‘Monster edifices’ marring lake’s beauty

Inflatable water park not what this tourist was hoping to see

Here’s an idea. Let’s take an iconic piece of Beautiful B.C. at Harrison Hot Springs and install some enormous plastic structures to mar the beauty of Harrison Lake. How much more interesting to look at, say, than the gorgeous display of nature which has drawn thousands of visitors a year for decades. Instead of pondering the wonder of nature and appreciating the spectacular vista of Harrison Lake, one is now struck by the invasive capacity of petrochemicals masquerading as plastic “water toys” for the bored.

Having just returned from our 25th visit to Harrison Hot Springs in as many years, I felt compelled to figuratively put pen to paper and voice our dismay at this outrageous decision. We understand that the water sports company asked for, and was granted permission, to add these monster edifices to satisfy some demand for “something to do” while staying at Harrison Hot Springs. What an incredible mistake.

Now that the view from the hotel and the beachfront has been despoiled, I am just thankful that we have hundreds of photos from our many previous visits. This year, the camera didn’t even come out of the bag.

Judy McCallum and Michael Penney

Victoria, B.C.

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