Regional Parks / George Hicks Regional Park

George Hicks Regional Park is located in Valemount along Swift Creek. This 2.5 ha park has a small trail and viewing platform for the Chinook Salmon that travel from the Pacific Ocean, up the Fraser River and then enter Swift Creek to spawn from late July to mid August each year.

George Hicks was a long-time Valemount resident that moved west from Ontario to homestead, work in lumber camps, pan for gold and hunt in the area. He and his young family then spent the war years in Kingston, Ontario but returned to Valemount in 1946. Hicks then worked as a bookkeeper for sawmills, was a lumber buyer and ran his own sawmill and garage. He was later in real estate and was in invloved in developments along the Yellowhead Highway No. 5. George and his wife Anne were both active in community affairs and were 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.

Park facilities at George Hicks include bus parking, an information kiosk, picnic tables, toilets and a viewing platform.

George Hicks Regional Park is maintained by the Village of Valemount.

George Hicks Regional Park Site Map GeorgeHicksSiteMap.pdf (107 Kb)