George Hicks Regional Park is 2.5 ha in size and is located at Valemount, BC along Swift Creek.
The Park is maintained by the Village of Valemount under contract to the Regional District. Please contact Valemount for information.
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. He homesteaded, worked in lumber camps, panned gold and hunted in the area. He and his young family spent the war years in Kingston, Ontario but returned to Valemount in 1946. 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 and his wife Anne were both active in community affairs and were both directors of the Yellowhead Highway Association. George was also a director on the Regional District Board between 1968 and 1969. He was 81 when he passed away in 1982.
In the 1920s the park site was part of the Hicks homestead.
Facilities at George Hicks include bus parking, an information kiosk, picnic tables, toilets and a viewing platform.