1 min. from Manning Park & 10 mins. from Manning Park Resort fronting the Hope-Princeton highway. Includes 4 one bedroom & 1 two bedroom units. Surrounded by Pasayten Wilderness Area and Similkameen River.
Lot 15, Plan KAP57546, District Lot 901, Land District 59, PID023-535-989
CT (Commercial Tourism)
The copper mountain mine at Princeton is getting ready to re-open in 2011 and this motel property is about 5 minutes southwest of where the mine traffic will be entering/exiting. The mining work will create about 257 full-time mining positions adding great potential to this offering.
A nice feature of the property is that it has direct off-road access to the surrounding Crown lands, Pasayten Wilderness Area and Similkameen River. For clarity the building is at the "lock-up stage", it requires finishing on the interior. (plumbing, wiring , etc.).
Units: [still opportunity for minor layout changes]
The motel fronts the Hope-Princeton Highway and is approximately a 10 minute drive to Manning Park Resort and ski hill. 1 hour from Princeton, 3 hours from Vancouver and 2.5 hours from Kelowna.
3hrs From Vancouver:
Manning Park's wide variety of summer and winter recreational activities makes it one of the most popular parks in southern British Columbia. Located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, it's only 175 km (108 mi) east of Vancouver. The park is especially well known for its hiking opportunities. There are 276 km (166 mi) of trails within Manning, ranging from multi-day backcountry treks, to self-guided nature walks. For the most ambitious hikers it is even possible to take a six month trek starting in Manning, and going all the way to Mexico along the transcontinental Pacific Crest Trail.
Manning Park, combined with the Skagit Valley and Cascade Recreation Areas, as well as Washington State's North Cascades National Park and Ross Lake Recreational Area, is part of a huge transboundary park complex. This design follows the principles of conservation biology, aimed at promoting connectivity. By connecting wild spaces together wildlife are provided with corridors between intact areas and enough range in which to feed, migrate, and adapt to changing conditions.
Campgrounds and Accommodation
Especially during the winter, many people choose to stay at Manning Park Lodge, which provides 41 lodge rooms, 4 chalet triplexes (some with cooking facilities), and 15 family cabins.
The Manning Park area was originally used as a commerce route for Native inhabitants, as a way to transport goods between the coast and the interior. The old Dewdney and Hope Pass Trails in the northern part of Manning are evidence of the use of the area by explorers in the 1800s, who were trying to find a route through the Cascade Mountains.
The current history of Manning Park began on June 17, 1941, when the Provincial Park was officially established. At the time BC Parks was not given any budget to manage it, and the department suggested that it be logged in order to raise revenues to administer it. Fortunately, this did not take place, and eventually the government allocated money to manage the parks system.
Despite its importance to them, Manning park was originally protected without wildlife or ecosystems in mind, but simply in order to preserve a particularly scenic section of the southern highway through the Cascade Mountains. Now, Manning Park is recognized for its value to plants, wildlife, and visitors seeking a wild adventure.
Adjacent to Manning on its western border lies 27,948 hectare (69,062 acre) Skagit Valley Provincial Park. The preservation of the Skagit Valley is a wonderful example of how British Columbians have worked together to ensure their wilderness landscape remains wild. In 1906 Seattle City Light company built the Ross dam to the south in Washington State and flooded the middle portion of the Skagit River, in order to provide electrical energy.
In the late 1960s, Seattle City Light announced its intention to raise the Ross Dam. This would have created a reservoir that would have backed far up into British Columbia's upper Skagit. This would have devastated this spectacular area, particularly at lower water levels, when the BC Skagit Valley bottom would be a stump-ridden, mudflat wasteland. However, strong citizen reaction to the proposed High Ross dam developed - first in BC then later in Washington State as well. The ROSS Committee (Run Out Skagit Spoilers) was formed in BC to fight to stop the dam and protect the Skagit. IT was BC's first truly large scale citizen environment campaign. Leaders of the ROSS - Ken Farqueson, Brian Williams, John Fraser, Tom Perry and others went on to stop the dam and later became founding leaders of BC's new conservation movement.
In 1973, the Skagit was dedicated as a Recreation Area, and in 1997. The beautiful Skagit Valley was upgraded to full provincial park status. Now protected for all time, Skagit Valley Provincial Park is a beautiful neighbour to Manning Park and one that extends the habitat available to plants and animals alike.