E.C Manning Provincial Park, Manning Park

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E.C. Manning Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada. It is usually referred to as Manning Park, although that nomenclature is also used to refer to the resort and ski area at the park's core. The park is 70,844 hectares (273.53 square miles).History and conservationEarly HistoryThe earliest human use of the land was by the coastal native peoples of British Columbia who, by travelling the route of the present day Skyline Trail accessed the Upper Similkameen Valley. The first European in the area was 1813 and was explored and mapped in 1827 by Archibald McDonald. Access to the area prior to the Great Depression was extremely limited due to a lack of any kind of developed roads or trails over the Cascade Mountains (other than the Dewdney Trail, far to the North). In 1929, the construction of a Road through the area was begun as a work project for the unemployed, but did not get completed. When the Canadian government began the internment of Japanese Canadians following the Attack on Pearl Harbor, one camp was formed in the present day Sunshine Valley, and the workers built the current Hope-Princeton highway, which was completed in 1949. The current route of the Hope-Princeton highway follows the route of the Allison Pass Trail, which was constructed in 1859-1860. The approximate route of the current Hope-Princeton highway was considered by the Great Northern Railroad, which led to much land being purchased along the predicted route prior to the formation of the park. The earliest form of the park was established in 1931 as the Three Brothers Mountain Reserve to prevent overgrazing, and eventually this became the three brothers game reserve in 1936. In 1941, the park was formed as Three Brothers Mountain Park, a Class A Provincial Park.
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  • Dry Ridge Trail is a walk of 4 kilometers up and down a hill (so 2 kilometers uphill and back downhill again). Park at Cascade Look Out, walk up the gravel road for a bit and then the trail goes up th...  more »
  • Snow tipped trees, post card scenes of rivers, still wild and untamed. The park is a stunning place to picnic and a fabulous place for families to ski. Driving through today it reminded me how fortuna...  more »
  • The first thing that should be noted of the Park is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff of the visitor center. They gave us information to optimize our excursions, advised us on where to see wildlife and what activities do. In addition, in the vicinity of the building, there are plenty of squirrels of Earth running around in all directions. We made several trips during the day. We visited a Beaver Pond, a small lake which is accessed by a narrow path; Although we didn't see any Beaver, yes we had opportunity to observe many small birds and dragonflies. We advanced along the road to Cascade Lookout, from where there are stunning views of the entire mountain range and the endless forests of the slopes. We continue up hillside along a track of gravel to a subalpine meadows area. Being early in season, only Western anemones and some wild daffodils were open, but even so the views are breathtaking. We toured Viewpoint Loop Trail and we could see many ground squirrels and some huge marmots Horay. Finally we went down to Lightning Lake to see the invasion of ground squirrels that live on the banks of the Lake.
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