Main Gate Is Closed to Vehicle Traffic
The main gate is now closed to vehicle traffic and will reopen on March 15, 2019. There is limited on-street parking near each of the four entrances to the park. When parking, please be respectful of the residents that live in the area and park in designated parking spots only.
Hike: Celebrate Spring with Flowers
This is scheduled for Saturday June 8, 2019, at 10:00 am. We will meet in the parking lot.
Join Bryce Kendrick for a 90-minute hike. Learn about the common flowers and foliage in the park. Wear hiking shoes and bring water if needed. Space is limited; if you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Maureen Dale (250-656-2484) or Contact Us by email.
This hike is free to members of the Friends and the general public. It is sponsored by the Friends of John Dean Park and endorsed by BC Parks.
Interpretive Signs Project, 2018-2019
The Friends, in collaboration Edley Signs and BC Parks, have launched the interpretive sign project for this year, featuring Trees in the Forest. This sign will be posted on the service road on the left side of the information kiosk (Valley Mist easy). Stay tuned for more details.
We are also working with BC Parks to have the Woodland Flower sign reinstalled at the junction of Skipper’s Path. The sign was vandalized and is being repaired.
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, making it the third oldest park in BC. Today, we continue to benefit from his foresight and have this magnificent forest to enjoy, and it is a significant tourist attraction as well. In preparation for celebrating the 100th anniversary of the creation of the park, planning is underway for an exciting new park enhancement project that will result in major improvements to the access road and parking lot. The plan is to repave the main access road from the stone pillars to the parking lot, pave the parking lot and add an additional information shelter. The enhancements will be a significant undertaking and we will 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! Stay tuned for more details.
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.
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.