May 31, 2012

by Dean Unger

"Our vision is to retain the park’s natural beauty and to create an idyllic retreat where you can join a community of friends who appreciate a kick-back-and-relax, casual lifestyle, surrounded by the best that super, natural British Columbia has to offer."

The Springs RV Resort was formerly known as Bigfoot Campground - a landmark in Harrison for more than thirty years. Today, the quiet, seven-and-a-half acre park, situated in this idyllic township, is a welcome escape for families from the lower mainland who seek reprieve from the city. Here they can relax and enjoy camping excursions among the rain-forest inspired cedar forests. "It's the long history and thriving community of seasonal RVers that have shaped the spirit of Springs RV Resort," says co-owner, Mary Smith. "The park was built to accommodate 142 RV guests and owners - both seasonal members of our community, and our new owners who've purchased their own RV lot." Mary explains that while ensuring a portion of the park was kept available for seasonal RVers, they wanted to provide a unique opportunity for RV lot ownership, to people who want to make a sound investment - for present enjoyment and for posterity. "You can purchase a lot for yourself to use exclusively, or you can purchase a rental lot, use it occasionally and earn revenue while you're not. Many of our owners are pleased to have something like this to pass on to their family."

A short walk from the Resort, you'll find Harrison beach and a full-service boat marina - an excellent point of departure for incredible fishing excursions. Conversely, you might consider packing a lunch for the family and take off just to explore the historic lake.

The park falls within a protected ecological green belt. At times, when relaxing in the quiet, you can hear the wild mountain rivers and streams running off the western mountain slopes. Private lots within the park are highlighted by a winding stream that serves as a natural habitat for many species of birds - both indigenous and migratory. The hummingbirds are especially partial to the serene, park-like atmosphere. 

Springs RV Resort is very unique community designed as a destination for family and friends. As such, Harrison provides the perfect location - approximately 90 minutes from Vancouver (heading East on Hwy #1). Among many features and ongoing improvements are a new heated pool and hot tub, new cedar and stone pavilion, Whistler resort-style amenities, spa-quality washroom and shower facilities, beach with miles of shore-line and lake-side trails to walk. Harrison is very family oriented so there's tons to do for kids and parents alike.

Noted features include: 

- upscale restrooms, replete with spa music and heated floors

- new amenities, all constructed within the last two years

- new 1,000 sq.ft outdoor cedar and stone pavilion & outdoor kitchen

- community events including dance, dinners, golf tournaments, poker run on Harrison Lake,    kids camps and cooking classes.

- Harrison Lake (43 km long) is renowned for its sturgeon, trophy trout fishing, hiking, and water activities.

- 90 mins away from Vancouver

Nearby Outdoor Adventures include:

    - Air-Tramming: With an hour’s drive you can soar safely across the majestic Fraser River above Hell’s Gate on one of two air-trams.

    - Art Gallery: Located on Rockwell Drive, Harrison’s Art Gallery hosts such exhibits as woodcarving, oil painting, basketry, water colours, and weaving.

    - Aqua Biking & Tubing: Water walkers and squirt gun toting tubes are a refreshing way to cool down on a hot day. Available on the beachfront.

    - Bird Watching: Harrison Lake is a major resting area on the north-south migration path. The Harrison River is the second largest home for bald eagles in North America.

    - Boating: 37 miles of clean mountain lake make Harrison Lake a boater’s dream. Take a cruise, or sail your own.

    - Canoeing: Whether it’s the Miami River, the lakes of Sasquatch Park or the Harrison Lake and River, every level of skill can be accommodated.

    - Fishing: Cutthroat, Rainbow, Dolly Varden, Steelhead, Coho and gigantic Sturgeon abound in the lakes, rivers and creeks around us.

    - Forestry Green Tour: This self-guided tour around Harrison Lake will help you learn more about our forests. See the Old Harrison Ranger Station, Green Point camp, the site of the 1958 fire, tree plantations, Bear Creek campsite and a logging airstrip constructed in 1947.

    - Golf: Several exceptional golf courses are within a half-hour drive.

        Harrison Resort Golf Course (800) 693-8277

        Sandpiper Golf Resort (800)693-8277

        Bridal Falls Golf & Country Club (800) 693-8277

        Mountain Brook Golf Course, Bridal Falls (604)794-7788

        The Falls (800) 862-3168

    - Hang Gliding: Join the Vancouver and Fraser Valley Hang Gliding Association (800-693-8277) on a weekend afternoon from April to October at Mount Woodside.

    - Hiking: Grab your pack sack and put on your hiking boots!

    - Mini-Golf: The Tugboat Junction — A beautifully landscaped adventure mini-golf course with waterfalls, train trestle and train station clubhouse… 750 Hot Springs Road.

    - Motorsports: Follow the signs to Agassiz Speedway (west on Hot Springs Rd.) for motocross and stock car racing some weekends from May to September (see calendar of events for dates).

    - Mountain Biking: Take the mountain biking challenge of the Hicks Lake, Bear Lake, Beaver Pond and Bridal Trails.

May 31, 2012