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 Open to Vehicle Traffic as of May 15, 2021.
The main gate on Dean Park Road is now open to vehicle traffic.
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.
New Map and Welcome Signs at the Main Parking Lot Information Shelter
Good news! The final two interpretive signs have been installed on the information shelter in the main parking lot.
These are the last of the signs the Friends have planned to provide information about the park, including its significance to First Nations, and a revised map with all the lookouts named, among other updates. Another important item, the Map sign recommends you look on the reverse side of the shelter for popular hike maps!
Interpretive Signs Project Completed, 2019-2021
The Friends, in collaboration with BC Parks and Edley Signs, have put 11 signs in the park that provide information on the park’s history, park volunteers, woodland flowers, meadow flowers, trees, fungi, birds, popular hikes, and now the revised Map and Welcome signs. This year is the 100th anniversary of the designation of the park, so it’s really wonderful to have these final two signs in place.
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).
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.