Manning Park has 30 km of groomed cross-country trails and dry, East-of-the-crest snow. Add in more sunshine than West-of-the-crester's are used to and an old growth forest or two and you've got a recipe for a great time. The trails start at the bottom of the sledding hill and take you as far as the downhill ski area.
For more adventure, go explore the 190 km of back country trails and 2 warming huts. (These Canadians really know how to do winter.)
Equipment: The Nordic center next to the lodge can completely outfit you with excellent gear.
Even though it's really a double tennis court, 'Manning pond' has much of the feel of the skating I grew up with in the Catskills. Folks show up at various times from morning until evening to figure skate, play hockey or broomball or just sit by the bonfire. Can life possibly get any better than evening pick-up hockey on a lit, outdoor rink while it's snowing? (Perhaps only afterward when you sit by the fire with your schnapps.)
Equipment: skates, sticks and pucks are all available for rent
Chart your trajectory, get into position, say your prayers and go! Whether you make it to the finish line or wipe out along the way you're bound to have a blast on the sledding hill. It's a good little run with a good runout that is pretty addictive. Remember to bring enough sleds or you'll be forced to share.
Manning Park is a provincial park located about a 3 hour drive east of Vancouver, just a few minutes east of the town of Hope. Manning Park is situated in the Cascade Mountain range and was the first provincial park to be created in BC.
Manning Park is a favourite weekend getaway among local Vancouverites. In 1990, my family spend a weekend camping here. All the campsites are well kept. Some have flush toilets with showers, and some have outhouses.