E.C. Manning Park

Feature Type:Provincial Park - Legally defined land area, under provincial jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation, and preservation of wildlife.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Extending N from BC-Washington boundary, surrounding upper Similkameen River, E of Chilliwack, Yale Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°05'59"N, 120°48'59"W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 92H/2
Related Maps: 92H/2

Origin Notes and History:

Manning Park was established by Order in Council 853, 17 June 1941, containing 179,313 acres more or less. Area decreased per OIC 1408, 2 May 1968, the whole containing 176,433 acres more or less. Name changed to E.C. Manning Park per Bill 42: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), effective 9 July 1987. Addition of property formerly known as E.C. Manning Recreation Area per OIC 396 & OIC 397, both 21 March 1989. Boundary extended per Bill 86: Park Amendment Act 1999 (Schedule A), 28 June 1999, the whole now containing 70,844 hectares more or less. The adjoining 11,850+ hectares formerly designated as Cascade Recreation Area is amalgamated into E.C. Manning Park per Bill 49: Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 31 May 2012, the whole now containing approximately 83,670 hectares.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Named in memory of Ernest Callaway Manning (1890-1941), Chief Forester of British Columbia 1936-41; he was serving as wartime Assistant Timber Controller of Canada when he died in a plane crash. Obituary published in BC Forest Service Annual Report, 1941. Additional biographical information on file M.1.50 (received July 1964 & December 1981).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Ernest C. Manning 1890-1941: "One of British Columbia's great public servants died Thursday in the Northern Ontario plane crash. There was no man to whom the people of this province owed a greater debt for self-sacrificing service than to Ernest C. Manning. His job was chief forester for his adopted province. It was indeed his mission in life. He was our ablest exponent of outdoors beauty and outdoors wealth.... The safe establishment and perpetuation of our timber resources was the chief end and ambition of his career. No civil servant in this part of the world ever gave himself more completely to his job, or more intelligently." (obituary, Vancouver Sun 7 February 1941. )

Source: included with note