THE ULTIMATE OKANAGAN
A little bit about how it all started
Originating back to the mid-1800s, when first discovered by the Europeans, Harrison’s hot springs were originally known as Warum Chuck or as the ‘healing place’ by the local Salish First Nations. Salish First Nation people believed Warum Chuck area had supernatural powers and kept it's location as a secret. Hot Springs were discovered by Europeans by chance - a group of miners (gold rush times), returning down Harrison Lake while trying to reach the shore had fallen into the waters from being anxious and exhausted. The water close to shore was shockingly warm, much to their surprise and delight. Their comrades followed and jumped in to rejuvenate. Back in the day it was technologically almost impossible to separate springs water coming from underground from Harrison Lake cold water. However it was achieved and first resort named St. Alice Hotel and Bath House opened it's doors .
How Hot Springs are Created
Hot springs occur when the emergence of geothermal heated groundwater rises from the Earth's crust, meaning that water has seeped into the earth and has been heated by magma. Due to the earth’s pressure, water rises above the surface creating a “hot spring”.
The picture below has an area of a spring segregated by rocks, although it is mixed with lake water, it is still warm.
Hot Springs Health Benefits
The hot springs provide a natural cure for diseases and ailments due to the therapeutic use of the waters’ high mineral content, which is known to bring pain relief. When submerged in the water, one’s hydrostatic pressure slowly rises and circulation and oxygen flow increase, which creates a strong heart! Primary minerals (calcium, sodium bicarbonate, sulfate, magnesium, iron, chloride, potassium, and zinc) and a handful of others are present in the water, averaging 1,300 parts per million of dissolved mineral solids, which is one of the highest concentrations of any mineral spring! When absorbed by one’s skin, the result is euphoric.
A little bit about dining in Harrison Springs, we naturally tried quite a few places and positive experience will be mentioned under the Reviews Tab.
Here I wanted to mention "other" experiences: Morgan's restaurant looked so good from the outside, but each time we tried to eat there (breakfast, lunch, dinner) it was closed. So weird, because it did not look like it was closed indefinitely. Each time we passed by, we saw the closed doors, lights on and no people inside. Mysterious dining place-Bermuda Triangle of Harrison Lake.
Lakeview Restaurant- diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The service is horribly rude, food is mediocre (we had breakfast there and never returned).
Taco Rio - we were surprised by amount of coleslaw inside the meat burrito. Mexican muchacho and muchacha are not happy-they don't like coleslaw. Coleslaw salad pairs only with Fish and Chips and originates in England.
Taco Rio is a frivolous interpretation of Mexican cuisine with true Mexican Soda.