The park was first opened to the public in August 1966. This park was established because of the scenic la Manche Valley, interesting and varied habitat and vegetation, as well as the diverse bird life. The park area includes Rowsells Hill Pond, La Manche Ponds, a section of the La Manche River, as well as the abandoned fishing village of La Manche.
La Manche Provincial Park contains a variety of vegetation ranging from boreal forest to peat bog and marsh. The dominant tree species are spruce, fir, larch, birch and alder. Many species of shrubs and wildflowers can be found within the park boundaries such as honeysuckle, Labrador tea, tall meadow-rue, and twin flower.
Beaver, moose, and snowshoe hare can be found in the park at times; mink and shrew are also present. Many species of butterfly frequent the area including mourning cloak, painted lady, and common sulphur. La Manche Provincial Park is an excellent location for bird watching. To date, over 50 species of birds have been identified in the park.
The park provides a number of activities including camping, day use, swimming, hiking, canoeing, birding, etc.
Number of Camp Sites: La Manche Provincial Park contains 70 camping sites. Each campsite has a picnic table, fireplace, garbage can and space for your vehicle. Drinking water taps and pit toilets are conveniently located throughout the park. Firew
Maximum Campsite Spur Length: Seasonal sites are available from May to September
Nightly Fee: $15.00 a night plus vehicle entry permit ($5.00 a day or $20 for the season)
La Manche Provincial Park is located approximately 53 kilometres south of St. John's, along Highway 10.