The District of Kent is located 35 km (22 miles) west of Hope
and 47 km (29 miles) east of Mission on
Hwy 7 in the Upper Fraser Valley. The area is made up of mostly
farmland bordering the north side of the Fraser River with the Harrison
River, Harrison Hot Springs
and Harrison Lake towards the north.
The District of Kent consists of a large area comprised of the town
and villages of Agassiz, Harrison Highlands, Harrison Mills and
Ruby Creek. The District of Kent also has the six First Nations
Reserves of Chehalis, Lukseetissum, Scowlitz, Seabird Island, Tseatah
and Wahleach Island.
Agassiz is where you will find most of the local businesses including
the Aberdeen Visitor Centre. The small town has a very relaxed feeling
with beautiful views of the countryside and Mount Cheam in the background
towards the south-east.
Mills Circle Farm Tour
Agriculture has played such an important part in the District of
Kent's evolvement and past history. So proud of this past, the district
has set up for visitors a self-guided, agri-tour called the Agassiz-Harrison
Mills Circle Farm Tour.
You can start the circle tour from the Aberdeen Visitor Centre on
Pioneer Avenue next to Pioneer Park. Here you can find British Columbia's
oldest railway station housing the Agassiz-Harrison Museum where
you learn about the history of farming in the Agassiz-Harrison Mills
From the museum, the Agassiz-Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour leads
you to all the farm fresh producers in the area. You'll find products
that include organic herbs, tomato plants, hazelnuts, crayfish,
Coho salmon, fresh wasabi and an artesian coffee roaster.
The tour also highlights different farming methods including sheep
farming, green houses, dairy farms, corn farming, fresh cheese making
and perennial flower gardens.
Fall Fair and Corn Festival
The community also has a tradition of the annual Agassiz Fall Fair
which was first held in 1901. The fair, both entertaining and educational,
has lots of displays showing the benefits of farming in the District
of Kent and in British Columbia.
Hot Springs Resort & Spa
Located just north of Agassiz is the world-famous Harrison Hot Springs
Resort & Spa. Situated at the southern end of Harrison Lake,
Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa has been an international
destination for over 100 years starting with the original St. Alice
Hotel and Bath House built in 1886.
The Harrison Resort features guest rooms, cottages, suites and therapeutic
pools set in an unbelievable natural surrounding of Harrison Lake.
Harrison Lake and the community of Harrison Hot Springs offers excellent
recreational opportunities with hiking, boating, sailing and wildlife
viewing all available.
Other Eco-Tourism recreational activities abound in the District
of Kent including: hiking into Sasquatch Provincial Park; view in
awe of nature when the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is happening
and exploring along the historic Fraser and Harrison Rivers.
There is a ski and snowboard resort very close to the District of
Kent called Hemlock Valley Resort. To get to Hemlock Valley resort,
drive Hwy 7 west across Harrison River then up Morris Valley Road.
If you're here in the summer, the resort also features some mountain
For golfers, there is an excellent course called Sandpiper Golf
Resort located on Morris Valley Road in Harrison Mills. The Sandpiper
Golf resort features excellent views of the river and has a great
restaurant and lounge called The River's Edge.
If you do go out boating, exploring or Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser
River or Harrison River remember to watch your safety. The Fraser
River can be extremely fast-flowing and lifejackets are a must.
Make sure you and your children wear them at all times including
if you are also along the rivers edge or boating.
on the District of Kent