Our farm story
The Agassiz-Harrison Circle Farm Tour is a road map directing you to a variety of agricultural experiences and smiling faces throughout the Harrison River Valley. The self-guided tour is a celebration of the past and present, designed to be enjoyed at your own pace. Depending on the places that you want to hit up, you can choose to drive or bike.
If you want to bike-trip the country roads, come with your own or head into Harrison Hot Springs first to rent some from Harrison Beach , Glencoe Motel, or Jamie’s Quadricycles. The 26-km ride takes you from Harrison Hot Springs through the fertile farmland of Agassiz as you ride by mountains, barns, corn fields, hazelnut orchards and grazing cows, sheep, and chickens. Even the odd donkey. Don’t feel daunted! The route is flat, making it fun for all.
Let’s get started!
Park your car in Harrison Hot Springs and grab your bikes and backpack. Be sure to carry water to keep your muscles hydrated. First stop is at Muddy Waters for a hearty farm-to-table breakfast. Muddy’s has a strong local food philosophy, translating to seasonal menus, daily features, and tasty bites.
Then get ready to zen out at Harrison Lavender. Arrive to fields of vibrant colour. Inhale deeply and feel the aromatherapeutic benefits. The gift shop has all-natural items ranging from lavender honey to lotions and salves.
Since you still have a bit of riding too, it’s time to wake up and head to Back Porch Coffee.
Your first impression? “I feel like I am in a little European village.” Nostalgic feels with antique finds, roaming chickens, and organic vegetable gardens welcome you. Get ready to watch the owners, Dan and Lynda, roast organic coffee beans in their vintage 1919 roaster. Their studio is filled with baskets and artisan pottery, all handcrafted by them.
When you come to the Earthwise Society Agassiz Farm, you can escape to the magical forest trails alongside the Miami River, stroll the demonstration gardens, and watch the living farm in action. A variety of all natural and organic produce is available at the farmgate — this is your chance to stock up.
Your last two stop before heading back to Harrison Village for a farm-to-table dinner is Farm House Natural Cheese, which is an organic farm producing farmstead cow and goat milk cheeses, non-homogenized milk, butter, and yogurt from the farm’s grass-fed cows and goats. Watch the cheese-making process through the viewing window and take time for a stroll around the farm to visit the furry farm animals.
As you head back towards Harrison Hot Springs, be sure to bike through the Village and take in the lakeside views before stopping at Morgan’s Bistro. Dine indoors or on the patio to people-watch and let reward yourself with an elevated dining experience.
At any time, pick up Indigenous salmon products and locally-caught Harrison River Salmon at the Sts’Ailes General Store and Gar Bar or from the Stó:lō Seafood Company, located at the Scowlitz First Nation community in Harrison Mills. (Note: The Sts’Ailes General Store and Stó:lō Seafood Company may be closed due to covid-19. )
Although you can bike this route at anytime, for a slower-food experience, check out the Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour that is held on one day every July. Bike, shop, and talk and let our shopping shuttle service do the heavy lifting. If you coordinate your trips on the right dates, you can also indulge in unique sips and bites at the Uncorked Wine Festival in April and Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival in September. (All events are paused for 2021)
If you are travelling by car, you can visit all the stops we mentioned above plus two more. Creekside Cheese and Creamery is located five minutes past Agassiz down a meandering country road and beside the salmon spawning channels of Maria Slough. Husband and wife team, Johannes and Julaine craft artisan, handmade cheeses using time-honoured methods and gentle handling techniques to express the true and natural flavours of the milk and terroir. You can even see the underground cheese-aging cave once tours are offered again!For more furry animal cuddles, visit Kilby Historic Site in Harrison Mills. Stop by the Heritage Gardens where you will see time-period heirloom plants and florals and a variety of vegetables being grown. From late August and on, you can watch apple cider being made from Kilby’s very own apple orchard.