The Swift Creek Watershed Society has erected a new salmon viewing platform at George Hicks Park in Valemount — just in time for this year’s salmon spawn. The higher platform provides better, safer views into the waters of Swift Creek, and it also discourages people from stepping into the creek and disturbing salmon habitat, says society president Bruce Wilkinson.
The platform was constructed with locally sourced wood and funded through the Columbia Basin Trust.
The Swift Creek Watershed Society is now working to add new rock and solidifying materials at seven other sites along the creek, with the goal of preventing erosion and improving salmon spawning habitat.
The Robson Valley is the northernmost salmon spawning point on the Fraser River. Chinook salmon spawn here in August and September, after travelling some 1,000 kilometres from the ocean.
Source: “Upgrades to Valemount salmon spawning lookout,” Rocky Mountain Goat News, 8 August 2014.