Born in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and active in Ottawa, Ontario, Haycock studied geology and mineralogy at Acadia University in 1926. In 1931 he received his Ph. D from Princeton University and later studied art under Wilfrid Flood, Frank Hennessey and Tom Wood. During his tenure working for the Canada Department of Mines (1926-1964), he travelled extensively in the Arctic, especially Baffin Island. He met A.Y. Jackson there is 1927 and they painted together in the Arctic as well as in Algoma and Algonquin Park in Ontario, Gaspé and the Gatineaus in Quebec (c. 1939-1950’s), Labrador and in the Yukon (1967). Working in oil, pastel and watercolour, he painted mostly landscapes. He wrote and illustrated a book on the North and was a member of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Arctic Institute of North America.