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THE LARGEST RIVER VIEW MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITY IN THE FRASER VALLEY

VIEWS, VALUE ARE JUST THE BEGINNING HARRISON HIGHLANDS, a 90-acre river view master planned development offering contemporary Westcoast style homes and fully serviced lots in a serene natural setting. There is a home style to fit every lifestyle, from detached luxury dream houses and gated community ranchers to spacious ‘resort’ condos and townhomes, all designed to take advantage of the spectacular river, mountain and valley views.

Choose your new home with confidence from the casually elegant home designs, be assured of quality construction with attention to finishing details, and picture yourself living in a peaceful neighbourhood with tasteful exteriors and colour palettes in keeping with the natural setting. Plus, enjoy optional access to the 13,000 sq. ft. Ridge Resort Club House.

Visit our Discovery Centre and see for yourself... Change your lifestyle to Harrison Highlands.

DISCOVERY D CENTRE (Open daily from noon to 4 pm) 2010 Lougheed Highway, Agassiz, BC, Canada, V0M 1A1 www.harrisonhighlands.ca | info@harrisonhighlands.ca | 1.888.796.1056

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A NEW FRASER VALLEY LANDMARK IS BORN VIEW CONDOS AT HARRISON HIGHLANDS

ESCAPE Discover nature’s playground in your own backyard. Only an hour+ drive from the city, The Ridge Resort abounds with endless opportunities to take recreational living to new heights... literally. Perched atop Mt. Woodside with glorious views over the Fraser River, here you’ll find a place of unspeakable natural beauty that is destined to become the Fraser Valley’s newest landmark. For your more active pursuits, enjoy local fishing, biking, rafting, paragliding and snow sports or when not in use enjoy year-round rental income opportunities. If golf is your game, you’ll love The Ridge Resort’s special privileges at the world-class Sandpiper Golf Resort. If you’re looking for some R&R, you’ll savour the stunning 13,000 sq. ft. Club House complete with luxurious spa, fitness centre, pools and mineral water hot tubs. The Ridge Resort IS the ultimate escape and recreational investment opportunity out there today. Optional RCI Points and Rental Management Programs available.

DISCOVERY CENTRE (Open daily from noon to 4 pm) D 2010 Lougheed Hwy, Agassiz, BC www.RidgeResort.ca | 1-887-98-RIDGE (74343)

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Mayors’ Messages

18 Top Hike Picks

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Live Here

23 Safe Hiking Guide

10 Dining Out

26 Gold & Green Fields

12 Public Resource Guide

28 Map

14 Kilby Events 15 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

29 Getting Connected 30 Directory

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Welcome to your official community guide to

living and working in Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.

contributors

Nothing compares to exploring the wonders of your own backyard. There’s the joy of walking through familiar streets, the pleasure of meeting new neighbours and reacquainting with old friends. But the best thing about staying local is that things are always evolving. In this vibrant age of exciting changes, there is always something new to discover.

Discover is published by: The Agassiz Harrison Observer 7167 Pioneer Ave. Box 129 Agassiz, B.C. V0M 1A0

With this guide in your hands, take a trip through your own backyard and rediscover Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs. There are the hidden gems to cherish, and the internationally-acclaimed highlights that draw the world to our small corner of Beautiful British Columbia.

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We truly are a strong community of small neighbourhoods, close friendships and big dreams, from our historic Fall Fair and annual Festival of the Arts, to our country roads and majestic views. We invite you to take some time to explore and enjoy all that Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs have to offer.

Publisher: Andrew Franklin

Besides being a recreational mecca for tourists, there is a vibrant business community here, growing in earnest thanks to our hardworking Chamber of Commerce. Businesses are blossoming, and our community is stronger than ever. And it’s easy to see why.

Tel: 604-796-4301 Fax: 604-796-2081

Editor: Jessica Peters Sales & Marketing: Chris Blank Graphic Design: Brittany Best

Thanks for coming along with us. Enjoy the view!

Jessica Peters

EDITOR – THE OBSERVER

Photos: Black Press Distributed free to select businesses in Agassiz, Harrison and surrounding areas. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited. No part of this publication may be reprinted without the expressed written consent of The Agassiz Harrison Observer. The Agassiz Harrison Observer has made every effort to ensure that the information in this publication is accurate but cannot guarantee the correctness of all information or the absence of errors or omissions, and will not be held responsible.

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Greetings from the council and staff at the District of Kent. The mayor and council have the long term objective of not only expanding and improving the infrastructure for the service area but also intends to beautify the townsite of Agassiz. With the assistance of staff it encourages its citizens to take pride in the appearance of their properties and the surrounding areas. With the collaboration of volunteer groups such as Communities in Bloom, the Garden Club and the Community Gardens, the townsite is kept attractive and provides a source of food and recreation for the gardeners in the community. Local businesses have collaborated with District staff in maintaining the planters and hanging baskets which provide summer colours to the area. Activities such as the Pioneer Park Twilight Series, the Movie in the Park evenings sponsored by Prospera Credit Union, the Canada Day celebrations and the summer’s Thursday Agassiz Farm Fresh Market all provide occasions for entertainment and recreation. Lorne Fisher, Mayor of the District off Kent

The Village of Harrison Hot Springs is "Naturally Refreshed". Beaches, hot springs and natural activities, along with events and festivals attract thousands of visitors each year to the natural experience of Harrison Hot Springs. Whether you come for just a day or stay for a while longer, you will find something special that will be both relaxing and rejuvenating. Harrison Hot Springs is taking on a new look with improvements to our beachfront and lagoon area, lots of natural places to walk, hike and bike, and most of all great scenery to relax the tired mind. Come visit some of events taking place this summer, like the Harrison Festival of the Arts which takes place in early July. The Festival is a wonderful event with music, dance and artwork. On behalf of the Village, we look forward to your visit to "Naturally Refreshed" Harrison Hot Springs. Ken Becotte Mayor of the Villiage of Harrison Hot Springs


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What are you doing to enjoy each day? We think each day should be lived to its fullest potential. Read on, and see how to make the most of your leisure time, right in your own backyard. The District of Kent recently conducted a community-wide Leisure Needs Assessment, which helped to highlight local residents’ most valued aspects of healthy living. Kent Leisure Services heard that message, loud and clear, and this year are actively making changes to accommodate the community’s needs.

The Leisure Centre is now open longer hours, and offering more programs than ever. For a full schedule, you can visit www.district.kent.bc.ca or visit the Fitness/Activity Centre at 6660 Pioneer Avenue. Have a free afternoon? Try getting lost in the stacks. The Agassiz Library has a full schedule of activities throughout the year, including a summer reading club for adults and children, Storytime in the Park and special presenters.

And as part of the Fraser Valley Regional Library system, library members enjoy borrowing power from collections throughout the valley. Grab a book, an audiotape, a few magazines or even a movie, and hunker down and enjoy a little free entertainment. For more information, visit them at 7140 Cheam Avenue or online at www.fvrl.bc.ca. Music in the Park. Every Wednesday through the summer, you’re invited to bring

a lawn chair, blanket, friend and even a picnic dinner, to enjoy a concert in Pioneer Park. All performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m., and are free thanks to the support of sponsors. Watch The Observer for stories, photographs and notices of upcoming performances, which run from July 6 to the end of August. A day on the beach. Enjoy the new look of the lake, by spending some time at Harrison Lake Plaza. Kick off your

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shoes and work on your sand sculpting skills. Take a leisurely walk around the lagoon, grab an ice cream at one of our many restaurants or just soak up the sun and marvel at the view. There are as many reasons to head for Harrison Hot Springs as there are grains of sand on the beaches. When you’re done there, head down Rockwell Drive and travel along the lake’s east shoreline. Take the time to visit quieter beach fronts, or rest in the soothing spray of a waterfall. Stay outdoors a little longer, with

a camping trip to either Hicks Lake or Deer Lake, both of which have their own picturesque views and trail systems. Celebrating Music If you only make it to the beach once this year, make sure it’s during the Harrison Festival of the Arts. Running from July 9 to 17, and bringing together artists and musicians from all over the world, the festival has been the hottest thing in Harrison for the last 33 years. This year’s show includes Steve

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Riley, James Cotton, Madagascar Slim and Leela Gilday. Other highlights include the fascinating art market, a month long art exhibit at the Ranger Station Art Gallery, workshops with musicians and the muchloved Children’s Day (July 13). For a full list of performers, schedules, free events and ticket pricing, visit www. harrisonfestival.com or phone 604-796-3664. A day on the Farm The Circle Farm Tour is a collective of farms around the

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Fraser Valley, and Agassiz and Harrison Mills play important roles. From cheeses to herbs, cows to hazelnuts, there is something to learn and enjoy at each stop. Visit www.circlefarmtour.com. Slow Food Cycle Tour For one weekend, the roads are filled with bicycles, as the Slow Food Cycle Tour heads out to Agassiz. Cyclists check in, grab a map, and make their way to locations around the District of Kent that grow, bake and cook

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different local food products, from cranberries to salmon to handmade cheeses. It’s a delicious way to learn about sustainability and local farming practices. This year’s tour is on July 23. For more information, visit. www.slowfoodvancouver.com. Day for Action Agassiz Speedway may be tucked away in a quiet, idyllic corner. But it’s one of the best places to get your heart pumping. Check out their schedule online for race times and special events,

at www.agassizspeedway.com. Not one for revving an engine? Grab your clubs, book the day off, and head to one of our courses, Harrison Resort Golf Course, Sandpiper Golf Resort, Bridal Falls Golf Course or The Falls, to name a few. Want to get on the water? Book a parasailing or windsurfing lesson. Rent a banana boat, or a Sea-Doo and enjoy a little water action. And for the extreme adventurers out there, book a tour in the skies with Far West Helicopters.

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beautiful Harrison Hot Springs Questions about businesses in the Harrison/Agassiz area?

PO Box 255 499 Hot Springs Road Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M 1K0

Visit us at www.harrison.ca

604.796.5581 info@tourismharrison.com www.tourismharrison.com @harrisontourism

Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce The Voice of Business for Harrison Hot Springs The District of Kent and surrounding area

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Dining Out It’s good to know that when you’re hungry, there’s plenty of choices. And in Harrison Hot Springs and Agassiz, choices abound. Maybe you’re looking for a light snack or even just an ice cream cone? Try Harrison Hamburger, Agassiz Deli, or Muddy Waters/ Baskin Robbins. Maybe it’s an anniversary dinner, or a family

get-together. Try the Copper Room, Jack’s Restaurant or Crazy Fish Bistro. Perhaps you are just looking for a place to have a few refreshments after a day on the water; why not stop in at the Old Settler Pub or Ian’s Bar and Grill. There are culinary options from around the globe, with Silvano’s, Dragon Fried Rice House, the

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Dine on a delicious gourmet dinner or linger over a leisurely lunch while enjoying a spectacular view of Harrison Lake... Dine at Morgan's between 4 - 6 pm & you will receive 10% off with coupon (excluding beverages). You will also be entered to win a Dining Experience for 2!

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Swiss Gourmet, Black Forest, Kitami or Yukiya Sushi.

Coffee & Bistro, Morgan’s or Chantilly Gelato.

Other places to enjoy a bite include Heritage Coffee House, Limbert Mountain Farm, Horn of Plenty, Cookin’ Kim’s Country Kitchen, Sunyam Thai, Green Star Cafe, Lakeview Restaurant, Subway, Tandoori Bites, A&W, Harrison Pizza, Miss Margaret’s, il Carpaccio, Petro’s Pizza, Oasis

Looking for something upscale? Call the River’s Edge at Sandpiper Golf Resort and book a special dinner for two, or call Agassiz’s newest hotspot, Jimmy’s Pub & Grill.

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Take home selections from our fresh deli meats, cheeses, pastas, sauces, homemade lasagnas or paninis or sit & enjoy them in our cozy cafe. 160 LILLOOET AVENUE, HARRISON HOT SPRINGS 604.491.1010 Winner of: New Business of the Year

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PUBLIC RESOURCE GUIDE

This is a busy little community, with plenty of clubs, services, teams and organizations who are there to help and to serve the community. And whether you’re looking to volunteer, or need certain services, you’re sure to find what you need right here. Here’s a sampling of some of the many services and activities you could get involved in. AGASSIZ HARRISON HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM In the heart of Agassiz’s Pioneer Park, and housed in the oldest wooden railroad station still in existence in B.C., the museum will take you back in time. 7011 Pioneer Ave., Agassiz. 604-796-3545. FRASER VALLEY DRAGON BOAT CLUB Established in 2002, this society is committed to assisting and overseeing activities which will encourage, promote and develop teams within the Fraser Valley for the sole purpose of dragon boating. The club is currently made up of four mixed

teams that practice one or two times a week on Harrison Lake. The club is in the process of offering a Youth team (13 to 18) and a Master’s team (55+). Season runs from March to October and they’re always looking for new paddlers. Phone 604-799-8464 or visit www. fraservalleydragonboatclub.com. RANGER STATION ART GALLERY This local art gallery situated on the shores of Harrison Lake features monthly shows by area artists. Operated by the Kent Harrison Arts Council, at 98 Rockwell Drive in Harrison Hot Springs. 604-796-2723.

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HARRISON YACHT CLUB This is a non-profit organization formed for the purposes of promoting safe boating on Harrison Lake. The HYC operates on land formerly occupied by the BC Forest Service and provided by the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. COMMUNITY FUTURES DEVELOPMENT Business & community development services. Business loans, information and ManagementTraining.Assistance to new & expanding businesses. www.northfraser.org.

AGASSIZ HARRISON AQUANAUTS SWIM CLUB For swimmers of all ages. Practice at Ferny Coombe Pool with meets around the province. Contact Anne at 604-796-8458. FRASER HERITAGE SOCIETY Incorporated as a non-profit society in Spring, 1999, this society has a mandate to “provide support and enhancement projects in Cultural, Heritage and Arts organizations in the Fraser Valley and Fraser Canyon.� www.kilby.ca.

TIMBUILT PROJECTS We love our work, you will too! Renovations or Additions Decks, Sheds & Gazebos Laminate flooring & more Just give us a call for a free estimate. Phone: 604.491.4946 Email: timbuilt@shaw.ca

Agassiz-Harrison Museum & Visitor Information Centre Hours: May to October, Daily 10 - 4 pm (Sun 1 -4 pm) 7011 Pioneer Avenue | 604.796.3545 agassizharrisonmuseum.org Located in the 1893 CPR Old Station at the tracks in Pioneer Park. Stop and discover the history of the community, visit the gift shop and pickup information from the Visitor Centre. agassiz-harrison observer | discover - 2011

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Kilby Events Imagine a place where you could tiptoe back in time and learn about our local history. Now, imagine a place where you could throw on some gumboots, stretch your legs and get dirty. Well, combine the two, and you've got Kilby Historic Site. Here, you have the choice to be as quiet as a dormouse or to tromp around the yard with the many farm animals. The oldest building in the District of Kent is here, as is the haunted Manchester House Hotel. See the area as it once was, from farm implements and a fueling station to living quarters and the general store. The site has several special dates planned each year, inviting the public out to share in something as simple as the change of seasons. You could camp at Kilby Park and enjoy repeated visits to the site, or purchase a season's pass. For more information on pricing, hours and directions, visit www.kilby.ca or phone 604796-9576. This year's events include:

Annual Car Show Saturday, July 9th

Annual Kids Festival Sunday, August 28th

Join us as collector and vintage cars from all over the lower mainland roll onto our 1920s heritage site today. Vote for your favourite in the ever popular “People’s Choice” award.

Load up the kids and get out of the house for one last hurrah this summer. Enjoy a full day of entertainment for the kids including music, dance and audience participation with children’s entertainment and a piñata party.

BC Holiday is Pirate Day at Kilby Monday, August 1st Celebrate the holiday with a Pirate Party for the kids. Pirate games, crafts and a treasure hunt all make for a great outing. Start working on your costume now as they'll have a contest for the best dressed pirate! 14

Harvest Festival Sunday, October 9th & Monday, October 10th Enjoy sampling all the festivities of a 1920s country fair. On site activities include a cider pressing demonstration at 2 p.m.

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Harrison Mills Quilt Show Saturday, October 15th & Sunday, October 16th

Annual Eagle Fest Saturday, November 19th & Sunday, November 20th

Kilby supports the Annual Harrison Mills Quilt Show, just up the road at the Harrison Mills Community Hall.

There are many different stops over this two day event that is both educational and entertaining. More information to come as this years event is still being planned. Please visit www. fraservalleybaldeaglefestival. com

Kilby Kids Halloween Party Saturday, October 29th & Sunday, October 30th Their 102-year-old General Store and Hotel is the perfect setting for Halloween! This year it is all about the children. Whether you are in costume or not you are sure to have fun at their witch and warlock party. Crafts, games and prizes for all ages.

Christmas in the Country Saturday, November 26th & Sunday, November 27th Many of the Agassiz-Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour participants join in celebrating Christmas on this weekend.


Fraser Valley BALD EAGLE FESTIVAL Every year the Fraser Valley fills with bald eagles, who travel from miles around to feed on the spawning salmon in our rivers. And as the birds converge, so do the bird lovers. While the majestic raptors can be seen for weeks throughout the area, the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival (November 19 and 20) organizes events in Harrison Mills to educate the public about raptors and their current plights. The enormously popular Festival takes place in perhaps the most biologically diverse and important areas in British Columbia. Deep in the heart of “Sasquatch Country” you will find North America’s third largest gathering of bald eagles. The raptors are drawn to the area by the millions of spawning salmon that travel up the Fraser

River to tributaries such as the Harrison River. The estuary is also home to incredible wildlife such as trumpeter swans, ducks, seal, bear, coyote, deer and the great white sturgeon. For thousands of years the First Nation Peoples have lived here in harmony with the land and water and today they work with the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival to welcome visitors to teach and share the knowledge they have gained over the ages. The festival’s roots go back to1995, when the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund and the Wild Bird Trust, spearheaded by April Mol, set out to create the Harrison/Chehalis Bald Eagle Festival. Visit them online at www.fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca.

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Wildlife & Sightseeing

Tours Fares

(Cdn $ subject to HST)

Adults $34.00 Seniors $31.00 Children 15 and under $20.00 Children 5 and under are free Cruises approx. 2 hours long

Schedule

Private Charters

(April - May - June - September) Monday to Friday 1pm tour Saturday and Sunday 1pm and 3.30pm (July - August)

(Cdn $ subject to HST)

Daily Tours

1.00pm and 3.30pm

Year round Private Charters $350 /hr Customize Your Own Cruise! Weddings - Corporate Meetings - Special Parties Available.

RELAX AND ENJOY THE AMAZING SCENERY AND BEAUTY OF HARRISON LAKE... Join us for a 2 hour cruise along the west side of the lake, past the mouth of the Harrison River and up around the far side of Echo Island to view the rock formations and clear blue green water of Echo Bay. From there we cruise to Fossil Bay and then on to Cascade Bay to experience the beauty of Rainbow Falls. Keep your eyes peeled for the infamous Sasquatch or Bigfoot as we had back down the east side of the lake past Sasquatch Provincial Park. The Eastern lakeshore is also home to some of the nicest cabins on the lake. As you cruise the lake learn about the regions rich history from our knowledgeable tour guides and ships captain. Our 56 ft vessel ‘The Laroan’ has an uncovered upper deck for soaking up the sun, as well as a fully enclosed main deck with all the comforts of home. The boat is certified by the Ministry of Transportation and our staff are fully trained and licensed to provide a safe and enjoyable time for all.

Harrison Lake Tours depart daily from the dock immediately across from the Harrison Hot Springs Resort!

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Top Hike Picks If you’re looking for a good hike, look no further than the surrounding mountain ranges. The following hiking information was provided by the Harrison Hikers, a devoted group that hits the trails once a week, near and far. Be aware of current hiking conditions, as they change from season to season.

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Chehalis Fleetwood Forest Service Road to Hemlock Mountain or as far as you want to go Part 1 -19 km return, Part 2 - l8 km return Coming along Morris Valley Road and reaching the Chehalis Cafe on your right, you will find the Chehalis Fleetwood Forest Service Road on your left. This road leads all the way up to Hemlock Mountain, coming out near the red chair lift. The length of the road is about l8.5 km one way, which is fine for mountain biking but a bit much for day hiking. However, one can do it in two parts: Part one from the Chehalis Cafe to Vaughan Creek Bridge, part two from there to the mountain station of the red chair lift. For part two one has to drive up to Vaughan Creek Bridge, which can be done by a regular car but on weekends only since the road is still used for logging. The length of the first part is 9.5 km one way with an elevation gain of 329 m or 4% grade. The second part is 9 km long one way, with an elevation gain of 1020 m or 11% average grade. After enjoying the superb views from the summit return the same way, unless you arranged to be picked up by car at the lodge. One of our teams did part one recently and this is Ken Burningham’s report: While the Chehalis Forest Service Road is still an active logging road and logging is still going on in the upper area of the Hemlock Valley, we did not encounter any “Big Rigs.” The scenery was spectacular, overlooking the Chehalis River Valley and south to Mt. Baker. While the initial elevation gain was a bit of a wake up, as soon as we left the canopy of trees and broke out into the open, the road was a nice, easy walk. However, at this point in time we would advise to do part one only and wait till the road is clear again for part two.


Weaver Lake Loop - on the Denhams Trail 6.5 im or 11.5 km return To get to Weaver Lake, take the scenic Lougheed Hwy to Morris Valley Rd., turn right and continue on Morris Valley Rd. all the way to the Salmonid Enhancement Project at Weaver Creek. A short distance after you pass this point, watch for a cut-off road marked “Weaver Lake� on your left. Though this road looks rough, it is short - only 2 1/2 km - and can be done with a regular car if going slowly. Once at the lake, park your car, walk the short distance to the trail head on your right and begin your hike. The trail is well marked and maintained, has no great ups and downs to speak of and goes all around the lake. Harrison Look-Out Trail 4 km Getting to this pleasant, easy, but steep (how can steep be easy?) trail entails a 60 km drive. Take Hwy 7 to Harrison Mills and turn right onto Morris Vallery Road shortly after.passing the Sasquatch Inn. Follow this road to the Weaver Creek Salmon spawning Channel. From there continue for another 26 km on what now becomes Harrison Lake West Forest Road, a gravel road

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in good condition. Shortly after passing the access road to Sunrise Lake on your left, you will find the access road to the Harrison Look-Out Trail on your right. Follow this access road for about 400 m and you will find the trail head to the look-out on your left. The trail itself is - after the first 1/2 km - nice and soft underfoot and easy but for its steepness. The average grade is 17.5% with an elevation gain of 350 m on 2 km. On a clear day, however, the view from the top compensates more than enough for the effort needed to get there. Deer Lake - Moss Lake Hike 81/2 km return Drive along Deer Lake Rd (branches off from Hicks Lake Rd.)until you come to an access road on your right side near the Bench Campground. Park your car at the first fork of this access road and start walking uphill on the marked trail. After 2.5 km, look for a narrow and somewhat hidden woodland trail on your left, which will take you to Moss Lake. Coming back from the lake, continue to pipe-line trail for about 1 km, turn right there onto a forest road which will bring you back to the main road at the lake. This hike has an elevation gain of about 300 meters from where you park your car. Bear Mountain Trail to Bear Lake and Summit 20.5 km return To get to Bear Muntain Trail, drive about 5 km north on Rockwell Dr. and at the highest point on the Rd., at a driveway marked McCombs, you will find an old logging road. You can park at the beginning of this road. This logging road switches back and forth upthe mountain, giving you some superb views along the hike. After 4 3/4 km the trail to Bear Lake forks off to the left and, leading along the mountain side, yields again beautiful views of Harrison Lake and its surrounding mountains. After another l 1/2 km (from where the trail forks off) you will reach the lake, a terrific spot for a picnic. The elevation gain of this trail is 870 meters (2850 feet) with an average grade of 14.5%. The additional hike from Bear Lake to the Bear Mountain Summit is 8 km return with an elevation gain of another l80 meters. 20

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Campbell Lake Trail 10 km return This trail starts at the water reservoir on Hot Springs Road in Harrison Hot Springs. It climbs 5 km to a mountain lake. The total elevation gain is 650 meters (about 2140 feet) from where you park your car. More than for any other trail described in this guide, good shoes are necessary and water or something else to drink a must. Allow plenty of time (about 6 hours) for this hike. Maximum grade is 35%, average grade 16%. Mt. Cheam 9.5 km round trip - allow 4 hours hiking time.

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August and September is the time to think about conquering the most formidable and best known mountain in our area: Mount Cheam. Until some years ago one could hike up the mountain from the front, but this is not possible anymore. While there is still a Forest Service Rd. going from Popkum to the hang glider pad, from there on the mountain went back to its natural state. There is, however, the “back road,”which is more interesting and perhaps a touch easier. To get there take Hwy l to the Sardis cut-off. Turn left onto Vedder Road which will lead you through Sardis to Vedder Crossing. Just before the bridge turn left onto Chilliwack Lake Road and continue for another 28 km. There you will find a Forest Service Rd. on your left which will lead you to Chipmunk Rd, the road that will take you to the trail head, about 1500 meters above the Chilliack Valley. Though this road is quite feasible, four wheel drives are advised. The trail which leads you in zig- zag fashion to the summit is 9.5 km return and has an elevation gain of 650 meters. It is one of the most interesting hikes in our area and well worth the effort. After all, to be able to say, “I have been up there”, is a must for all who live in the shadow of Mount Cheam.

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Othello Tunnels 10 km return Take Highway 1 into downtown Hope and turn outo Wallace St. Continue to 6th ave., turn right, continue to Kawkawa Lake Road and cross the bridge over the Copquihalla River. Follow Kawkawa Lake Road to the Kettle Valley Rd., turn right, continue for about 1/2 km, park your car and begin your hike into history. The Kettle Valley Road leads alongside the Coquihalla River to the Othello Tunnels. The return hike to and through the tunnels is an easy 10 km hike with no elevation gain to speak of. A tip for those of you who want to see the tunnels via the shortest way: coming from Hope continue on Kawkawa Lake Road until you reach Othello Road. Turn right onto Othello Road and continue to a sharp right turn to the Tunnel Road and on to the parking lot. From there, it is 3 km return through the tunnels. Bridal Falls This is the sixth highest waterfall in Canada, dropping 122 metres to the valley floor at Bridal Falls Provincial Park before making its way to the mighty Fraser River. Located just 16 km. east of Chilliwack, this spot makes a great picnic destination, complete with hiking trails right to the base of the falls, rolling grassy areas and a rain forest canopy perfect for escaping the summer heat.

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safe hiking guide If you’re the type to be inspired by nature, welcome to paradise. Every hill and valley, every trail and riverside, is waiting to be discovered here. But there are a few things you should know before heading into the great outdoors.

Never hike alone.

Travel in groups of at least four.

Hike at the speed of the slowest member of the group.

Stay on the trail.

The Harrison Hikers have been meeting weekly for the past 20 years. Each week, they set out on various levels of hikes, from easy walks along dike systems to advanced treks into the woods.

Resist the temptation to collect trees, plants or flowers.

Respect wildlife.

Never approach or feed bears or other wild animals.

Always pack out what you take in. Don’t bury your trash.

Keep pets on leash at all times.

Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

Carry a cell phone or VHF radio to communicate, if possible.

If you go, here are a few words from those wise walkers. On bear safety: Most bears will leave if they are aware of a group’s presence. Stay in the open as much as possible. Keep children close at hand on trails. If you do meet a bear, don’t run and do keep calm. Make a wide detour and leave the animal a way to escape.

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Gold & Green Fields ...more than just a picturesque backdrop for our community The sweet and juicy corn that grows here is known far and wide as simply the best. The Agassiz Fall Fair Corn Festival has been recognized as the best, too, by BC Fairs. The 107th fair will take place on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th.

It’s a good bet that most people who come to the Agassiz Fall Fair know exactly where milk comes from. This is a farming community, after all. But when you’re a 4H member traveling around the province, showing heifers, you hear it all. And yes, there are people who still aren’t sure where their milk comes from. “I enjoy the public’s questions,” says Megan Skalicky, a 14-yearold 4H Club member.

She shows dairy cows, and has been in 4H for four years, plus a few ‘pre-club’ years. “Somebody commented once, ‘look it’s a llama,’ and it was a dairy cow,” she says. The child who made the comment was about 10, she says, but was completely serious. Such a thought is unbelievable to a girl who was raised in a dairy farming family, but she knows that her job as a 4H member is to help educate the public.

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Fun Fair Facts: The Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival is run by a non-profit association called the Agassiz Agricultural and Horticultural Association. ■

The first Agassiz Fall Fair was held in 1901.

The Kent Agricultural and Horicultural Association was incorporated on November 16, 1899. The name was offically changed on August 20, 1914 to the Agassiz Agricultural and Horticultural Association. ■

The annual fall fair and corn festival is always held on the second Saturday after Labour Day. ■

The posters they put up in their stalls are there to inform people who walk through the barns. And someone is supposed to be in the barns at all times to answer questions about the animals. Everything they do, from showing the animals, to presentation, to answering questions, is all noticed and marked by the judges who circulate around the fairs. “We have to have decorations up, keep our stalls neat and tidy

and there is always supposed to be someone around to answer questions,” she says. They spend the year learning about their animals, and love the chance to tell people what they’ve learned. What’s more, it’s all catalogued into their scrapbooks. There are five main fairs the Agassiz club enters each year; Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, PNE, and finally, Agassiz. There are also numerous fairs around the province that members can choose to show at. While 4H

In 2007 the first Corn Queen was crowned after 58 years of Corn Kings. ■

The present Agricultural Hall was built in two phases; the kitchen was completed in 1983 and the auditorium in 1987 hundreds of volunteers are needed to put on the Fall Fair and Corn Festival. ■

The primary function of the association is to protect and advance agricultre, horticulture and fruit growing interests in the District of Kent. ■

Each year an average of 10,000 people attend the Fall Fair and Corn Festival. ■

members do have to be willing to learn, and to be hands on with farm animals, you don’t need to be a farmer, Skalicky says. “A lot of the people (in the Agassiz 4H Rainbow Club) actually live on farms,” she says, but members in bigger cities may ‘borrow’ animals for showing. Her 4H animal lives on her grandparents’ farm just down the road from her house.

of agriculture she knows that doing well at 4H will matter to her future. Each year, awards are handed out in a special ceremony, and scholarships are available for members. But most importantly, Skalicky just enjoys 4H for the simple things: Friends, and the love of animals. “It’s just fun!” she says.

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Getting Connected A Day with the Family

A Day to Celebrate

Nothing beats the laughter of children, and you’ll hear plenty of that around these parts. Whether you’re enjoying minigolf, the waterslides, a farm tour, or Children’s Day at the Festival.

We may act small town the rest of the year, but the Christmas season doesn’t pass quietly around here.

A Day for Worship There are several places of worship throughout the region, with many denominations represented, including Anglican, Christian, Catholic, Mennonite, Jehovah’s Witness and the United Church. All Saints Anglican Church is one of the oldest churches in the province, and worth a visit to take in the beautiful stained glass windows.

Agassiz is lucky enough to be a stop for the CPR Holiday Train, which winds its way through six provinces and seven states near Christmastime, collecting for food banks along its journey. Get out and support the food bank, hear some great live music, and have a chance to see Santa Claus, too. All food and money collected here goes directly to the Agassiz Community Services food bank. So this year, bundle up, get down to the tracks and spread the joy.

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directory Agassiz-Harrison Museum & Visitor Information Centre 7011 Pioneer Ave. Agassiz 604.796.3545 www.agassizharrisonmuseum.org

Agassiz Library 7140 Cheam Ave. Agassiz 604.796.9510

Agassiz Produce 7266 Pioneer Ave. Agassiz 604.796.8444

Black Sea Organics 7078 Pioneer Ave. Agassiz 604.796.3677

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Ferny Coombe Pool

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Manning Park Resort 7500 Hwy #3, Manning Park 1.250.840.8822

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Village of Harrison Hot Springs 604.796.2171 (ext. 232) Harrison Hot Springs www.harrisonhotsprings.ca

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