New kite festival at Manning Park

Participants can decorate their kites at the Lightning Lake day use area before a group launch

Manning Park Resort is hosting its first-ever Wings on the Wind Kite Festival on Aug. 30.

Kites of different shapes and sizes will be soaring high above Lightning Lake next weekend.

Manning Park Resort is hosting its first-ever Wings on the Wind Kite Festival at the day use area on Aug. 30. A kite building workshop will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a group kite launch at 2:30 p.m. There will also be a barbecue for participants and appearance by Jerry the Moose, the BC Parks mascot.

“With all our interactive programs, the goal is to make it so there’s something fun and educational for the whole family,” said event organizer Jo Hughes. “People will get an opportunity to try and create something and get their creative juices going, and also witness what will hopefully be a really spectacular event as well. If we can get lots of kites going up at once it should be absolutely amazing to see.”

The Lightning Lake day use area is an ideal spot for kite flying as it’s often quite breezy in the afternoon. Manning Park Resort will be supplying kite kits for $15, or people can bring their own kite from home to launch.

“We’re kind of hoping people will decorate them to be natural things that fly such as butterflies, bees, birds and bats,” said Hughes. “We’re really trying to get some fake wildlife up in the sky.”

Manning Park Resort is planning to turn the Wings on the Wind Kite Festival into an annual event for the Labour Day long weekend.

For more information, call 604-668-5922 or email info@manningpark.com