Harrison Hot Springs is located at the south end of Harrison Lake, which at 60 kilometers long, is the largest body of fresh water in southwestern BC. It is an area with a rich history as well as an abundance of natural beauty. In 1895, Charles Inkman started a business that was to become the Harrison Lake Supply Company. Mr. Inkman soon had a thriving business based from a store on what is now called Esplanade Avenue, and a connecting dock which extended out from the beach. The business supplied many logging camps up the lake and delivered tourists to the hotel. The Inkman family still owns and manages Harrison Village Mall on the same site as the original store.
Today, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities. The beaches are ideal for sunbathing, and the lagoon provides a protected warm-water spot for swimming. The lake is also a popular destination for boaters & windsurfers. Harrison Hot Springs hosts a number of annual events such as the Harrison Festival of the Arts, Sasquatch Days and the Harrison Beer Festival & Oktoberfest Dance. Despite our international reputation, Harrison is still very much a small village. The pace is leisurely and the atmosphere is friendly.
Car: Harrison Hot Springs and the town of Agassiz is situated in the heart of the Fraser Valley. A 90 minute drive east of Vancouver and less than 3 hours north of Seattle. Once in the Valley you can travel on Highway 1 or the Scenic 7 Highway to reach the Village of Harrison Hot Springs and Harrison Lake. Highway 1 provides the quickest route, while the Scenic 7 is a slower gently winding route.
Plane: You can arrive via the Vancouver International Airport (90 minute drive) or the Abbotsford International Airport (45 minute drive). In the village of Harrison Hot Springs float planes are also welcome and docking facilities are available.
Boat: Harrison is accessible by boat from Vancouver via the Fraser and Harrison Rivers. This is a spectacular way to visit the area. You are encouraged to contact the local marinas for navigation and moorage information prior to arriving.
Harrison Hot Springs has a population of approximately 1500 residents.
The District of Kent’s few small communities form a population of about 6,000.