Wild Within Reach: Accessible Tourism
Trip Length: 2-3 days
Day 1: Arrive in Harrison in the early afternoon. Since many of the accommodations have a 4pm check in, you can use the early afternoon to get to know our Village. Enjoy our lakeside views as you tour the upper lakeside promenade. It is a 1 km (one-way) paved path, and the trail around the lagoon is a 0.8 km gravel path. On the lakeside promenade, there are 5 wheelchair accessible entry and exit points located at the Harrison Resort, Civic Centre Plaza, Maple Street, Chehalis Street, and the Boat Launch.
Upon returning from your exploration, check in, and catch a sunset wildlife cruise with Harrison Eco Tours (Please call ahead to reserve their accessible boat). If you are particularly interested in eagles, we highly recommend coming in the fall or winter season.
Day 2: Catching Dinosaurs. Start your day with breakfast at one of our local restaurants, then head to the Resort dock for your pre-booked Sportfishing Excursion. Please note that the Resort Dock causeway can be very steep with low water levels. BC Sportfishing Group‘s trained guides can take you out on their accessible boat, equipped with adaptive reels including a specialized glove and a sip and puff adapter, to reel in a magnificent sturgeon. Don’t worry about packing a lunch, as the BC Sportfishing Guides have lunch prepared for this all-day experience.
After fishing you’ve likely worked up quite an appetite: time to dine in the restaurant of your choice. Following dinner, head down to the beach, which has been made accessible by the use of our Mobi-Mat. The Mobi-Mat is located on the West side of the Civic Centre Plaza. At this point, you may either head home, or spend one more relaxing night in Harrison Hot Springs.
Shoreline Tours: Take a scenic lake cruise on Shoreline Tours’ 62 foot luxury vessel, The Laroan. Please note, that while there is a ramp to Laroan’s entrance, the friendly staff at Shoreline Tours will assist wheelchairs on and off the boat.
Agassiz Speedway: Agassiz Speedway is open seasonally and operated by Kent Raceway Society, a non-profit society dedicated to supporting and furthering the sport of stock car racing in the Fraser Valley. They are wheelchair accessible and have seating for 1000 people in the grandstand. Check out the schedule for more details.
Qwóltz Park and the Source: Harrison’s Hot Springs were first used as a healing place by the Sts’Ailes people known as “kwals” or Qwólts, the Halq’eméylem word meaning boiling water. There is now a small park with interpretive signage to learn more about local indigenous history. This is a short 1 km gravel trail leaving from the Harrison Hot Springs Resort, to the hot springs source.
Cheam Wetlands: Cheam Wetlands is home to an abundance of wildlife and approximately 2 km of flat gravel trails on which to view it. There is a wheelchair accessible viewing platform close to the parking area.