E.C. Manning Provincial Park is a slice of paradise with winter skiing; spring snowshoeing; summer hiking, camping, fishing and swimming.
Where is E.C. Manning Park?
Bisected by Hwy 3 (Crowsnest Highway), the E.C. Manning Provincial Park stretches for 58 km from gate to gate. The western gate, marked by the carving of a marmot, is 26 km east of Hope and the eastern gate, 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.
About E.C. Manning Park
History of E.C Manning Provincial Park from the BC Parks Website.
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.
Camping at E.C. Manning Park
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.
We’ve been to E.C. Manning park twice this year (so far) and have stayed at both the Mule Deer & Hampton Campsites. E.C. Manning Provincial Park does not offer electrical or sewage hook-ups if you are in a motorhome or trailer but does have flush toilets in all four campgrounds and shower facilities in 3 of them.
In total there’s 368 vehicle accessible campgrounds with the majority of them reservable in advance from the BC Parks Website. Reservations are recommended in the summer months.
Our favourite spot was camping at Mule Deer and setting our tent up right next to the Similkameen River.
Things to do in H.C. Manning Provincial Park
Hiking, hiking and more hiking! The park has a ton of walking and hiking trails which range from a 15 minute walk to a 6 day hike. We’ve only just scratched the surface of exploring E.C. Manning Provincial Park in the two weekends we’ve been there. You could go to E.C. Manning Park 100 times and still not be able to see everything!
One of our favourites so far was the Lightening Lake Loop which is an easy 9km loop around the main lake at the park. There is also canoe rentals available if you want to check out the lake from the water.
We plan to take another trip to E.C. Manning Park before the end of summer to check out the Rhododendron Flats Trail. It was a really cold spring this year and the Rhododendron’s weren’t blooming when we visited.
Have you been to E.C. Manning Provincial Park? What were some of your favorite hikes to check out? Let us know if the comments.