Spent 5 days at Manning Park resort with family in July. I wrote a winter review for the lodge a couple of years ago. There are now new owners, and I'll review the cabins this time, and in summer.
Manning Park is a spectacular, gorgeous place. I love this place.
The resort staff are still great - nice folks at front desk, very helpful people in the country store (they went to the restaurant to fetch milk when the store was out of milk - thanks!)
What I hadn't realized in the past is that the naturalists are hired by Manning Park Resort -they are not associated with BC Parks or park rangers. From Thursday to Sunday, all summer, they run 2 to 3 naturalist/interpretive programs each day: typically at 10am, 2pm and 7pm, ranging from walks in the flowered alpine meadows or on low altitude forest trails, to evening talks on pika (a cute alpine critter) and bears in the evenings. We only went to evening talks this trip. These are fun for kids, and interesting for grownups as well - and are delivered by knowledgeable, enthusiastic young people who really seem to love doing these interpretive programs.
We stayed in a "standard cabin" i.e. the smallest cabin they have, but it was quite big and comfortable for 5 people. First bedroom has a double bed, second bedroom has 2 sets of bunk beds (4 beds). Both rooms had plenty of drawer space, night tables, and a long clothes rack to keep everything organized. The bunk room was pretty spacious. Plenty of space for 3 kids to play board games on the floor in the bunk room. There was also a sofa bed in the living room, but we didn't need it. Kitchen was fine: kitchen table seats 8 tightly, 6 comfortably. There was plenty of cookware, dishes and all the utensils and cooking tools you need, a large fridge, stove, and microwave. I never saw the staff in our cabin, but each afternoon when we returned, someone had fixed up the beds, changed towels in bathroom and kitchen, tidied up the bathroom and emptied the garbage.
We fished, canoed and/or hiked every day, and also swam in the lakes every day. Manning is a fabulous place! You can rent canoes, kayaks or rowboats at the day use area. Kids sometimes played tennis on the tennis courts while waiting for dinner. There were two BBQ areas and fire pits near our cabin - we made good use of them, grilling burgers, roasting marshmallows and making bannock at the fire pit. Then at the end of each day we enjoyed the pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna. Pool and hot tub complex stayed open until 10pm every night - great because we rarely managed to get out there before 9pm and were often still there at 10pm closing time. Kids were very clean and very tired every night!
Manning Park Resort is still a place to really away get away from it all: No internet, no cellphone coverage, and there are only about 3 TV stations that you get - although they have nice big TVs in the cabins and in the lodge rooms. A staff member told me they are trying to get Telus to put in cell coverage, mainly for safety reasons. We bring walkie-talkies so we can communicate when we split up on the alpine trails or when fishing around the lakes.
Stayed 5 days in July 2013, traveled with family
I love this place: if you know of a similar place in southeastern BC with similar features, I'd love to hear about it: would like: freshwater lake with great swimming, no motorized water vehicles (i.e. safe swimming), canoe and/or rowboat rentals, fantastic scenery, good hiking, good fishing, hot tub (preferably outdoors) And I guess no cellphone coverage and no internet would be a bonus, but not an essential. And although I used to like camping out in a tent, I'm old now, I like a comfortable bed and warm shower, so the I need a comfortable lodge or cabin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- YOUR FOUR SEASONS DESTINATION.Manning Park Resort and EC Manning Provincial Park has your four seasons covered. With Alpine and Nordic skiing in the Winter; snowshoeing and exploring in the Spring; canoeing, camping, hiking and swimming in the Summer; fishing, hiking (check out the Larch trees on Mt Frosty) and boating during the Fall - there is always a beautiful outdoor adventure waiting for you! ... more less
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