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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[an error occurred while processing this directive] 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
E.C. Manning Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
About This 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 backcountry 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 everyones needs.
Date Established: June 17, 1941
Park Size: 83,671 hectares
Know Before You Go
- 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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to check current campground conditions.
- 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.
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.
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
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
Click the map above to visit Clark Geomatic’s website to purchase your own E.C. Manning/Skagit Valley topographic map! (1:50,000)
and should not be used for navigation.
Activities Available at this Park
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
A summer program for kids and families. Get an official Jerry’s Rangers Certificate and earn stickers, pins or badges after completing these 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/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.
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.
There are backcountry trails for ski-touring and snowshoeing, as well as groomed cross-country ski trails.
Facilities Available at this Park
Sumallo Grove Interpretive trail, Lightning Lake day-use area and the washhouses in the Lightning Lake campground are wheelchair-accessible.
Cabins / Huts
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.
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.
All backcountry 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.
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!
Pit or Flush Toilets
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. The Loon Lagoon facility showers are currently closed due to COVID-19.
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
Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Mule Deer Campground
Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Lightning Lake Campground
Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Backcountry camping with limited facilities are provided at 10 backcountry campgrounds, with a total of 55 sites.
Backcountry camping during summer/snow free season is permitted only at designated backcountry campgrounds. Winter backcountry camping is permitted at either designated backcountry campgrounds or elsewhere in the Park provided no-trace ethics are practiced (designated backcountry campgrounds have a water source close by, although they may run near into the fall. Treatment of water is recommended. All designated backcountry campsites have at least one pit toilet. A backcountry permit is required year-round.
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 backcountry 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.
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.
The following 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.
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.
E.C. Manning Park Backcountry
Winter camping is permitted in the backcountry at either developed backcountry sites or elsewhere in Manning Park provided no-trace ethics are practiced. Backcountry is defined as areas of the Park at least 1km from maintained roadways, parking lots or developed winter facilities. A backcountry permit is required year-round.