Gwenneth MacKinnon


When you are longing for the quiet of the pines and swish of skis, we pile into cars and head to Manning Park. Families gather, to enjoy the glory of it all.

Maureen Mol

We’ve spent many vacations at Manning Park over the years and each trip has special memories. From our first camping trip when we borrowed my Dad’s truck & camper to Thanksgiving weekend camping with friends that included potluck turkey dinners, biking up Windy Joe and more recently staying at the Lodge and hiking the many trails. On one of our summer vacations, our truck broke down as we were driving into Lightning Lake campground. We managed to limp into a campsite and the next day, the gentleman in the campsite across from us came over had a look. He suspected it was the alternator. We knew my Mom was planning to take the Greyhound bus from Mission to Penticton in a few days so we rode our bikes to the Lodge to phone her and ask her to buy an alternator, which she did. When the bus pulled into the Lodge a few days later, we were there to meet it and get the alternator from Mom. She was in her eighties at the time and the alternator was a little heavy for her but that’s what moms do to help their kids! Our campsite neighbour loaned us some tools and we, non-mechanically inclined folks, installed it. It didn’t solve the whole problem but we were able to get home.

Katie McElgunn Jonas


My family has been camping at Manning with the same three family groups since I was a kid. We have so many amazing memories at Manning over the years, it’s our favourite trip of the summer.

One of our best (and new!) memories from this year was driving up to Alpine Meadows at 10:30 pm to see the stars. It was such a neat experience. We couldn’t get any pictures of that adventure as it was too dark, so here is a picture of our family fishing at Lone Duck. Look closely and you can see Daddy in the lake in a belly boat!

John Cowley

This picture was taken one year before my dad was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
My mom a dad would take me and my sister to Manning park every summer for a week.
We had so much fun. My dad was a happy man, and even more happy in Manning Park. There are so many memories there.

Tatone Family

family of 4 standing at Cascade Lookout, a viewpoint overlooking the cascade mountain range

family of 4 standing at Cascade Lookout, a viewpoint overlooking the cascade mountain range

Visiting one of our favourite spots, the Alpine Meadows.

Nancy Kreisler

I grew up in Manning Park, for 2 weeks every summer. My brother and I loved fishing in Lightning Lake and we would compete for who caught the most fish over the 2 weeks. Fast forward, 40ish years, I take my son there every summer and we hike as many trails as we can as we camp over a few days. My parents still join us and enjoy the resort as they can’t camp anymore, but they still enjoy campfires in the evening. It’s truly my favourite place on earth!

Aaron Kostka Smith

For my wife and I, Manning Park has always been a cherished place deep inside our hearts. As children we both made family trips which often included camping, canoeing, skiing and enjoying Lightning Lakes day area.

One of our favorite memories that has created a yearly tradition was our first camping trip where our relationship first started May Day long weekend 2004. Every year following that, we would plan a trip to Manning, to rekindle our fond memories always trying to start the camping year off with a camping excursion to one of the four campgrounds in the park.

In 2018 we got married at Lightning Lakes with a beautiful ceremony. We were granted the privilege of sharing this place we loved with those around us and to officiate our marriage against the picturesque backdrop of Mt. Frosty. The staff at the park resort was incredibly friendly, well organized and helped give us exactly the wedding we had hoped for and so much more. Whenever we stop in, we always try to say hi and catch up with Vern and Brent.

When I had heard that the orange chair lift was being replaced, and that there was a contest to win a chair I entered, but did not win. My wife, understanding the memories I had as a kid skiing with my dad at Manning, quickly went into action and organized a group of people to try to claim one of the chairs the morning they became available. Even though they went like hotcakes, she managed to secure multiple chairs – and settled on one which she gave me for my birthday.

As we currently have our first baby on its way, we look forward to bringing our little one to Manning, so that we can share our love of Manning into the little ones life and create fond memories that will last a lifetime.

Alyssa Hajum

Dad and I went canoeing and it was a very windy day. I was maybe 10 years old and was not very strong. We were stuck going in circles!

Colleen Garner

big family in the snow

big family in the snow

Our growing family has rented two cabins the past 2 years. It’s a great time for all 15 of us to spend family time together. We’ve spent time at Lightning lake and playing games and doing puzzles together in the cabins.

Elaine Unger

Dad was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour just a couple months before this was taken.
Things we knew: the weather was beautiful and Dad loved fishing at Lightning Lake.
Things we didn’t know: how much time we had left with Dad and how many more times he would get to go fishing.
I took the day off work and we drove to Manning Park and fished for the day. I’m so glad we did. We had so many wonderful family memories at Manning Park together and this was one of them.