6 Reasons Why You Should Canoe (or Kayak) in Manning Park - Year Round Family Friendly Resort
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6 Reasons Why You Should Canoe (or Kayak) in Manning Park

Canoeing on Lightning Lake is something out of a fantasy world: from the calm and clear water, to the tree-embellished views of the Cascade Mountains. The stillness and natural beauty is something that can humble anyone who experiences it.

Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to get out in the wilderness while getting active, and here’s the top 6 reasons why we recommend it.

It’s Family Friendly

Canoeing or kayaking is accessible for anyone in the family. It’s a great low impact way to get everyone involved. You can even rent Tandem Kayaks or 5-person Mckenzie Canoes from our boathouse to help distribute the work! Grab grandma, grandpa, and the kids, and take it at your own pace. Remember to stop and enjoy the views.

It’s Cost-Effective

These activities certainly won’t break the bank; a 4-hour canoe or kayak rental is just under $50. It’s even cheaper if you bundle our Canoe Package with your stay here.

Reduce Stress

Being outdoors is one way to reduce stress, and exercising is another! You get both when you’re out kayaking or canoeing. Getting out on the boat is meditative and calming due to its low impact nature. If you’re having a bad day, we recommend getting into a kayak. Instant mood booster.

Getting Closer to Wildlife

You can find many critters in and around the lake. See ground squirrels at the shore, and look up to the sky to see birds. If you have a fishing license and know the regulations, you can even catch some fish.

Environmentally Friendly

This activity has very little impact on the environment. Canoes and kayaks are quiet and motorless, and they don’t cause any pollution or erosion to the lake.

Celebrate Culture

Canoes have been crucial to coastal Indigenous life, using these boats to travel along the waterways far before the arrival of settlers. These canoes were carved out of trees, creating a strong bond between land and water for Indigenous peoples. Celebrate this beautiful craft they share with us.

Bonus: It’s a Great Instagram Photo.

A snapshot of your kayak tip at the mercy of our natural landscape is really something special. Share it with your friends! And always tag #manningpark so we can see your adventures and share them too.


Photo by Jon Ross

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  2. I have two Kayaks at home but worry about taking them 1hr on the HWY. Wondering if my wife and I were to show up at 930-10 am tomorrow would there be a tandem kayak or a two person canoe available for rental?

    • Hello Andrew, Yes you can rent kayaks and canoe from the Boathouse or The Skyview Gate house.

  3. Hi. Do we book 2 kayaks in advance for Lightning Lake for 4th August or just turn up? You mentioned in a previous comment that rentals are available at the Boathouse or Skyview Gate House? Where is that please? Thanks

    • Hi Alex,

      No need to book boat rentals in advance for August 4th. The boathouse is located right by Lightning Lake.

  4. Your site says boat rental not til Saturday. No rentals week days?

    • Hello Jen, Boat rentals are available every day from 9 am to 6 pm.

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