George Hicks Regional Park is 2.5 hectares in size and is located along Swift Creek in Valemount, BC. The Park has a small trail and lookout platform that provides excellent salmon viewing opportunities in late July to mid August. The Chinook Salmon come from the Pacific Ocean, up the Fraser River and then enter Swift Creek to spawn.
Who was George Hicks?
The park was named after a long-time resident of the area who moved west from Ontario and eventually settled in Valemount. Over the years, Hicks worked as a bookkeeper for sawmills, was a lumber buyer, ran his own sawmill and his own garage. Later he formed a real estate company with his partners and they were responsible for most of the development along the Yellowhead Highway No. 5. George was also a director on the Regional District Board between 1968 and 1969. He was 81 when he passed away in 1982.
Facilities at George Hicks Park include bus parking, an information kiosk, picnic tables, toilets and a viewing platform.