Harrison Lake BC Day Trip

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by jefffski, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. jefffski

    jefffski Paddler

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    Harrison Lake is big and beautiful with cold, green-hued water. It sees too few canoeists and kayakers because people are afraid of the strong northerlies that come up almost every afternoon. We love this lake, especially its seals (!) that come up from the ocean via the Fraser River and then into the lake from Harrison River. Did I mention the eagles?
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    Today, to avoid getting caught by the expected winds, we left Vancouver at 4:45 a.m. and were on the lake by 6:15 a.m. From the shores of Harrison Hot Springs, we crossed to Echo Island, rounded it via its western shore and made our way up to Rainbow Falls on the eastern shore.

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    Looking north at Echo Island with Mt. Breakenridge in the background.

    There, we paid a close-up visit to the roaring falls.
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    After, we lollied on the sundrenched shore drying out and eating lunch. By about 12:30 p.m. we were back at Harrison Hot Springs, having enjoyed a very calm 27 km paddle, that is, except for some boat waves near the end.
     

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  2. AM

    AM Paddler

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    Lovely photos. I admire your determination to make the most of your paddling day, early start and all!

    Cheers,
    Andrew
     
  3. jefffski

    jefffski Paddler

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    Thanks. It's almost always about the early start. That does require some planning and organization and a willingness to forego fancy breakfasts in exhange for hours relaxing on the beach in the afternoons! The benefit is the chance to paddle on glass.