The mercury is rising and we’re all looking for ways to keep cool! Make your way to the Harrison River Valley to discover a wealth of ways to beat the summer heat. Remember to bring your sunscreen, wear loose, breathable clothing and a wide-brimmed hat, and schedule your outdoor exercise during the cooler parts of the day – early morning and evening. And try these ideas on for size:
10. FLOAT ON A BBQ BOAT
9. ESCAPE TO THE SHADE OF THE FOREST
Get out of the sun and escape to the cooling shade of our forested trails on a leisurely walk. Spirit Trail, Sandy Cove Trail and Hick’s Lake Loop are a few suggestions. The latter two will also give you access to cooling water for a refreshing dip!
8. FIND A BREEZY PATIO
From coffee shops to restaurants, we have an abundance of patios to sit and sip a cool drink, or dig into a satisfying meal. The expansive patios at the Old Settler Pub, and the scenic patio at the River’s Edge Clubhouse are two must-do patios this summer!
7. TAKE A BOAT CRUISE
Book a lake cruise with Shoreline Tours and enjoy the feeling of wind in your hair as you enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing along the way.
6. GET AN ICY TREAT
Ice cream, gelato, sherbet, milkshakes: you’ll find icy cool, delicious flavours at many stops, including Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Chantilly Gelato & Café, Baskin Robbins, and Circle Farm Tour stops such as Creekside Cheese + Creamery, Farmhouse Natural Cheeses, and even Lavender ice cream at the Harrison Lavender Farm.
5. PADDLE ON A KAYAK TOUR
Whether you choose a guided or self-guided tour, you can rent kayaks from Harrison Eco Tours and do a paddle on the cool waters of Harrison Lake and River.
4. FIND A SWIM SPOT
There’s nothing like taking a cool, refreshing dip to feel relief on a hot day. Some recommended swimming spots are at the Kilby Campground Beach, Greenpoint Day Use Area, and Hicks Lake. Littles like wading in the shallow waters of the Lagoon right in the village.
3. SPEND TIME INSIDE!
Cool off inside while taking in the arts and history of the area in places like the Agassiz-Harrison Museum, the Sasquatch Museum, Kilby Historic Site, the Ranger Station Art Gallery, or Ruby Creek Art Gallery! Then there’s shopping: choose from a wide array of air-conditioned shops throughout the village.
2. RENT A SEADOO – YAHOO!
With their many water-based activities, is it any wonder that Harrison Watersports appears a number of times on this list? Rent a seadoo and make a splash, or take the family out on bumper boats, with fun built-in spray guns to cool everyone down.
1. FLOATING WATERPARK
Our number one choice for keeping cool this summer – experience Harrison Watersports’ giant inflatable waterpark, newly expanded this summer! Your ticket gets you in for a full two hours to enjoy features like swings, teeter-totters, monkey bars, hamster balls, and the giant inflatable blob that lets you launch your friends sky-high!
We invite you cool down in the always scenic Harrison River Valley! For more information on these, or other attractions in Harrison Hot Springs, visit us at the Visitor Centre at 102, 160 Lillooet Avenue, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Share your summer adventures in the Harrison River Valley with us by tagging your photos with #BreatheInTheWild or #HarrisonRiverValley.