Harrison Hot Springs

 

 

Overview

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 and the World Championship Sand Sculpture Competition. Despite our international reputation, Harrison is still very much a small village. The pace is leisurely and the atmosphere is friendly.

 

Location

Car: Harrison Hot Springs, is situated in the heart of the Fraser Valley, is 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).  Float planes are also welcome and docking facilities are available. 

Boat: Harrison is accessible by boat from Vancoluver via the Fraser and harrison Rivers.  This is a spectaular way to visit the area.  You are encouraged to contact the local mainas for navigation and moorage information prior to arriving.

 

 

Population

Harrison Hot Springs had an 1573 residents in 2006.  During 2000 - 2005, the population grew by an average 3.7% per year, well above the 1.6% annual growth rate of the Fraser Valley Regional District and 1.0% rate of the province for the same period. In the ten years between the 1991 and 2001 Census, population more than doubled from 655 to 1343. The village has been gaining 50 - 60 new residents every year.

 

 

2006 Census Data

 

2006 Population and dwelling counts – Harrison Hot Springs

Total

Population in 2006

1,573

Population in 2001

1,343

2001 to 2006 population change (%)

17.1

Total private dwellings

934

Private dwellings occupied by usual residents

714

Population density per square kilometre

287.4

Land area (square km)

5.47

Source: STATS Canada 2007 (March 3, 2007), Website: www.census2006.ca or call 1-800-862-6381.

For more data on Harrison Hot Springs demographics click on the STATS Canada link

 

Population Forecasts

Year

Harrison Hot Springs

LHA

Fraser Valley Regional District

S. West BC

1996

   898

7,429

231,440

2,154,237

2001

1,343

8,630

247,923

2,358,889

2006

1,753

9,023

266,602

2,639,852

2011

2,033

9,566

295,021

2,890,637

2016

2,359

10,108

325,311

3,136,222

2021

2,736

10,588

355,901

3,434,163

2026

3,174

11,016

386,175

3,760,408

Source: BC Stats, FVRD Stats, Kent figures from District of Kent, DCC Growth Projections 2005