May Long Weekend
May 18 – May 20 all-day
Fishing on Lightning Lake

Photo credit: Niki Kennedy

Kickoff to summer camping season. Boathouse opens (weather permitting) and first interpretive programs start. Follow our Facebook page to see the weekly interpretive program schedule!

Interpretive programs run weekends from May 18-June 23, and daily from June 29- September 1. Donations are gratefully accepted and help our programs continue. Look for posted weekly schedule online and around the park.

Wildflower walks are 5 days/week during summer: Friday-Sunday, Monday & Wednesday from June 29-Sept 1. Check weekly schedule to confirm. Meet at Naturalist hut at upper parking lot on Blackwall Peak Road.

Book your camping reservations with Discover Camping at

Canada Day Celebrations @ Lightning Lake Day Use
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Celebrate Canada’s birthday with this special event at Lightning Lake Day Use Area.  Barbecue, kid’s crafts, face painting, Canadian music, community partners, and historical entertainers.  Free Canada Day cupcakes!

Parks Day Celebrations! @ Manning Park Lightning Lake Day Use Area
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us to celebrate our beautiful parks with community partner booths, barbecue, crafts, facepainting and more! Family-friendly guided hike and the Great Parks’ Day Quiz Show at the amphitheatre that evening.

Manning Park 10km & 21km Trail Race – from Fraser Valley Trail Races
Jul 27 all-day

This is a new 10km & 21km trail race through Manning Park, presented by Fraser Valley Trail Races.

See all the info and register at:

“Manning Park is an absolute treasure in the heart of the Cascade Mountains! It has rewarding elevation gains, viewpoints that will leave you breathless, and mile after mile of gorgeous single track cutting through valleys, around lakes and over rivers. Racing in Manning Park is a great opportunity to make a fun get away with family and/or friends. Besides the trails, there’s a beautiful campground and resort with cabins where you can stay the weekend, a gorgeous lake to canoe and swim in, and plenty of trails to bring your bike to enjoy a ride!

We are excited to share this beautiful part of BC with you, and whether you run the 10 km trails around Lightning Lake, or challenge the 21 km route, you will finish your race with a new appreciation for being “a world away”, even if just for a couple hours! But of course, we hope you’ll stay a bit longer to enjoy even more of Manning on your own.

All of our races are sanctioned through BC Athletics.

Thank you for considering Fraser Valley Trail Races and we hope to see you at any of our events in 2019.

Questions? Please email either of the FVTR race directors Jenny ([email protected]) and Katrina ([email protected]). We hope to hear from you and see you on course!”

Lights on Lightning Lake Lantern Festival @ Lightning Lake Day Use
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 9:30 pm

Lantern building workshop at Lightning Lake Day Use Area. Build your own floating lantern to launch it on Lightning Lake that evening!
Barbecue from 11-2pm. Lantern launch at Spruce Bay Beach at 9:30pm.

This incredible event is a highlight of the summer and is not to be missed!

$20/lantern kit, $30 for 2.

Fat Dog 120 Trail Race
Aug 9 – Aug 11 all-day

MOST scenic ultra race in Canada. This is a challenging point to point race that straddles 3 stunning provincial parks and one recreational area in British Columbia, Canada in the Cascades Mountains.

FAT DOG 120 mile makes top 9 toughest ultras list by Outside Online:  The 9 Toughest Ultramarathons. Competitor Magazine lists Fat Dog as one of North America’s hardest running races.

Come cheer them on as they pass through the Park!


Wings on the Wind Kite Festival @ Lightning Lake Day Use
Aug 31 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm


Kite decoration/building workshop and barbecue at Lightning Lake Day Use Area. Take your kite for a test drive afterwards on the afternoon wind at Lightning Lake!

BBQ from 11am-2pm.

$10/kite kit.

Final day of interpretive programming for the season
Sep 1 all-day

Final day of interpretive programming for the season. Catch the last scheduled naturalist programs!Interpretive Programs

Oct 14 all-day

Happy Thanksgiving! Spend it at Manning Park Resort with your family!

Final Day of the Boathouse and regular camping season.

Manning Park Dark Sky – Astronomy Weekend @ Manning Park Resort
Oct 18 – Oct 20 all-day

Bring your curiosity about the cosmos to Manning Park’s second annual astronomy weekend, featuring workshops, speakers and star-gazing. This event will feature two unique weekends of programming with our star experts who will guide you on a tour of the night skies in the pristine alpine environment of Manning Park.

October 18-20 & 25-27, 2019

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