Agassiz, British Columbia was first visited by Anglo-Europeans in 1808. At that time, the fur trade was the prominent industry. Half a century later, gold was discovered in Cariboo. This led to an influx of fortune-seekers to the areas surrounding the Fraser and Harrison Rivers. Though the area was already thriving, it wasn’t until the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived in 1885 that things really got moving. Early industry in the area included agricultural pursuits, forestry, and tourism. This later changed to hop from farming to dairying to logging. Today, fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation are what drive people from all around North America to Agassiz and the surrounding areas. Come visit this stellar area because your next adventure awaits.
The Great Outdoors
Sasquatch Provincial Park is situated near Agassiz in Harrison Hot Springs. Covering 1,217 hectares (3,007 acres), the park is characterized by pockets of freshwater lakes, birch forests, and spectacular mountain ridges. Looking for a peaceful day on the water? Look no further. Hicks Lake and Deer Lake have sandy beaches, making it easy for visitors to access the water. Harrison Lake has a rocky beach, but it’s the best place for watersports like waterskiing and windsurfing. The park offers fishing, boating, and several miles of hiking as well. If you book an RV in Fraser Valley, you could also stay at one of the three campgrounds at Sasquatch Provincial Park.
Visit Agassiz, and you’ll be under the watchful eye of Mount Cheam. From the summit, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Fraser Valley, Fraser River, Jones Lake, Mount Baker, and the surrounding peaks. Accessing the trailhead is the hard part and requires a rugged four-wheel drive vehicle, but once you get on the trail, it’s a walk in the park to the summit. Allow approximately four hours to complete the hike.
While in Agassiz, be sure you visit Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park in Hope. Check out the historic Othello Tunnels or enjoy some of the scenic hiking trails. If you’re in the mood for a picnic, there are a few picnic tables near the parking lot. Be sure to bring your furry friends, too, because they are welcomed at the park as long as they remain leashed.
Looking for a place to spend the night with your travel trailer rental? Agassiz has many different RV parks to choose from, so you’re in luck.
Springs RV Resort in Harrison Hot Springs is less than ten minutes' drive outside of Agassiz and boasts views of the surrounding mountains and forests. Each of the 206 RV sites offers full hookups with 30 and 50 amp electrical service, so you can settle in with your luxury RV rental from Agassiz. Trying to relax? Warm up by the fire at one of the community fire pits, snuggle up with a book and cup of hot cocoa in the library, take a dip in the adult pool, or unwind in the hot tub. Then, freshen up in the spa-like bathrooms with heated tile floors and hot showers. If you have kids, they’ll enjoy the playground with its antique carousel and the game room with darts, a pool table, ping pong, and foosball. Do you have pets? Take them for a walk along the walking trails, play fetch in the dog area, or let them roam in the off-leash dog run.
Camperland RV Resort at the base of Mount Cheam is just minutes outside of Agassiz. The resort is open from April until the end of October, and with all of its amenities, its definitely worth checking out if you rent an RV during that time. There’s a lounge area, plus heated outdoor swimming pools, an on-site general store, a small liquor store, a video games room, hot tubs, a sauna, darts, basketball courts, and a lot more. The campground has 280 campsites with full and partial hookups, several which are pull-through. Each site is equipped with 30/50 amp electrical service, so bring your RV, and come check it out.
Exploring the City
Agassiz-Harrison Museum and Visitor Information Center is the perfect place to start your vacation when you book a motorhome rental in Agassiz. Housed in a Canadian Pacific Railway station built in 1893, start soaking in the history of the area before you even step foot through the doors. All the artifacts in the museum are acquired via donation and aim to exemplify the town's past and the natural history of the area. When you’re done, check out Pioneer Park, which lies adjacent to the museum.
You can also pay a visit to Kilby Historic Site in Harrison Mills. Kilby is a museum consisting of a general store built in 1906, the Manchester House Hotel, and a post office. The museum seeks to interpret Fraser Valley’s rural history. Check out the exhibits and artifacts and then explore the grounds of the two-hectare (five-acre) farm. Interact with the animals or let the little ones play on the orchard playground. And while you’re in Harrison Mills, be sure to visit Kilby Park. Nestled on the banks of the Harrison River and within walking distance of Kilby Historic Site, you can enjoy a walk on one of the nature trails, launch out into the river, catch some sun on the sandy beaches, or book a campsite at the 35-site campground.
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park in Chilliwack is an absolute must-see when you rent a motorhome in Agassiz. Characterized by round mountains covered in lush forests, the park’s crowning jewel is the 60-meter (197-foot) Bridal Veil Falls. A short hike will get you to the viewing platform at the base of the falls. Though the provincial park is only a day-use area, if you book an RV rental in Agassiz, you can park it at Camperland RV Resort just right next door.
Agassiz, BC is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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