Weekend Getaways: Manning Park

Located in the heart of the Cascades, this BC resort has something for everyone.

Just so we’re clear, Whistler-Blackcomb isn’t the only resort you can visit in British Columbia. Manning Park Resort, tucked away in the mountains near the town of Hope, has plenty of outdoor summer fun for the traveler who wishes to visit the beautiful province to the north — and, perhaps, bask in a more low-key setting than Whistler Village provides.

Hikers can enjoy a variety of trails — from casual 15-minute walkabouts to rugged multi-day endeavors — within the 35,000 acres of pristine forests contained within Manning Park. Mountain bikers can also enjoy smooth riding on any of the park’s major trails and roadways (provided they yield to hikers and horses). Wildlife watchers will find many secluded nooks from which to view the more than 250 bird and animal species who call the park home.

In addition, canoes and rowboats can be rented by the hour or day for an excursion on Lightning Lakes, the park’s largest and most popular body of water. If one doesn’t mind a scenic drive, they will find the Hell’s Gate Airtram, Chilliwack River Rafting, Minter Gardens and several golf courses within a reasonable distance from the park boundary.

For accommodations, guests are treated to several options. The Manning Park Lodge features 41 rooms, as well as a game area, fireside lounge and group meeting facilities. Casual lodgers will find sufficient space in a queen room ($149/night), while the high-rollers can enjoy the vast amenities provided in the mini ($159/night) and junior king ($179/night) suites.

If one wishes to get back to nature while they slumber, there are five camping locations in the park (check the campground report to see which ones are currently open). For a more luxurious outdoor stay, standard cabin ($229/night), deluxe cabin ($329/night) and chalet ($349/night) rentals are also available. These options are anything but rustic — included in each is a full living room, kitchen space, TV and microwave.

Manning Park Resort | 7500 Hwy #3, BC (driving directions) | (800) 330-3321