Category Archives: Park History

Pronunciation and Definition

ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ (Clay will nook) ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ is the traditional name for Mount Newton ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ means Place of Refuge/Escape/Healing ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ is best pronounced as Clay will nook 1921-1936 DEAN PARK 1936-1957 JOHN DEAN PARK 1957-2019 JOHN DEAN PROVINCIAL PARK 2019-current ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/JOHN DEAN PROVINCIAL PARK  

Paving the Parking Lot

May 4-5, 2020, the 1938 parking lot and upper road at L/JDP was prepped and paved. Many thanks to the Friends of John Dean Park Society and BC Parks (through the Parks Enhancement Fund) for partnering to fund this project. Well done! Next year this grand-old park turns 100. More info: http://bcparks.ca/partnerships/pef.html https://www.friendsofjohndeanpark.org/index.php/home-page/news-events

March 2020, The closure of parks

COVID-19 (text copied from BC Parks Public Notice, 23 Mar 20) Due to larger than average crowds and concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19 to the local community, the Park will be closed until further notice. 1. The closure of ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Provincial Park to all recreational uses until further notice starting March 23, […]

ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Witnessing Ceremony

Dual Name Event, June 3, 2019 A celebration of the renaming of ȽÁU,WELṈEW/John Dean Park Welcome/EWÁ E NE EN SḰEL, ḰEL “Jarrett, you are on the list of honoured guests so I hope you are there!” – Adam Olsen The BC Legislature approved Bill 16 – 2019 on May 2nd and 14th, 2019, which added […]

ȽÁU,WELNEW, an additive process

ȽÁU,WELNEW is best pronounced as Tlay will nook   MLA Adam Olsen (Green), May 15, 2019, “This is an additive process, not a reductive one. The name ȽÁU,WELNEW will be added to John Dean Provincial Park so it will now be known as ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park.” May 16, 2019, Bill 16 – 2019 received Royal […]

Jarrett’s 30th at ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Park

2019 celebrates Jarrett’s 45th birthday, 27 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces, and marks his 30th anniversary of volunteering at John Dean Park. Yes, during spring break 1989, Jarrett was 14½ when he first excavated the great stone steps along Bob Boyd’s Climb, and that summer he participated in building the Slektain Trail. […]

LÁU,WELNEW Provincial Park (John Dean)

Traditional Name Addition The official name change will be from John Dean to ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean. ȽÁU,WELNEW (Place of Refuge/Escape) is best pronounced as: Tlay will nook In 2019, John Dean Provincial Park will receive an additional name and/or an amendment to its name, the options are: ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Park (Jarrett’s wish); ȽÁU,WELNEW – John Dean Park; ȽÁU,WELNEW (John […]

Merrill Harrop Trail 2018 Improvements

Sustainable trail improvements have been accomplished. For a particular project at John Dean Park (17-21 Dec 18, full days), I’ve never received so many compliments. Thank-you so much for your support and appreciation for this high-level trail stewardship. Anyone familiar with the Merrill Harrop Trailhead at Alec Road, knows the long exposed polished Douglas fir […]

2018-2021 Centennial Years

JOHN DEAN PARK 100 – We’re now experiencing the 100th anniversary of John Dean Provincial Park. The scope of this anniversary ranges between 2018 and 2021. 1918 was the year John Dean spent the most time at his cabin retreat, Illahie. It was the year he promised the Sidney Board of Trade a portion of […]

SLEKTAIN ŚKEM¸SET (TRAIL)

Surveyed summer 1988 – 30th Anniversary Spring and summer 1988 was the period where the Barret Montfort, Woodward, and Merrill Harrop Trails were considered built and open for the public. In March 1989, BC Parks installed new cedar air blasted signs for Barret Montfort (4), Woodward (2), and Merrill Harrop (1). Shortly afterwards, Edo Nyland […]

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