Wildfires and Parks Updates 2022

wildfire and park updates

September 8, 2022: The trails that were closed September 7th have reopened.

September 7, 2022: There will be temporary closures for some trails as of now. These closures were requested by BC Wildfire Services to allow helicopters to take water from Lightning Lakes. We urge everyone to keep away from the below-mentioned closure areas for your safety. If the pilots see anyone close to this area, they will have to stop until it is clear.

The temporary trail closures are as follows:

– The trail from the East side of the Lightning Lake Day Use Parking to the trailhead of Mount Frosty. This is the dam area.
– The North side of Lightning Lake Loop Trail from the trailhead of Mount Frosty to Rainbow Bridge.
– Mount Frosty Trail

These closures are temporary and only for fire suppression. There is no risk of fire in this area. Once these trails are re-opened, we will provide an update. 

September 3, 2022: BC Parks has implemented partial trail closures on the south side of HWY #3 within E.C. Manning Provincial Park as a result of the Heather Lake wildfire.

THE FOLLOWING AREAS ARE OPEN:

Manning Park Resort

The resort is fully open and operating as normal. This includes our accommodations, Loon Lagoon, Boathouse, Pinewoods Dining Room, Country Store and full-resort facilities. It is currently under evacuation alert.

Trails South of HWY #3 Now Open

All trails south of HWY#3 are open for use.

Trails under evacuation alert

  • Lightning Lake Chain Trail
  • Canyon Nature Trail
  • Rein Orchid Trail
  • Skyline I (Lightning Lake to Despair Pass)
  • Skyline I (Shadow Lake to Despair Pass)

Trails outside the evacuation alert

  • Skyline II Trail
  • Hozameen Ridge Trail
  • Similkameen Trail
  • South Gibson Trail
  • North Gibson Trail
  • Poland Lake Trail
  • Three Falls Trail
  • Memaloose Trail
  • Silver Daisy Trail
  • Skagit River Trail
  • Steamboat Trail
  • Beaver Pond Trail
  • Bonnevier Trail
  • Upper Hope Pass (past Grainger Creek)
  • Nicomen Lake Trail (north of Nicomen Lake)
  • Whipsaw Rd (in the Park; outside of the Park is covered by an area closure)

The Dewdney and Whatcom Trails and facilities West of the Cascade Parking Area also remain open at this time.

Front-Country Campgrounds

Hampton and Mule Deer Campground and Hampton are closed. All other front-country campgrounds are open and operating as normal. This includes Lightning Lake, Coldspring, Headwaters Horse Corral, and Lone Duck 1 & 2.

The campgrounds are currently under evacuation alert.

Cascade Lookout & Blackwall Road

Cascade Lookout and Blackwall Road will operate as normal and remain open.


BC PARKS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES HAVE RESULTED IN THE FOLLOWING CLOSURES:

These trails are under Evacuation Order

Trail Closures

The following trails remain closed as a precautionary measure:

  • Monument 78 Trail (Castle Creek Trail)
  • Monument 83 Trail
  • Pacific Crest Trail (PCT Camp to Monument 78 Camp)
  • Mt Frosty Loop (Similkameen Trail to Frosty Mt Peak)
  • Windy Joe Trail (Mt Frosty Loop to Windy Joe lookout)
  • Mt Frosty Loop (Lightning Lake Day Use to Frosty Mt Peak)

Evacuation Order vs. Evacuation Alert

Many wildfires in B.C. occur far from cities and towns, but sometimes they threaten homes, businesses and infrastructure. If a wildfire ends up threatening property or infrastructure, an Evacuation Alert or Order may be issued. What’s the difference?

Evacuation Alert

There is no immediate danger to those under an evacuation alert. This is the time to get prepared to leave your home on short notice. Get your grab-and-go bags ready (which should include several days of clothing, toiletries and medications), your emergency plan, copies of important documents and important mementos.

Listen to local emergency officials for further information on the situation.

Evacuation Order

Leave the area immediately. Follow the directions of local emergency officials and evacuate using the route(s) they’ve identified. Do not return home until you’ve been advised that the Evacuation Order has been rescinded. For those needing additional support, an Emergency Support Services Reception Centre may be opened.


As always, the safety of our guests, community, and staff is our top priority. We are in daily communication with BC Parks and BC Wildfire regarding the status of local wildfires. Should any changes in the current situation arise, we will update the public immediately.

Just an additional reminder that no campfires are permitted as the entire park is under a campfire ban. Please always be responsible as any heat source can start a fire. For example: vehicle exhaust pipes, cigarette butts, etc.

For current wildfire information, visit: BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), and the Regional District.

For current highway information, visit: Drive BC

Manning Park’s Favourite Lookout: Open for 2022!

Many have been anticipating the opening, and we can finally say that Cascade Lookout is now open for the 2022 summer season! Come see the best views, accessible to all.

 

This breathtaking view is a favourite for many of our visitors, and it’s only a 30 minute drive from Manning Park Resort (no hiking required!). 

Located across the highway directly opposite from the resort, turn left at the first intersection and drive up to the lookout point to take in stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the valley below. 

The lookout is open 24/7, so while camping is not permitted, we encourage visiting at night for arguably the best stargazing in the park.

JULY 14, 2022 – UPDATE: Blackwall Road is now open to the public!

We thank you for your patience while we waited for the trails to melt out, and allowing bears access to critical habitat. 

6 Reasons Why You Should Canoe (or Kayak) in Manning Park

Canoeing on Lightning Lake is something out of a fantasy world: from the calm and clear water, to the tree-embellished views of the Cascade Mountains. The stillness and natural beauty is something that can humble anyone who experiences it.

Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to get out in the wilderness while getting active, and here’s the top 6 reasons why we recommend it.

It’s Family Friendly

Canoeing or kayaking is accessible for anyone in the family. It’s a great low impact way to get everyone involved. You can even rent Tandem Kayaks or 5-person Mckenzie Canoes from our boathouse to help distribute the work! Grab grandma, grandpa, and the kids, and take it at your own pace. Remember to stop and enjoy the views.

It’s Cost-Effective

These activities certainly won’t break the bank; a 4-hour canoe or kayak rental is just under $50. It’s even cheaper if you bundle our Canoe Package with your stay here.

Reduce Stress

Being outdoors is one way to reduce stress, and exercising is another! You get both when you’re out kayaking or canoeing. Getting out on the boat is meditative and calming due to its low impact nature. If you’re having a bad day, we recommend getting into a kayak. Instant mood booster.

Getting Closer to Wildlife

You can find many critters in and around the lake. See ground squirrels at the shore, and look up to the sky to see birds. If you have a fishing license and know the regulations, you can even catch some fish.

Environmentally Friendly

This activity has very little impact on the environment. Canoes and kayaks are quiet and motorless, and they don’t cause any pollution or erosion to the lake.

Celebrate Culture

Canoes have been crucial to coastal Indigenous life, using these boats to travel along the waterways far before the arrival of settlers. These canoes were carved out of trees, creating a strong bond between land and water for Indigenous peoples. Celebrate this beautiful craft they share with us.

Bonus: It’s a Great Instagram Photo.

A snapshot of your kayak tip at the mercy of our natural landscape is really something special. Share it with your friends! And always tag #manningpark so we can see your adventures and share them too.

 

Photo by Jon Ross

Skyview RV Campground Is Now Open

BC Parks has just announced that Skyview RV Campground is now open. 

This new BC Parks RV Campground is located on Gibson Pass Road in Manning Park Resort 4 km off Hwy #3. This year-round RV Campground is next to the Lightning Lake Day Use Area. With over 90 sites in the summer and 60 sites in the winter, this year-round location is sure to be an immediate favourite with all visitors of E.C Manning Park.

The RV Campground features large pull-through and back-in sites. All winter sites offer full services with 50-amp power, water, and sewer. The 32 summer use sites have 30-amp power, water and sewer. A large, bright modern washhouse is available year-round.

Rates and Reservations

There are nightly sites, weekly sites, and long-stay monthly sites available. Rates can be found on our website.
Reservations for the winter season are now open.

For more information and to reserve your stay, visit https://www.manningpark.com/skyview/ or www.bcparks.ca.

 

The campground offers a great location and access to all of Manning Park Resort’s winter activities. Once ski season is open, there will be a daily shuttle that will take you from Skyview to the ski area and lodge area throughout the day.

The cross-country trail from the Nordic Center at Manning Park Resort goes right through the campground in the winter, taking cross-country skiers to the higher elevations. The proximity to Lightning Lake also offers great snowshoeing access. A shovel is recommended as it does snow!

As the name of the RV campground suggests, the location offers great views of the sky, with very limited surrounding lights. Bringing a camping chair is suggested for evening stargazing.

In summer, a large new playground has been built for kids, and hiking trails, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming at Lightning Lake are just a few steps away.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at Skyview RV Campground this winter!

 

Make Your Reservation at Skyview RV Campground!

Welcoming Summer, Renovations and Updates

Summer is now in full swing at Manning Park Resort! Seeing the resort and park full of activity was well worth the wait knowing we can now all safely adventure together. All the regular campgrounds are now open, we’ve extended our hours of operation resort-wide, and we are ready to welcome you for a summer packed full of outdoor adventure!

 

Your Adventure Starts Here

There is so much to explore in this slice of paradise in the Cascade Mountains:

  • Take a drive up to the Cascade Lookout to take in the views of the surrounding mountains during the day, and the stunning galaxy above by night.
  • Join Manning Park Interpreters for free educational workshops to learn about the flora and fauna of the park. Events run 6-days a week. View upcoming programs.
  • Take a hike (any hike!) to view the stunning wildflowers as they reach peak bloom at the end of July and early August.
  • Explore Lightning Lake by boat! Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard from the Boathouse; now open 7-days a week.
  • Sip a signature cocktail on the patio at the Pinewoods Dining Room and try one of our fresh items from our new Summer menu.
  • Book a getaway with all the comforts of home and none of the distractions of daily life. From cabins to lodge rooms, there is an accommodation type for everyone. Adventure awaits!

 

Standard Cabin Renovations

In a previous update, we wrote that we would be renovating all the Standard Cabins this Spring. Due to supply chain delays on necessary materials, we have completed 5 of the 15 cabin renovations thus far. We will be consistently working on completing the remainder of the cabins as more product and supplies become available, which we are targeting to be later this Summer and early Fall.

We are so excited with how the cabins are coming together so far, and the wait for them all to be completed will be well worth it. Here’s a sneak peek of one of the fully renovated Standard Cabins:

 

Loon Lagoon Fitness Centre

During COVID-19 restrictions, we have been taking time to perform maintenance on the Loon Lagoon. This maintenance is still in progress, and we will provide updates closer to the date we estimate it will re-open. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete this project, as we know you are all eager for this facility to re-open.

 

Kitchen Renovations

The Pinewoods Dining Room kitchen renovations are now complete! Join us inside or on the patio for new items and old favourites from our brand new Summer menu.

 

manning park resort buildings covered in snow

Last Chance for Early, Early Bird Rates on Winter 2021/2022 Season Passes!

June 30 is your LAST CHANCE to take advantage of the best rates of the year.

Purchase your Nordic or Midweek Alpine season pass today! With reduced rates on Nordic season passes and heavy discounts on midweek alpine passes, there is no better time to buy.

*A reminder that we are sold out of full access Alpine season passes

 

See you soon!

Cascade Lookout Now Open!

view of manning park resort and the cascade mountains from a lookout point
view of manning park resort and the cascade mountains from a lookout point

Thanks to the recent heat wave, the last of the snow has melted and the road to the Cascade Lookout is now open!

Located across the highway directly opposite from the resort, turn left at the first intersection and drive up to the lookout point to take in stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the valley below. The lookout is open 24/7, so while camping is not permitted, we encourage visiting at night for arguably the best stargazing in the park.

*The road to Dry Ridge (beyond the lookout) remains closed for another few weeks due to Bear Habitat conservation.

Family of Hikers Extinguish Fire in Manning Park Backcountry

Although it has been a summer with a much-reduced wildfire risk, a wildfire scare in Manning Park on August 16th was a stark reminder to stay fire smart. A fire was discovered near Flash Lake, but thanks to the dedicated actions of two families of hikers, the fire was extinguished.

Rick L. and his family were taking their first backpacking trip with their 5 and 7-year-old kids to Strike Lake, along the popular Lightning Lakes chain, when Rick saw some smoke near the shoreline of Flash Lake, in an area not permitted to camp or have a fire.

He messaged some co-workers via an InReach GPS satellite communicator, asking them to report the smoke, before going to investigate.

“Something didn’t sit right with me and I decided to hike around the lake while my family took a snack break,” Rick says in his Facebook message. Expecting to find some backpackers, he instead found a five square metre area that was smouldering and on fire.

He returned to his family and they all began to help put it out. Being an avid hiker in Manning Park, he says, “We would not sit by to watch the beginning of a forest fire in one of our favourite places to hike.”

After sending another emergency message, Rick cleared brush and trees to remove fuel, while his wife, Andra, hauled water from the lake about 5m away. “My two boys helped by poking at the extinguished areas and throwing small branches and undergrowth into the lake,” he says.

With a dry forest and a concern about an increase in the winds, the fire had the potential to expand quickly, so they kept at it, while keeping safety in mind.

After about 2 hours of working to extinguish the fire, another family of 3 adults and 5 children happened along. Andrew and Paige Irwin and their family were keen to assist in the efforts and jumped in.

“We continued to dump water on the fire with our Osprey Dry bags, about 10 litres at a time for about 3 hours and what I can best guess would have been over 1500 litres of water,” Rick says.

A Manning Park crew attended after hearing the call and found that the fire had been extinguished already and the hikers had moved on with their hike to Strike Lake.

A BC Wildfire crew also attended with a helicopter to put it out.

Park Area Manager, Andy Boulé, tells the perspective from the Manning Park crew who attended; “We mobilized a small team of 4 of us and grabbed portable water tanks and tools and started the hike in. We arrived just before the helicopter so must have just missed seeing you guys,”, referring to Rick’s family and Irwins.

“We did a bit more digging and spraying to confirm the fire had no hot spots under the roots. When the BC Wildfire crew got there, they confirmed as well.”

Although Boulé and the BC Wildfire team didn’t meet the hikers, after posting about the scare on the Manning Park Resort Facebook page, the full story came out from Rick. Speculating that they probably had very limited resources, Boulé says, “While there, we all were very impressed with the job you did!”

Boulé responded to the family, “It is obvious by your actions that you love the park too and I am proud to have such great stewards and friends of Manning out there helping! Thank you so much for your caring and effort!”

In Rick’s post, he commented how the whole family found it quite an adventure and they were glad that they were able to protect the park that they all love, but after all that hard work, they needed a vacation!

Manning Park Resort recognizes the incredible efforts made to protect the park from these two families and have offered both families another vacation to Manning Park Resort, with a night in one of the new premium cabins and their choice of boat rentals or ski lift tickets. Hopefully, this will be a vacation where they can relax!

 

 

May Long Weekend Operations

Who’s ready for the May Long Weekend?! Here’s what we’ve got going on:

Campgrounds: Not only will Mule Deer, Hampton & Coldspring Campgrounds be open for business, but it looks like we are on track to open Lightning Lake Campground too! If Lightning Lake opens early, it will be first come, first serve until June 7th, after which it will be 100% reservable through Discover Camping. For more info on all our campgrounds, see our Camping page.

The Boathouse opens from 9am-6pm for canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and rowboats. The Boathouse is open weekends until June 29th, when it will be daily. Boat rentals are available from the Front Desk outside of these times.

The first Interpretive programs start! These free programs are for kids of all ages to learn about the amazing flora and fauna in the park in fun and interesting ways. They run weekends from May 18-June 23, and daily from June 29-Sept. 1. Look for weekly posted schedules (& online) to know when and where to meet for talks.

Manning Park Visitor Centre is open May 17th.  Open 9am-6pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until June 15 then daily during the summer months.  Stop off here for information on camping, hiking, mountain biking, backcountry camping fees, fishing licenses and much more.

Happy May Long Weekend!

(May 13, 2019)

Camping Season Starts & Boat Rentals this weekend

Camping season is already upon us! Mule Deer is open, Coldspring Campground opened today, and we’re hoping to have Hampton open soon. See the full details at: http://summer.manningpark.com/camping/

There will also be canoe and kayak rentals available from the Front Desk this weekend to get you out on the water!

Don’t miss the Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12th in the Pinewoods Dining Room and treat mom to a trip to some Manning Park sunshine!

(May 10, 2019)

Be Bear Aware in Manning Park!

It’s a busy time of year for bears! We have had lots of sightings around the park, so it’s a good time to brush up on our Bear Aware basics. If you see a bear, please report it to the Manning Park Visitor Centre. 

For more information, see the WildSafeBC website.

BEAR SAFETY TIPS

Camping

  • Front country/designated sites
    • Use bear resistant bins and/or follow food storage rules as set out at the campsite.
    • Keep your campsite clean and odour free.
    • Be aware of the activities of other campers – the food they leave out could very well bring a bear through your campsite. Report any inappropriate behaviour to the appropriate authorities.
    • Do not have any food in your tent.
  • Back country camping
    • Before choosing your site, do a walk around – a couple of circuits of increasing radius to check for signs of wildlife in the immediate area
    • Do not set up along known wildlife corridors or in high use areas (look for tracks, scat, signs of feeding, etc.)
    • Set up with good sight lines
    • Cook and eat away from your tent
    • Store all food in bear resistant containers and/or suspend from a line stretched between two trees. Make sure the bottom of your pack is at least 3m above the ground and 1.5m from the nearest tree.
    • Do not have any food in your tent
    • Keep the area clean and odour free
    • When sleeping in your tent, have your bear spray and a flashlight in a readily accessible area.
    • Pack out whatever you pack in: do not leave any organics behind – even though that apple core will rot and decompose, it could also be eaten by a bear that would then associate the smell of humans with a food reward.

Bear Safety when Hiking:

  • When hiking, travel in groups of two or more and keep talking (talk out loud to yourself if you are on your own). Bears recognize the human voice and will avoid you in most instances.
  • Carry bear spray with you when hiking in bear country.
  • If you encounter a bear, do not yell, scream, or run as this may trigger an attack. If the bear sees you, speak in a low voice to let the bear know that you are a human and move away slowly.

 

From BC Parks:

Staying Safe in Bear Country

We share many of our provincial parks with bears. BC Is home to both grizzly bears and black bears. Bears are extremely sensitive to human disturbance and activity. Avoiding an encounter is the best way to protect both yourself and bears.

Before you go

  • Pack bear spray, and learn how to use it
  • Check the park web page for any specific information about bears in the area
  • Look for notices about bears in the area when you arrive at a campground or trailhead

When camping

What attracts bears?

Ensure human and pet food, garbage, dirty campstoves, recyclables, toiletries and all other smelly items are locked away in a metal bear-proof container provided in the park, your car or hung from a tree away from your campsite.

Dispose of grey water in designated areas, away from your camp site.

When on a trail

bear scat
Bear scat
  • Make noise. Don’t surprise a bear. Call, sing, clap or talk loudly especially near streams and in areas of low visibility.
  • Be alert. Watch for bears or their scat and tracks, any strange smells or disturbed vegetation. Be aware of wind direction and speed. Extra caution is warranted when the wind is facing you.
  • Stay together. Hike and bike in groups and don’t let children wander. Larger groups (4 or more) are less likely to have a negative bear encounter.
  • Watch your pets. Keep your dog on a leash at all times. Dogs can provoke defensive bear behaviour.
  • Use officially marked trails. Travel during daylight hours. Bears are most active at dawn and dusk.
  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it.

In the backcountry

  • Use safe campsitesDesignated campsites are the best option. If there are no designated sites, choose campsites that are away from bear sign and obvious bear foods like berries,  waterways or other features that may be travel routes for wildlife.
  • bear-proof canisterEnsure food is stored safelyUse bear-safe food storage lockers. If there are none available, hang food by a rope system or from a tree branch in an area inaccessible to bears (at least 4 meters off the ground and 3 meters from the nearest tree).  Consider using a bear proof canister as an alternative to hanging food.
  • Use the triangle approachSet up your tent, cooking area and food storage areas in a triangle pattern, about 50 m apart.
    Camping - triangle approach
    Graphic: Parks Canada

If you encounter a bear:

Stay calm
If the bear sees you, talk in a low, calm voice and then regardless if it has seen you or not.

Back up slowly
Never turn your back on a bear, or run. Running could trigger an attack.

Do not stare
The bear will see a direct stare as a challenge.

Give it space
Make sure it has a way to get away, and that you are not blocking access to a bear’s cubs or its food.

If a bear approaches you or charges:

Do not run!

Use your bear spray as it approaches

Play dead or fight back

  • Defensive attack 
    Usually, bears charge or attack because they are feeling threatened. Use your bear spray. If you don’t have bear spray and the bear makes contact with you – roll on your stomach, cover the back of your neck, remain still and play dead, they will lose interest and leave. Do NOT run!
  • Predatory attack
    In rare cases, a bear may see a human as prey and stalk you along a trail. In these cases, try to escape into a building, car or up a tree.  If you cannot escape and the bear charges, use your bear spray, lacking that, use anything at your disposal to fight off the bear (rocks, sticks, hiking poles).

 

If you see a bear, please report it to the Manning Park Visitor Centre. 

(Aug 20, 2018)