The Valemount Visitor Centre
The Valemount Visitor Information Centre has a great variety of handcrafted artisan consignment items from local artists, souvenirs, books and clothing. The store is also online on the website (you can order online and arrange a pick-up time). They also sell BC Fishing Licenses. There are interpretive displays such as a Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Wolf, Beaver and assorted local owls and birds. The helpful staff can help you book your local trip or any trip within British Columbia. There is free Wi-Fi as well as free brochures. Come into the centre to find out what local activities Valemount has to offer you!
Valemount is home to the Chinook salmon run in August to September. The viewing platform (and parking area) in George Hicks Park by Swift Creek is only a 250 m stroll (or drive) down the road from the centre, otherwise you can take the short trail located to left just past the log building (and parking lot) below the centre (you will see the brown trail marker that states “G. Hicks Reg. Park Salmon Viewing”). At George Hicks Park you can enjoy a picnic while viewing the salmon by the river and also view the interpretative signage. The public washrooms (outhouses) are also located at the park.
Meet Village of Valemount
Meet Village of Valemount
The Village of Valemount was incorporated in 1962 and is a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The local government agency provides municipal services to Valemount with one appointed mayor and four council members. Tourism has always been an important agenda for council, and with an aging tourist info centre, an update was essential.
In partnership with Northern Development, Columbia Basin Trust, Olympic/Paralympic Live Sites and the Village of Valemount, construction of the Valemount Visitor Centre was completed in 2007. As a long-awaited improvement and an optimal location prime to entice passing travelers, the project has seen overwhelming success with an increase in activity. Especially captivating for many visitors are the interpretive displays throughout the centre and the Swift Creek Chinook salmon run-the second longest inland migration in the entire world.
The Village of Valemount staff are keen to show visitors and locals alike just how friendly Canadians truly are. Valemount, in particular, is a place full of supportive and welcoming residents. You’d be hard pressed to walk down any street without someone saying hello to you! There is a ton of creative energy in this community; local entrepreneurs and the countless selfless individuals shine unlike anywhere else. Visit Valemount to see the endless opportunities that it has to offer and “Let the Mountains Move You.”