A Sts'ailes dancer performs a Sasquatch dance during last year's Canada Day celebration in Harrison Hot Springs.

Sasquatch Days makes a comeback in Harrison

Unearthing old festival will extend summer tourist season

The story of the Sasquatch has been told for centuries, in many forms. He lives in the stories of the area’s First Nation families, has shown up in news stories as old as the printing press, and is constantly on the minds of many modern-day myth busters — and believers.

The Sasquatch is out there. It’s just a matter of finding him.

Celebration of this elusive creature goes back many years, too. The Sts’ailes First Nation has many traditional songs about the Sasquatch, and he is a very important character in many of their stories.

Now, another Sasquatch tradition is about to be unearthed. Sasquatch Days was most lively in the 1930s, and was a largely cultural event.

Robert Reyerse, executive director of Tourism Harrison, said that resurrecting Sasquatch Days was an easy decision.

Back in the fall of 2011, Tourism Harrison, Sts’ailes and the Harrison Festival Society were in a group discussion, brainstorming ideas.

“It seemed like the perfect event to bring everybody together,” he said.

Sasquatch researchers such as Bill Miller and John Green have regularly held Sasquatch expert talks in the Village plaza each summer, and Green will be a part of the event, being held next weekend.

The festival event will include canoe races, storytelling, a salmon barbecue, an exhibit in Memorial Hall, First Nation games, and even a medicine walk.

The choice to bring the festival back, particularly in June, was a strategic one to continue to boost tourism.

“This is a good time to promote Harrison,” Reyerse said, at the beginning of the summer. “We want to bring people into town earlier in the year.”

One of the biggest issues Harrison businesses face is the slow shoulder season, and Tourism Harrison and other groups are looking at ways to extend the time businesses can prosper.

news@ahobserver.com

 

 

 

Just Posted

Driver assaulted near Agassiz following road rage incident

RCMP ask for public’s help identifying suspects involved in Highway 9 incident

Man accused of killing Belgian tourist along Highway 1 appears in court

Sean McKenzie, 27, made second court appearance since his arrest in connection with the murder of Amelie Sakkalis

Dryness, nitrates possible explanations for Fraser Valley dairy farm fires

Farmers in Agassiz, Rosedale still unsure how fires started

Letter: Look for facts on proportional representation

In regards to the upcoming referendum on Proportional Representation, it should be… Continue reading

Harrison art exhibit features portraits of female strength, power

Ranger Station Art Gallery puts Angela Burdon’s portrait work on display

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

B.C. passenger caught smoking weed in a car issued $230 fine

Saanich police did a field sobriety test on the driver and deemed it safe for him to drive

Pedestrian rushed to Lower Mainland hospital after being hit by car

Friday night crash is latest in rash of collisions involving pedestrians in Surrey

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

More pot stores expected in B.C. in coming ‘weeks and months’: attorney general

Attorney General David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth visited the new BC Cannabis Store in the province’s Interior

Telus launches charitable foundation to help vulnerable youth

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation complements other social initiatives by the company, including Mobility for Good

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Temporary roads being built in areas affected by landslide in northern B.C.

Emergency Management BC news release says Disaster Financial Assistance is available to eligible residents of the Peace River Regional District who may have been affected by the landslides

B.C. tickets win big in Lotto Max draw

Jackpot carried over; B.C. tickets share Max Millions prizes

Most Read