Welcome Fat Dog Racers!

With the closure of Skagit Provincial Park, the Fat Dog race has been cancelled for this year, but we would like to recognize all the incredible efforts of the race organizers, race volunteers, and the racers themselves for the preparation of this ultra-scenic race!

Not only is it an amazing feat to put on the event, but it brings people from all over the world to see the incredible wilderness of 3 provincial parks – Cathedral, Manning and Skagit.

One of the stipulations of entering the race is the requirement to do some trail work or volunteering. What an amazing sense of stewardship this creates and appreciation of the trails!

Unfortunately, this year, the wilderness was a bit too wild with fires in Cathedral and Skagit, and ultimately caused the cancellation of the race.

Thanks to Heather Macdonald and Mountain Madness Trail Running Races, for what, I’m sure, was a difficult decision, but I hear that there’s always the Brigade Race this September!

Welcome to all the racers coming to Manning Park this weekend to join the festivities and fun runs that are still planned!

 

(Aug 10, 2018)

Wildflower Display in Sub-Alpine Meadows

The wildflowers are out!  

Pockets of glorious subalpine flowers are out in the meadows!  Look for places with a bit of moisture and hit the backcountry searching for those beautiful flowers.

The peak bloom of the wildflowers in the sub-alpine meadows is typically around this time. Due to hot, dry conditions and very little rain in the past few weeks, we are anticipating that the display is likely approaching it’s peak. If there is no rain, it is likely that it will be a quick bloom, so make sure to drive up for a hike on one of the popular wildflower hikes!

Wildflower walks are scheduled weekly from Friday-Monday & Wednesday at 11am. Meet at the Naturalist hut in upper parking lot on Blackwall Peak Road.

See more: http://summer.manningpark.com/wildflowers/

Remember to stay on the path: This is particularly important in the Alpine meadows where rare and delicate plants struggle to survive in this harsh and extremely fragile ecosystem. Straying off designated paths destroys these sensitive plants. Please help us protect these Alpine meadows and the photo opportunities they provide for generations to come!

(July 30, 2018)

Federation of Canadian Artists: Art “Show & Sale” – August 2nd

Federation of Canadian Artists: Art “Show & Sale”
 
This Thursday, the Federation of Canadian Artists is showcasing the art from their Plein Air Retreat at Manning Park in the Cascade Room from 7pm. Please stop by to look at their work, and you are welcome to buy art from both the students and the instructors!

6 Ways to Beat the Heat

Looking for some respite from the 30+ degree weather? Find some solace in the cooler alpine temperatures at Manning Park! We’ve got lots of adventurous ways to cool off and cold treats for every taste!

  1. Can you possibly get a more refreshing lake to swim in than Lightning Lake? This alpine lake is fed by snow run-off which means it stays cool and refreshing through the summer. We are not kidding – it’s cold! If you can’t take the dip, just getting out on the water by canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard or rowboat will cool you down!
  2. Chill your taste buds with ice cream. We sell ice cream treats at the Boathouse all day long, or get your favourite ice cream scooped at the Bistro. We also have iced coffee and milkshakes available at the Bistro.
  3. We are cooler just because of where we are! By virtue of being at a higher elevation, the temperatures are cooler than in the valleys, and the breeze is fresh. Our day temperatures are forecast to range between a comfortable 26-29 degrees in the next few days. Night temperatures drop down to a pleasant 13 degrees tonight. Ahhhhhhh. Enjoy!
  4. Hike to find the last patches of snow on Mt. Frosty. Climb the highest peak in Manning Park to get astounding views of the area, where snow still lies on the ground. You may get really hot on the way up, but once you find the snow, a snowball fight will cool you down!
  5. Embrace the sunshine and have an ice cold beer on the patio at the Pinewoods Dining Room. Relax under the shade of the umbrellas with a selection of your favourite brews from Old Yale Brewing, and great eats to accompany it!
  6. Take a cruise on the newly paved Highway #3! Whether you’re in a sportscar, on a motorcycle or using “4WD a/c” (Four windows down air conditioning), the smooth pavement is a delightful way to blow your hair back.

Air quality in the park is looking good and clear – check the Boathouse webcam to see what the conditions are like on the lake: http://summer.manningpark.com/webcam/ 

Tell us – what’s your favourite way to cool down in the heat?

Wherever you are at this weekend, travel safe, stay hydrated, don’t forget the sunscreen and have fun! 

 

Cell Service Coverage Comes to Highway #3

July 20, 2018

Cell Service Coverage Comes to Highway #3

Cell service has recently been activated between Hope and Princeton on Highway #3, effective early this summer.

With new Telus cellular micro-cells installed in Sunshine Valley, Manning Park and the East Gate community, the cell service provides short-range cellular coverage along the highway from Hope-Princeton.

Vern Schram, who has recently taken on the role of General Manager of Manning Park Resort, welcomes the improvements. “We are supportive of bringing cell service along the highway, as many people have safety concerns about driving Highway #3. We are hoping that this will alleviate apprehensions about driving it, because it really is a beautiful, scenic route to take to get to Manning Park Resort.”

“We’re estimating that it reaches about 500m on either side of the highway around the Resort,” he adds.

Manning Park Resort has long been known as a location to ‘get away from it all.’ Schram says the company motto is to support having “Fresh Air Experiences” at Manning Park Resort, and “we encourage our guests and families to create the experience they want while they are here, which may mean switching off your phone once you arrive.”

It is not expected that the coverage will reach beyond the highway corridor, so caution should still be used when travelling in the backcountry of E.C. Manning Park, as you may not be able to rely on cell reception for navigation or in the event of an emergency.

The recent re-paving efforts from Sumallo Flats to Allison Pass on highway #3 is also nearing completion.

Campfire Ban in effect & Smoke-Free Manning Park

July 18, 2018

A BC Parks Campfire ban is now in effect in all of E.C. Manning Park. This also includes Smoking Restrictions.

Please note the following, as per BC Wildfire:

“Effective at noon on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, all open burning (including campfires and Category 3 fires) will be prohibited within the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the area known as the fog zone.

These prohibitions do not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

The following activities are also prohibited:

* open fires that burn woody debris in outdoor stoves

* the use of stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved”

As per BC Parks, 

“-The smoking restriction applies to all areas within a provincial park and protected area except in a designated, front country campsite. Cigarettes and other ignition sources must be extinguished and disposed of within the designated campsite.

-Smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area, however the restriction doesn’t apply to a park visitor’s private motor vehicle or recreational vehicle. Individuals must remain in their private vehicle or recreational vehicle while smoking and dispose of the ignition source within the vehicle. It is not acceptable to smoke outside of those vehicles, except when the vehicle is in a registered campsite or group campsite with a hardened surface.

-The smoking restriction applies to all types of smoking devices that contain an ignition source, whether it’s a flame, spark, mechanical spark, electronic spark or smoke.”

 

To support the BC Parks campfire ban, as well as our message of “Fresh Air Experiences”, we are moving towards creating a smoke-free environment at Manning Park Resort year-round.

While this helps create a Fresh Air Experience for everyone to enjoy, it also mitigates the risk of fire hazards in our increasingly hot and dry summer.

Designated smoking areas will be identified around Manning Park Resort, where it will be permitted to smoke. This will be a year-round implementation.

 

Designated areas at the Resort for Summer 2018 include:

-Cordoned off stall in front of Manning Park Lodge, near ‘Camping Info’ kiosk

-The covered pathway area at the back of the Lodge, to the west of the Lodge, towards the cabins.

 

Cigarette disposal will be available at these locations, and we ask that you use the receptacles provided, and ensure all cigarette butts are extinguished fully.

We kindly request that you do not smoke outside of these areas.

In the wintertime, we are continuing this message by going smoke-free at the ski hill. Designated smoking areas at the Resort will remain in effect year-round.

 

Thank you for your support in these endeavours!

SUP Evening Excursion – Special Meteor Shower Trip!

Back by special request, we are running our popular SUP Evening Excursion event for one night only!  This is scheduled for August 11th, 2018 – the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Cruise placidly on Lightning Lake with a park interpreter to discover life on the water at twilight. This special late-night program is scheduled during the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower in order to catch a glimpse of some early shooting stars!

Space is limited for this unique excursion! To see the details and to sign up online, visit: https://manningpark.com/event/sup-evening-excursion-special-meteor-shower-trip/

Campground Openings in E.C. Manning Park this year

The sunshine in the past few days have melted a ton of snow at Manning Park and that gets us excited for camping season! Are you itching to get outside?

We are busy getting the campgrounds ready for the season and are expecting that we will be able to open Mule Deer next weekend (May 5th-6th). We will advise if there’s any changes to this opening date. Please note that a boil water advisory will be in effect upon opening.

We are assessing the snow at Hampton and Coldspring and are hoping to open it later in May.There is still lots of snow in the Lightning Lake campground. Stay tuned for updates on Hampton campground!

Please note that Rhododendron Flats roadside attraction is now open. Some bridge maintenance at West Gate means that the opening will be delayed.

Thanks for your enthusiasm for the camping season and see you soon!

Campground reservation dates are as follows. If the campground opens earlier, sites are First Come, First Serve. Book your campsite at by calling 1-800-689-9025 or visit discovercamping.ca

Updates from BC Parks in E.C. Manning Park this year

 

There are some exciting updates from BC Parks planned for this year in E.C. Manning Provincial Park. We are happy to share some of the great news that BC Parks has announced:

Hampton Campground continues to get some incredible upgrades to complement the new wash houses that were installed last year. This May, plans are in motion to build a kid’s bike park as well as a playground. Now with expanded views, wash house and more sites, Hampton is proving to be a coveted camping spot!

Lone Duck group facility now has two beautiful, brand new shelters that were built last spring, as well as large wash sinks installed.  The final touches will be completed this spring completing this project.

Buckhorn backcountry camp is being looked at for an expansion, with an upgraded shelter, similar to that of the Lone Duck campsite.

BC Parks has also unrolled their Student Ranger Program. This program will bring 6 student rangers to Manning Park to assist with trail maintenance.

Lots of plans are in place for maintaining and renovating trails. We are excited and supportive of the great efforts of BC Parks, as well as the Friends of Manning Park group that volunteers an incredible amount of work in the park!

If you want to get involved and help out with some of the work bees planned for this summer, contact the Friends of Manning Park Facebook page for more information.