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Manning Park, British Columbia

Manning Park is one of BC’s finest and diverse outdoor destinations with over 1 million visitors annually. Encompassing over 70,000 hectares, this park represents a transition zone between coastal rain forest and the semi-arid Okanagan. This transition zone includes towering cedars, alpine meadows, the northern Cascade Mountains, high alpine lakes, the Skagit and Similkameen River drainage basins, endangered and protected species, peak predators like Grizzly and Cougar, and over 300km of BC Parks maintained trails to enjoy it all by.

E. C. Manning Park is a focus of outdoor recreation that is unique in British Columbia. Located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains it is within a three hour drive from either the Lower Mainland or the Okanagan. The climate and geography have combined to make this park an all season recreation area. Bisected by Hwy. 3, E. C. Manning Park is one of the most popular provincial parks in the province. The diversity of the park's landscape, combined with four seasons’ development and easy access are the prime factors which stimulate visitor interest. The park contains a large number of scenic, historic, floral and fauna attractions and provides a wide range of both summer and winter recreational. 

Four summer drive-in campgrounds along the Highway 3 Corridor offer vehicle accessible camping, day-use interpretive trails while backcountry/wilderness opportunities offer longer hiking trails, horse use and wilderness camping.

The park has a large variety of walking/hiking trails which range anywhere from a 15 minute walk to a 6 day hike. In many cases the views and floral displays are one of a kind. The diversity within this park is what makes it so spectacular and there is sure to be something to meet everyone’s needs.

Campers can choose between over 350 campsites, 3 group campgrounds, and multiple back country campsites. Lightning Lake campground has newly renovated hot shower houses and over looks Lightning Lake. Boat rentals are available at the Lightning Lake Boat House, and with no powered craft allowed, a peaceful canoe ride to the end of the lake is only interrupted by the occasional sound of Loons calling.
Winter activities are still a major draw to the park. There are over 30km of groomed Nordic trails, as well as extensive off-piste nordic and snowshoe trails to take the adventurous on multi-day trips. Downhill skiing at Manning Park is like nothing the coastal mountains have to offer. Colder temperatures and more consistent weather reward those who visit with line after line of un-tracked and unforgettable snow. Powered RV sites located on hill provide the provinces only ski-in ski-out camping!
Within easy, scenic driving distance from the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Manning Park remains the most accessible and diverse outdoor destination in southwest British Columbia. Back country hikes or leisurely walks, tarps and tents or queen size beds, Manning Park has something for everyone.

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