Safe Winter Driving Tips

Transportation Minister Rob Fleming recently announced the Coquihalla Highway will reopen for commercial vehicles, and the essential travel restrictions on Highway #3 will be lifted for the holidays, so we are able to welcome all visitors to Manning Park Resort starting December 22nd! 

With all the recent press about the highways in Southern BC, we definitely have a healthy respect for our mountain roads! It is important to respect the roads and drive carefully, however, we want you to feel confident to drive Highway #3.

If you’re driving, here are a few tips to ensure you get here safely from ShiftIntoWinter.ca: Click the links to read more.

  1. Prepare yourself for winter driving. (Including planning your route, leaving enough time, checking conditions, and learning winter road skills.)
  2. Prepare your vehicle for winter driving. (Including having winter tires, checking your fluids and wiper blades, packing an emergency kit)
  3. Drive for the conditions. (Maintain a safe following distance, slow down, accelerate and brake slowly, and do not pass unless safe and permitted to do so)

BC Highway #3 requires winter tires from October 1-March 31.

  • The letters “M” and “S”, the minimum legal requirement (mud + snow/all-season tires)
  • The 3-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol (some manufacturers label with both the mountain snowflake and the M+S symbol)

To learn more about winter tire requirements, see here.

Here’s another great way to safely drive the mountain roads – take the bus! Mountain Man Mike’s offers bus service weekly to Manning Park Resort.

 

We have an excellent highway crew that works tirelessly in all types of weather to ensure the roads stay safe for you and your family. This involves plowing the roads when it is snowing, or spreading salt or gravel.

If you encounter a road plow, keep your distance until the plow truck pulls over to allow you to pass. And never pass a snowplow on the inside! 

Once you arrive at Manning Park Resort, park the car and relax! We offer a free shuttle bus between the lodge and the ski area, with a stop at Strawberry Flats. The bus runs regularly throughout the day. Check the schedule here.

Want to learn more about winter driving? Visit ShiftIntoWinter.ca and take the online quiz to test your winter driving knowledge!

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.

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:

Raymond S. Bonter, Designer Ltd.
www.raymondbonterdesigner.ca
“Trusted Leader in Home Design for Over Half a Century”

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