Harrison is extremely cold so if you fall in your limbs can stop working pretty quickly and you can be in some serious trouble. So be water smart out there and everyone can enjoy a great time.
In the early afternoon we were invited for a lake cruise with Shoreline Tours. It was a relaxing cruise around the Harrison Lake. We got to see some of the beautiful sites that included Echo Island, in which we got to hear the tales of the famous jail break back in 92 from Kent prison where a helicopter landed in the yard of the prison and freed an inmate. They had engine trouble and landed at an abandoned airfield at the far end of the lake, they then hopped on a boat and ended up hiding out on Echo Island until they made a fatal mistake and started a campfire. They were then spotted and apprehended and sent back to prison. We also passed by the beautiful Rainbow Falls. Shoreline Tours offers a tour where you get to disembark and hike to the falls but that was not our tour this day. You also get a great shot of the glacier up in the Pemberton Valley at the far end of the lake. All in all a very picturesque tour.The crew also puts on a great BBQ, so if you’re hungry you can order food and beverages for an even more enjoyable time. If you are looking for a relaxing thing to do to see the beauty of Harrison Lake you board the tour at the pier across from the Harrison Hot Springs Resort so it is super easy to find.
After a relaxing morning of paddle boarding and cruising around the lake it was time to get to some exploring of the beautiful woods that surround the resort town. Since we had a wider range of hiking abilities in our group we chose a trail that was close to town and just a bit challenging yet enjoyable for everyone. We hit the Whippoorwill Trail. Its a lovely trail that takes you out and around past the Harrison River and you end up on a beautiful secret sandy beach. Then head back up through the trees and connect back to the trail and hike back out. We had decided before we left that we were going to have lunch on the beach because we were gifted delicious Mac and Cheese from Valhalla Pure along with a JetBoil Camp stove so we were able to make lunch for our whole crew on the beach. A few other great items that we stocked up on and never go hiking without is our handy Scat belt with bear spray, Care Plus Mosquito and Tic Spray and my new favourite thing, hiking poles! I don’t use them for going up for the most part, but I do find them extremely handy when descending on tricky terrain, they really help those with back and knee issues as well.
I’m a big believer that if you fail to plan, plan to fail. Make sure that you are more than prepared when heading out hiking, no matter where you go, we never intend for things to go sideways. I would much rather be over prepared than under, wouldn’t you? Go chat with the amazing staff at Valhalla Pure Outfitters in Abbotsford and they can set you up, so you will always feel confident heading out for a day hike or more.
If you follow along with our family you will know that we love to be out in nature, so the hike was definitely a highlight. I absolutely fell in love with the Jetboil stove from Valhalla Pure I will definitely be using it on a regular basis. If you are looking to do any day hikes packing Alipine Aire foods is a great way to have a gourmet lunch and all you need to do is add water! I will definitely be adding them to my pack.
We finished off our day of adventures at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel’s mineral pools. It was refreshing to go for a swim in the warmer water as well as sit in the mineral hot pool. The pools are set against such a beautiful backdrop of the mountains. This day it was quite busy due to the Memorial Day long weekend in the US, however we have been there before and it was wonderfully quiet. There are different zones which is nice, so there is a spot for everyone to enjoy including a poolside bar to keep you and your family hydrated the whole day.
My favourite part of any adventuring day is getting back and to our RV and pouring a glass of wine or cider and making a delicious dinner. We were gifted to most unreal dinner from Nature’s Pickin’s in Abbotsford, in my personal opinion the best farm market in town. They are super supportive of selling local food and supporting local farmers and makers of all sorts. The gave us some amazing local meats and produce to have the best and healthiest glamping dinner. I am also a huge fan of prepping all of my meals before I leave for a trip so I can simply enjoy myself and still give my family a healthy, yummy meal.
The meal was a huge hit with our whole crew, I can’t thanks Caroline and Doug enough for the delicious food!
After a long day of adventuring and exploring this quaint little resort town it was time to wind down with a bottle of wine and smores by the fire pit under our gazebo. A definite perfect end to a perfect weekend. We enjoyed sharing this experience with Glampfam and her crew. It was so great working with all these wonderful businesses. I would recommend visiting Harrison with your teenagers this summer, there are loads of activities to keep them occupied.
Thanks so much to all of the businesses that made this collaboration so fantastic!
Enjoy your summer!
P.s Don’t forget to check back for my newest post on Glamping Prep 101. I will show you tips and tricks to prep for camping so everyone (including Mom) can relax and enjoy