This small park, only 24 hectares, was established in 1956 primarily as a convenient roadside pit stop for those travelling to the Interior from the Lower Mainland.
In 1846, Alexander Caulfield Anderson of the Hudson’s Bay Company explored the valley occupied by the Nicolum and Sumallo Rivers in search of a route to the Cariboo (the Dewdney Trail) and made a camp in the vicinity of Nicolum River Provincial Park. The section of Highway #3 at Nicolum River Park was once part of the historic trail.
Hidden within the surrounding forests are blueberries and other edible berries, as well as Labrador tea, which was used by native people and early settlers. Fishing is a possibility, as Nicolum River contains some Coho salmon, cutthroat trout and squawfish. Swimming and boating in the river is not recommended, as water currents are very strong.
The park contains 9 vehicle/tent campsites and offers only basic facilities – picnic tables, pit toilets, fire pits, firewood and water. The campground is close to the highway and river, so there is constant background noise. The park is open from May 19 – October 9.
The park is located 8km east of Hope off Highway 3 near the junction of Highway 3 and Highway 5.
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