The Paving of the Main Parking Lot is Nearly Completed!
Thanks to the support of membership, the community, local businesses, and municipal and provincial governments, the Friends were able to raise enough money to pave the parking lot and the access to it. Here's a link to information on the Centennial project plus some Before & After photos.
More funds are needed. We still need to raise a bit more to pay for additional gravel and minor repairs to improve wheelchair and walker access from the parking lot. Yes, we do need your ongoing support to see that it all gets done. You can contribute by clicking on the Donate button above. You can use a credit card: there's no need to have a PayPal account. Tax receipts will be provided for all donations.
Main Gate Will Re-opened for Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic on 2020-05-14
ȽÁU,WELNEW / John Dean Park has been closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will re-open on May 14th. As we get back to hiking in the park, it will be critical that we continue to abide by the guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), practicing two-metre physical distancing and giving people space when passing on trails and in parking lots.
Would you like to learn how to identify trees, plants, flowers or fungi? Would you like to share your enjoyment of the park with Friends? Each year the Friends provide several guided hikes. Watch this space for upcoming hike dates. If you have a group that would be interested in a guided hike in the park, please Contact Us. Guided hikes are free of charge to members of the Friends and the general public.
Dogs Off Leash
In provincial parks like John Dean, dogs are required to be on leash. Due to a rising number of reports of hikers encountering aggressive off-leash dogs in ȽÁU,WELNEW / John Dean Park and Gowlland Tod Parks, BC Parks staff will be renewing its focus on this issue with a zero-tolerance policy and increased patrols. The minimum fine is $115 for hikers with off-leash dogs. If you walk your dog in ȽÁU,WELNEW / John Dean Park, please help the Rangers by setting a good example for other visitors. If you’re looking for an off-leash experience, please consider one of the CRD or municipal dog parks.
A No-Smoking Ban Is Now in Force
A no-smoking ban is now being enforced for all provincial parks (except for designated campsites) and includes all types of cigarettes (tobacco, cannabis, e-cigarettes).
Interpretive Signs Project, 2019-2020
The Friends, in collaboration with Edley Signs and BC Parks, have launched the interpretive sign project for this year, which will feature a revised Park Map and Welcome Sign in the parking lot. Stay tuned for more details.
The Woodland Flowers sign has been reinstalled at the junction of Skipper’s Path and the Common Trees in the Forest sign has been installed on the Valley Mist Easy trail.
Adopt a Trail Program Approved
The Friends are pleased to announce the Adopt a Trail program is now available to members. Adopting a trail is easy, and any member can participate. It involves picking up trash, removing small branches from the trails and reporting issues such as trees down, the need for trail repairs, or vandalism. Click on Adopt a Trail for more information. To participate, please Contact Us.