Mountain Biking at Manning Park

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Manning Park

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Located in the Cascade Mountains, the terrain in the park varies from wet coastal rain forests, to jagged snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, to a chain of small lakes, and broad river beds along the valley floors. A network of trails criss-crosses the park. The park is best known for its magnificent midsummer displays of subalpine flowers, but there are other flora such as at Rhododendron Flats, near the park’s western entrance, which has a substantial colony of pinkish-red rhododendrons, a protected indigenous species that blooms in early to mid-June. Some of the less common species the park aims to protect are the Mountain Beaver, Wolverine and the Cascade Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel.

A Columbian ground squirrel at Manning Park.

Manning Park is a year-round get away, and in addition to its beautiful summer scenery, it boasts an abundance of winter activities. The extensive Nordic experience in the park includes 30 km (18.5 mi) of groomed classic and skate ski trails, and over 160 km (99 mi) of scenic back country trails for all levels. As well, alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice skating are all popular.

A family, cross-country skiing in winter at Manning Park.

The park has a large variety of walking and hiking trails which range anywhere from a 15 minute walk to a 6 day hike. These trails and the area surrounding them are home to a wide range of animals. There are 206 separate species of birds and 63 species of mammals within the park. Some of the parks historic trails include the Dewdney Trail, Hope Pass, Whatcom Trail, Engineers Road, Skyline Trail and the provincially significant Blackeye’s Trail. Historic features include the remains of ranches, trapping cabins, mining shafts, Buckhorn mining camp and historic fire lookout buildings at Windy Joe and Monument 83.

Alpine flowers at Manning Park.

Manning Park also hosts “BIRD BLITZ” every year in June. It’s a fun event for expert and novice birders alike. The Bird Blitz begins with registration at Lone Duck Campground. Then, after a full day of birding, participants will return to a barbecue with buns, salads and drinks (bring your own protein!). After dinner, birders will meet around the campfire for a quick run-through of the day’s sightings, followed by a guest speaker. The next morning is another opportunity to cover those areas missed on Saturday.

Location

Manning Park is on the Hope-Princeton Highway (Hwy 3), also known as the Crowsnest Highway. The park stretches for 58 km (36 mi) from portal to portal. The western portal is 26 km (16 mi) east of Hope and the eastern portal is 52 km (32 mi) west of Princeton. The core area of the park is located 68 km (42 mi) east of Hope and 68 km (42 mi) west of Princeton.

View at Manning Park

A Step Back in Time

Established in 1941, the park was named in memory of E. C. Manning, Chief Forester of British Columbia from 1936 – 1941 who was killed in an air plane accident in 1941. During his time as Chief Forester he was very instrumental in developing the idea of setting land aside for future generations to enjoy.

Prior to the park, as we know it today, the Three Brothers Preserve was established in 1931 to save the alpine meadows from overgrazing by sheep. This was a 6,440 hectare area which is part of what we now know as Sub-Alpine Meadow. The preserve was doubled in size in 1936 and the Three Brothers Wildlife Reserve was formed. Since 1941 when the Class “A” Provincial Park was established there have been several revisions to the boundaries. The most recent was in October 1999 increasing the size to 70,844 hectares (175,000 acres).

In 1949 the Hope-Princeton Highway was completed that made the park accessible to motor vehicles and in 1957 Manning Park boasted construction of the first nature house in the province.

Lake Lighting at Manning Park.

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Manning Park Resort

Manning Park Resort

Manning Park

Manning Park Resort is a four season, family-friendly resort in the heart of the Cascade Mountains that offers year-round camping and accommodation; hiking, biking, canoeing; skiing/boarding; 64km of Nordic trails; snowshoeing; and an outdoor ice rink. It has full resort amenities, including a varie ... Read more
Sunshine Valley RV Resort & Cabins

Sunshine Valley RV Resort & Cabins

Hope

Located near Hope, BC, Sunshine Valley RV Resort & Cabins is a fantastic year-round vacation destination. Nearby Manning Provincial Park offers exceptional skiing and snowboarding in the winter and breathtaking hiking trails in the summer. ATV trails directly accessible from the resort turn into sno ... Read more
Othello Tunnels Campground & RV Park

Othello Tunnels Campground & RV Park

Hope

The Best Camping in the bottom of the Coquihalla Canyon along the Trans Canada Trail in a very scenic mountainous area with wild flowers, beautiful trees, open spacious sites from full hookups to tents, electric sites with picnic tables, firepits in all sites. Nov-Mar 10% discount on daily rates. ... Read more
Coquihalla Campground

Coquihalla Campground

Hope

The Coquihalla Campground has approximately 117 camping sites and is located along the Coquihalla River. Approximately 32 are full service hook-ups with cable. The park has access to a variety of fishing opportunities in the area from fly fishing to river boat fishing tours. In addition, it is in a ... Read more
Holiday Motel & RV Resort

Holiday Motel & RV Resort

Hope

Nestled at the foot of Mount Hope with several Sasquatch caves to explore, Holiday Motel & RV Resort is a great place to bring the family for a fun filled vacation. Our friendly and helpful staff awaits to provide you exceptional service to create an unforgettable experience. We have different types ... Read more
Camperland RV Resort at Rosedale

Camperland RV Resort at Rosedale

Rosedale

Nestled at the base of Mt. Cheam and situated off the Trans Canada Highway, Camperland RV Resort is the perfect base for travellers or families wanting to escape their busy lives for a relaxing and fun vacation. Adjacent to Bridal Veil Provincial Park and Bridal Falls Waterpark, the whole family wil ... Read more
Bridal Falls Motel

Bridal Falls Motel

Rosedale

A short walk to Bridal Veil Falls, water park, Golf Course and Driving Range. Walking distance to stores and restaurants. Monthly rates available in off season. ... Read more
Harrison Springs Camping & RV Park

Harrison Springs Camping & RV Park

Harrison Hot Springs

Beautiful, peaceful, gated campground. Just passed the welcome sign on left, 300 metres. Full serviced 30-50 amp. Cable TV, private treed sites accommodating any size unit. Some camp sites are in wilderness, light forest setting. Clean family oriented. Modern facilities with exceptionally clean wash ... Read more
Sunnyside Campground

Sunnyside Campground

Cultus Lake

Lakefront family camping with full hookup, tenting, group, and seasonal sites. Facilities include washrooms with free hot showers, onsite store and laundry; sani-station; four playgrounds; onsite security; boat launch; buoy rental; sandy beaches; swimming; and fishing. Located near golf course, wate ... Read more
The Cabins At Cultus Lake Park

The Cabins At Cultus Lake Park

Cultus Lake

Nestled amongst the towering trees with incredible mountain views, The Cabins at Cultus Lake Park is a piece of paradise that awaits you. Surrounded by sandy beaches, waterslides, golf courses, mini-golf and more, we are the perfect destination for a fun family vacation. In the heart of the communit ... Read more
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