Hicks Lake is tucked on the east side of Harrison Lake, a little section of Sasquatch Provincial Park, one of the prettiest and probably my favourite campsite we’ve tried in BC.
We do this trip after the Labour Day long weekend, after the kids are back in school, when it’s a bit slower and a bit less crowded. In BC this year, though, kids were still out of school when we packed up and headed toward Hicks. It was definitely more crowded than in previous years, but the weather was nice, and the weekend was filled with postcard-perfect moments of BC camping: sing-alongs, grilling, laughing, lakes, frisbee, beach volleyball, paddling in a borrowed kayak. It was like every well put together pro-camping marketing campaign.
This year the camping group grew to 14 adults and 6 kids, our largest yet. I am the primary organizer for this weekend, and generally take care of the reservations. This year we spread out over four sites, and my favourite ones weren’t available, so we booked onto others – a bit smaller, and closer to a different beach. Next year, I’d want one more site just to give us the chance to spread out a bit more.
The campground is well maintained and has a number of amenities that make it worth going for: a kid-friendly and swimmable lovely lake, beach volleyball, beaches, fish, stargazing, campfire rings, relatively flat and well shaded sites, and up the road a bit – paddle boat rentals. It’s fairly big, with 72 sites at Hicks Lake alone (Hicks, Lakeside (Deer Lake), and Bench are the three campgrounds that make up Sasquatch Provincial Park).
BC Hydro is doing a major project through the campsite, and we had heard the gravel road was in horrible condition, but we found it to be in the best shape it has been in the four years we have been going, so I suspect it got so bad over this summer they had recently topped the road.
Hicks Lake is a perfect example of a west coast BC campground, and reminds me of all the trips I took as a child. I can’t recommend it enough.