Grand Opening Celebration!

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Grand Opening Celebration of the Alpine Room

On Monday, August 28th, Manning Park Resort officially opened the new 3500 Sq ft banquet and meeting Alpine Room. After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, guests were invited to view the dramatic high ceiling room and sit down to a lunch buffet.  Dignitaries who attended to commemorate the occasion, and to celebrate the significant upgrades at the Resort were Mayor Wilfried Vicktor of Hope, Mayor Frank Armitage of Princeton and BC Parks Regional Director of the Kootenay Okanagan Region, John Trewhitt.

 

Kevin and Donna Demers purchased the Resort in 2013, saving the company from being permanently closed and having the assets dismantled. The Alpine Room Grand Opening highlighted the significant upgrades and investment being poured into the property since its purchase.

With the new function room, five new cabins and a major paving project completed just this year, many accolades were handed out from Mayor Vicktor of Hope. He acknowledged the role that Manning Park Resort plays to support tourism in the community, as well as being a major employer and economic player.

Mayor Armitage of Princeton treated the attendees to a short history lesson on opening dates of EC Manning Provincial Park as well as the opening of the Hope Princeton Highway.

BC Parks representative, John Trewhitt acknowledged the unique relationship between the past operators of the Resort area and appreciated the good relationship with the Kevin Demers’ team.

MLA of the Fraser-Nicola riding, Jackie Tegart, sent her regards saying, “For decades, Manning Park Resort has hosted visitors from around the globe and has been an important part in sharing British Columbia’s legacy of love for the great outdoors. I am so pleased to see that you are continuing to grow and build upon that legacy.” MLA Tegart adds “Not only are you adding a beautiful new addition to the Resort, but you are creating space for families and friends to form memories that will last a lifetime.”

Emcee Mike Barker, General Manager, introduced and appreciated the many volunteers and organizations that support the Park and the Resort including the Friends of Manning Park, Backcountry Horsemen of BC as well as retired BC Park Manager Tommy Moore who still clears trails at 86 years old!

A display of history of Manning Park was showcased to underline the legacy and importance of the park, and the promising future of the resort business.

Grand Opening Celebration of the Alpine Room!

Grand Opening Celebration

A grand opening celebration is planned for Monday, August 28th, in the brand new Alpine Room at Manning Park Resort to celebrate recent capital improvements.

Kevin Demers, owner of Manning Park Resort since 2013, has invited local politicians and dignitaries to officially open the Alpine Room, and to highlight the other major upgrades at the Resort.

MLA Jackie Tegart, Mayors Wilfried Vicktor of Hope and Frank Armitage of Princeton, as well as representatives from BC Parks. local tourism connections, media and business connections have been invited to attend.

The venue for the celebration, the Alpine Room, was newly constructed at the beginning of this year. The 3500-square foot function room, adjacent to the Pinewoods building marked the first construction to occur in Manning Park in over a decade.

Since that landmark ground-breaking, improvements have been coming fast and furious, starting with the wildly popular announcement of five new premium cabins being built this summer, with a further twenty planned over the course of the next five years. These cabins will sleep up to twelve people, and the first five are scheduled to be completed in Fall 2017.

Other considerable improvements include a significant paving project that resurfaced the entire Resort area, upgrades to the internet and wifi capabilities, the creation of a dedicated corporate internet network and renovations to the Pinewoods Dining Room and Lodge accommodations.

There is a lot to celebrate!

The grand opening celebration is by invitation, however, any guests wishing to see the Alpine Room are invited to tour it between 2pm – 5pm.

Manning Park Resort is a four-season destination with full Resort amenities including a variety of accommodations, restaurant, pub, swimming pool, group facilities and exceptional outdoor recreation.

 

It is nestled in beautiful EC Manning Provincial Park just 45 minutes east of Hope on Highway #3.

Further information can be found at www.manningpark.com or by email to marketing@manningpark.com.

 

Major Improvements coming to Manning Park Resort – updated photos!

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Five New Cabins and Fresh Pavement (2017)

Five premium cabins are to be built this summer, with a planned total of 25 new cabins to be constructed over a 5-year period.

Complete road paving will be done around the Resort from the highway exit to the Pinewoods building.

Guests will enjoy the finished renovations and refurbishing of Pinewoods Dining Room and accommodations.

Kevin Demers, owner of Manning Park Resort, announced these major capital improvements scheduled for this spring at Manning Park Resort.

Resort guests have frequently requested more cabin accommodations, particularly in peak seasons; “We turn away a lot of families during our busy seasons,” Demers says referencing both outdoor recreation visitors as well as the growing number of weddings at the Resort. “The ‘cabin market’ is growing more popular every year.”

“Gathering your family or friends to stay in a cabin in a beautiful park is an incredibly Canadian experience and it creates life-long memories,” adds Mike Barker, general manager of Manning Park Resort. “We are delighted to announce the short term plan of 5 new cabins starting immediately, with a longer plan of building 25 in total.”

The new premium cabins will sleep up to 12 people, with 2 complete bathrooms. They will each feature a loft and a large covered deck. Most cabins will be located near Windy Joe’s Hall, with some planned around the existing cabins.

Work begins this week on the premium cabins with the first footings and foundations being poured. Demers plans a phased approach to building the cabins, scheduling 5 cabins to be built per year, over the span of 5 years. By the time all the cabins are finished, the total investment just in that area alone will exceed $2 million.

The anticipated completion date for the first five cabins is the fall of 2017.

The second large project moving forward this month is the paving of the area around the Resort between the highway exits, including around the Alpine Room and Pinewoods building.

This project represents a significant investment of $150 000, but as Mike Barker, the general manager states, “with the huge amount of traffic passing through, we recognized that this is an essential upgrade. Not only will this improve our summer and winter access, but motorcyclists will definitely breathe a sigh of relief when it’s completed!”

These developments come hot on the heels of the recently completed Alpine Room, a 3500 square foot function room addition to the Pinewoods building. With a capacity of 200 people, its main purpose as a function room for weddings, corporate meetings and other group events has been well received.

Further upgrades to infrastructure around the Resort include floor and ceiling refurbishments in the Pinewoods Dining Room, as well as updates and repairs to accommodations and pool facilities.

All Resort facilities will remain open during upgrades. GM, Mike Barker adds, “We are working hard to keep Manning Park Resort your premier destination for year-round fresh air experiences. Thank you for your understanding as we work to improve it!”

When asked about the effect of these significant investments, Kevin Demers commented, “We need to tell the world west of Manning Park that we are here and we have a lot to offer.”

Plans for the new cabins will be coming soon! Please see our Operation Notes regarding the renovations and upgrades here: https://manningpark.com/renovations-and-upgrades-operation-notes/

Come up to check out the progress throughout the summer!

Plans designed by:

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75 Anniversary Celebration – July 16, 2016

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Left to right: Murray Phillips, Michael of Canadian Ski Patrol, Kelley Cook, Tom Moore, Mark Weston (BC Parks), Heather MacDonald, Michele Drummond, Roger Bean, Mike Barker (Manning Park Resort)

This past Saturday, July 16th marked Canada’s Parks Day, and was the date chosen to celebrate the 75th anniversary of EC Manning Provincial Park.

Despite being in the middle of summer, the weather resembled the initial ceremony that was held on an overcast, chilly September 12, 1941.

An enthusiastic crowd turned out to visit the community booths, which held excellent displays of Manning history, local hiking and conservation groups and represented the Hope, Princeton and Chilliwack communities. Many past and present staff from BC Parks were at the event. To the delight of kids, Jerry the Moose also made an appearance.

Dignitaries who spoke of the heritage and continuing conservation of the park included Mark Weston, BC Parks and Protected Areas Section Head of the Okanagan, Kevin Demers, owner of Manning Park Resort, and Tom Moore, former BC Parks District Manager from 1963-1973.

Mayors of Princeton, Hope and Chilliwack graced the ceremony. The honourable Frank Armitage (Princeton), Wilfried Vicktor (Hope), and Sharon Gaetz (Chilliwack) spoke of the influence of the Park on their communities, as well as their personal experiences and memories.

The Honourable Mayor Frank Armitage presented Manning Park with a special photo of the band that played at the opening ceremony in 1941. It will hang in a place of honour in Manning Park.

A number of volunteers were recognized for their ongoing commitment to maintain trails in the park, as well as supporting the programs and activities that make Manning a special place. They were given the gift of the 75th commemorative painting for their efforts.

Those recognized for their volunteer efforts:

Tom Moore, former BC Parks District Manager and longtime Friends of Manning Park

Kelley Cook, Friends of Manning Park and Heritage Trails

Rose Schroeder, Backcountry Horsemen of BC (not pictured)

Heather MacDonald, Fat Dog 120 organizer

Roger Bean, longtime Friend of Manning Park

Jim Hilton, longtime BC Parks employee with 3 generations (his dad, Joe, then son, Jamie) working in Manning Park (not pictured)

Kelly Pearce & Hope Mountain Centre (represented by Michele Drummond)

Canadian Ski Patrol – Manning Park Team

Jo Hughes, Park interpreter and Manning Park Resort employee (not pictured)

 

There are many more that could and should be recognized for their continuing dedication to make Manning Park the incredible place that it is. Thank you to these individuals and all those they represent within their organizations and others who work to conserve and protect EC Manning Provincial Park.

 

Murray Phillips unveiled his commemorative painting – “On the Way to Three Brothers – Manning Park.” He spoke lovingly of the park that he grew up in, and of his honour to memorialize it with his beautiful painting depicting the Heather Trail, looking towards the Three Brothers ridge in the alpine meadows of Manning Park.

All who attended were welcome to get a poster of his painting, and he signed over 250 copies.

Posters are available from Manning Park Visitor Centre. The 75th commemorative painting is also available as art prints and giclée canvas for purchase in the Country Store. Profits go towards the interpretive programs that run in the park throughout the summer.

Thank you for joining us to celebrate this remarkable milestone! Here’s to another 75 years!

 

Introducing our new Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Manager – Matt Bergin

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Manning Park Resort is proud to introduce Matt Bergin as our new Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Manager.

Matt brings with him over 27 years of experience in Food and Beverage, from Casual Dining to upscale Silver Service Fine Dining. Matt’s previous experience includes Executive Chef at St. Eugene Mission Resort and Casino, Owner and Chef of Cadboro House, Copper Point Golf Resort and most recently the Executive Chef of Frankie’s Italian Kitchen and Bar. In Matt’s experience, he has had the opportunity to cater for some high profile guests including Prime Ministers, Heads of State including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Matt Studied Culinary Arts at SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) and has been a Certified Red Seal Chef for 20 years. Matt is very excited to join the Manning Park Resort Team and looks forward to providing an exceptional guest experience and to contribute to the building of memories with all our guests.

There will be some upcoming menu changes as Chef Matt’s vision for the Pinewoods Restaurant moves towards “selling what we are” and showcasing our beautiful, unique location with fresh, local ingredients and British Columbian products. Stay tuned for more info!

Matt and his partner, Sarah, our new Front of house supervisor, come to Manning with their St. Bernard dog, Bernie. Welcome to all of you and we are very happy to have you aboard!

“My Manning Memory” Photo + Story Contest

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What’s Your Manning Memory?

As Manning Park turns 75 this year, we want to celebrate by sharing stories of My Manning Memory. There is a huge amount of nostalgia and love for Manning that we want to draw out and to showcase your stories.

Let’s reminisce about that time you saw a bear munching grass on your hike, or when you were camping and thought you heard a wolf, your family (mis)adventures of canoeing, or your historical knowledge of the area!

Share 1 photo + 1 story (300 words or less) of your favourite Manning Memory, and get entered into the contest for great prizes!

 

Prizes generously donated by our sponsors include:

Valhalla Pure-Abbotsford -two awesome backpacks to give away- a Tempest and a Talon backpack from Osprey

Leave a Leaf -Maple leaf shaped hiking baskets (We love these!)

Coleman -Coleman inflatable 1 person kayak

Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning – One-day program for one lucky person

Mt. Waddington’s -gift card

Manning Park Resort – 1 night queen room lodge accommodation + groomer ride (Redeemable Winter 2016/17)

BC Parks -75th commemorative painting, t-shirts & more swag

 

 

Contest runs from May 21 to September 4th. Winners will be announced at the Final Interpretive program for summer season – September 4th.

You can see a list of winners after September 4th by visiting summer.manningpark.com/my-manning-memory or check our Facebook.

See full contest details here: http://summer.manningpark.com/my-manning-memory/