Manning Park is a provincial park about 3 hours from Vancouver with camping, canoeing and hiking in the summer, and a small ski resort in the winter.
MANNING PARK AND COVID-19
On March 16th, 2020, Manning Park announced that March 18th was the last day that the resort was going to be open for the 2019/2020 ski season. Similar to ski hills in the Lower Mainland and elsewhere in BC, the early closure was due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
In the spring of 2020, also because of the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Parks closed all of its parks in the province. On May 14th Manning Park reopened for day-use. Campgrounds at Manning Provincial Park are open again as of June 1st (with reservations being accepted as of May 25th). As of June 4th, accommodations are also once again available at Manning Park Resort.
To learn more about the status of the park see the BC Parks website.
For information about ski resorts in the Vancouver area (which also announced closures at around the same time), click Lower Mainland Ski Hills.
To learn about other affected places of interest in the Lower Mainland, see our article about COVID-19 Closures in Metro Vancouver.
E.C. Manning Provincial Park
Manning Park is an impressive provincial park located about 3 hours from Vancouver, heading east past Hope.
At Manning Park there are camping, canoeing and hiking opportunities in the summer, and a good (but small) ski resort in the winter.
Manning Park Resort, located within the provincial park, has accommodations for over 450 people. There is a hostel, a hotel, cabins and more (including over 300 campsites spread out over a number of campgrounds).
Click this link for a Map of Manning Park.
Manning Park in Summer, Spring & Fall
Manning Park is a great to place visit anytime of the year, but especially in the summer. It has a number of exceptional campgrounds, including Lightning Lake which is the largest and has hot showers and flush toilets, plus a sandy beach.
Canoes, kayaks and even rowboats are available for rent in the summer, and if you are lucky and take your fishing rod and license you might even catch a trout. Manning Provincial Park is also a good place to take your own boat, but nothing with a motor.
Click this link for a Map of the Lightning Lake Campground.
Click Manning Park hiking trails for information on hiking opportunities in the park, including for 9 km Lightning Lake Loop.
Manning Park in the Winter
Manning Park is a winter wonderland when there is snow on the ground. There is a good small ski hill with (usually) great snow, a couple of chairlifts and a tubing park. There are also extensive cross-country ski trails, plus more trails for snowshoeing.
Accommodations are a short drive away at the Manning Park Resort, although RV sites with hookups are also popular in one of the parking lots not far from the chairlifts.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to Manning Park.
TIP #1: If you already have a season pass ski ticket at a number of other ski hills in BC (including from Grouse in Vancouver), make sure to show it at the ticket booth to get a 25% discount.
TIP #2: If driving in winter (and early spring or late fall) you’ll want good winter tires (and maybe even chains just in case). Also, check the weather forecast or highway reports in advance to make sure you don’t find yourself traveling in a blizzard.
TIP #3: During the winter ski season, Manning Park often offers 2-for-1 Tuesdays, where two can ski both downhill and cross-country for half price. Rentals and lessons are also 2-for-1, which makes it the best ski deal within easy driving distance of Vancouver.
TIP #4: Located in the Cascade Mountains, Manning Park makes a great place to stop over on your way to the south Okanagan, being halfway between Vancouver and Penticton (about 3 hours plus or minus in good traffic either way).
Click Lower Mainland’s Ski Hills for information on other ski resorts in and around Metro Vancouver (including Grouse, Seymour, Cypress and Whistler).