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Harrison Hot Springs is a world-famous resort village located on a sandy beach at the south end of spectacular, island-dotted, fjord-like, Harrison Lake. The community has been in the hospitality business since the St. Alice Hotel opened here in 1886 and is now the site of the world championships of sand sculpture every September. There is also an arts festival in July, an Irish music and dance summer school called ?Ceilidh Camp? in August and other special events throughout the year, many involving the waters of the lake. These include dragon boat racing, sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and swimming.
Sasquatch Springs RV Resort opened in 1985 to help cater to the Expo 1986 crowds and a new demand for camping spaces in BC. The property was the home of John & Martine Allen, on an island-like setting in the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, bordering the Miama River, a block from the beach. It had been first settled by the Harrison Hotel developers in the 1880?s and was known as ?Aunt Augie?s Orchard? before becoming the home of Harrison?s Wilson family (Charlie and Pauline) in the 1950?s when a bridge was built connecting it to Hot Springs Road.
The first phase included 39 fully serviced RV sites and 63 un-serviced tenting sites, some of which could also accommodate RVs. The office and washrooms were incorporated into the home and the barn was converted into a rec room, which proved very useful in damp weather.
Today the resort is mature with many large shade trees, paved roads and a large percentage of repeat guests, both local and international. Sasquatch Springs has always believed that some people value their leisure time enough to want the best of facilities and so the resort strives to maintain its high standards and practice intense hospitality. Valet parking (free) removes the stress of slotting the RV into the campsite. Linen towels in the bathrooms, Maytag laundry equipment, TVs in the laundry and rec room and well-maintained flowers and lawns help ensure that guests have a pleasant time.
Because the primary objective of camping is a good night?s sleep, quiet time runs from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. and no vehicles are allowed in or out to disturb sleeping guests.?
Sasquatch Springs also features a large teepee, which is used for indoor (gas) campfires in poor weather. The teepee, which can hold 70 people, is also the scene of Sunday morning church services, dinners, BBQs and musical sessions such as the Ceilidh Camp in summer. Live music is encouraged at Sasquatch Springs with the owner often providing an evening serenade on the piano accordion, which he is very happy to turn over to musical guests.
While special events erupt spontaneously (dog shows, kiddy parades, etc.) the annual Christmas-in-July party has become a tradition, which includes turkey dinner, carols, Santa in a magical illuminated canoe and a big-screen movie show on the front lawn. Many children who enjoyed the resort 20 years ago are now appearing with their own children, making for three generations of campers, so far.
Another unique feature of Sasquatch Springs is the free reservation system. The numbered sites are assigned to guests as requested, where possible. The result is a site-specific reservation so that you not only know where you will be camping but which campsite you?ll be on. For RVers travelling together, our twin sites form a door-to door patio. Guests submit their dates and a short list of preferred campsites in order of priority choice. Sites are then assigned on ?first come, best served? basis. Much of this is achieved by email, which is particularly appreciated by European guests as it largely solves the time difference problem. Sasquatch Springs also offers a money back satisfaction guarantee. Any guest can leave after one hour in their site and will receive a full refund. While pets are recognized as an important part of many families, Rottweilers and Pitbulls are unwelcome.
Though the resort is on the edge of the busy village centre with all its restaurants, beaches and gift shops, the separation provided by the Miama River means that guests can enjoy a tranquil, park-like setting with lots of trees and grass. Complimentary shuttle service is offered to the golf course or area restaurants, sometimes in unique vehicles!
On-site recreation facilities include a pool table, table tennis, video games, volleyball, badminton, bocce, horseshoes and, frequently, soccer. Good quality canoes and kayaks are available to explore the lake and rivers. If you want to organize a special event or adventure in the Harrison area, maybe involving private islands, hiking adventures, excavators, or BBQs, Sasquatch Springs is the ?go-to? and ?can do? place to start. The motto at Sasquatch Springs is, ?If we ain?t got it, you don?t need it!? so if you want a different, relaxing, close-in destination, give Sasquatch Springs a try but book well ahead to avoid disappointment. The office is staffed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., April 1st to Oct 15th, our operating period. We are at 400 Hot Springs Road.
Photos, including panoramic shots of the resort and the community are on our website, which also provides links to other Harrison events and organizations: www.harrisonhotsprings.org.