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Harrison Lake - Hiking

Vancouver Coast Mountains, British Columbia, Canada

By lydia.crawford

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38 KM

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Harrison Lake is the largest lake in the southern Coast Mountains of Canada, being about 250 square kilometres (95 mi²) in area. It is about 60 km (37 mi) in length and at its widest almost 9 km (5.6 mi) across. Its southern end, at the resort community of Harrison Hot Springs, is c. 95 km east of downtown Vancouver. East of the lake are the Lillooet Ranges while to the west are the Douglas Ranges. The lake is the last of a series of large north-south glacial valleys tributary to the Fraser along its north bank east of Vancouver, British Columbia. The others to the west are the Chehalis, Stave, Alouette, Pitt, and Coquitlam Rivers. At the north end of the lake is a small First Nations community of the In-SHUCK-ch Nation, Port Douglas, known in the St'at'imcets language as Xa'xtsa (ha-htsa). There are three hot springs along the shores of the lake or near it, including near Port Douglas, at Clear Creek, a tributary of Silver River, and at Harrison Hot Springs. Doctors Point on the lake's northwest shore was a village and Transformer site, with a large rock painting depicting either the spirit of the winds that rule travel on the lake, or a medicine man turned to stone by the Transformer. Harrison Lake has been implicated in the deaths of at least three people in 2015, and up to 70 people in recent years, due to unusually frigid water temperatures. There is an initiative underway to post warning signs about the risks to life to people attempting to swim in its waters. The main waterflow coming into the lake is the Lillooet River, where there is a small bay named Little Harrison Lake. At the head of this bay was one of British Columbia's main ghost towns, Port Douglas; today on its eastern shore is the rancherie (village) or the Port Douglas Band of the In-SHUCK-ch Nation. Halfway down Harrison Lake on its eastern shore is the valley of the Silver River, also known as the Big Silver River, one of its tributaries being the Little Silver. Opposite Silver River on the west shore of Harrison Lake is Twenty-Mile Bay. Mid-lake between the Silver River and Twenty-Mile Bay is the northern end of the lake's longest and largest island, aptly named Long Island, 9.5 km long, 2.6 km wide. The other main island of any size in the lake is Echo Island, 4 km long and 2.2 km wide. It is offshore from Harrison Hot Springs, and is immediately east of the forested canyon of the Harrison River at the lake's outflow. The Harrison enters the Fraser near the community of Chehalis. Harrison Lake was important in the early history of British Columbia as one of the water links on the Douglas Road, which accessed the goldfields of the upper Fraser during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858-60.

The Harrison Lake is a beautiful lake located in British Columbia, Canada. It is known for its clear turquoise waters and stunning mountain views. The lake is a popular spot for fishing, boating, and swimming. There are several campgrounds and resorts located around the lake, making it the perfect place to spend a summer vacation.

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Starting Point

The Harrison Lake trails can be accessed from the Harrison Mills area. From Highway 1, take exit 135 and follow the signs to Harrison Mills. Once in Harrison Mills, turn left onto Hot Springs Road and drive for about 5 km until you reach the parking lot for the trails.

Why visit Harrison Lake

The Harrison Lake is a beautiful place to visit in British Columbia. The lake is surrounded by mountains, and it is a great place for fishing, swimming, and boating. The scenery is breathtaking, and the lake is a great place to relax and enjoy nature.

Is Harrison Lake in British Columbia a good place for the whole family?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on what the family is looking for in a vacation spot. Harrison Lake is a beautiful location with plenty of activities to keep people busy, but it can also be quite crowded during peak season.

Things not to be missed

The best activities near Harrison Lake in British Columbia are swimming, fishing, and boating. There are also several hiking trails in the area that offer beautiful views of the lake.

1. Hiking - There are a number of great hikes near Harrison Lake, including the popular Harrison East and West trails.

2. Boating - The lake is a popular spot for boating and fishing.

3. Camping - There are several great camping spots near the lake.

4. Swimming - The lake is a great place to cool off in the summer.

5. Wildlife Viewing - The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, bears, and eagles.

Where to eat?

1. The Boathouse at Harrison Lake - This restaurant is located on the shores of Harrison Lake and offers stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. The menu features fresh, local ingredients and includes dishes such as salmon, steak, and chicken.

2. The Old Settler's Pub - This pub is located in the small town of Agassiz, which is just a few minutes from Harrison Lake. The pub has a casual atmosphere and serves up traditional pub fare like burgers and fries.

3. The Keg Steakhouse & Bar - This steakhouse is located in Chilliwack, which is about a 30 minute drive from Harrison Lake. The steakhouse has a modern, upscale atmosphere and serves up premium steaks, seafood, and cocktails.

4. The Boathouse Grill - This grill is located on the banks of the Fraser River, which is just a short drive from Harrison Lake. The grill offers a casual atmosphere and serves up burgers, fries, and other classic grill fare.

5. The Lazy Gourmet - This restaurant is located in the small town of Hope, which is about a 45 minute drive from Harrison Lake. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere and serves up home cooked meals like pot roast and chicken pot pie.

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Lydia Crawford, an extraordinary woman with an insatiable zest for life, has become an inspirational figure to many through her adventures and infectious good humor. Born and raised in a small town nestled in the mountains, Lydia developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. Her childhood was filled with hiking, camping, and exploring the wilderness, experiences that shaped her into the avid outdoorswoman she is today.

She life was a celebration of adventure, joy, and the great outdoors. She lived with a fierce determination to enjoy every moment and to share that joy with others. Her legacy is one of laughter, exploration, and an unwavering love for the natural world. Lydia's spirit continues to inspire those who knew her and those who discover her story, reminding us all to embrace life with open arms and a heart full of joy.

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