A few weekends ago we discovered a new lake, Lightning Lake. Located in Manning Park, we’ve driven on by many times… without really thinking about stopping to explore what Manning Park has to offer. We wish we had stopped to explore sooner!
Lightning Lake in itself is picturesque, and what you would expect from a B.C lake located outside of the hustle and bustle of city life. With gorgeous mountain views and inviting water, Lightning Lake is great for families. The sandy beach here is small, but there is a large grassy area that works well for parking blankets and towels. There are a limited number of picnic tables, so it’s best to arrive early to grab one.
There’s something unique that sets Lightening Lake apart from others, and it’s the ‘Colombian Ground Squirrel.’ Accustomed to people, these little critters are not shy to pop out and say hello. Get the camera ready, you’re guaranteed to get a great shot of the adorable squirrels. They are cute but don’t forget that it’s not recommended to feed them, something we saw many people doing, unfortunately.
Named lightening lake for its unique shape, what you see of the lake initially, is only a portion of the lake itself. We rented a canoe and paddled to the very end of the lake, and the mountain views and water didn’t disappoint. The kids loved paddling on the canoe, and it was a great way to gain access to other parts of the lake.
There are canoe and paddleboard rentals, and we highly recommend renting one and exploring the lake. Prices are affordable, and it’s a great way to get out onto the water.
There’s’ trails galore around Manning Park, and one that loops around lightening Lake, or you can take a shorter route and cross the bridge that spans a narrow part of the lake. If you’re into hiking, Manning Park will deliver.
My kids absolutely love Lightening Lake and Manning Park, it’s a perfect spot for families. We’re hoping to visit again in the fall and winter months, and stay right at the resort, try the restaurants and explore some more. I hope to share an update soon regarding our stay!
For more information on Manning Park, visit there website here.