Our Family Trip to Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa

Susan here to share a taste of my recent trip with my girls to Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Last weekend we reviewed the resort in order to blog about it here at 5 Minutes for Mom. We were given a night stay, dinner and breakfast and a boat ride on the lake to facilitate our review.

Harrison Resort Trip

I’ve lived my entire life in British Columbia, yet I’d never visited Harrison Hot Springs. Now I can’t wait to go back! Thankfully it’s only a short drive from Vancouver and the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa – while being a luxurious resort – is surprisingly affordable.

The Road Trip

Harrison Resort Road Trip

“Are we there yet?”

YES… Actually we are!

My girls are brutal on long car rides and so I’ve avoided vacation road trips with them. But the drive to Harrison Hot Springs was perfect. A scenic hour driving was just enough for them to feel like they’d gone far out of town and short enough that I didn’t have to listen to whining questions asking how much longer.

The Rooms

Harrison Resort Rooms

Staying in a hotel tops the fun charts for Julia and Sophia. And they were so excited by the spacious rooms and the beautiful grounds.

The Pools

Harrison Resort Pools

There’s no question that the best part of Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa is the phenomenal collection of hot spring pools. There are three outdoor pools and an indoor pool all with varying temperatures as well as an indoor hot tub.

The warm swimming pools are absolutely perfect for enjoying the water with young children. When we arrived the weather was a little cold, but we were still able to swim outdoors and enjoy the pools because they were so warm. My little Sophia especially loved that she could touch the bottom throughout the entire family-friendly, warm outdoor pool.

The adult only swimming pool offers a quiet place for those who are traveling without children.

The variety of pool temperatures and depths meets everyone’s needs… I’ve never experienced anything like it!

The Food

Harrison Resort Food

We enjoyed dinner and a breakfast buffet at the Lakeside Cafe in the hotel. The menu selection was excellent and provided great choices for parents and children.

The Beach

Harrison Resort Beach

The sun came out and we spent the afternoon at the beach that is just outside the hotel’s front door. An advantage of it being a lake and not an ocean beach is the clean, fresh water that’s free of seaweed and rough rocks. The water was cold but so very refreshing.

The Water Activities

Harrison Resort Bumper Boats

We had so much fun riding in these Bumper Boats!

Harrison Watersports offers jet ski rentals, ski boats, banana tubes and bumper boats. They also have a huge floating Waterpark that’s perfect for older kids and adults to keep cool and have an outrageous amount of fun.

The Spa

Harrison Resort Healing Springs Spa

You definitely deserve to relax and enjoy a facial or a massage at the Healing Springs Spa. I was treated to an Express Facial and it was phenomenal. I’m dreaming of going back for a massage… It truly is a place of healing.

Thank You

Harrison Resort ThankYou

We are so thankful to have had this opportunity to experience and fall in love with Harrison Hot Springs. We will definitely go back.


Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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  1. says

    What a great looking resort! It almost looks like something Disney would have built for one of their hotels. Looks like you had a lot of fun with the girls.

    • says

      Yes, it is an awesome resort… and so nice to have it close to home. The warm pools are perfect for our inconsistent weather here in BC.

  2. says

    Oh road trips with kids can be fun and not so fun with all the “are we there yet” questions over and over. :)

    I have never been to a hot spring and I would love too! We took the kids to a water park and I spent most of my time in the hot tub instead of the pool!

    • says

      We can’t even get down the street without the first, “Are we there yet?” It drives me crazy!!!

      So with this being only an hour drive, it went really quickly.

  3. says

    My kids looove staying in hotels too, so I’ve learned that it ups their vacation experience if I spend a little more on a hotel (vs. a truly budget hotel). Those rooms look very nice.

    • says

      Yes, staying in a hotel is such a treat for my girls. They absolutely love it and get excited about every detail… even down to the cute little fridges.

  4. says

    Wow, we’ve driven past a lot too but never stopped there either… now I really want to add it to our next trip through Vancouver! It looks amazing. My girls would also LOVE the pool. :) Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      I can’t believe I had never been there before… I honestly cannot wait to go back.

      Don’t tell my kids, but I want to go back for a relaxing weekend with my mom. My mom actually went there for her Honeymoon about 50 years ago but has never been back. She’d LOVE to go again… I think it’s changed quite a bit since then. LOL

      It would be a wonderful romantic getaway too… Perfect for some time away from the busy life of looking after kids.

  5. meagan bs says

    wow that place looks awesome! i’m glad it was a short drive, road trips can be hard on kids. So nice to find places that offer everything in one place.

  6. Natalie F says

    This looks amazing. Although it would be several hours for us, it would totally be worth it. I’m not sure if I would bring the kids or not (although they would love it). Seriously considering the trip.

  7. Nicole Dz says

    The spa would be so awesome to just enjoy and relax, I could use this! And the food looks so delish, what a fun experience.

  8. Kizzy West says

    WOW! The pictures are amazing. I think you should probably win MOM of The Year! I live in Montana just 80 miles south of the Canadian border. I would love to visit Harrison Hot Springs one day. (:

  9. Cindy Brooks says

    I love that the different pools have different temperatures! My grandson loves staying in hotels, too. We’re close enough to visit here and even closer to some of the other hot spring resorts in BC.

  10. Jennifer B says

    People are always complaining that they can’t travel because they have kids…and we know it makes it even more of an adventure!

  11. Karen Glatt says

    What an awesome place to take your kids and have a fun time swimming in the warm pools. The food looks so delicious and your daughters are so cute! I would love to got to this Hot Spring!

  12. Maria says

    Looks wonderful! Nice blend of fun and relaxation. Glad you were able to take some “me time” at the spa.

  13. Jennifer Robles says

    It’s funny the places we discover through different connections! I have now found a dreamy resort and know where I would like to stay should we ever find ourselves in the area!

  14. Lisa Davis says

    Sounds wonderful. I’m not near the area but if we ever vacation there I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the review.

  15. Tammy S says

    What a wonderful trip! It looks like the perfect place for a family to go to. They have plenty to offer everyone. I know my kids would love the bumper boats and i would hit the spa for sure.

  16. Betsy Barnes says

    Such a beautiful resort! I love the beach area with the mountains surrounding the lake, just breath taking! Maybe, if I get out that side of the country, I may give it a try for a weekend :)

  17. says

    You really bring the visit to life – and I love the way you format your pictures! So snazzy! Hope we get the chance to go there some day – sounds perf!

  18. courtney hennagir says

    Man,what a cool place! I would love to take my family on a trip like this.I know it would be a blast!

  19. Sunnymay says

    Like the photos of the girls on the beds along with the delicious food. I want to try out their spa treatments, too. Looks like a good destination vacation.

  20. Shawna O says

    Sounds like an amazing resort! I Like that there are so many fun water activities to do and the food looks delicious. The spa looks wonderful too!

  21. Angela Saver says

    I can’t wait to make a trip to Hot Springs as it’s not that far as I live in Missouri! I have wanted to go, but you have pushed me into it! :-)

  22. K. Finn says

    Oh my God, those bumper boats and the swimming look so much fun! I am really missing how this summer I am working too much to take a vacation.

  23. Jeanna says

    Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time! I wish there were one of these an hour away from my house! My kids would love it!

  24. Margot C says

    That looks nice and relaxing. I don’t have that hard of a time in a Hotel with Alysia, she loves anything with a pool, it’s the car rides that are the hard part. I like to take small jumps rather than long drives.

  25. Lisa Davis says

    What a fun and beautiful place to vacation! I love how accommodating they are to families. It’s awesome that you’re just an hour away.

  26. Kasie Tillman says

    That look like an amazing vacation. I wish we had something like this closer to us. We need a kid friendly resort around here.

  27. says

    Sounds like you all had a blast. If I am ever in BC, I will definitely check it out. It is nice to see a spa that also is kid friendly, young moms and dads need spaing too. Thanks for the review.

  28. Tammy S says

    This looks like a great place to stay! There is plenty for everyone to enjoy. I would make sure I made time to go to the Spa for a massage. I am glad you enjoyed yourselves!

  29. says

    Isn’t it funny how hard it is to be a tourist in your own back yard sometimes? We are always on our way to some place else and don’t usually go out and see the things that are only an hour or two away! Great idea!
    This place looks fun too, it would be a longer road trip, but we’re sort of close by!

  30. Anna Tran says

    Your two little girls are the absolute cutest! They remind me so much of when my girls were young. Time sure flies when they are young, doesn’t it? :’)

  31. janet says

    it is also an awesome spot for a ” Mom’s” Getaway too – went there with some friends and boy did we need the weekend re charge – and the kids all got daddy weekends back home

  32. Eileen Richter says

    WOW…fanTASTIC ammenities! And the view you had was incredible. I like the idea of having things to do for a couple vacation OR a family one…this fits both. Kid friendly meals, fun events and some adult attention like massage. It’s better than our honeymoon. Wait, we didnt GET a honey moon. I’d consider this a great family place to vacay! Only a couple years left and we are emptynested…so trying to plan one or two more vacations before all of SIX are gone.

  33. Stephanie H says

    What a fun vacation for all! It looks like a really great place to take kids and adults can have a relaxing vacation too!

  34. Christina G. says

    This sounds like a really nice place. I’m especially interested in their spa services. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Laura J says

    Oh that looks so nice! Looks like a place my family would LOVE to go! I loved the veiw from your room, and so neat on the different pools! Will have to put this on our list to go to someday!!!

  36. Jill Myrick says

    This looks so fun and relaxing. Should we ever go to Canada on vacation I would love to be able to take my girls her with me.


  37. Amy Heffernan says

    WOW! Looks like you all had a really good time. :) we have never been anywhere like this. SO expensive with a family of 6. :)

  38. Bailey Dexter says

    What a pretty place to stay, putting this on the lists to visit. I really like that it is kids friendly! Great review, thanks.

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