At first blush, Manning may feel like a cross-country ski destination just muddling through the more temperate months of the year. But visitation is heaviest in July, when the park's celebrated displays of Alpine wildflowers peak. Manning Park is home to a spectacular collection of rare red rhododendrons.Manning Park is just like Campo, 2,650 miles before. The idea here is to get in and get out, period. After you have screamed, hugged, kissed, cried and prayed at the monument there's no good reason to linger in Manning Park, which is essentially a very fancy highway rest stop that contains a modest hotel.
There is nothing wrong with this operation at all. Yet at the same time it is utterly forgettable. The 41 rooms in the Manning Park Resort (7500 Hwy. 3, 604 668-5922) are generic -- clean, modern and solidly average in every regard. There are also new, very fancy cabins that can sleep up to 8. The Pinewoods Dining Room, their full-service restaurant, is somewhere between a Denny's chain diner and a Xanterra national park concession. (If you want a quintessentially Canadian culinary experience you need to find a Tim Hortons. The nearest one is 30 miles distant, in Hope.)
If a hiker were to time it just right, leaving the monument before noon, they could be in Manning by mid-afternoon. From Manning it's a three-hour drive to Vancouver or five hours to Seattle. There is no bus service to Vancouver. (As of June 2018 the Dirty Dog will not stop in Manning.) Don't forget: The final register is no longer inside the monument pylon, which has reportedly been filled with concrete. Per the PCTA, as of 2018 it may be hidden in a nearby log. More specifics on this would be nice. If you do forget to sign it, there's possibly a second chance -- another register at the front desk of the resort.
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