Building Memories at Manning Provincial Park

Father and son at mountain look out point

When I was 8 years old, my Dad took my three siblings and my Mom camping at Manning Provincial Park for the first time. We loved it so much it became a yearly tradition….even to the point when we were given the choice between driving across Canada or going back to Manning, we all picked Manning!

Father and son hiking a trail

23 years later we are still heading back to Manning for our annual camping trip. I now have two kids, and getting to watch them experience the same thing I did when I was little is so special to watch. Giving them similar memories and watching them develop a love and appreciation for the outdoors and fishing is amazing!

One of the highlights of our trip every year was getting to go fishing with my Dad. We have a few “special” spots that we have found over the years where all the fish hang out. We took my son there in hopes we could catch a fish for him.After 20 minutes we had no luck. Not even my Uncle and cousins had any bites. All of a sudden my son starts jumping up and down, he had caught one!! We reeled it in and watching my Dad sitting there and helping him was a so sentimental and brought back so many memories of when he had done the same for me!

Father and Son fishing at a lake

After 2 hours of fishing in the same spot, still no one had caught a fish except for my son….and he caught two before we headed back up to the campsite!
I am so grateful to have such a beautiful park so close to home and to be able to give my kids the same love of the outdoors my Dad gave us.

Submitted by: Justine Russo – Submitted as a story contest entry.

Published: July 27th, 2015

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