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Manning Park

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E.C. Manning Provincial Park [dead link] is in British Columbia, Canada. It is 70,844 hectares in size. Manning Park is one of the most popular destination areas in the province. The landscape diversity of this park combined with 4 seasons' development, provides a wide range of both summer & winter recreational opportunities such as hiking, horseback riding, kayaking & canoeing.

Understand[edit]

History[edit]

Downhill & cross-country skiing have been popular winter activities in Manning Park since the early 1950s. From skating to snowboarding, Manning continues to be a favourite spot for winter sport enthusiasts from BC & around the world. Located in the Gibson Pass Valley, Manning Park is renowned for its dry snow & variety of snow play experiences including tubing, snowshoeing, winter camping, Nordic (cross-country) skiing, downhill & snowboarding. 

Landscape[edit]

The park is located in the Cascade Mountains of British Columbia.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The park is home to brown, black and grizzly bears, deer, and many birds. Within the park are pine, fir, spruce and other types of coniferous as well as deciduous trees.

Climate[edit]

Due to recent climate changes, the weather in the park has become milder recently, with mid-winter temperatures rarely dropping below -30 degrees Celsius. During the winter the temperature is in the upper twenties.

Get in[edit]

Greyhound provides services east-west along Highway 3. Manning Park is a common stopping point for the Greyhound coach.

The only way to get in is on the Crowsnest Highway (Hwy 3) via Hope in the west or Princeton in the east.

From Vancouver, it is approximately 3 hrs driving time east along Hwy 1 and Hwy 3. Coming from Kelowna, it is approximately 2.5 hrs driving by heading south along Hwy 97 and then following the 3A and Hwy 3 west.

Get around[edit]

Most of the public roads in the park are paved, with the exception of certain campground access roads the upper sub-alpine meadows portion of the lookout road, adjacent to the Manning Park Lodge.

Well maintained hiking trails and walking trails are present throughout the park, and there are no trails within the park that require unbridged stream crossings.

See[edit]

The Heather Trail in Manning Provincial Park
  • Take in the view from the Cascade Lookout. The lookout is accessed from the road that climbs to Blackwall Peak, which begins across from Manning Park Resort.

Do[edit]

Winter[edit]

Manning Park Resort offers a wide range of winter activities such as snowshoeing, ice skating, tubing and a top-rated network of cross-country ski trails. Backcountry enthusiasts will appreciate the dry powder and easy access to the majestic lakes, meadows and forests of E.C. Manning Provincial Park.

Summer[edit]

The park offers year-round camping and accommodation; hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking and SUP.

Camping[edit]

Within Manning Park, there are 4 provincial campgrounds: Lightning Lake, Coldspring, Mule Deer and Hampton. Information for these sites is available through BC Parks and reservations can be made through Discover Camping.

SH Showers
FT Flush Toilets
LA Lake Access
PT Pit Toilets
PW Potable Water
WS Water Source Nearby
FS Safe Food Storage
A Amphitheatre
TP Tent Pads
HS Heated Shelter
  • RV/Trailer/Tent Camping available
  • Group Rates available

Buy[edit]

The Country Store at the Manning Park Resort is the only place to purchase supplies in the park. It carries groceries, auto and camping supplies, some clothing, postcards and other souvenirs. Otherwise, the nearest town of any size is Hope, which is about 40 minutes away.

Eat[edit]

There is a restaurant at the Pinewoods Lodge building at Manning Park Resort.

Drink[edit]

The Bear's Den pub is a licensed establishment and is accessible from the main resort grounds off of Highway 3.

Sleep[edit]

November snowfall at the cabins

Lodging[edit]

  • Manning Park Resort, 7500 Highway #3, +1 604-668-5922, toll-free: +1-800-330-3321. A lodge and cabins situated in a valley within in the park. Lodge rooms have an occupancy of up to 4 persons and include bar fridge, microwave and TV. Cabins include the above plus a full kitchen and have an occupancy of 8-14 people. Amenities include fireside lounge, games room, indoor pool, sauna and hot tub, tennis courts and volleyball court.
  • Eastgate Bed and Breakfast and Cabin Rentals, lodging is available in a variety of cabins with running water, full kitchens, and livingrooms.
  • Similkameen Chalet, separate from the above facilities, also in Eastgate.

Camping[edit]

There are four campgrounds open for camping in the summer that are accessible from Hwy 3. The opening and closing times vary from year-to-year depending on snow levels. The park tries to have at least one campground open from mid-May to the Canadian Thankgiving holiday weekend (second weekend in October).

  • Lightning Lakes - Located on Lightning Lake near Manning Park Resort. Requires reservations after mid-June.
  • Coldspring is located 40 km east of the park's western portal. It is near the Similkameen River with a few sites overlooking the river. Sites cannot be reserved.
  • Hampton is located 12 km west of the park's eastern portal. It is the only campground not on water. Sites cannot be reserved.
  • Mule Deer is located 3.5 km west of the park's eastern portal. It is also on the Similkameen River and tends to be the first campground to open. Sites cannot be reserved.

Backcountry[edit]

There are 10 backcountry camping areas in the park accessed by trails. Facilities are limited and cost is $5/person per night.

Stay safe[edit]

Be bear aware in the summer. Some wilderness campgrounds have bear caches for storing food.

If driving through the park in winter, it's a good idea to carry chains. Black ice is common and the snow can accumulate quite a bit in a storm before it is plowed.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Manning Provincial Park
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