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September Staycations in the Harrison River Valley

Although known as a popular summertime destination, the Harrison River Valley is equally as enchanting in the fall months. The busy summer crowds have departed, the pace and rhythm of the village is peaceful and relaxing, and the flourishing fall colours make for dazzling photography. Not only that, the shoulder season often comes with price discounts at your favourite accommodations, and the spicy seasonal flavours of fall start appearing on drink and food menus. Seasonal sights like the beginning of the salmon spawn, and all the creatures the event attracts – like the majestic bald eagle – make this a wondrous season to visit! Here are some ideas for spectacular September Staycations in the Harrison River Valley!

BOAT TOURS

With the colours of fall and local wildlife emerging, a Boat Tour is a must-do activity at this time of year! Lake and river cruises are a fantastic way to capture some amazing photography or take a guided kayak tour to see the sights up close and personal!

Harrison Eco Tours offers a fantastic variety of wildlife tours, jet boat tours, guided kayaking, and even e-bike rentals!
Shoreline Tours Enjoy the scenic beauty of lake and river cruises in luxurious style on a 62 foot yacht, complete with sightseeing decks and an onboard dining area. 
BC Sportfishing Group Take a world-class fishing adventure with experienced guides. Their fleet of jet boats includes a wheelchair accessible boat with adaptive reels.

COMFY CABIN STAYS

Pictured: Rowena’s Inn Rustic Classic Cabin

Comfy cabin stays and fall go together like hand in glove! Here are some suggestions for cabin rentals you’ll love:  

Bramblebank Cottages Privacy, luxury, and onsite amenities only steps away from the restaurants, shops, and beach in Harrison Hot Springs.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort Cabins situated by the Miami River, these cozy 1-bedroom cabins feature gas fireplaces to keep you toasty.
Harrison Lake Riverside Cottages These pet-friendly cottages are located on the banks of the Miami River, walking distance to the beachfront, shops, and restaurants at Harrison Hot Springs.
Pathfinder Camp Resort features eight newly renovated 1- and 2-bedroom cabins, including pet friendly and wheelchair accessible options. 
Rowena’s Inn on the River Choose from the rustic 1-bedroom Classic Cabins or new Luxury Series Nature Cabins, available in 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom layouts all with fireplaces and amazing views. Pet-friendly units available. 
The Grizzly Den at Hemlock This cabin can accommodate up to ten people and is nestled in the Hemlock Valley, conveniently close to the ski runs of Sasquatch Mountain Resort – a perfect base for the upcoming winter ski season.

COZY CAFÉ EXPERIENCES

Pictured: Muddy Waters Café

Cooler temperatures signal the beginning of spicy fall flavours at your local cafes and eateries. Warm your hands around a cup of pumpkin spice latte and take a walk around the lagoon or esplanade to experience fall’s spectacular transition in the Harrison River Valley. Here are some local cafés to get take-out or settle in and stay a while:

Agassiz Corner Café 5, 1824 BC Hwy 9, Agassiz
Chantilly Gelato & Café 234 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs
Courtyard Café 190 Lillooet Road, Harrison Hot Springs
Green Star Café 182, 196 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs
Harrison Corner Café 310 Hot Springs Road, Harrison Hot Springs 
Miss Margarets Café 100 Esplanade Avenue – in the Harrison Hot Springs Resort
Muddy Waters Café 328 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs

UPCOMING FALL EVENTS

Fun at Kilby Historic Site!

There’s no shortage of fun fall events in the Harrison River Valley. Here are just a few; you can find more here

September 24 & October 29 – Step Back in Time Dining at Rowena’s Inn on the River. Enjoy a seasonally- focused, chef-prepared gourmet meal amidst 1920s fireside ambience in the Upper and Lower Drawing Rooms. Read the menu and get more information here
September 29 – Harvest Dinner at The Lodge on Harrison Lake. You’ll delight in the stunning lakefront views as you dine on a Chef prepared meal from Morgan’s Bistro; and listen to live music! Learn more here.
October 1 – Creekside Cheese & Creamery Farm Tour. Meet the farm animals and learn about dairy farming and cheese making. Participants will receive a sample of milk and a tasting selection of delicious cheese. Learn more here
October 7 – Harrison Festival Society Presents Diyet and The Love Soldiers. Enjoy the band’s unique sound and enticing vocals in an intimate setting at Harrison Memorial Hall.  Learn more and purchase tickets here
October 8 & 9 – Kilby Historic Site Thanksgiving Weekend. Experience the harvest traditions of an early rural community. Enjoy an apple press demonstration and buy tickets for their famous Thanksgiving Dinner – turkey with all the trimmings! Learn more here
October 13 – The Season of the Wild is back for its second year, telling the story of the salmon, sturgeon, and the bald eagles in the Harrison River Valley. Every year, the salmon swim up the Harrison River to lay their eggs. This event contributes to the massive gathering of Bald Eagles seen here from October through to January. Learn more here
October 29 & 30 Kilby Historic Site Family Pumpkin Fest. The Kilby Historic Site will transform into a family-friendly, slight-fright event. Walk through the graveyard and meet spooky creatures. Wear your Halloween costume and bring a treat bag. Learn more here.

We invite you to explore the Harrison River Valley this fall! For more information on these or other Harrison River Valley activities, stop by the Visitor Centre at 102, 160 Lillooet Avenue, in the heart of Harrison Hot Springs, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Don’t forget to tag your Harrison River Valley photos with #HarrisonRiverValley or #BreatheInTheWild to share them with us!

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