We may feel as Vancouverites that part of our 'west coast best coast' identity lies in our temperate weather. While the east coast is struggling with 'feels like -30' and braving blizzards en route to work, us west-coasters are often comfortably schlepping through the city in our light raincoats and boots.
But come winter time, sometimes there's nothing like a good snow day. Lucky for us, we don't have to travel far for that either. We're spoiled for choice in terms of amazing mountains to shred, parks to visit and outdoor adventures to embark on.
One particularly amazing park is E.C. Manning Provincial Park. Known mostly by its nomenclature 'Manning Park' (for the lovely resort and ski area at the park's core), E.C. Manning provides great white wilderness: optimal powder conditions dominate the forecast all winter long.
Take advantage of the fresh powder by cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Relax at the ever-charming Manning Park Resort, a 'recreational paradise' complete with a hotel, cabins, and rustic chalets.
Check out these adorable cabins.
There are endless winter-time activities on offer: check out the Polar Coaster Tube Park, go tobogganing, ice skate on an outdoors rink, ski or snowboard, go on a leisurely backcountry snowshoe trek, or else brave the expansive outdoors on a more skilled adventure. There are over 60km of well-maintained cross-country trails to explore.
Feeling brave? Hike Mt. Outram for amazing views of the surrounding areas.
Whether you're on a romantic trip for two, a raging weekend with pals, or taking the family on a snowy excursion, E.C. Manning could not be a more picturesque, fun, and convenient location to take in all the winter activities B.C. has to offer.
All kinds of 'best friends' welcome.
The drive to E.C. Manning is just under two hours from Vancouver - what are you waiting for? Load your best friends into the van and insert some real Canadian weather into your west coast winter.
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