Manning Provincial Park / Vancouver Coast & Mountain Region
P.O. Box 3, Manning Park, V0X 1R0
Phone: 250-840-8836 Fax: 250-840-8700
*Map of Vancouver Coast & Mountains*
 
The park is located between Princeton and Hope on hwy 3 south of highway 1. approximatly 2.5 hours east of Vancouver about 26km from hope and 48km from Princeton. The park is open throughout the year.

This is a staggering 65,880 hectare rugged mountain area. To the west it borders on another exceptional wilderness in the form of Skagit Provincial Park. The two parks share sections of the same trails. To the north the park borders on the Cascade Recreation Area.

 
 
Accommodations: The park has a resort as well as cabins and chalets and of course front country and backcountry camping. .

Camping Frontcountry: There are four front country campgrounds in the park. Coldspring is the first campground you'll encounter coming from Hope. It's acessible from the main park road and has 64 campsites.If you're coming from the east the first camground you'll encounter along the main road will be the Mule Deer which has 49 sites. Hampton is also along the main road and has 99 sites available. To reach any of the 143 sites at Lightening Lake take the head east on the turn off just to the west of the parks centrally locatedl visitors center. All the compgrounds have toilets and Lightening Lake has showers. Group camping is available at Lightening Lake, reservations are required. Contact the park for details.

Camping Backcountry: Primitive camping is available at Nicomen Lake, Buckhorn, Kicking Horse, Poland Lake, Pacific Crest, , Mowich (see the Skyline II Trail), Strike Lake, Frosty Creek and Monument 78.

Camping Winter: Choose from either the Lightening Lake day use area (privies, no tables and no fires allowed) or the Lone Duck I area (parking, firepits and shelter).

 
Snow Shoeing: The park has three designate snow shoeing trails. You can also break your own trail, which can be tough since the area gets a lot of snow. One restriction, as always, don't snow show on the cross country ski trails. Rentals and trail information are availbable at the Nordic Center.

Similkammen West Trail - The trail starts at the Nordic Center and loops back to the start. It's about 4.2km for the loop and is considered an easy trail.

 
Shadow Lake/Three Falls Trail - The trail starts at Strawberry Flats. The first section is easy but the last section is rated expert, so you may want to turn around at that point if your fitness level isn't up to the challenge. The trail is an out and back with a total distance return of 7km.

Dam Trail - The trail goes from Lightening Lake to the Nordic Center. It's considered an intermedaite level trail.

Note: Do not travel on the lake!

 
Cross Country Skiing: There are over 100km of backcountry and cross country trails. Have a look at the XC map from Manning Resort.
  • River Trail - 1km, Easy
  • Little Muddy Trail - 2.5km
  • Graduation Hill on Little Muddy - Expert
  • Lone Duck Trail - 1km, Intermediate
  • Campground Loop - 1.7km, Easy
  • Mini Loop - 1km, Easy
  • South Gibson Trail - 3.2km, Intermediate
  • North Gibson Trail - 3.1km, Expert
  • Strawberry Flats - 2km, Easy
  • Cabin Loop - 0.5km, Easy
 
 
 
Backcountry Skiing: There are a number of excellent backcountry trails in the park, some with incredible lookouts. Although the park is easily accessible, this is a true wilderness area so be prepared with a good knowledge of avalanche dangers as well as the essentail equipment.
  • Monument 83 - 15km one way (30km return), Expert
  • Monument 78 - 12km one way (24km return), Intermediate
  • Cascade Lookout - 8km one way (16km return), Intermedaite
  • Blackwell Peak - 15km one way (30km return), Expert
  • Cambie Loop - 5km, Easy
  • Fat Dog - 6km one way, (12km return), Expert
  • Ligthtening Lake Loop - 9km, Easy
  • Ligthening Lake Chain to Thunder Lake - 12km One Way (24km return), Intermediate
  • Windy Joe Mountain - 15km, Expert

Snow Boarding/Downhill Skiing: The downhill area which is located in the heart of the park consists of three seperate peaks, two with shared trails. In total there are 24 trails on the mountains. Terrain: Green 30% / Intermediate 40% / Expert 30%. The vertical is 437m (1417ft) & The Peak Elevation 1790m (5868ft). Trail Map

  • Average Annual Snow Fall / 535cm (214in)
  • Lifts / Two Chairs
  • One Handle Tow / One T-Bar
 
Mountain Biking: Several of the parks trails are open for mountian biking. The trail names follow are as follows:
  • Windy Joe
  • Poland Lake
  • Gibson Loop
  • Monument 83
  • Monument 78 (one section)

Rentals are available in the park

 
Park staff take students into the interior to teach them winter survival skills such as digging a snow cave or building a Quinzi
 
Hiking: 255 km Of Trails
  • Lightning Lake Loop - 9 km, easy - long, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains - Length of Trail: 9 km return
  • Lightning Lake Chain - 12km, Easy - very long, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Castle Creek/Monument 78 Trail - 12km, Easy long, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains - Length of Trail: 12 km one way
  • Strawberry Flats/Three Falls Trails - Level of Difficulty: Easy - Long Description: This trail makes a 2 1/2 to 3 hour loop including arriving at a downhill ski area and passing falls,l then makes its descent to trail's end. The total elevation change is 125 meters.
  • Heather Trail - 21km, Moderate - Very Long, Fraser Valley, Manning Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Windy Joe Mountain Trail - 15km, Difficult - Long, Fraser Valley, Manning Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and Mountains - Length of Trail: 15 km return
  • Pacific Crest Trail - Fraser Valley, Manning Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Monument 83 Trail - 16 km one way, Moderate, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Poland Lake Trail - 8km one way, Moderate, Fraser Valley, Manning Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and Mountains - Length of Trail: 8 km one way
  • Bonnevier Trail - 29km one way, Moderate - Very Long, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountians
  • Grainger Creek Trail - 19.5 km one way, Difficult - Very Long, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Skagit Bluffs Trail - 5.6 km one way, Difficult, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountians
  • Frosty Mountain Loop trail - 29.2 km round trip, Difficult, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains - Length of Trail: 29.2 km round trip
  • Skyline I Trail - 20.4 km round trip, Difficult, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Skyline II Trail - 12.5 km one way, Difficult, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains

Use Topographic Series Maps, Scale, 1:50,000, sheets 92H/02 (Manning Park) and 92H/03 (Skagit River) ) and 92H/07 (Princeton). These will cover most of the park and recreation areas that you'll need to hike in this area.

 
 
  Horsepacking: The park has designate horsepacking trails.

Backpacking: 70 Wilderness campsites, and 255 km of trials

Canoeing: There are several lakes in the park for canoeing.

Nature: Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the park. The park is famous for its flowering alpine meadows which can be readily observed from the Heather Trail - best viewing is in mid to late summer. Squirrels, chipmonks, black and brown bear may be seen in the park. In addition elk and moose are often sighted.

 
In addition to the backpacking, hiking and skiing trails the park has five self guided nature trails. These include Beaver Pond, Rein Orchid, Sumallo Grove, Canyon and Paintbrush. Inquire with the park office for more information.

Maps: An online Map is now available from the official Manning Park website online from BC Parks.

XC Map - From Manning Resort

Topographic Series Maps, Scale, 1:50,000, sheets 92H/02 (Manning Park) and 92H/03 (Skagit River) ) and 92H/07 (Princeton) cover most of the park and recreation areas that you'll need to hike in this area.

Literature: A brochure which also includes a basic map of the park and its trails.Contact: Okanagan District, Box 399, 11 km N of Summerland on Highway 97, Summerland, BC, V0H 1Z0, Phone: (250) 494-6500 / Fax: (250) 494-9737

Additional Information: Official Manning Park site online from BC Parks.

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