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Park Contact Manning Park Visitor Centre: Provides a bathroom, picnic rest area, sani-station, maps, retail, as well as camping, interpretive and general information. Located 1km east of Manning Park Lodge.

Open: 9:00am-6:00pm daily mid June through mid September
Phone: direct 604 668-5953
Fax: 250 840-8848
Web Page: www.manningpark.com
Email: camping@manningpark.com

E. C. Manning Provincial Park



Hiking Information

As of July 4, 2014 All campground opening dates are weather dependant. Snowpack levels may persist into June. Early season reservations may be affected due to operational requirements or limitations. Contact 604 668-5953 or email camping@manningpark.com to check current campground conditions.

Backcountry Camping fee in effect.
All revenue received assists with the maintenance costs in E. C. Manning Provincial Park.

Backcountry Camping fee is $5.00/person/night and applies to everyone 6 years of age and older for all locations within E.C. Manning Provincial Park.

Payment can be made online prior to your arrival, through Discover Camping’s Backcountry Registration System, or, at the Manning Park Visitor Center, or the Manning Park Lodge and/or the Lightning Lake Gate House.

About This Park

E.C. Manning Provincial Park E. C. Manning Park is a focus of outdoor recreation that is unique in British Columbia. Located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains it is within a three hour drive from either the Lower Mainland (Vancouver) or the Okanagan. The climate and geography have combined to make this park an all season recreation area. Bisected by Hwy. 3, E. C. Manning Park is one of the most popular destination areas in the province. The landscape diversity of this park combined with four seasons’ development and easy access are the prime factors which stimulate visitor interest. The park contains a large number of scenic, historic, floral and fauna attractions and provides a wide range of both summer and winter recreational

For further reading, please see this report: Manning – A Complete Natural and Cultural History [PDF 6.51MB]

Frontcountry opportunities along the Highway 3 Corridor offer vehicle accessible camping, day-use interpretive trails while backcountry/wilderness opportunities offer longer hiking trails, horse use and wilderness camping.

Park Size: Over 70,844 hectares of rugged forest-clad mountains, deep valleys, alpine meadows, lakes and rivers.

Special Notes:
  • The park has a large variety of walking/hiking trails which range anywhere from a 15 minute walk up to a  6 day hike. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
  • During the winter season, all trails are closed for hiking due to snow.
  • The plants in this park are susceptible to winds, rain, extended periods of dry weather, heavy snow fall and a very short growing season. For this reason we ask that you and your pets stay on the trails, don’t trample or pick the flora.
Campground Dates of Operation
*All dates are subject to change without notice due to operational requirements and weather
During early or late season campgrounds are accessible, but may not offer full services such as water, security, firewood, etc.
Campground gates are closed during the off-season. Lightning Lake day-use area is open all year.
Campground Dates with Full Service and Fees
– Cambie Creek group campsite (Winter camping only) December 1 – March 31
– Coldspring campground May 16 – October 14
– Hampton campground June 27 – September 1
– Lightning Lake campground June 6 – October 13
– Lone Duck I & II group campsites Year Round
– Mule Deer campground May 2 – September 15
Campground Reservable Dates:
– Cambie Creek group campsite December 1 – March 31
– Cold Spring campground June 13 – August 31
– Hampton campground June 27 – August 31
– Lightning Lake campground Small Loop: June 13 – August 31
Large Loop: June 13 – September 13
– Lone Duck I & II group campsites Lone Duck 1: May 1 – October 30
Lone Duck 2: Year round
– Mule Deer campground May 16 – August 31
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: Coldspring = 66
Hampton = 99
Lightning Lake = 143
Lone Duck Group = 2
Mule Deer = 49
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
Coldspring = 33
Hampton = 52
Lightning Lake = 143 100% reservable
Lone Duck Group site = 2
Mule Deer = 24
Note: The above information is for the drive-in, vehicle campgrounds only, not including the backcountry campgrounds. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.

Reservations

All campsite and group site reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.

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Campsite Reservations: Campsite reservations are accepted at Lightning Lake, Coldspring, Mule Deer and Hampton campgrounds; Lightning Lake campground is 100% reservable, each of the other three campgrounds contain approx 50% reservable and 50% first-come, first-served sites.

Group Camping: There are group two campsites available at this park. Cambie Creek group campsite is reservable from December 1 - March 31 and Lone Duck I & II group campsites are reservable as follows: Lone Duck 1: May 1 - October 30, Lone Duck 2: Year round. Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park through Discover Camping.
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Bisected by Hwy 3, the park stretches for 58 km from portal to portal. The western portal, marked by the carving of a marmot, is 26 km east of Hope and the eastern portal, marked by a carving of a bear, is 52 km west of Princeton. The core area of the park is located 68 km east of Hope and 68 km west of Princeton.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries
and should not be used for navigation.
Clark Geomatics
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Nature and Culture

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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • A Management Plan [PDF 961.14KB] for E. C. Manning Provincial Park and Cascade Recreation Area is available in pdf format.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are canoeing and kayaking opportunities on Lightning Lake. Canoe, kayak and rowboat rentals are available at Lightning Lake day-use area. Contact the Park Facility Operator at 604 668-5953.
Cycling

Cycling

Mountain bikers are asked to yield to hikers and horses. Mountain bikes are permitted on roadways and the following backcountry trails: Monument 83; Windy Joe; Poland Lake; East Similkameen [PDF 460KB]; West Similkameen [PDF 460KB]; Lone Duck; North Gibson and South Gibson [PDF 460KB]. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

For the hardy hiker Poland Lake and Nicomen Lake offer good fishing for rainbow trout. Lightning Lakes chain also offers fishing opportunities for small rainbow trout. No motorized boats including electric motors. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

Below is a list of trails in the park. Please note that trail conditions can change quickly due to weather conditions. More detailed trail descriptions are available by clicking on the individual links below:

EASY

Lightning Lake Loop: 9km return/ 2.5 hours. Trail begins at Lightning Lake day-use area or at the Spruce Bay parking lot.

Lightning Lakes Chain: 12 km one way from Lightning Lake day-use area/ 3.5-4.5 hours; or 10 km, one way from Spruce Bay/ 3-3.5 hours.

Rhododendron Flats: this 20 minute walk, located 32 km west of the Manning Park Resort travels through an impressive stand of red rhododendrons; peak bloom usually June 1-15.

MODERATE

Castle Creek/Monument 78: 12km one way / 3.5hours / elevation change: 200m. Trail starts at Monument 78/83 parking lot.

Dewdney Trail: 36km one way / 14-16 hours / elevation change 1131m. Trail begins at the Cascade Recreation Area parking lot and ends at Dick’s Cabin in the Cascade Recreation Area.

Heather: 21km one way to Nicomen Ridge / 8-10 hours / elevation change 292m. Stat at Blackwall parking lot.

Hope Pass Trail: easy-moderate 23.5km one way / 10 hours / elevation change 1000m; begins at Cayuse Flats.

DIFFICULT

Bonnevier: 25km one way / 8-10 hours / elevation change: 950m. Begin at Blackwall Peak parking lot.

Frosty Mountain Loop: 29.3km or 27.7km depending on route / 9-11 hours / elevation change: 1150m. Begin just past dam on eastern end of Lightning Lake.

Grainger Creek: 17.5km one way (includes 6km along Hope Pass Trail)/ 5-7 hours / elevation change: 952m. Begin 25km west of the Visitor Centre at Cayuse Flats.

Monument 83: 16km one way/5 hours/elevation change: 850m. Begin at Monument 78/83 parking lot.

Pacific Crest Trail: 13km one way/4 hours/elevation change: 450m. Begin at Windy Joe/Pacific Crest parking lot on the Gibson Pass Road.

Poland Lake: 8km one way/2.5-3 hours/elevation change: 435m. Begin at Strawberry Flats parking lot.

Skyline I: 20.4km loop / 7-9 hours / elevation change: 775m. Begin at Spruce Bay parking lot or Strawberry Flats.

Skyline II: 12.5km to Mowich Camp / 5 hours / elevation change: 469m. Begin at Strawberry Flats.

Whatcom: 13km one way / 6-7 hours / elevation change: 1082m. Begin at the Cascade Recreation Area parking lot.

Windy Joe Mountain: 16km return / 4.5-5.5 hours / elevation change: 525m. Begin at Windy Joe / Pacific Crest parking lot on the Gibson Pass Road.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horses are allowed on designated trails only, these include: Monument 83; Dewdney; Windy Joe; Skagit Bluffs, Similkameen East and West [PDF 460KB], North Gibson [PDF 460KB] and Little Muddy.

Camp only in designated areas. Horse Camping is available at the Headwaters Corral located at Manning Park Resort, also back country horse camps are available on the Dewdney and Hope Pass trails. Visitors are requested to carry backpacking stoves and to avoid having campfires. Unless otherwise noted on the trail description all horse camps include a toilet, fire ring, water, hitching rail and grazing.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is only permitted in these areas of E. C. Manning park, (MU 2-17). These areas are only open to the discharge of firearms, bows and crossbows from September 10 to June 15 during lawful game hunting season. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping regulations for more information.
Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

Programs run from late June through early September. Amphitheater shows are located at Lightning Lake Amphitheater. Morning and afternoon interpretive nature walks at the Alpine Meadows, Rein Orchid trail, and more. Special events including the Lightning Lake Lantern Festival, special guest speakers, and programs in conjunction with Jerry’s Rangers.

Interpretive Walks – Join the Park Naturalist on an interpretive tour of one of Manning’s many trails. Themes will vary, so be sure to dress appropriately! Suitable for all ages, everyone is welcome. See the Manning Park Resort website for themes and start locations, or call the Visitor Centre.

Jerry’s Rangers – A summer program for kids and families. Get an official Jerry’s Rangers Certificate and earn stickers, pins or badges after completing these programs. Themes and locations will be announced, contact the Visitor Centre for further details. Rain or shine, so dress appropriately.

Evening Programs – The Naturalist presents and evening of fun and education at the Lightning Lake Amphitheatre.  Appropriate for all ages, everyone is welcome. Rain or shine! Dress appropriately. Parking is available at the Spruce Bay Beach parking lot.

Guest Speaker Series – Manning Park will be hosting some passionate, incredible Guest Speakers this summer! Please see the Manning Park Resort website for more details or contact the Visitor Centre: 604 668-5953 or email camping@manningpark.com.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or in park buildings unless designated. You are responsible for their pets behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
There is an area set aside at the Lightning Lake day-use area for pets at the east end of the lake, in the picnic area including the beach. There is also a pets area on the east side of the restaurant between Highway 3 and Access Road.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There are excellent opportunities to view a variety of wildlife in E. C. Manning Park. The animal life includes squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, pika, coyotes, beaver, muskrat, deer, bear, moose and most members of the cat family. More than 200 bird species have been spotted here.
Some good locations include: Beaver Pond, Rein Orchid, Lightning Lake day-use area, and the Similkameen Trail.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There are backcountry trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities in the park.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

A boat launch is available next to the boat rental building at the Lightning Lake day-use area. No motorized boats including electric motors.
Cabins / Huts / Yurts

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

For information on private cabin rentals in E. C. Manning Park contact Manning Park Lodge at info@manningpark.com or call toll free 1-800-330-3321. There are no public cabin rentals in this park.
Campfires

Campfires

Open fires are not permitted in Buckhorn and Kicking Horse wilderness sites. In the rest of the backcountry, open fires are not encouraged. Bring a portable stove for cooking.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

All wilderness sites have a water source close by. During a long hot summer some creeks may dry up. Carry water with you and fill canteens as required. Treatment of water is recommended.
Group Camping

Group Camping

There are group campsites at this park. Click here for reservation information.

Group Summer Camping: Two group campsites, Lone Duck I and Lone Duck II are available for summer camping. The group campsites are open from May to October. (Dates subject to change due to weather conditions) The group site consists of a shelter complete with picnic tables and wood stove; no firewood, pit toilets, grassy area for tents, a parking lot and the use of showers at the Lightning Lake campground. Both sites overlook Lightning Lake Lone Duck Bay. They are located 4 km off of Hwy 3. The turnoff to the campground is 41 km east of the west portal to the park. There are several hiking/walking trails close to this campground and the Lightning Lake Amphitheater is a very short walk.

Lone Duck I and Lone Duck II Group Campsites:

Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum.

Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $70.00/group site/night, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15).


Group Winter Camping: Two areas are set aside for winter camping and are open throughout the winter from October to March:
Cambie Creek Group Campsite: This area is available for reservations and consists of pit toilets, parking lot and a large walk-in camping area to set up your tents or dig-in. NO FIRES allowed, no water and there are no picnic tables available.
Lone Duck II Group campsite: This area is available for reservations and consists of a shelter complete with picnic tables, wood stove; a fire pit, no fire wood, pit toilets, parking lot and a large walk-in camping area to set up your tents or dig-in.

Cambie Creek Group Campsite:

Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum.

Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $20.00/group site/night, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15).

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has day-use/picnic areas at 8 locations: West Gate Portal, Sumallo Grove, Coldspring campsite, Lightning Lake day-use area, Spruce Bay, Sub-Alpine Meadows, Blowdown and the Visitor Centre.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

The wilderness sites have pit toilets only.
Playground

Playground

The new playground is located beside Site #15 and the Spruce Bay Beach access trail in Lighting Lake campground.
Sani-Station/Dump

Sani-Station/Dump

A sani-station/dump is available during the collecting season. It is located 1 km east of Manning Park Lodge. Opening and closing dates are subject to change due to weather.
Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge
Showers

Showers

Showers are available for campers staying at the Lightning Lake campground. Campers registered at the Group Campsite can also use these showers.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites. There are four summer drive-in campgrounds with a total of 355 sites. There are also two areas set aside for winter camping. Lightning Lake campground is 100% reservable. (Campsite reservations). All other campsites are approx 50% reservable and 50% first-come, first-served sites: Coldspring, Hampton and Mule Deer campgrounds.

Other Services: Just outside the east entrance to the park (16 km east of the Visitor Centre) is a service station, convenience store, restaurant, liquor outlet, postal service and Greyhound bus service.

Coldspring, Hampton and Mule Deer campgrounds

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $21.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $10.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.

Lightning Lake campground

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $28.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $14.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping with limited facilities are provided at 10 wilderness campgrounds with a total of 55 sites.

Buckhorn wilderness site located at 5 km on the Heather Trail, consists of 10 tent pads, bear cache and outhouses. This wilderness camp is situated in the sub-alpine meadows. NO OPEN FIRES ARE ALLOWED. It’s a 5 km (1 - 1.5 hour) hike from the trailhead, which makes it a very popular spot. During the peak alpine bloom (usually late July early August) and on long weekends this site is very busy.

Frosty Mountain wilderness camp is at the 1850 m elevation on the Frosty Mountain Trail. The hike to the camp is a strenuous 7 km from the Lightning Lake day-use area. This 2 or 3 tent camp consists of pit toilet, fire ring and a shelter. During inclement weather this could be a welcome sight but come prepared as it may already be in use. A small creek runs through the campsite; when moving on be sure to fill your water bottles here. Approximately .5 km further along the trail the larch grove starts and continues on for about 1.5 km. and 5 km from camp brings you to the peak of Frosty Mountain.

Grainger Creek wilderness/horse camp is on the Hope Pass Trail just past the junction of the Hope Pass/Grainger Creek trail or 6 km from Cayuse Flats and 11.5 km from Nicomen Lake camp. The camp has space for 3 tents and consists of a fire pit, pit toilet and a good water source from Grainger Creek.

Kicking Horse wilderness site’s located at 13.5 km on the Heather Trail consists of 8 tent pads and an outhouse. This wilderness camp is situated in sub-alpine meadows. NO FIRES ARE ALLOWED. During the peak alpine bloom (usually late July early August) and on long weekends this site is very busy.

Mowich wilderness site is located on the Skyline II Trail, 12.5 km from Strawberry Flats or 6.5 km from the Skyline I and Skyline II junction. It is at the 1600 m elevation, has a wilderness shelter, pit toilet, bear cache and a camping area for 4 tents. During a hot and/or dry summer the water is not always readily visible and often drops to a trickle by late summer. Mowich is an Indian word meaning deer and there is almost always deer to be seen at this site. This is also a common place to see Black Bears.

Nicomen Lake wilderness site located at 23 km on the Heather Trail or 17.5 km from Cayuse Flats consists of an open 6 tent camping area near the lake, shelter and outhouse. The lake is a cold alpine lake that is a very good fishing lake for those who choose to carry the extra weight of fishing gear. This lake freezes over in the winter and does not usually thaw until early July.

Pacific Crest wilderness camp is located on the Pacific Crest Trail, less than 1/2 km from the Pacific Crest Trail/Frosty Mountain Trail junction or 6.3 km from the PCT/Windy Joe/Frosty Mountain trailhead parking lot. While this camp does not have a shelter, there is a pit toilet, fire ring, space for 4 tents and a good stream for water. Fill up here if necessary as there will be few opportunities until Castle Creek to the south or the Windy Joe trail.

Poland Lake wilderness site is located at the north/west end of Poland Lake. After hiking a fairly strenuous 8 km from Strawberry Flats you arrive at a pristine mountain lake which is very cold but a refreshing site after the hike. Poland Lake freezes over in the winter and does not thaw until early July. The site consists of a camping area for 6 tents, bear cache, wilderness shelter, pit toilets and a creek which flows into the lake. The spring flower bloom often occurs later here than up in the sub-alpine meadows so it is an opportunity to see spring flowers that are often otherwise missed. This is also a popular destination for winter back country skiing and camping. Black bears are often seen on the trail that crosses the ski hill area.

Strike Lake wilderness site is nestled in a protective grove of tall Engelmann Spruce trees at the western end of Strike Lake. Strike Lake is the third of four lakes on the Lightning Lakes Chain Trail. It is relatively easy to hike to the camp in 1 - 1.5 hours. The camp consists of pit toilets, bear cache and a camping area for 8 tents. As this site is one of the easiest hikes and the first site to be free of snow it is very popular throughout the season.

In addition to getting a backcountry permit - Groups planning to hike in E.C. Manning Provincial Park are asked to register your group here
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Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night for visitors 6 years of age or older.
Backcountry Registration System

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Sumallo Grove Interpretive trail, Lightning Lake day-use area and the washhouses in the Lightning Lake campground are wheelchair accessible.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

Winter Camping: Two areas are set aside for winter camping from December 1 to March 31:

Lightning Lake Day-use: Self-contained units can camp in the Lightning Lake day-use area parking lot that is located 3.7 km off of Highway 3 on the Gibson Pass ski hill road. The pit toilets are open, NO FIRES allowed, no water and there are no picnic tables available.

Lone Duck 1: Walk–in winter camping parties can camp at the Lone Duck winter camping area which is located 4 km off Highway 3 on the Gibson Pass ski hill road. The area consists of a shelter complete with picnic tables, wood stove; a fire pit, no fire wood, pit toilets, parking lot and a large walk-in camping area to set up your tent or dig-in.

Winter Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $11.00 per party / night