Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekdays from Scratch - Tales of the Homemade Life at Springs RV Resort

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Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs BC

          It's no secret that for a while now our family has been lusting after own own little slice of paradise- a home away from home- a get away of sorts. In Vancouver and surrounding area the real estate market is fierce and even recreational properties in our budget are difficult to come by. So when we were offered a weekend out in Harrison Hot Springs at the Springs RV Resort we of course jumped at the chance. We are always game for a new adventure!

          When we pulled into the resort we were greeted by the ever friendly Natalie and her staff- they introduced us to the resort- explaining the ins and outs as well as showing us the way to our home for the weekend. Being experienced tenters we have never really considered Rving before- we are pretty happy with our nomadic and compact way of travelling- Our in-laws are RVers and we have always been curious about the appeal of RVing- more glamping than camping! When we opened the door to our RV for the weekend- in an instant- I understood- a queen bed, flush toilet and running hot and cold water-  all the amenities of home!

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs BC

        Springs RV Resort takes a really unique approach to the traditional RV resort- complete with beautiful wooden decks and "shabbins" at the back of each lot. In addition to being beautifully laid out the resort really caters to families of all ages- there were many multi- generational family groupings that we encountered over the weekend. Grandparents with their children and grandchildren- everyone together having a good time. During our time at the resort we participated in a number of events designed for the younger crowd- arts and crafts on Saturday morning as well as an awesome animal encounter with the folks from Urban Safari Rescue.

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs BC

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs BC

          When we weren't busy hanging with giant tarantulas and snakes there was plenty for us to do- in spite of the rain we hit the pool and hot tub at the Whistler style kid's clubhouse- which of course no one wanted to leave! The feeling of family permeates everything at Springs RV Resort- from Friday night burgers to movie night and Saturday morning coffee- this is a place to be social- a real community of weekenders. More of a luxury resort than your average trailer park!

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs BC

           Springs RV Resort offers so many different types of escapes- from overnight rentals, seasonal leases to sites for purchase- making the dream of affordable recreational property a reality for many folks. We enjoyed our getaway from the city- exploring a corner of B.C. we had yet to visit- we had no idea that such a place existed only a 90 minute drive from downtown Vancouver! Many thanks to the owners and staff of Springs RV Resort for our wonderful weekend- we can't wait to make a return visit!

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

North Shore Mama Visits Springs RV Resort

Hear what North Shore Mama has to say about Family Vacations at the Springs RV Resort in Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.

Not many things beat summertime in British Columbia.  We love being home in Vancouver for the summer months and, instead of going away someplace tropical (as many do) we prefer to vacation locally in July and August.  The weather is usually so good and we are fortunate to have all these awesome staycation spots within driving distance from Vancouver.

One such spot is Harrison Hot Springs.  About 1.5 hours by car from Vancouver, Harrison Hot Springs is such a great family holiday destination.  We kicked off our summer there this year, staying at Springs RV Resort.
Springs RV Resort is a unique idea where you actually buy a lot within the resort to host your RV.  It is a great alternative to owning a cottage, especially in Vancouver (and surrounding areas) where we all know owning isn’t always within reach.  At Springs RV, you own land at a really great price and still have the opportunity to get out of the city with your family.  To find out more about owning at Springs RV Resort, click here.

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

As you can see by the photos above, the resort itself is immaculately maintained and just beautiful!   Our girls had SUCH a great time playing in the playground and splashing in the family pool.

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

In addition to all the fun to be had on the resort grounds themselves, at Springs RV Resort, we were about a 4 minute drive to the lake and beach in the town of Harrison Hot Springs where we strolled, lounged, ate ice cream and played by/in the lake.

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

I totally fell in love with Harrison Hot Springs as a family holiday spot! It was hot and sunny and the days seemed to linger perfectly into the warm evenings.

If you have been dreaming of a summer cabin, but have felt discouraged by the BC real estate market, you should definitely look into the idea of becoming part of the Springs RV Resort community.

Come visit the Springs RV Resort and enjoy:

Brand new three-storey clubhouse
New adult pool and over-sized hot tub
Large heated family pool with hot tub
Spa-like bathrooms with heated tile floors
5 outdoor community fireplaces
Two big screen TV areas
Library with fireplace
Games room – darts, pool, ping pong, foosball
Stone and cedar social pavilion for BBQ’s and dances
Laundry Room
Large treed playground
1930’s Antique Carousel
Walking trails, dog walk
Free Wi-Fi & Shaw Hotspots

Truly a vacation experience you won’t want to miss!

Top 5 reasons to OWN at Springs RV Resort:

Just 90 minutes or less and you’ve arrived.
Splash in one of our two heated pools; new adult pool and over-sized hot tub or our family pool and hot tub located close to the playground.
Relax by the fire at our brand new cedar and stone Whistler-style clubhouse or at our spa-quality amenities area.
Stroll to the beach and experience lakeside dining, fishing, boating, hiking, golfing, while enjoying the stunning vistas.
Enjoy the many social activities: dinner & dances, golf tournaments, game nights, kids’ camps, outdoor movies…….too many to list!

Above all else, it is our community of friends and families that makes Springs RV Resort such a special place.

For more information, contact Springs RV Resort.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Family Travel: Springs RV Resort (Harrison Hot Springs)

Listen to what Bits of Bee is saying about Springs RV Resort......

Our family loves to
 explore local travel destinations, and Harrison Hot Springs has always been at the top of our list of family favourite getaways. And while we’ve always vacationed at the same resort in years past, this year we were invited to try something a little different – a weekend stay at Springs RV Resort.

I had never stayed in an RV, and had preconceived notions of what an RV park would have to offer as a travel destination, but I kept an open mind and was excited to explore my favourite BC spot from a new perspective.
When we arrived at the resort, I was in awe. As we drove into the gates, I realized that this wasn’t your average trailer park, this was a luxury retreat – complete with a plethora of kid-friendly amenities and family activities.
Harrison Hot Springs
When we pulled up to our site, I was impressed by the cleanliness of the grounds – each site was well cared for and carefully landscaped, and each featured its own unique, custom-built deck made of rough-cut timber, and cedar shake roofed gazebos with outdoor kitchens. Each site also featured a shabin (a shed-cabin!) with built-in bunk beds for the kids. The shabin was definitely a highlight for my little ones who spent hours playing in their own little fortress.
RV stay
While we had originally planned on spending most of our weekend enjoying the Sasquatch Festival in the lakeside village of Harrison Hot Springs, we found that there was just so much to do in our own little RV community, so we opted for outdoor activities that were a bit closer to home base.
Steps from our door were some lovely forested trails, perfect for a family stroll on a hot Summer’s day.
Harrison Hot Springs
With record-high temperatures, we also loved splashing in the beautiful pools.
Harrison Hot Springs
And after dinner, our kids loved playing on the treed playground, featuring an antique carousel (originally from The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, a true heritage piece).
Harrison Hot Springs
We quickly learned that there was so much more to do at Springs RV Resort than just glamping in an RV – it’s no wonder they’ve received recognition as one of the top RV resorts in North America!
Harrison Hot Springs
There were so many great things to love about this resort, including:
  • Brand new three-storey clubhouse
  • New adult pool and over-sized hot tub
  • Large heated family pool with hot tub
  • Spa-like bathrooms with heated tile floors
  • 5 outdoor community fireplaces
  • Two big screen TV areas
  • Library with fireplace
  • Games room – darts, pool, ping pong, foosball
  • Stone and cedar social pavilion for BBQ’s and dances
  • Laundry Room
  • Large treed playground
  • 1930’s Antique Carousel
  • Walking trails & dog walk
  • Free Wi-Fi & Shaw Hotspots
But what I loved most of all was the sense of community that I felt while living amongst the people who call this unique and special place their Summer home. People waved as we passed them by, and there were many family-friendly events and activities designed to unite the people of Springs RV Resort, including outdoor movies, community BBQs, and kids’ crafts.
Interested in checking it out for yourself?
The Springs RV Resort offers overnight rental, seasonal leases and sites for purchase, making the resort dream within reach. Ownership provides a home base in a resort community of friends and family. Yet, an RV’er is still free to go travel and explore where their time and interests carry them. 
Come by anytime for a tour and see why the Springs RV Resort was rated one of the top RV Resorts in North America. Phase two is now completed and there are 62 new RV lots available with 50 amp service. 
We are so thankful to the owners for allowing us to enjoy this unique experience, and hope to return for another visit again soon.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sasquatch Sighting - Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Wild Man!  Sasquatch derives its name from a Sts’ailes word which loosely translates to Wild Man or Hairy Man, a primary caretaker who watches over the land.  Tales of this large, hairy creature are abundant in the Pacific North West and stir the imaginations of children and adults alike.

 Sasquatch is important both culturally and spiritually to the Sts’ailes people and their experiences with Sasquatch go back thousands of years.  Sasq’ets is believed to have the ability to move between the physical and spiritual realms.  A sighting is to be considered a gift, a very rare and fortunate event.

Harrison Hot Spring’s very own John Green, a Canadian researcher, has been searching for Sasquatch, also known as Big Foot, since 1957 and has investigated hundreds if not thousands of sightings. Big Foot is usually described as a large, hairy bipedal humanoid.  Descriptions of Sasquatch are varied in both height and colour.  Some claim to have seen a creature as big as fourteen feet tall!

Here in Harrison Hot Springs, we both embrace and celebrate this elusive creature during Sasquatch Days, a family oriented, two day celebration.  This community gathering is hosted by the Sts’ailes First Nation and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs.  Since it first began in 1938 it has grown to become a yearly event featuring entertainment, salmon BBQ’s, boat tours, arts & crafts exhibitions and informative talks on the Sasquatch from the Sts’ailes experts.

Scientists may discount the existence of Big Foot, but we are sure Sasquatch exists…well, at least the mystery and the intrigue is real, and of course when you visit the Springs RV Resort in Harrison Hot Springs, Big Foot will greet you.  What more proof do you need?

A word to the wise:  Should you wish to venture into Sasquatch Country in search of this elusive being, be sure to become familiar with these guidelines, courtesy of Tourism Harrison…..and remember to take your camera!

Warning:  You are entering Sasquatch Country

#SasquatchDays #Sasquatch #Bigfoot #HarrisonHotSprings #rvlifestyle #familyvacation

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Little Free Library in Harrison Hot Springs

Have you heard of Little Free Libraries?  You will notice them popping up in communities everywhere.  The concept is simple – take a book – return a book.  Often the simplest ideas are the best and Little Free Libraries embody the spirit of community, sharing and a love of literature.

Little Free Library - Harrison Hot Springs
Unique and Quirky Designs

The Little Free Libraries are quite charming – their designs are all unique and often quirky, many resembling bird houses.  You will stumble upon these Little Libraries at beaches, in front of private homes, at bus stops, store fronts, on bike paths and trails in neighbourhoods everywhere from the United State to Ghana and Afghanistan.  They are a unique and creative blend of literacy promotion and community engagement.

Little Free Library - Harrison Hot Springs
Library with a view - Qualicum Beach

 Obviously reading is popular throughout the year, but there is something special about finding that perfect summer book while vacationing.  When I say “summer book”, I mean that low-brow, lightweight page turning novel you have wanted to read all year!  For many of us there is a kind of self-indulgent pleasure in leaving those deep, serious books for our winter reading lists and allowing time to indulge in that “trashy” summer novel.  In this digital age, there is still great pleasure to be found on your lawn chair by the pool with a really good book….enjoy your read.

Little Free Library - Harrison Hot Springs
Little Free Library on the Centennial Trail
Should you be in search of for your next great read, be sure to visit the Springs RV Resort library in the clubhouse.  We invite you to “take a book – return a book.”

Little Free Library - Harrison Hot Springs
Springs RV Resort - Library in new Club House

#littlefreelibrary #rvlifestyle #harrisonhotsprings #books #payitforward

Monday, June 15, 2015

It's a Celebration

Since the beginning of time, man has celebrated!  

The summer solstice, weddings, religious holidays, Festivals, Graduations, Birthdays, Halloween, New Year’s Eve, Ground Hog Day, a new job, retirements, a hole in one…..the list is diverse!  When you think about it, as a species we spend a considerable amount of time celebrating! We sing, we dance, we laugh and we play.  But, why do we celebrate?  Why do we want to come together as a group, and what makes a great celebration?

Is it -?

  • Family?
  • Friends?
  • Balloons?
  • Magic?
  • Music?
  • Ribbons & Bows?
  • Location?
  • Weather?
  • Eats and Treats?
At the Springs RV Resort, we recently celebrated the Grand Opening of our new Club House and development of our Phase II RV lots.

Luxury RV Resort in Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Our new Pool, Hot Tub and Club House are open!
It was a magnificent day.  The weather was perfect, the facilities were immaculate and the atmosphere was festive.

Family Vacations in BC

The day was full of smiles and laughter as we enjoyed the official ribbon cutting, Golf Cart demos, RV Show Suite tours, a Magic show and the sounds of Todd Richard and the TR Band.

Affordable Family Vacations in British Columbia
Young and Old are captivated by the magic of Rod Boss.

Affordable Family Vacations in British Columbia
Todd Richard and the TR Band get the dance party started.

RV Campsites in Harrison Hot Springs
It's your break

Family Camping in Harrison Hot Springs

 The folks at Springs RV Resort really do know how to host a celebration.

RV Lifestyle in Harrison Hot Springs

But when all is said and done, it can be argued that it isn’t about the food, drinks or entertainment.  Celebrations remind us that we are part of a larger community.  When you think about it, maybe it is simply knowing that your friends will be there with you.  Now – that IS something to celebrate!

Affordable Family Vacations in Harrison Hot Springs

(“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”  William Butler Yeats)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Best Ice Cream in Harrison Hot Springs

Best Ice Cream in Harrison Hot SpringsICE CREAM - my favourite food group!  There is always a time and a place for ice cream. However, nothing is better than that special flavour on a hot summer day.

No matter who you talk to, ice cream invokes memories - usually warm, fuzzy ones.  As a child, I fondly remember driving in the car with my family when suddenly the car would take on a mind of its own.  We would scream with joy as Dad valiantly fought for control of the vehicle. He would dramatically gasp, groan and holler, "I can't control it much longer!"  No matter how bravely he fought, the car would turn in to our local Dairy Queen and we would stop in for a round of cones.  As a young child I was convinced we had the best car ever!  To this day, I smile as my car will sometimes take over and turn in to the local ice cream store.  (FYI - This isn't a factory install feature - be sure to ask your auto dealer for the ice cream app next time you are in the market for a new vehicle!)

Ice Cream stories are abundant and I am sure you have one of your own.  From sport team celebrations to birthday parties, ice cream says it best!

Best Ice Cream in Harrison Hot Springs
I can't believe I ate the whole thing!

In 2013, my partner and I were cycling through Louisiana on our way to New Orleans.  We were taking the back roads and doing our best to meet as many locals as we possibly could.  We were deep in the heart of Cajun country, in a little town that had clearly seen more prosperous days when we encountered a gentleman named Carroll.

We were completely and utterly lost! We had come to a complete stop and were reviewing our maps. Carroll saw us looking dazed and confused and figured since his grand-daddy, his daddy and he himself were born and bred in the area, he might be able to help.  He was true, blue Cajun!  When he started school he could not speak English and was put in a separate class.  He shared wonderful stories of life on the bayou and had us in hysterics.  We visited for quite a long while and learned that when growing up, Carroll and his family were so poor he had never had ice cream.  However, with a bright smile and a wink he told us that he knew a guy who had seen a guy eat ice cream!

Best Ice Cream in Harrison Hot Springs
Follow the signs to the Best Ice Cream in Harrison Hot Springs
As we bid farewell, Carroll was happy to inform us that his lot in life had improved from those early days on the Bayou and he now could afford as much ice cream as he wanted - CHOCOLATE - of course!

When visiting the Springs RV Resort in Harrison Hot Springs, be sure to visit the local ice cream stores.  We guarantee they will not disappoint!

Thanks to our friends at Tourism Harrison for this list of Ice Cream Stores just a short walk from us!

#icecream #explorebc #harrisonhotsprings #rvlifestyle #springsrv  #familyvacation