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This magical outdoor sanctuary is located just 1.5 hours from Vancouver

Find peace, quiet and tranquility, just up the road from Vancouver in scenic Harrison Hot Springs. Photo: Tourism Harrison Summer is long gone, which means you’ve been back to “regular” life for almost two months now.
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Find peace, quiet and tranquility, just up the road from Vancouver in scenic Harrison Hot Springs.

 Photo: Tourism HarrisonPhoto: Tourism Harrison

Summer is long gone, which means you’ve been back to “regular” life for almost two months now. While we may not get the warm weather back, fall is actually a pretty incredible time to slow down, enjoy the great outdoors and treat yourself to some good ol’ fashion rest and relaxation.

Located just 1.5 hours from Vancouver, the town of Harrison Hot Springs was literally built on the premise of slowing down and enjoying yourself. During the fall season, resorts are more affordable, destinations are less crowded and the scenery is punctuated by brilliant fall foliage, making it more even more relaxing than in the summer  months.

Here’s what you can and should do while you’re there.

 Photo: @iriwanders (Tourism Harrison Facebook)Photo: @iriwanders (Tourism Harrison Facebook)

Fresh air and spectacular lake and mountain views make Harrison Hot Springs the perfect place to escape the hectic pace of daily life and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul in the process. Revered as the “healing place” by the local Sts’ailes First Nations, Harrison Hot Springs certainly lives up to its reputation.

The water at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and the Public hot springs pool draws naturally heated water from two hot springs that are located at the south end of Harrison Lake. While Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa’s five pools and spa are only accessible to guests, the region’s Public Pool is centrally located at the junction of Hot Springs Road and is accessible to all visitors of the area.

While Hot Springs are certainly the main draw of the area, it would be a shame to visit Harrison Hot Springs without doing some exploring. Particularly at this time of year.

 Photo: Tourism HarrisonPhoto: Tourism Harrison

One of the essential highlights of the season is the Fraser Valley Eagle Festival, which celebrates the beauty and biodiversity of the Fraser River Valley by honouring the 1000s of bald eagles who return to Harrison Hot Springs every year to take advantage of the salmon run. In addition to the festival, Harrison Eco Tours and Shoreline Tours also offers bald eagle sightseeing tours from the lake every fall.

Harrison is also home to dozens of trails that are perfect for walking or hiking. Adorned with ancient moss and gorgeous old trees, Spirit Trail extends one kilometre into the forest, taking only 20 – 30 minutes to complete. The area is also a fantastic place to enjoy biking, paddling (right on Harrison Lake) and even golfing.

 Photo: Tourism HarrisonPhoto: Tourism Harrison

Or simply just stay put in the hot springs.

Whether you’re looking to relax in nature or unwind in a heated pool look no further than Harrison Hot Springs. Located just up the road from home.

To learn more, visit tourismharrison.com

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