MANNING - Alberta Events, Population, History, Aurora, Accommodations, Campgrounds, Golf, Museum.
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Welcome to Manning Alberta, the "Land of the Mighty Moose" for its exceptional moose and elk. Located at Mile 49 of the Mackenzie Highway in the Municipal District of Northern Lights No. 22..
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A Moose Statue is located in the centre of town. The moose has become a landmark of the communityi.


Little Prairie RV Camping. Located 2km south of Manning. 29 full service sites, playground. 780-836-3150.

Manning Lions Campground. Located in Manning on Highway 35. Backs onto the Notikewin River. 9 sites (for short RVs), electric and water hook-up, showers, RV sani-station. No reservations taken. (789) 836-3606.

Condy Meadows Golf Course & Campground. 10 km north of Manning on Highway 35. 26 units along the Notikewin River. Playground, RV dump. Electric hook-ups. Open May to September. Reservations Required. (780) 836-2176.

Lots of Happy Campers (Cabin rentals and campsites). Located 19 km east of Manning on the Peace River. 780-836-2762.

Notikewin Provincial Park. Located 37 km north on Highway 35 and 30 km east of Manning. (18 km on gravel road) Situated in a valley where the Notikewin River joins the Peace River. Water, fishing, hiking trails. 19 sites. (780) 836-3065.

Twin Lakes Provincial Recreation Area. 65 km north of Manning. 49 sites, electric motors only. Water, boat launch, fishing for rainbow trout, swimming, beach, hiking trails. Open May to October 31. (780) 624-6486.


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Manning Airport is located 3 km north of the Town of Manning. The nearest commercial airport is Peace River.

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Manning Sports Centre Arena. Corner of 3rd St and 9 Ave SE. Home of the Manning Comets. Skating and hockey on artificial ice. (780) 836-3624.
Curling Rink has 4 sheets of ice. Many bonspiels are held each winter. (780) 836-3779.

Condy Meadows Golf Course and Recreation Area located 10 km north of Manning on Highway 35. 9 hole golf course, grass greens, golf carts, pro shop. Also at the golf course is a campsite. (780) 836-2176.

The Mackenzie Highway During the 1960's

During this time, the Highway was gravel, and many travellers struggled through the mud after the rains. (Photo by Bill Johnston) Enlarge picture.


Located approximately 73 km north-west of Peace River, Alberta is the Town of Manning with a population of 1256 (2015stats) living in 593 dwellings. (2013) Situated in the valley of the Notikewin River on the Mackenzie Highway at the junction of Highway 35 and Highway 691.

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Mural of Moose, Town Office, Flower Tree, Cemeteries, Family Worship, St James Catholic Church, New Auora Theatre

This community was originally known as Aurora. It was discovered, there was already another community in Ontario by the same name, so it was decided to come up with another name. In 1947, when the first post office officially opened, the residents chose "Manning " named after the former Premier of Alberta, Ernest Charles Manning who was premier from 1943 to 1968. He was also a radio evangelist. Later he was an Alberta Senator from 1970 to 1983 and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. He also received the Alberta Order of Excellence in 1981. Ernest Charles Manning died in 1996. (Father of Preston Manning, former leader of the official opposition party, Reform Party of Canada.) The Battle River Hospital was built in 1937 with a newer hospital constructed in 1955. The settlement was incorporated as a village in 1952 and a few years later it became a town in 1957. The Great Slave Lake Railway finally reached Manning in 1962.

Bridge crossing the Notikewin River along mainstreet Manning. (Looking south)

Featuring the Main Street Manning
The Dual Cam shows both sides of the street as one travels from Highway 35 north to the Mainstreet of Manning. (For best results increase video to fill screen)

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The RCMP Centennial Pool operates from May to September. 780-836-3218.
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Battle River Agriculture Hall located east side of town along with the Rodeo Grounds.
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The Centennial Library features over 10,000 books. Free Public Internet Access.

Manning Diversified Forest Products, which started in 1993, is a manufacturer of Dimension Lumber and By-Products such as Chips, Shavings, and Pellets. Located a few km north of Manning. Other major employers are the Manning Community Health Centre, Peace River School Division, gas and oil and forestry service industries. The region has a considerable amount of natural gas production. As many as 2000 workers live in camps in the area which adds to Mannings economy. The first gas plant was built in 1975 by Mesa Petroleum in the South Hotchiss field.
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Events of Manning:
NOW POSTED Events of the Peace Country
There are a number of events each year that brings the community together and attracts many from the surrounding area. June Daze takes place in mid June. The Annual Battle River Fair and Rodeo takes place the third weekend in July at the fair grounds located on the east side of Manning. There are chuckwagon and chariot races, a demolition derby, amusement rides and a dance. At the fair there is plenty of crafts, baking, canning, and more. The Museum Pancake Breakfast and Antique Tractor Parade is held in August. Battle River Agricultural Society. Manning Rodeo, Demolition Derby (780) 836-1100.

Home to the Manning Comets, (Senior Hockey team) NPHL, that challenges other teams in the Peace Country. The 2018-2019 NPHL consists of 7 teams. North Peace Hockey League. EAST DIVISION: Falher Pirates, Grimshaw Huskies, High Prairie Regals and Manning Comets. WEST DIVISION: Dawson Creek Canucks, Fort St John Flyers and Grande Prairie Athletics. (Spirit River Rangers, Valleyview Jets, Lakeland Eagles-McLennan and Hythe Mustangs, are not playing this year) NPHL Hockey Schedule-Stats--Scores

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The Banner Post weekly newspaper has served Manning and area for over 25 years. Published every Wednesday. (780) 836-3588.

Manning has its own Hospital located on the northeast part of Manning. 600-2nd Street NE (780) 836-3391.

The Town of Manning is a thriving community that has a fire chief and 18 volunteer firefighters. A 3 person RCMP detachment, a mayor and 6 councilors. It also has a modern 44-bed Senor Citizen's Lodge. Del-Air Lodge was named after Del Harbourne who was a Mayor of Manning and Al Adair, former member of the Legislative Assembly. There are many churches located through-out the town.

A Residential Area in the Town of Manning. These home are nestled in a quiet crescent.


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Located on main street of Manning, Alberta is the Visitors Information Centre, as well as the Old Hospital Gallery and Museum, formerly the Battle River Hospital originally built in 1937 as the United Church Missionary Hospital and was in use until 1955.

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Battle River Pioneer Museum contains a 1500 year old arrow head, artifacts and over 50 tractors, wagons and buggies. Post Office, Anglican Church, Machine sheds, blacksmiths shop and windmill and more. Located 1 km east off Mackenzie Highway 35 on secondary Highway 691. (780) 836-2374.

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Aurora Theatre 2000 was named after the original name of the community, "Aurora". Located across the street from the Aurora Hotel. (780) 836-3228.

Manning Schools:

Rosary Separate School. ECS to 9 as well as Kindergarten. Approximately 160 students. 501 River Street. (780) 836-3625. School Website.

Manning Elementary School. Kindergarten to grade 6. Approximately 150 students attend. School Website
(780) 836-3532.
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Paul Rowe Jr Sr High School opened in 1966, named after the principal of 20 years. Grades 7-12 with approximately 170 students attending. (780) 836-3397.
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Northern Lakes College. Manning Campus. Located at 400-3rd Street. (780) 836-3545.

For more information on Manning visit the Town of Manning website. Town of Manning (780) 836-3606.

Ski Hill: A popular spot in the winter months is the Manning Ski Hill located east of town. Skiing and downhill snowboarding. Racing and ski jumping. Lessons are also provided. (780) 836-2149.

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