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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.

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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. 

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