Hot Springs form the centrepiece of a luxury hotel resort. The pools
at the resort are for hotel guests only, but there is a public pool
one block east of the hotel. The large, wonderfully warm public
soaking pool has cooled hot spring water pumped into it.
rich hot springs at Harrison were originally used by the Salish
Coast Natives who revered them as a "healing place", arriving by
canoe to benefit from their rejuvenating waters. The minerals waters
are said to bring relief to sufferers of rheumatism and arthritis
through the 8 minerals present in the water, which averages 1,300
parts per million of dissolved mineral solids, one of the highest
concentrations of any mineral spring.
There are two
hot springs at the south end of Harrison Lake, the Potash, with
a temperature of 40°C (120°F), and the Sulphur, with a temperature
of 65°C (150°F). The Harrison Hot Springs resort boasts 2 indoor
and 3 outdoor mineral pools. The indoor sitting pool is cooled to
a temperature of 38°-40°C (100°-103°F), an ideal temperature for
promoting the relief of general aches and stress, and the larger
indoor pool is maintained at a temperature of 32°C (90°F).
pools have been built in a setting complete with cascading waterfall,
rock formations, and plants to simulate a typical West Coast setting.
The mountains rising in the background complete a scene of bewitching
beauty. In the outside adult swimming pool the hot spring waters
are piped from the source and cooled to 32°-35°C (90°-95°F). For
alternatively able people, there is a second outdoor hot springs
pool, also kept at 35°C (95°F), with a gently sloping ramp that
provides access to the pool, and a bench that follows the edges
inside the pool.
Hot Springs resort operates all year round, with the peak season
from June through September. Resort guests can enjoy the pools 22
hours per day.
The town of
Harrison Hot Springs is a resort town with recreation and health
at the forefront. There's swimming, canoeing, fishing, boating and
windsurfing on nearby Harrison Lake. Sailboards and bikes are available
for rent, and hiking trails are nearby. Harrison Hot Springs is
fronted by a long stretch of municipal beach so perfect for building
sand castles that the annual World Championship Sand Sculpture Competition
is held here every September.
The Harrison Hot Springs are located in the spectacular Coast Mountains
of Southwestern British Columbia, on the shore of Harrison Lake,
80 miles (129 km) east of downtown Vancouver on scenic Highway 7
Harrison Hot Springs
Harrison Hot Springs, BC