The writer after ski-ing down Three Brothers Mountain in Manning Park

We were awakened by the urgent grey flickering and twittering of the whiskey jacks, demanding some granola for their breakfast. I stirred reluctantly from my down cocoon, guessing the dawn temperature to be hovering around minus 30 degrees Celsius, and fired up the stove for some tea.

My son and I were camped halfway up the Windy Joe Trail in Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia, 225 kilometers (140 miles) east of Vancouver.

Spring, summer, fall and winter, Manning Park has always been our favorite recreation area. With nearly 73,000 hectares (180,000 acres) of forest-clad mountains, deep valleys, sub alpine meadows and sun-dappled lakes, Manning Park offers visitors a vast selection of all season activities.

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