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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Sasquatch is believed to be an ape-like cryptid by some and a product of a good imagination by others. It has been described as a large, bipedal hairy hominoid creature, living in remote forested wilderness areas of the United States and Canada. Its existence has most specifically been reported as being in the US north-east and southern states, the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific north-west and south-western Canada.

Sasquatch, Bigfoot or Yeti sightings have been reported in Malaysia, China, Russia, Australia and South America. Most scientists reject the existence of such a creature, putting it down to folklore or hoaxes. Wildlife biologists and zoologists ignore the evidence and reject papers on the subject. No bones or bodies have ever been found, but there are constant claims of tracks.

More than 3000 North American reports of a large hair-covered animal resembling an upright gorilla have been recorded and reviewed. Over 100 tracks attributed to such an animal have been cast and archived.

Getaway decided to check out the stories emanating from the Harrison River area of British Columbia and there we met the Charlie family. They are a traditional First Nations family from Chehalis and run Sasquatch Tours. The Sasquatch is important to the Chehalis and is part of their culture, spirituality, legends and history.

Chehalis is a small community in south-western British Columbia, lying between the resort community of Harrison Hot Springs and Harrison Mills, on the banks of the river of the same name.

Sasquatch Tours operate Aboriginal cultural cruises, interpretative programs, traditional ceremonies and dances, cultural awareness workshops and sensitivity training programs within the beautiful coastal mountains.

Cruises explore the Harrison River, a main tributary of the Fraser River which drains Harrison Lake, the largest lake in south-western British Columbia. It is rich in wildlife and natural resources.

The custom-designed boat navigates its way safely through the Harrison River and Lake. It takes up to twelve passengers and is equipped with everything necessary for safety. Cruises leave from the docks opposite the renowned Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa.

The two-hour narrated cruise gives an introduction to the culture, lands and legends of the Chehalis. As you go into the pristine beauty of British Columbia's coastal mountains, you will take in marshlands and forested slopes, home to the mythological Sasquatch, and view ancient rock paintings and carvings, archaeological sites and rock formations resembling human or animal forms.

Your guide shares stories of the legends of Sasquatch and there is a very good chance you will see wildlife such as river otters, deer and bears.

Other tours on offer are Salmon Migration, Dance and Drum Presentation, Honouring Ceremony, Eagles and Salmon Viewing, Healing Waters, Longhouse Dinner Feast and Traditional Dance.

The motto is "xaxa temexw tei" which translates into "everything you see is sacred to us".


Two hours east of Vancouver.


Adventure Destinations has a one-day Sasquatch tour from Harrison Hot Springs. The tour is $76 for adults and $38 for children. It includes a cruise, lunch and transfers.

Air New Zealand has flights to Vancouver, valid for travel between January 17 and June 16, 2007.

Fares from;
  • Sydney, $2245
  • Melbourne, $2329
  • Brisbane, $2331
  • Adelaide, $2547
  • Perth, $2732

Prices quoted are correct on October 19, 2006

More information

Adventure Destinations Reservations
Ph: (03) 9510 9122
Toll free: 1300 136 330

Sasquatch Tours
5061 Chehalis Road
Agassiz BC V0M 1A1
Toll free: 1 877 796 1221
Ph: 0011 1 604 991 0613
Fax: 0011 1 604 796 1233

Canadian Tourism Commission
Phone: 1300 300 576

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