A group of seals basking in the early-morning sun on the shore of Harrison Lake gaze calmly at the humans staring back at them from their boat. Clad in their pyjamas, the floating brigade of houseboaters squeals with delight at their breakfast-time encounter and snaps photos of the sunning pod. Brokering surreal interactions with nature such as this is Harrison Houseboat Adventures' main goal, one accomplished thanks to the company's 59-foot houseboat available for rent throughout the year.
Eager to introduce visitors to the natural beauty of their mountain-dappled locale, staffers provide their patrons with all the amenities needed for adventures around Harrison Lake. Up to 10 guests can board the spacious vessel tastefully appointed with all the comforts of home, including queen-size beds, a fully functional kitchen, and framed photos of each guest's grandmother. Boaters can then embark on adventure-filled aquatic getaways replete with stops at local attractions including hot springs and golf courses, and enjoy relaxation time on the boat's top deck.:m]]
The Fraser Valley is formed by the Cascade and Coastal Mountain ranges, whose white peaks stretch skyward around the natural depression like points of a crown. Chilliwack Golf Club has resided at the center of the valley since 1958. The course augments its natural surroundings with a challenging layout and an eye towards meticulous maintenance. Even as the alpine scenery does its best to distract, fairways lined with a forest of Douglas firs constantly doing the wave and the creek that wanders into play on the back nine keep golfers' attention on the game. Players can prepare for the course at the practice area, where they'll find an all-grass driving range, a putting green, and a 130-yard practice hole.
Cultus Lake Golf Club boasts a 4,000-yard, 18-hole course that is challenging for golfers of all skill levels. Nicknamed “Beauty and the Beast,” the meticulously maintained course features narrow fairways lined with large fir and cedar trees. The club itself also includes a large practice area and covered driving range.
The Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery Visitors Centre aims to educate and entertain visitors with programs and events centred on the world of water-breathing animals. The centre's indoor and outdoor facilities allow guests to observe live fish in aquariums as well as in their natural habitat. Educational programs, which are designed to reach specific age groups, include It's a Trout's Life for grades K–2, What's That Habitat? for grades 2–5, and Trout Fast Food, in which visitors in grades 2–5 analyze the insects that trout seek out when their waterproof refrigerators go empty. In the all-ages Learn to Fish program, aspiring anglers learn how to identify fish and use different lures to attract specific species. The program also focuses on responsible fishing ethics and proper fish-handling techniques to increase survival during catch-and-release.
FreeStyle Dance Centre boasts more than 5,000 square feet of studio space including three large dancing rooms where dancers of all skill levels attend programs ranging from competitive to recreational dance under the tutelage of Royal Academy of Dance–certified and experienced instructors. Teachers such as life-long dancer Alysha Williams start their students' training early, guiding toddlers through basic positions in their Tiny Dance program, and seeing some of them through to advanced pointe classes—making manifest their belief in ballet as the bedrock of dance education. During each class series, pupils learn a dance to be performed in costume at a year-end show as a way for newly formed dancing gurus to showcase their talents. FreeStyle also offers professionally sprung floors that preserve dancer's knees and large lounge areas that allow waiting guardians to watch their up-coming star through viewing windows or to practice their own rendition of Swan Lake.
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