Off the Beaten Path
Off the Beaten Path…Embrace the Elements
(2 days, 1 night)
WATER is the driving force of all nature.
You will want to start the day as early as possible to get in one of these full-day ‘off the beaten path’ adventures. Bring a knapsack filled with high-energy treats and plenty of water.
Clear Creek Hot Springs is an all-natural hot spring, located 50 km north of Harrison Hot Springs. You can experience an exhilarating all-terrain ATV adventure where you will be quadding through backcountry, riding up the mountains, and ripping along logging roads with Harrison Lake Nature Adventures!
It’s our version of the ‘Road to Hana’. We are talking endless views of Harrison Lake and waterfall after waterfall, especially in April and May due to spring run-off. The main one is 6 km in, known as Slollicum Falls or Upper Rainbow Falls.
If you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, you can’t go wrong with a sunset or wildlife cruise with Harrison Eco Tours or Shoreline Tours. Take in views of the rushing waterfalls, forested islands, soaring, swimming, or running wildlife (particularly seals, trout, salmon, sturgeon, eagles, herons, bears, and deer. Harrison is the land of Sasquatch, so even sighting this legendary creature is possible!), rock formations, Sts’Ailes storytelling through petroglyphs and, of course, fiery sunsets.
If you time your visit in the fall, you’ll see congregations of eagles due to the salmon run as the eagles come to feast. Shoreline Tours will take you on their 62 ft Laroan Boat where you can also order a cocktail or glass of wine and a bite to eat. Harrison Eco Tours’ adventures are wheelchair accessible, designed for smaller groups of six, and offer pre-ordered food options.
The magic of Harrison River invites skilled kayakers to enjoy a leisurely paddle from Greenpoint to Rainbow Falls or from Harrison Hot Springs down to Kilby Historic Site. You can kayak on your own or take a guided tour with Harrison Eco Tours. The benefit of a guide will give you an eco-education on the area combined with the peaceful solitude of paddling through uninterrupted waters. (See our Outdoor Adventure itinerary for more paddling suggestions)
EARTH to ground you and FIRE to ignite your soul.
Harrison Lake Nature Adventures offers two other ATV trips –a three-hour ATV ride on Slollicum Trail and the Sasquatch Tour. The trail speaks to pure beauty with lush forest, meandering creeks, and views of the local mountains, and Harrison Lake. The Sasquatch Tour includes storytelling as you hear the tales about the documented legendary Sasquatch sightings.
Fire in the sky
We have advised you to chase waterfalls so why not sunsets, too? A Harrison Lake sunset is truly breathtaking and you can watch the sun go down from almost anywhere, but if you want more of an ‘off the beaten path’ experience, head to a mountain peak and look west. Harrison Lake Nature Adventures can take you to some key spots around Slollicum Trail.
Fresh AIR is nature speaking to us.
We have talked about exploring the Harrison River Valley from the ground up, but you can also start from the top and head down.
No words will do the paragliding experience any justice, to be honest. Just see the image below. We are talking deep soul connections.
Contact FlyBC to book your flight.
You can also arrive by helicopter or float plane. Contact Librico Helicopters and tell them what you want to see and they will choose a beautiful drop-off spot. You can even float plane right into Harrison Village!
For accommodations, we recommend the Lodge on Harrison Lake, Fraser River Lodge, or a campsite. You can boat or float plane right into the Lodge on Harrison Lake and heli directly to Fraser River Lodge. Some of our favourite hidden gems are:
- Twenty Mile Bay, located on the west side of Harrison Lake. Most of these campsites are right on Harrison Lake.
- Bear Creek Campground, located on the east side of Harrison Lake. Most of the campsites are lakeside.
- Bench Campground, located in Sasquatch Provincial Park. These campsites are fully wooded but this also means privacy. Bench Campground is the locals’ favourite hidden gem.
- Pathfinder Campground, located in Agassiz. Although this campground is not on the water, it has some fun amenities like a swimming pool and horseshoe pits. RV or stay in a cabin. Some cabins are also wheelchair accessible.
For a full list of Harrison River Valley’s campsites and RV parks, visit our website. *Please know before you go by pre-planning and preparing for these adventures. Given the ‘off the beaten’ path experiences, to best ensure your safety, we recommend going with a guide.*