Manning Provincial Park

E.C. Manning Provincial Park is in British Columbia, Canada. It is 70,844 hectares in size. The park was formerly the location of a small two-lift ski area, which entered receivership in 2009 and was closed indefinitely on April 1st, 2013.

Understand

History

A skihill was formerly located at Gibsons Pass, called the Manning Park Gibsons Pass Ski Area. The facilities opened in 1970, and ended operations on April 1st, 2013, due to bankruptcy after 3 years of receivership.

Landscape

The park is located in the coast mountains of British Columbia.

Flora and fauna

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

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

Get in

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

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

The Heather Trail in Manning Provincial Park

Do

Winter

After 3 years of receivership, the Manning Park Ski Area indefinitely ended operations as of April 1st, 2013. There is no current plan of reopening the hill for the 2013-2014 season, as well as the Nordic area.

Hiking and cross country skiing are still possible along the Lightning Lake chain, however in recent years with higher temperatures it has become unsafe due to ice reliability. Snow shoeing is still recommended.

Summer

Camping

It is unclear at this time what campgrounds will remain open for the summer of 2013 and the 2013-2014 winter season. Please consult the park prior to visiting to confirm the availability of the campsites, as the resort which maintains them has been indefinitely closed.

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
Drive-Up Camping Rate per Night Sites Facilities
Lightning Lake $28.00 143 SH/FT/LA/PW/A
Cold Spring $21.00 66 PT/PW
Hampton $21.00 99 PT/PW
Mule Deer $21.00 49 FT/PW
Group Camping Rate per Night Facilities
Lone Duck One Winter rates are $11/group, first come first serve $70.00 + $4/adult + $1/child HS/LA/PT/PW
Lone Duck Two $70.00 + $4/adult + $1/child HS/LA/PT/PW
Cambie Creek Winter only $20.00 + $4/adult + $1/child PT/PW

Buy

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

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

Drink

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

Sleep

November snowfall at the cabins

Lodging

Camping

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).

Backcountry

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

Stay safe

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

Routes through Manning Provincial Park

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