the history of manning park resort

Set in the Heart of E.C. Manning Park

E.C. Manning Park is one of B.C.’s finest and diverse outdoor destinations—it’s no wonder it draws over one million visitors annually.

Covering over 80,000 hectares, this Provincial Park represents a transition zone between coastal rainforest and the semi-arid Okanagan. There are the towering cedars of the northern Cascade Mountains, high alpine lakes and meadows, and the Skagit and Similkameen river basins.

The area is home to hundreds of bird and animal species, including endangered and protected species, and peak predators like grizzly bears and cougars.

BC Parks maintains over 300km of trails so that everyone can enjoy this unique and beautiful area.

Long before fur traders and gold seekers arrived to exploit the country’s resources, First Nations people made the Similkameen Valley their home. The region of Manning Park was the traditional meeting ground of the Stó:lō and Similkameen First Nations that would meet to fish, hunt and trade together and the present-day Skyline Trail was a well-used travel route.

Manning Park History Timeline

1941
The Three Brothers Preserve, established in 1931 to save the sub-alpine wildflower meadows from overgrazing by sheep, was expanded to create E.C Manning Provincial Park, a class A provincial park. It was named in memory of Ernest Callaway Manning, Chief Forester of British Columbia, who was instrumental in developing the idea of setting land aside for future generations to enjoy. He passed away in an airplane accident in 1941.
1941
1949
Hope-Princeton highway opened in 1949, it not only providing a major transportation link between the coast and interior, but it also made Manning Park accessible to people everywhere.
1949
1967
The Blue Chair & in 1970, the Orange Chair are installed.
1967
1984
The resort and ski hill is privatized under Gibson Pass Resort.
1984
2010
We have Olympic snow! During the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, when all local hill venues were desperately low on snowfall and snow machines couldn’t make enough, snow was trucked from Manning Park.
2010
2013
Manning Park Resort is purchased by Kevin and Donna Demers under Sunshine Valley Recreation Inc.
2013
2016
Construction completed for the 3500 ft² Alpine Room for functions and weddings, as well as new pavement in the Resort area.
2016
2017
5 new Premium cabins completed
2017
2019
In April 2019 The iconic Orange Chair is retired after 49 years of service to be replaced with a brand new Doppelmayr quad chair.
2019
2019
8 Premium cabins constructed
2019
2019
Anticipated grand opening of the new Doppelmayr Quad Chair, the Bear Chair, on opening day of winter season, along with opening of Alpine Guest Services building.
2019

Write Your Own History at Manning Park Resort

Manning Park Resort is located in the heart of E.C. Manning Provincial Park and offers lodging with all the comforts of home and then some. The Resort can accommodate over 450 people with a variety of rooming and budget options, including the Lodge, cabins, camping, chalets and the Last Resort.

Manning Park Resort has continued to grow over the years and now offers amenities such as an indoor heated pool complex with hot tubs, sauna, steam room, and exercise room.

Winter activities continue to be a major draw to the park. There are over 60km 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 Mountain Range has to offer. Colder temperatures and more consistent weather reward those who visit with line after line of untracked and unforgettable snow. Powered RV sites located on hill provide unique ski-in, ski-out camping.

Within easy, scenic driving distance from the Greater Vancouver, Manning Park remains the most accessible and diverse outdoor destination in southwestern British Columbia.