Our Family Trip to Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa

by Susan

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 Dawn Cullo July 29, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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.


2 Susan July 29, 2014 at 9:08 pm

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.


3 Anna Hettick July 29, 2014 at 3:57 pm

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!


4 Susan July 29, 2014 at 9:09 pm

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.


5 Anna July 29, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Oh I know it. The first road trip my son said “Are we there yet?” a million times it seemed!


6 Jennifer Donovan July 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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.


7 Susan July 29, 2014 at 9:12 pm

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.


8 Bonnie Way July 29, 2014 at 11:29 pm

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!


9 Susan July 30, 2014 at 2:26 am

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.


10 Nolie July 30, 2014 at 9:29 am

Sounds like an amazing place that the whole family can enjoy. Bonus for being close to home for you.


11 Linda Stewart July 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

Looks like an amazing place to vacation with lots of fun things to do.


12 meagan bs July 30, 2014 at 11:13 am

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.


13 Summer pierce July 30, 2014 at 11:42 am

This place looks awesome, we might have to go there


14 sunny July 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Wow! This looks like an awesome vacation!


15 Cheryl Free July 30, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa looks like a great place to vacation.


16 Natalie F July 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

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.


17 Mami2jcn July 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

The fish in the picture looks yummy!


18 Nicole Dz July 30, 2014 at 10:18 pm

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.


19 Kizzy West July 31, 2014 at 2:17 am

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. (:


20 Cindy Brooks July 31, 2014 at 3:36 am

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.


21 Kathy stevenson July 31, 2014 at 4:31 am

The bumper boats look fun!


22 Jennifer B July 31, 2014 at 11:33 am

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


23 vickie couturier July 31, 2014 at 11:43 am

that looks so relaxing and fun,would love to go there and just relax


24 Dianna A July 31, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Looks like you had a great trip. Also looks like a fun place to go.


25 Tracey July 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Great memory-making vacation!


26 Karen Glatt July 31, 2014 at 2:35 pm

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!


27 Maria July 31, 2014 at 4:22 pm

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


28 Jennifer Robles July 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm

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!


29 Lisa Davis August 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm

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


30 Tammy S August 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm

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.


31 Janet W. August 3, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Everything looks great! The scenery is amazing and everything looks so nice and clean!


32 JM Livigni August 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm

This looks like great family fun!


33 Chava August 4, 2014 at 9:01 am

Looks like you all had a great family vacation.


34 Angel Wells August 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm

This looks like a great place for a getaway!!


35 Amy Orvin August 5, 2014 at 7:11 am

It looks like you guys had a great time! I would love to visit a spa. I never have before.


36 Katherine August 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Looks like a great resort and fun for all. Beautiful family


37 Sonya Morris August 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm

What a great place to stay! It looks like your family had an amazing time!


38 Betsy Barnes August 5, 2014 at 5:10 pm

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 :)


39 Jennpup ( August 6, 2014 at 8:27 am

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!


40 BusyWorkingMama August 6, 2014 at 10:12 am

Looks beautiful! We are trying to plan a long weekend in October.


41 Darrah Bailey August 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Looks like so much fun! I am so glad you and your family enjoyed your time there


42 courtney hennagir August 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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


43 Heather Hayes Panjon August 7, 2014 at 8:54 am

Looks Like A Great Family Friendly Place To Visit!


44 Christina Z August 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm

The pools look amazing and looks like everyone had a great time.


45 Rebecca Parsons August 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

I always think of resorts as adult type places but that looks like so much fun even for kids.


46 Sunnymay August 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm

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.


47 Shawna O August 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm

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!


48 anne hill August 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

wow that looks like a lovely getaway. i have never been to a hot springs but would like to go someday


49 Velvet Hubler August 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

That looks incredible. I wish I could getaway for awhile on vacation but work and more work await


50 Barbara Montag August 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Wow lots of fun things to do for everyone.
I’m ready to go today!


51 Stacey b August 10, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Wow, that looks perfect. There are activities for everyone in the family to enjoy.


52 heather August 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

This place sounds like heaven and I would love to spend a week here.


53 mrsshukra August 12, 2014 at 12:48 am

Haven’t heard of Harrison Hot Springs but the proximity to Vancouver is a plus!


54 Amanda Sakovitz August 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

Looks like a blast! I love how there were things for the kids to do too!


55 Amanda Fuscone August 12, 2014 at 9:27 pm

This sounds so great.


56 Thomas Murphy August 13, 2014 at 12:23 am

Looks like a good time!


57 Anne Taylor August 21, 2014 at 10:58 pm

I love Harrison Hot Springs! Everyone looks like they had a blast!


58 Tina August 22, 2014 at 12:49 am

Looks like a great place for a family trip!


59 Angela Saver August 22, 2014 at 1:32 am

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! :-)


60 Tina Bredbury August 22, 2014 at 1:59 am

That looks amazing. Looks like you had a great time with your family!


61 sara graff August 22, 2014 at 2:50 am

Looks amazing you are so lucky!


62 Nicole D August 22, 2014 at 5:23 am

The water activities look like a lot of fun. I can see my family loving this. Great trip!


63 Carol Solar August 22, 2014 at 5:25 am

It looks amazing, relaxing and fun there!! What a great little mini vaca for you and your family.


64 Lisa August 22, 2014 at 5:51 am

Looks like it had something for everyone!


65 Shannon P. August 22, 2014 at 7:12 am

Looks like a great time – the water activities would be right up my kiddos alley!


66 Kelly O August 22, 2014 at 8:06 am

Wow! That looks amazing! Wish we had something that cool near us! My boys would love it!!!


67 Kelly O August 22, 2014 at 8:07 am

Wow! That looks amazing! Wish we had something that cool near us!


68 Karen Glatt August 22, 2014 at 8:15 am

This Harrison Hot Springs looks amazing and a nice place to take the family and relax.


69 K. Finn August 22, 2014 at 8:31 am

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.


70 Jeanna August 22, 2014 at 8:56 am

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!


71 Margot C August 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

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.


72 Betty B. August 22, 2014 at 10:27 am

Wow! Everything looks great and relaxing!


73 aprila August 22, 2014 at 10:39 am

great pictures,look like your family had a lot of fun


74 anne August 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

A wonderful place for the family.


75 Kathy stevenson August 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Looks like so much fun!


76 LaVonne August 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm

We actually live pretty close to the border and Harrison Hot Springs is on our travel bucket list. Thanks for sharing!


77 livivua August 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

I so wish there was something like this in my area.


78 Erika August 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm

This sounds so relaxing!


79 stacie August 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm

looks like so much fun@ would love to visit


80 Sonya Morris August 22, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Great pictures! Looks like the kids had a great time!


81 Lisa Davis August 22, 2014 at 11:16 pm

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.


82 latanya August 23, 2014 at 6:53 am

This is a nice place to take a vacation and the water activities look fun!


83 Kasie Tillman August 24, 2014 at 1:06 am

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


84 Allison Downes August 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Wow, it looks like you had a fun time! The beach is always fun to go to. It looks beautiful there.


85 Trish F August 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm

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.


86 vickie couturier August 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

I would love to go to a place like that with my grandkids would be a dream


87 Amanda Bacon August 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I wish I lived closer to Canada!!! That looks lovely!!!


88 Kelli August 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm

How cool! I would love to visit there! :)


89 Maria R. August 26, 2014 at 6:46 am

It looks like you had an amazing time!


90 anne hill August 26, 2014 at 8:45 am

hope you guys had a super time


91 Meagan bs August 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

i could really enjoy that spa, i’m glad you all had a great time!


92 Tammy S August 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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!


93 Barbara Platt August 27, 2014 at 6:45 am

wow, what lucky girls you are. that’s a wonderful vaca


94 Rebecca Parsons August 27, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I love the food there it looks delicious. I love staying at places like that.


95 Krista August 27, 2014 at 7:23 pm

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!


96 Anna Tran August 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm

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? :’)


97 Mia Dentice Carey August 28, 2014 at 8:28 am

WOW! What an AWESOME place for a Family escape!


98 carol clark August 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

looks like there is pleanty for the kids to do be great for our family after seeing this post


99 Anne August 28, 2014 at 11:55 am

Totally jealous! We didn’t do ANYTHING this summer :( Too much family “stuff” going on. Looking forward to next year, though!


100 Lauren August 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Wow – great review! So easy to follow and great pictures. Looked like such a special retreat for your daughters.


101 janet August 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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


102 anna pry August 28, 2014 at 7:39 pm

the beach looks beautiful and seems like there’s plenty of stuff to do there too


103 Evangelina E. August 28, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Looks like all of you had a great time!


104 XmasDolly August 28, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Now if that was close to me I’d be there once a month! hehehe That looks simply divine! Thanks for sharing.


105 Beth T. August 29, 2014 at 2:21 am

We’ve been wanting to go to Vancouver, B.C., and this post gives us another reason to make it happen.


106 Eileen Richter August 29, 2014 at 2:23 am

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.


107 Stephanie H August 29, 2014 at 7:57 am

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


108 Christina G. August 29, 2014 at 8:12 am

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


109 Cathi August 29, 2014 at 11:26 am

Everything about your holiday at Harrison Hot Springs looks fabulous! Especially the lake!!


110 christina August 30, 2014 at 7:53 am

Looks so fun I wish I could plan a trip to somewhere like that. It would be amaZIng.


111 DEBIJOT August 30, 2014 at 6:35 pm

What a great place and great memories for you and your daughters.


112 katklaw777 August 31, 2014 at 3:34 am

WOW…this place looks fantastic…great pics…thanks for sharing!


113 julie p September 1, 2014 at 8:10 am

This looks like so much fun! My husband and daughters would love it!


114 Kimberly September 7, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Wow! Looks like a great time and a great place to go!


115 Laura J September 7, 2014 at 11:47 pm

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!!!


116 Teneal Harker September 8, 2014 at 8:42 am

This place looks Awesome!!! We might have to check it out;). Thanks for sharing!


117 Teneal Harker September 8, 2014 at 8:43 am

This place looks Awesome!!! We might have to check it out;). Thanks for sharing


118 Sindy Murray September 11, 2014 at 11:44 am

the place looks very relaxing and perfect for a family vacation! I love the pictures, thank you for sharing!!


119 Jill Myrick September 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm

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.



120 Amanda Sakovitz September 12, 2014 at 7:25 am

This place looks amazing! Looks like everyone had a great time!


121 Amy Heffernan September 13, 2014 at 10:17 am

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


122 Bailey Dexter September 13, 2014 at 5:49 pm

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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