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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  • Planning to camp here for a couple of nights at the end of March, I tried to pay our camping fees in advance online, but the “DiscoverCampingBC” website wouldn’t process the correct amount. I then tri...  more »
  • The Eastgate of Manning Park is 35-minutes away from our back door. We should be here more frequently but sometimes only manage a single visit in a year. However, when we go, we make it worthwhile. Ty...  more »
  • Easy access by car allows visitors to experience the beauty of the sub alpine without having to spend hours hiking there. The view from the parking lot near the Artist Hut is spectacular, BBQ pits and...  more »