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Main Gate Is CLOSED to Both Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic as of 2020-03-24

Please be advised that ȽÁU,WELNEW / John Dean Park is now closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is BC Parks' response to the overwhelming number of visitors to the park this past weekend, where visitors did not comply with the Provincial Health Officer’s requirement for social distancing. Signs are being posted at each entrance to inform visitors of the park being closed. BC Parks is going to issue a news release today. Note that other parks are being closed in the area including Gowlland Tod, Goldstream, Juan de Fuca, Spectacle Lake, and French Beach.

Park Enhancement Project: Preparing for the Park’s Centennial

In 1921, John Dean donated his land on Mount Newton/Lauwelnew to the citizens of BC to be preserved as a parkland in perpetuity. It is the third oldest park in BC. Today, we continue to benefit from his foresight, by having this magnificent forest to enjoy. It's a significant tourist attraction as well.

In preparation for celebrating the 100th anniversary of the creation of the park, an exciting new improvement project is underway that will result in paving the access road and parking lot. Yes, we need your help to see it through to completion. Please consider donating to the Friends to support this project. With your help we can make this happen!

Facilitated Hikes

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, 2018-2019

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, Contact Us.