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B.C. municipal election 2018: Harrison Hot Springs results

Incumbent Leo P. Facio has been re-elected as mayor of Harrison Hot Springs. Facio won with 432 votes, beating out John Allen, who received 282 votes, according to CivicInfo BC.

Incumbent councillor Samantha Piper was also re-elected. She will be joined by newcomers Gerald Palmer, Ray Hooper and Michie Vidal.

Below is the full list of mayoral and councillor candidates in Harrison Hot Springs.

Candidates

Mayor

John J Allen

Leo P Facio (incumbent)

Council

Leslie L Ghezesan

Ray G Hooper

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Allan H Jackson

Zoltan T Kiss

Gerald E Palmer

Samantha K Piper (incumbent)

Michie P Vidal

Sung Y Wong

Boundary

The southern end of Harrison Lake is where you’ll find Harrison Hot Springs, about 30 kilometres from Chilliwack.

Population (2016)

1,468

History

Home to the Sto:lo and the Sts’ailes people is the region that includes Harrison Hot Springs, a community at the southern tip of Harrison lake.

The hot springs there were called “Warum Chuck” but the peoples who first inhabited the area, and they were believed to have spiritual and medicinal qualities.

Explorers didn’t learn of the hot springs until the Gold Rush happened in 1858, when prospectors capsized and found themselves in warm water during the winter.

The hot springs soon became a popular tourist destination — people would arrive there via the Fraser and Harrison rivers, or else carriages connecting to the Canadian Pacific Railway stop at Agassiz.

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With the end of the Gold Rush went economic activity in the area, and the hot springs would become a key attraction there.

The Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa opened in 1926, and has been a draw ever since.

Median total income of couple economic families with children (2015)/B.C. median

$105,216/$111,736

Political representation

Federal

Jati Sidhu (Liberal)

Provincial

Laurie Throness (BC Liberal)