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Cross-country skiers at Manning Park Resort glide along 30 kilometres of groomed Nordic trails amid the sounds of a rushing river muffled by falling snow. They may not know it, but many of them are following in the footsteps of fur traders, gold seekers, and native First Nations people, the first groups to forge paths through these woods. And the Nordic trails aren't the only way to explore the historic and scenic resort, which is nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, an easy drive from Seattle, Vancouver, Chilliwack, or Abbotsford. In the winter, visit the Alpine area to careen down exquisite powder, or gear up for a day of tubing or guided snowshoe excursions. Debbie McKeown of Snowshoe Magazine found the Similkameen River trail "easy to follow and well-trod," and that the “classic scenery” along the Lightning Lakes trails inspired "frequent photo stops."
During warmer months, rent a boat or canoe to cruise the lake, or hike through verdant meadows brimming with wildlife and wildflowers. Guests can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or pub before heading to one of the resort's private cabins or the 42-room lodge, which features an indoor heated pool with hot tubs and a sauna. For a complete back-to-nature experience, pitch your tent at one of 350 campsites after stopping at the Country Store for groceries and yeti repellent.