Harrison Hot Springs is one of my favourite weekend getaways. It’s close enough to home that travel isn’t a concern, yet it’s far enough away to really feel like you are going away. As soon as I drive up and see the beautiful, calm lake I feel all my stresses float away.
I was recently invited to one of the best parts of Harrison Hot Springs – the Harrison Hot Springs Resort. Nearly 125 years old, this BC resort features five natural mineral hot springs pools, a fantastic spa, restaurants, live entertainment, a fitness centre, coffee bar and lots of other great amenities.
Upon arrival we were shown to our lakefront room; the view was so peaceful. Rain or shine, Harrison Hot Springs Resort is a wonderfully relaxing place to escape to any time of year. Some of our favourite summer activities in Harrison Hot Springs include lake tours with Shoreline Tours, the Harrison Festival of the Arts and the Harrison Watersports blaster boats.
It was raining when we visited this time, which made for a comfy, cozy stay indoors with a few romantic walks in the rain. We set out for a brief stroll before the daylight disappeared. Just a ten minute walk along the shoreline takes you to the mineral hot springs source, the spring water that is pumped into the therapeutic hotel pools. The site is that of an old bathhouse, where up to 50 guests would gather in the 1800’s. The structure was destroyed by fire in 1905 and it was never rebuilt.
When we’d had enough of the liquid sunshine, we grabbed a couple of hot drinks from Miss Margaret’s Espresso Bar and warmed up by a roaring fire in the hotel’s lobby area. The crackling fire and the comfy couches made for the perfect place to curl up with a book and a local newspaper!
You will always find guests relaxing in the outdoor pools, regardless of the outside temperature. Whether it’s a midsummer day or a crisp winter evening, the soothing mineral pools attract anyone who visits. Hot springs pools have brought guests to this area for many decades. Originally it was the Salish Coast Indians who noted the rejuvenating and medicinal properties in the hot springs water. I can personally attest to the fact that these are magically soothing waters. You will have an amazing sleep after an evening dip!
Two indoor mineral pools are also available for guest use. They are located in the same building as the renowned Healing Springs Spa which offers a full spa menu of heavenly services.
Dinner was in the infamous Copper Room. The Copper Room takes you back to days gone by, to big bands and dancing the night away. I love the Jones Boys, a band that has been playing in the Copper Room Tuesday through Saturday for several years. They play a variety of genres and it’s just so fun to watch them really enjoying the crowd. It’s a fun place to people watch, too. You should see some of the ballroom dancing skills that guests break out! Impressive.
We both enjoyed the prime rib dinner, finished off with a sweet lemon tart before we headed out for a late night soak in the mineral pools. Paired with a few glasses of wine and a dance or two, our evening at Harrison Resort was a great opportunity to reconnect and unwind.
Breakfast was served the following morning in the Lakeside Cafe. A full buffet breakfast that included everything you would expect at a Canadian resort. Pancakes, eggs benedict, pastries, fresh fruit, meats, cheeses and a made-to-order omelette bar. If you don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast, Miss Margaret’s Espresso Bar offers delicious muffins, fresh fruit, specialty coffees and other cafe fare that is more suitable for those on the run.
Harrison Resort does offer pet-friendly accommodations in their cottages. There is no additional cost for the pets. We have visited the resort on another occasion with our dog and really enjoyed ourselves. They are simple rustic cottages with a separate bedroom, gas fireplace, refrigerator, patio furniture in the warmer months and lots of privacy. The cottages are located at the back of the resort property, just a couple of minute’s walk from the main building.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort is a wonderful, relaxing B.C. getaway and we are lucky it’s in our backyard! If you haven’t yet been to Harrison Resort, be sure to book a visit soon! They offer vacation packages that offer something for everyone’s idea of a great vacation – romance, spa, golf and more.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa
100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs