Manning, Alberta

Located approximately 73 km northwest of Peace River, Alberta is the Town of Manning with a population of 1256 (2015 stats) 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. It is located in the Municipal District of County of Northern Lights and is the centre for agriculture, forestry and gas industries. Attractions of Manning include the Battle River Pioneer Museum and the Visitors Centre which includes the Old Hospital Gallery and Museum, formerly the Battle River Hospital.

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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.

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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.

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) VIEW PHOTO


Manning has its own Hospital located on the northeast part of Manning. 600-2nd Street NE (780) 836-3391.
This hospital was built in 2003 and has 10 Acute care beds and 16 Continuing Care Beds. The Manning Medical Clinic is located on the same area as the hospital.

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

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

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.

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Battle River Agriculture Hall located east side of town along with the Rodeo Grounds.

GOLF: 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

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. Ski Hill Website (780) 836-2149.

Besides M.D.F.P. 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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