The Canyon Nature trail is a super easy walk in Manning Park. The trail goes in a loop and there are two possible starting points; Either Coldspring Campground or from Pacific Trail trailhead on Gibson Pass Road. There are a few switchbacks to take you up each side of the Canyon, but the trail is well maintained and suitable for all ages and abilities.
We did this in the evening (we were waiting for our room at the Manning Park Lodge, but as they were short staffed we had to wait until 5:30 before we could check in.) It took around half an hour for us to walk along this loop around the canyon.
Canyon Nature trail map
Canyon Nature trail – the basics
Distance: 1.6 km
Elevation Gain: minimal -50m
Time: 30 mins – 50 mins
What to bring:
The 10 essentials, plus bug spray and bear spray
Facilities: There aren’t any facilities, but it is very close to the lodge, where you can find everything you might need.
Dogs: Yep, dog friendly but keep them on a leash
How hard is it? Super easy
This trail follows along the Similkameen river (near the other trail we did to Beaver Pond.) The canyon itself is a little hard to see from the trail, you start climbing quite soon, then walk along the top of the canyon with these fab views…
We found a few cool rock formations along the trail. This one looks like there used to be a waterfall in this location. I can’t think what else would have carved such a tube-like shape.
The trail undulates a couple of times, so you have views above the river before hiking back down again to see the bridge at the far end of the loop.
The bridge at the far end of the trail is really nice (and rustic.) This is where you’d start the loop if you begin at Coldspring Campground. The camping area is to the left after you’ve crossed this bridge.
You continue following the trail along the east side of the canyon. You’ll gain a little elevation, and then lose it again, but it’s still easy.
Like everywhere in Manning Park, you’ll see plenty of wildflowers along the way.
Similkameen river views
This last section of the walk has the best river views. We visited in June, so the river was still quite high from snow melt.
Once you are done, you’ll probably end up visiting the Manning Lodge. While you’re there, you’ll get to see the cutest little dudes! There are ground squirrels that live in burrows right outside the lodge. They are very used to humans but however cute they are, don’t feed them!
There are quite a few short, sweet walks in Manning Park. It’s nice that as well as the big epic hikes you can still see some gorgeous scenery like this in less than an hour. You can click on the pins below to save them.