36 Hours in Harrison Hot Springs

36 Hours in Harrison Hot Springs

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Harrison Hot Springs for 36 hours – it’s the perfect quick getaway and just about an hour from the city of Vancouver, but it feels like it’s a million miles away! Harrison Hot Springs has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for so long and when the opportunity came along in the form of a blogger retreat hosted by the fabulous Connie with StartUpMoms.co, how could I resist?

Harrison Hot Springs Resort

Harrison Hot Springs Resort

Harrison Hot Springs Boat Tour

Harrison Hot Springs Boat Tour

Scenic Boat Tours at Harrison Hot Springs

Taking a scenic boat tour on Harrison Lake is the perfect way to start your getaway. Harrison Lake is the largest lake in the Southern Coast Mountains of Canada, and boarding a yacht to take in its’ breathtaking beauty is simply amazing. Shoreline Tours provides lake cruises on their 62-foot Laroan, complete with sightseeing decks, a BBQ grill, full kitchen and indoor dining area, it’s the best way to see Harrison Lake!

The photo opportunities are endless, and the tour guide was full of knowledge about the area. Shoreline Tours provides lake cruises daily, and can also be hired for private charters and fun excursions!

 

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Stay at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort

Staying at The Harrison Hot Springs Resort was such an amazing treat! The large property is perfectly located with scenic views and walking distance from everything in town, and the resort features five different hot-spring-fed mineral pools for hotel guests only, that are perfect for families and couples alike. Our blogging group stayed in the private yellow cabins. The cabins are surprisingly large, with a bedroom, as well as a pull-out in the living room, a nice big fireplace, and a cozy, rustic feel.

The Woman in Cabin 10My roomie, Carolyn, and I stayed in Cabin 10, and right after we checked in we dug into our goodie bags and put on moisturizing lip masks and ate chocolate-covered strawberries. We joined the other girls and cozied up in the cottage to talk about blogging and social media. It wasn’t until we were leaving for dinner that I made a striking realization about a certain book in our room, ‘The Girl in Cabin 10’. I totally thought the hotel put it there as a joke. But no, my roomie brought it with her to read…. and she didn’t even know we were staying in Cabin 10!… Creepy!

When I come back to Harrison Hot Springs, I’ll be staying at the Resort – the rooms are cozy and quiet, and the hot springs were so relaxing – I slept like a baby that night! There are also a few cafes and restaurants at the resort, including a delicious breakfast buffet with a make-your-own omelette station that can’t be beat!

 

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Where to Eat in Harrison Hot Springs

In a small town, it’s good to know what the gems are! The Harrison Corner Cafe is a beautiful and cozy space where we indulged in the delicious menu for lunch. The food came beautifully plated and was fresh tasting. The cafe was the perfect place to meet each other, and discuss our blogs over yummy bites of food!

For the best pizza in town, we headed over to The Hungry Chef Pizzeria! Boasting craft beers and a made-to-order pizza menu (along with pastas and salads), you want to come hungry because the portions are large (and perfect!) and the food is amazing!

 

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Bloggers at Harrison Hot Springs

Rejuvenate Yourself in Harrison Hot Springs

I visited Harrison Hot Springs with an amazing group of Vancouver-area bloggers for the #SUPretreat – Connie, Carolyn, Tamara, Heydy, and Jennifer (in order of picture above!) – to rejuvenate ourselves and discuss blogging and social media. Amidst all the ‘shop talk’, we all concluded that it’s so nice to getaway from reality, even just for one night, and typically, as a mom and entrepreneur, you couldn’t really get more than one night away.

It was refreshing to walk the beach on Harrison Lake and take in the gorgeous scenery, but it was also exciting to brainstorm our ideas, and share our knowledge amongst each other. We were empowering each other as mothers and as bloggers to go after what we wanted, to work hard and excel at what we do! And one thing we did was get our picture taken…

 

Margarita Wyld in Harrison Hot Springs

Margarita Wyld in Harrison Hot Springs

Margarita Wyld in Harrison Hot Springs

Margarita Wyld in Harrison Hot Springs

 

We had our photos taken by Vanessa Marie, who was so amazing to work with. Posing for a picture is harder than it looks, and we had a lot of fun trying out some different posing styles! Harrison Hot Springs is the perfect place to visit when you’re looking for a quick 36-hour vacation for a girls weekend, a fun family excursion, or a romantic couples getaway!

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Disclosure: I visited Harrison Hot Springs for the Start Up Moms Retreat with accommodations provided to us by Harrison Hot Springs Resort. All opinions are my own.

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A Wonderful Celebration at Disney on Ice

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It was one fabulous party at Disney On Ice ‘Let’s Celebrate!’ in Vancouver – Mickey, Minnie, and the whole gang partied it up with an all-star Disney line-up! The quality of the ice skating was outstanding, with lots of artistry and acrobatics throughout the performance, and the show really catered to the kids by having the characters interact with them from beginning to end.

My family and I loved watching the show, and both my two-year old and eight-year old found it very entertaining. While my two-year old sat there in awe with his mouth agape, clapping occasionally and pointing out Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, my eight-year old exclaimed in wonder at the incredible set changes, pointing out her favourite characters, and getting really into the storyline. The show starts with a birthday party, but after discovering it wasn’t anyone’s actual birthday, it quickly turned into a very happy ‘un-birthday’ party – complete with an ice-skating version of musical chairs!

Many of Disney’s favourite characters pop up throughout the show: Pinnochio shows up during the birthday party, the scariest Disney villains party it up on Halloween, we see Mulan, Aladdin & Jasmine, Mowgli, the Mad Hatter, Lilo & Stitch, Princess Tiana and all the classic princesses and their princes ice skate to their love songs. There’s even a great rendition of the famous scene from Fantasia with Mickey Mouse, the Sorcerer, and the brooms.

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The Halloween celebration brought out my favourite character, Jack Skellington, who throws a big and scary bash. Disney villains like Cruella de Ville, Pirate Hook, Jafar, and the scary witch from Snow White, along with scary zombie-like characters came to the party and danced the night away. This was also my eight-year old daughter’s favourite part! I wish it was a bit scarier, but I think it was scary enough for all the toddlers in the audience.

When Minnie stopped by Japan to celebrate the Cherry Blossom festival, it was a beautiful moment. The ice skating throughout the show is highly skilled, and the choreography is excellent. The figure skaters perform many lifts, spins, and acrobatic tricks on the ice which is sure to awe children and parents alike. The characters in the show take the time to interact with the audience, which is great for little kids hoping to catch sight of their favourite character!

I absolutely loved the light-up fans the ice skaters were holding during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The show never failed to entertain and at every turn there was something exciting to see: the fire show during the Hawaiian luau was really cool, the use of fireworks throughout the show added some magical wonderment, and the falling snow during the grand finale was spectacular.

The show took a really fun turn when celebrating Christmas, with the arrival of the toys from Toy Story! Jessie popped out of a box, followed by Buzz Lightyear, Woody, the Dinosaur, and Ham, the pig. The pig was especially entertaining to watch on the ice, as he was so big and round and looked silly on the ice!

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Disney On Ice, “Let’s Celebrate”, was entertaining for the whole family. I would really recommend taking your family to a Disney on Ice spectacular – the shows are really well produced, the ice skating talent is amazing and they perform outstanding stunts right in front of your eyes. The colours, lights, and music create a thrilling experience for kids of any age!

For more information on Disney On Ice, please check out the official website, or visit them on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Youtube. The show runs in Vancouver until November 30th, 2014.

Disclosure: I received free tickets to show for reviewing purposes. However I was not financially compensated for this post and all opinions expressed here are my own.

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