Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia. Manning Park, BC


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Manning Park was named for E.C. Manning who was Chief Forester of British Columbia from 1935 to 1940. Situated in the Cascade Mountains of southeastern BC, the park encompasses over 66,500 hectares of spectacular rugged mountains, valleys, meadows, lakes and rivers.

The landscape varies from lush, thick coastal growth to dry interior vegetation. The surrounding forest includes species such as of Douglas fir, western red cedar, western hemlock, subalpine fir, lodgepole pine, aspen and cottonwood. Nearby alpine meadows are cloaked with alpine flowers. Manning Park is home to a variety of wildlife such as squirrels and chipmunks, marmot and beaver, the mule deer, black bear, coyote and over 190 species of birds. Visitors interested in exploring the areas historical background may hike along either the Dewdney, Whatcom or Hope Pass trails which served as the major routes between the coast and interior during the late 1800's.

LOCATION
Highway 3 runs through Manning Provincial Park. Nearby centers include Hope, which is 26 km west of the park and Princeton,48 km east.
 
PARK FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES
Camping - There are four campgrounds within the park, each providing water, toilets and firewood: Hampton (98 sites), Mule Deer (49 sites), Coldspring (63 sites) and Lightning Lake (144 sites). Wilderness camping is permitted in designated areas. Picnic areas and a good beach are available.

Fishing and Boating - Although power boats are prohibited in the park, canoeing is a good way to explore the waterways. Anglers may try fly fishing for rainbow trout in Strike and Lightning Lakes. Dolly Varden, cutthroat and rainbow trout are resident in the Similkameen and Sumallo Rivers.

Hiking and Trails - There are numerous hiking trails leading to the parks scenic features as well as designated trails for horses and mountain bikes. During the winter months 80 km of ungroomed cross country ski trails wind through the area.

 

COMMERCIAL FACILITIES
Local businesses offer visitors accommodation and meals as well as guided trail rides. The Gibson Pass Ski area provides a ski school and rental equipment.
 
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