Yesterday we tried something new. Snow shoeing! We took the kids to Manning Park and rented some snow shoes. Going into this I knew that I would just be taking it one minute at a time with two kids. We settled outside together and strapped on our snow shoes and off we went. Again, keeping in mind I knew what to expect haha with both kids. So I didn’t get my hopes to up on finding the most exhilarating trails. I kept my focus on small, easy and basically whatever they could manage.…
This little drive (well little for us) is one of my favourite drives to take every Summer because it leads us to this beautiful view of Manning Park. This little gem of a spot is Alpine Meadows. Located just across from the main lodge at Manning Park. It takes you up a windy road to this. We always stop here and enjoy the views before heading up the road a little further. Coming here every year reminds us even more just how thankful we are to live in this wonderful area!…
We just spent the past two days exploring Manning Park Resort. Now, our family already visits this beautiful local gem quite often but I don’t think we really took into the full effect of everything there is to do and explore there. Most of the time we do a day drive and take the scenic tour around and check out the hill from time to time. But this time, we really dug our feet deep into this place and took full advantage of everything they have to offer at this family friendly resort!
I’m going to dive into everything right off the bat here. And I just have to also say how much fun we all had as a family. The kids loved the cozy, family feeling of the atmosphere and never quit when we wanted to try it all. They were just as eager and excited as we were! Two days and one night just didn’t feel enough, I think we could quite literally live there! haha
These brand new and I’m talking brand new premium cabins are amazing. Full of beds and loads of space that fits 11 people. Full kitchen, lots of bathrooms and living space with a loft. Walking distance to a lot around the resort. I mean these cabins couldn’t get any better! We always love a full kitchen. The fireplace lit at night was just the cherry! Oh, and they’re pet friendly!!
Nordic Centre | Ice Skating Snowshoeing & Cross Country Skiing
We visited the Nordic once we got back to our cabin and felt settled. Renting skates, helmets, sticks and a puck to play ice hockey. The skate rentals did have a fee but if you have your own set to bring that’s perfect, to actually skate is free. Kids loved the bright lights and the dark evening skating around! The boys played a game of hockey. Not only can you rent for skating but there are also options to rent for snowshoeing and cross county skiing. There are tons of snowy trails around
Polar Coasting Tube Park & Tobogganing
Open weekends and holidays, this is one of the kids favourite things to do. They go down alone and love it. There are all kinds of different runs to choose from and at the bottom of the hill a lift ride back up!
And if the kids are also feeling like bringing their own sleds there is a hill just off the polar coaster where they can go down with their own.
Loon Lagoon & Game Center
Just when you thought there was nothing left to doo… The Loon Lagoon and game centre are located just near the cabins. Walking distance. Inside the main building below on the bottom floor you’ll find a huge game room full of fun games like ping pong, mega jenga, mega connect 4 and air hockey table plus more just waiting for some fun action to be played on them.
Across from the main building right next to the Nordic building is the Loon Lagoon. Inside here you’ll enjoy the hot tub, one for adults and one for kids. The big pool as well! Full locker rooms and showers all inside as well!
Manning Country Store & Eatery’s
For any last minute treats or snacks while visiting the Manning Country store is located in the building across from the Main Lodge. You’ll also find a couple warm restaurants to grab a bite to eat! The Main Lodge at the ski hill has the best and cheapest food to grab. Bears Den Pub for the adults and then there is also the Pinewoods Dining Room for the whole family!
Snowboarding & Skiing
This year was Ellas first time being on ski’s. We rented gear for her and then also took advantage of a 45 minute lesson for her to get the handle of things. She did great. Of course there was some whining and lost hope in her eyes. But she gave it a go!
Drew had a blast on his snowboard up the lift and away he went. Owen challenged on his board for the third year. Every year he keeps getting better and better. Then myself after 10 years of not getting on skis, I did it. Rented the gear and it was like riding a bike. Kids had a blast! We stuck to the smaller hill for them to practice a little more and using the lift to get back up the hill. Stopping for lunch and a bathroom break to get warm and off they went again.
Lightening Lake Strawberry Flats & Alpine Meadows
These are also some really beautiful spots to check out if they’re open when you visit. Great spots for picnics or just walking around taking it all in. We visited these places in the Summer and Winter. Kids love to stop and build snowmen or make snow angels! Great for stretching your legs and a bathroom break. In the Summer you can rent canoes on Lightening Lake!
We love this place and love to visit. This place is just a great cozy, family and chill atmosphere and it feels like home here. The employees are awesome and renting was a breeze. So helpful! Hours are so accommodating to! So much to do to keep everyone busy, making memories and having fun!
For more information please check out their website. Everything from pricing to opening hours are located on their website. Check out their social media pages to get more of an idea of weather conditions as well and updates are always listed on their website. Plan and book your families visit online for Summer or Winter. Either season is sure to be full of fun family adventures!
Manning Park Resort
Well, today was a fun one! Yesterday we got home from camping and today we went right back to exploring. The four of us jumped into the Acura and headed to the road. To Manning Park! We have been before a few times but always in the Winter and usually heading up to snowboard and go sledding. So it was super cool seeing it all in the Summertime.
First stop was Lighting Lake. So gorgeous! It was sunny and perfect out. It’s the cutest little spot for a day trip and picnic. The kids loved just walking around and next time we go I really want to rent a kayak with them!
After touring around the lake we headed to Alpine for a little tour. This road took us up to the highest point of the mountain and overlook the whole area. It was breathtaking and completely worth the drive. It was a little scary watching Ella try to be a risk taker. But she reminded us she was just sitting!
This place is so nice no matter what season! Best part limited service to be totally disconnected!
Keisha lynne, xx