When the visitors are away, the Sasquatch will play.
So many native animals are returning to their natural habitats as coronavirus cleared the streets and scenery of popular tourist destinations across the world, and Harrison Hot Springs is no exception. Photos recently surfaced of the legendary Sasquatch, on a holiday of its own, frolicking near Harrison Lake.
Since late March, True Key Hotels and Resorts, the parent company of Harrison Beach Hotel, introduced a bit of lighthearted fun featuring the big, hairy cryptid making itself at home.
“With Harrison Beach Hotel closed for all non-essential travel, we wanted to bring joy and a little bit of humour to keep our past and future guests engaged while they are unable to visit us in person,” said general manager Jenn Buerge in a recent statement.
The long-time social distancing champion Sasquatch has been spotted relaxing at the hotel, staking out certain places to catch a glimpse of the legendary, elusive human and dancing to Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Social media followers warmly welcomed the hirsute visitor’s antics as much-needed comedy relief during these difficult times.
Sasquatch Days celebrates the legend itself and has been an annual tradition in Harrison Hot Springs since 1938. The weekend event – which would feature canoe races, a salmon barbecue and stories of the not-so-mythical beast – has been sidelined for the year, set to return again in 2021.
The word Sasquatch evolved from a Sts’ailes word “Sasq’ets,” which means “Hairy man.” The Sts’ailes people believe the Sasquatch to be a spiritual being that can vanish into the spirit realm at will, which explains why – until his recent trek into the tourist town –it’s often difficult to spot. The Sasquatch has been a major player among the lore and oral traditions of First Nations surrounding the Harrison area for hundreds of years.