This article was published on November 15th, 2015
Tucked away in the shadows of the rugged British Columbia mountains, two hours east of downtown Vancouver natural hot mineral waters flow from deep inside the earth. These natural hot springs have been used for hundreds of years by the First Nations and for over a century by guests who have come to relax and enjoy the natural wonders. Today, Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa welcomes guests to unwind in the spectacular natural surroundings.
Located on the shores of the glacial fed Harrison Lake, Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa has a long standing tradition as a rejuvenation destination. Since 1886, guests have visited the resort to soak in the natural spring waters. Originally opened as the St. Alice Hotel and Bath House, the property burned down in 1920. It was rebuilt and the resort reopened in 1925. During World War II the property was converted into a sanatorium for women returning from the war effort in Europe. The property was returned to its primary purpose, as a resort and spa, to which it continues today.
The original hotel building is still in use today, and throughout the years, the resort has continued to grow. In the 1980’s there were multiple additions and renovations including three new buildings. In 2001 the dedicated spa building was added. Photographs throughout the resort showcase the rich history of the property throughout the decades.
Today, guests come to enjoy the five natural hot spring water fed pools, each kept at its own temperature. The three outdoor and two indoor pools are open year-round. The outdoor pools are located in a central courtyard, on the back of the buildings, surrounded by manicured park grounds.
The spa offers all the usual treatments including massage, facial, and body care treatments by trained resort spa professionals. The spa also offers the unique experience to be able to soak in a romantic, private natural hot spring mineral bath inside one of the treatment rooms.
Out front of the hotel is a marina, where guests can join an adventure tour to see the largest concentration of bald eagles each November on the Harrison River, or go fishing for mighty sturgeon or wild salmon. There are also plenty of hiking trails in the area. For people who are into myths and folklore, there are rumours of Sasquatch roaming in the nearby mountains.
At the end of the day get dressed up and head down to the Copper Dining Room for a three-course meal. The dining room is a traditional ballroom dinner club, with a large ballroom dance floor in the centre of the room, surrounded by tables, and a live band playing classic ballroom, jive, and swing music from days gone by. The property also features a breakfast/lunch restaurant, coffee shop serving Starbucks coffee, and a lounge which is open until late.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa is a large property. Boasting 340 rooms throughout the property buildings, accommodations range from standard hotel rooms with murphy beds to kitchenette studios. There are also a handful of adorable cottages available. The resort also welcomes pets in designated rooms.
Ideally suited for couples celebrating landmark anniversaries and special occasions, and especially seniors looking for a peaceful getaway, Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa is a great choice. Two night getaway packages including accommodation, breakfast, dinner, and use of the pools start at just $360!