Harrison Hot Springs is a fun destination for a day or a weekend!
Since it’s only about just over an hour from Surrey, it makes a fast and easy getaway. Harrison is a great place for families and while it can certainly be busy on summer weekends, it doesn’t seem to get as crowded as other locations. There is pay parking and a free overflow lot with just a short walk. (Life hack: the folding wagon is your friend when you want to tote all your gear to the beach).
The main lake is very cold and it can be dangerous, so we have our kids wear lifejackets at all times. There’s a lagoon that’s very warm and perfect for kids. The beaches are fairly sandy and clean, although there are a lot of geese that make their home in Harrison so at times, swimmer’s itch can come up. There are quite a few outdoor showers available to rinse off along the strip.
Harrison is also a very dog friendly village with dogs allowed on the main beach. If your children are a bit older or up for a challenge, there is a lovely hike up the Sandy Cove trail that you can take, my kids love it because there are parts that are pretty challenging where they really feel like they’re hiking and not just being dragged out on a walk. The trail takes you to a gorgeous semi-secluded ultra-sandy beach.
While Harrison Hot Springs temperatures do rise up when it’s hot, there’s usually a nice breeze off the lake to take the edge off and great trails to walk through. And of course, there are lots of places to eat and get a nice cold ice cream!