Photos: Korie Marshall
The Chinook Salmon, largest of the Pacific salmon, are starting to arrive at the George Hicks Park viewing area. These Chinook travel 1300 kilometers up the Fraser River from the Pacific into Swift Creek, where they were born a few years ago, looking for good spots to spawn before dying. Work is ongoing to protect and improve the stream banks and in-stream habitat to help the salmon survive, and they are also a great attraction to locals and tourists in August and early September. If you want to know more about what makes these salmon special, stop by the Park at 7 each evening in August for an interpretive talk. New signage will also be up soon at the newly installed information kiosk. And look for Discover Valemount’s new episode on the salmon, airing daily on VCTV and uploaded to YouTube soon!