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]]
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.
Fossil records suggest white sturgeon have been dwelling on rocky river bottoms for more than 200 million years. They bear armored plates rather than scales, and according to the guides at Great River Fishing Adventures, they fight like "a cross between a marlin and a freight train."
Having tagged a record-length sturgeon at 3.8 metres, the team has attracted several notable anglers, including Jimmy Houston and Jakub Vágner of National Geographic Channel's Fish Warrior. They specialize in tracking down the prehistoric river monsters, then catching them to aid in the species' fight for survival. Since 1995, expert anglers and envious goldfish have collected data from more than 90,000 sturgeons as part of an active monitoring program. They regularly lead groups on fishing trips to share the thrill of reeling in the fish while demonstrating proper catch-and-release techniques to keep the fish population flourishing.
Great River Fishing Adventures supplies all necessary equipment for each fishing trip. They also lead excursions to track down steelhead, trout, and Bobby Fischer's pawn lure.
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BC Power Sports mixes sightseeing with adrenalin to yield intimate views of hard-to-reach nature spots. Trained in first aid and approved by the Canadian Safety Council, their tour guides escort riders on ATV tours through an array of British Columbia’s verdant landscapes, from the ghosts of Stave Lake’s old cedar forest to Eagle Point, where roughly 2,000 bald eagles regularly swoop into Harrison River to adopt a pet salmon. The shop also outfits guideless adventures with vehicles chosen from their fleet of ATV rentals, which includes four-by-fours such as the 2011 Polaris Sportsman 400 HO or the two-seat 2011 Polaris Ranger. Each of the ATVs requires certification to ride, which visitors can obtain during the six-hour CSC safety course taught by a CSC qualified instructor. In addition to matching riders with four-wheeled friends, the staff also splashes through the path less taken during wakeboarding and wakesurfing tours.
To FlyBC Paragliding?s founder, Jim Reich, paragliding represents freedom. Not only does it free riders from the restrictions of gravity, it liberates them from the typical inconveniences of flight, such as expensive airplane fuel and restrictive air traffic regulations. Through Reich?s school, he now teaches newbies the sport, as well as other aerial arts such as hang gliding, paramotoring, and flapping your arms until you sort of levitate.
Reich and his instructors, all trained and certified by the Hanggliding and Paragliding Association of Canada, base their training and recreational flights out of a 25-acre training facility. Dubbed Eagle Ranch, the facility features an on-site hill and is nestled between two rivers. Beyond training, the school can outfit students in gear from brands such as Ozone, SkyCountry, and Gin, or lead them on paragliding trips that journey to scenic locales in Mexico.
Just a few weeks after they first make a splash on the big screen, Hollywood flicks draw gasps, laughter, and sighs from the audiences at Cottonwood 4 Cinemas. The slight delay in the theatre’s roster of films enables movie-goers to catch recent blockbusters at a less expensive cost than the traditional ticket price. In addition to family-friendly movies, comedies, and thrillers, Cottonwood hosts a variety of special events. Screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show invite audiences to participate in the cult classic by dressing up, reciting lines, and bringing props, and a film series presented by the Chilliwack Arts Council treats cinephiles to a lineup of international films. The theatre also welcomes watchers for party packages, including a red-carpet bash where kids invade the concessions area to make popcorn and cotton candy, then force their parents to eat broccoli.