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Facilities Available at this Park

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 – 6:00 pm daily, mid-June through mid-September
Phone: 604 668-5953

For information on Manning Park Resort, please visit their website: www.manningpark.com

E.C. Manning Park’s frontcountry campgrounds and day-use areas, as well as Buckhorn wilderness site and the Park’s Visitors Centre park proudly operated by:
Sunshine Valley Recreation Inc.
Phone: 604 668-5953
Fax: 250 840-8848
camping@manningpark.com

E.C. Manning Park’s wilderness campgrounds and backcountry trail system are proudly maintained by BC Parks.
BC Parks – Manning Park Field Office
Phone: 250 840 8708
parkinfo@victoria1.gov.bc.ca
bcparks.ca/info/feedback/
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

E. C. Manning Provincial Park

Important Notice Attention Visitors – Important Notice! Show/hide public advisories

  • Lightning Lake Campground closed

    Due to unseasonably low overnight temperatures the Lightning Lake Campground has had to close for the season. Coldspring and Hampton Campgrounds located along Highway 3 remain open through the Thanksgiving weekend.

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 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 provincial parks in the province. The diversity of the park's landscape, 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]

Four summer drive-in campgrounds 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.

The park has a large variety of walking/hiking trails which range anywhere from a 15 minute walk to a 6 day hike. In many cases the views and floral displays are one of a kind. The diversity within this park is what makes it so spectacular and there is sure to be something to meet everyone’s needs.

Date Established: June 17, 1941
Park Size: 83,671 hectares

Know Before You Go



Stay Safe

  • The park has a large variety of walking/hiking trails that 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.

Special Notes

  • 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.
  • E. C. Manning Provincial Park does not have cell service; the nearest public phones are at Manning Park Resort located on Highway #3.

Hiking Information

  • Effective October 2, 2019: Blackwall Road to the Cascade Lookout and Alpine Meadows is now closed to vehicle traffic due to snow
  • Backcountry camping fee in effect.
    All revenue received assists with the maintenance costs in 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; payments are cash or travellers cheques only. An ATM is located at Manning Park Resort on Highway #3. All revenue received assists with the maintenance costs in E. C. Manning Provincial Park.

Frontcountry (Drive-in) Camping Information

  • Winter camping information
  • Please note: E.C. Manning Provincial Park does not offer electrical or sewage hook-ups. If you wish to have access to hook-ups, please visit the west end of the park for Sunshine Valley RV Resort, which offers these amenities.
  • There is a maximum of two vehicles per campsite; the there is an additional charge per night for the second vehicle.
  • Once in the park, payment is by cash only. There is an ATM at Manning Park Resort on Highway #3.
  • ATVs and other off-road vehicles are not permitted within the park. This includes vehicles registered under the ORV Act.
  • Generator hours are: 9:00 am – 11:00 am and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • Quiet hours are 10:00 pm to 7:00 am: Music, generators, etc. must be shut off completely between these hours. Due to the close proximately of campsites in the park, please ensure music and loud voices are kept within your campsite at all times to provide visitors with the opportunity to experience the sounds of nature, and to protect and enhance the soundscape of the park.

  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach area. There is a dog area located to the east of Lightning Lakes day-use area.
  • 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.

Horse Use

  • As of May 6, 2015: Please be aware, due to unstable terrain, the Skagit Bluffs trail is closed to horses.
  • As of October 31, 2015: Please be aware, due to bridge instability, the Monument 83 trail is closed to horses at 5km.

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. Reservations can now be booked up to four months in advance of the date you wish to camp or two days prior to arrival.

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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,Coldspring and Mule Deer are approximately 50% reservable and 50% first-come, first-served sites. Hampton campground is 80 % reservable and 20 % first-come, first-served.

Group Camping Reservations

There are three group campsites available at this park. Check the Campground Dates of Operation for reservable dates. Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park through Discover Camping.

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
Click the map above to visit Clark Geomatic’s website to purchase your own E.C. Manning/Skagit Valley topographic map! (1:50,000)

Nature and Culture

Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are canoeing and kayaking opportunities on Lightning Lake. Canoe, kayak and rowboat rentals are seasonally available at Lightning Lake day-use area. Contact the park operator at 1 604 668-5953 for more information.
Cycling

Cycling

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

Fishing

Fishing

Lightning Lakes chain offers easily accessible fishing opportunities for rainbow trout. For the hardy hiker, Poland Lake and Nicomen Lake also offer good fishing for rainbow trout. Motorized boats, including boats with electric motors, are not permitted on any lakes within the park. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Hiking

Hiking

As E. C. Manning Park is located in the Cascade Mountains, the hiking season is dependent on snow levels. Most high elevation trails are not snow free until late June or early July. During the winter season, hiking trails are under snow. Learn more about the walking/hiking trails »

Below is a list of trails in the park. Please note that trail conditions can change quickly, due to weather conditions.

Easy Trails

  • 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: (including Lighting, Flash, Strike and Thunder Lakes) 12km 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.
  • West Similkameen Trail: (From PCT trailhead to Windy Joe Jct.) 2.1 km 1hrs. This relatively easy route is also the commencement of the PCT trail located on Gibson Pass Road.

Moderate Trails

  • Castle Creek/Monument 78: 12km one way / 3.5 hours / 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 day-use parking lot and ends at Dick’s Cabin in the Cascade Recreation Area.
  • East Simikameen Trail: (From Windy Joe Trail to Castle Creek) 4.7 km 2 hrs return. Trail commences near the Similkameen River on the Windy Joe trail and rolls along as far as Castle Creek - Bridge over Castle Creek is presently CLOSED; as a result this trail is an out and back.
  • Heather: 21km one way to Nicomen Ridge / 8-10 hours / elevation change 292m. Start at Blackwall parking lot.
  • Hope Pass Trail: easy-moderate 23.5km one way / 10 hours / elevation change 1000m; begins at Cayuse Flats.
  • Little Muddy Trail: 5km 1 hour 100m elevation gain. Trail commences below the tennis courts at Manning Park Resort and follows a double track route (groomed x/c trail in winter) to Lightning Lake day use area.

Difficult Trails

  • 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.
  • Hozameen Ridge Trail: 2km 30m. extending south from the Skyline 2 trail west of Mowich camp, this route picks its way along a subalpine ridge toward Mt. Hozameen
  • Memaloose Trail:(From Poland Lake to Allison Pass or in reverse) 9 km 3 hrs. This trail is commonly commenced at the Allison Pass Highways Yard and climbs to Poland Lake.
  • Monument 83: 16km one way/5 hours/elevation change: 850m. Begin at Monument 78/83 parking lot.
  • Mount Outram Trail: (From Westgate – the Marmot) 10 km 3.5 hrs. Most of this route is outside of Manning Park and not maintained by Park Rangers.
  • Nicomen Lake Trail: (From Nicomen Lake to Hope Pass Trail) 7.5 km 2.5 hrs. Rated as difficult due to its remoteness, most of this route is physically moderate. A nice walk through sub-alpine vegetation.
  • 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.
  • Silver Daisy Trail: (Crown Land into Skagit Valley Provincial Park) 10 km 2.5 hrs. This route is located outside of EC Manning Park.
  • 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.
  • Warburton Loop: (To and From the Dewdney Trail) 7 km 2 hrs. Rated as difficult due to its remoteness, most of this route is physically moderate.
  • 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:

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 the MU 2-17 portion of the Park; the former Cascade Recreation Area. 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 & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

Programs run from late June through early September at Lightning Lake Amphitheatre. Interpretive nature walks are also available at the Alpine Meadows, Rein Orchid trail, and other locations. There are also periodic special events including the Lightning Lake Lantern Festival, special guest speakers, and programs in conjunction with Jerry’s Rangers. Visit Manning Park Resort at manningpark.ca, email camping@manningpark.com, or call the Visitor’s Centre (summer, only) at 604 668 5953 for program themes and locations. Programs run rain or shine; dress appropriately.

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.

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.

Evening Programs

The Naturalist presents and evening of fun and education at the Lightning Lake Amphitheatre.  Appropriate for all ages, everyone is welcome. 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!

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 your 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, which includes a picnic area and beach. There is also a designated pet area on the east side of the restaurant at Manning Park Resort.

Swimming

Swimming

Lighting Lake is a great spot for a dip, but often remains cool well into the summer. 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, often in the early morning.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There are backcountry trails for ski-touring and snowshoeing, as well as groomed cross-country ski trails.

Facilities Available at this Park

Accessibility

Accessibility

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

Boat Launch

A hand-launch is available next to the boat rental building at the Lightning Lake day-use area. No motorized boats are permitted on the parks lakes, including those with electric motors.
Cabins / Huts

Cabins / Huts

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.

Some backcountry campsites, including Frosty, Nicomen Lake and Mowich, have shelters for emergency use and should not be considered for use instead of a tent. Buckhorn Camp (starting in 2019) will have a large, non-reservable public shelter for cooking.

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.

Firewood for use in frontcountry drive-in campgrounds can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own.

To preserve vegetation and ground cover, don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or from elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. Be prepared and bring a portable stove for cooking.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

All wilderness sites have a water source close by, although during a long, hot summer some creeks may dry up; carry water with you. Treatment of water is recommended. Water taps or hand pumps are located throughout the frontcountry drive-in campgrounds and day-use area.

Group Camping

Group Camping

There are group campsites at this park. Reservation information »

Group Summer Camping

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 sites consist of a shelter complete with picnic tables and wood stove; toilets, an open area for tents, a parking lot and the use of showers at the Lightning Lake campground. Both sites overlook Lightning Lake's Lone Duck Bay. They are located 4 km off of Highway 3 on Gibson Pass Road. There are several hiking/walking trails close to this campground and the Lightning Lake Amphitheater is a very short walk.

Group Winter Camping

Cambie Creek Group Campsite is available for large group reservations and consists a pit toilet, parking lot and a large walk-in camping area to set up tents. No fires are permitted. There is no running water or picnic tables at this site.

Lone Duck II Group Campsite is also available for smaller groups to book and has a cooking shelter with a wood stove and tables, toilets, a fire pit and a number of locations to set up tents.

Group Camping Fees

Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the Youth Group policy about Criteria for Youth Groups.

Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $20.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!

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, frontcountry campgrounds have both pit and flush toilets (refer to individual campground information for detail).
Playground

Playground

A 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 is available during the summer season, located 1 km east of Manning Park Lodge at the Visitor's Centre. 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 and Lone Duck Group Sites. Manning Park Resort Loon Lagoon facility is also available for $5.00 per person for access to showers, pools, weight room, sauna and hot tubs.
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), Coldspring and Mule Deer are approximately 50% reservable and 50% first-come, first-served sites. Hampton campground is 80% reservable and 20% first-come, first-served.

Coldspring and Hampton campgrounds

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $23.00 per party/night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $11.50 per senior party/night.
Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.

Mule Deer Campground

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $25.00 per party/night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $12.50 per senior party/night.
Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.

Lightning Lake Campground

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $35.00 per party/night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $17.50 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 camping with limited facilities are provided at 10 wilderness campgrounds, with a total of 55 sites.

Wilderness camping is permitted only in wilderness camp areas. All wilderness sites have a water source close by. During a long hot summer some creeks may dry up. Treatment of water is recommended. All wilderness campsites have at least one pit toilet.

A “Pack it in, Pack it out” policy is in effect. Please practice “No Trace Camping [PDF 1.2MB].” Open fires are not permitted in Buckhorn and Kicking Horse wilderness sites. In the rest of the backcountry open fires are not encouraged and fire bans may be implemented during extreme hot weather conditions. Be prepared to bring portable stoves for cooking.

Many of these camps are located at a high elevation and therefore are not usually accessible until late June or early July. Please check the Trail Report for the latest conditions.

Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night for visitors 6 years of age or older.

Payment can be made online prior to your arrival, through Discover Camping’s Backcountry Registration System, or, at the Manning Park Visitor Centre, or the Manning Park Lodge and/or the Lightning Lake gate house; payments are cash or travellers cheques only. An ATM is located at Manning Park Resort on Highway #3.

Backcountry Registration System

Winter Camping

Winter Camping

The following four areas are set aside for winter camping:

Lone Duck 1

Walk–in winter tenting/camping parties can camp at the Lone Duck 1 winter camping area which is located 4 km off Highway 3 on the Gibson Pass ski hill road. This campsite consists of a shelter with picnic tables, counter top, wood stove; a fire pit, pit toilets, parking area and a large walk-in camping area to set up your tent. You can bring your own firewood or purchase it from Manning Park Resort located just off of Highway #3.

Lone Duck II group campsite

This walk-in site is available by reservation only and consists of a shelter complete with picnic tables, wood stove; a fire pit, pit toilets, parking lot and a large walk-in camping area to set up your tents or dig-in.  You can bring your own firewood or purchase it from Manning Park Resort located just off of Highway #3.

Lightning Lake Day-use area (self-contained units)

Self-contained units can camp in the Lightning Lake day-use area parking lot located 3.7 km off of Highway 3 on the Gibson Pass Ski Hill Road. The pit toilets are open, no fires are permitted, and no potable water or picnic tables are available. Tenting is prohibited in this location.

Winter Camping Fee: $13.00 per party/night

Cambie Creek (Group Campground)

Located approximately 5 km west of Manning Park Resort, this area is available for reservations and consists a pit toilet, parking lot and a large walk-in camping area to set up your tent. No fires are permitted.

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