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 his property for a reservoir.

100 years ago, on August 17-18, 1918, John Dean placed a map of the Saanich Peninsula at the summit of Mount Newton. It was housed within a glass cabinet, attached to a post that had a tripod sitting on bedrock and it was anchored by piled rocks. Here’s the excerpts from John Dean’s Cabin Diary:

August 17, 1918: Returned at 10:50, fine day, though sprinkled rain. Finished fence around north gate + got out tripod for map to set up on summit; carrying up at 9pm. Finishing first volume of Don Quixote, to bed at 10:30pm. (10:50am 58, 1:30pm 64, 10pm 58)

August 18, 1918: Rain – Fairly fine, rain heavy shower at 8pm. George, Mrs. + Norma Porter arrived at 4:00, set up triangle in morning for map, cleaned up trail to big granite bolder from map, cut down oaks to give better view of Victoria. Afternoon fixed map frame + finally set up at 9pm. (8am 56, 3:30pm 60, 10pm 59)

Two years later, on August 25, 1920, John Dean wrote: Quite cool – Made signboard, lettered + painted letters, Mt. Rainier >>> 150 miles away, 14,408 Ft. High; finished paint 8:45, retired at 9pm tired. (6:45am 55, 12pm 54, 9pm 58)

Similar to how the 1st 1995 purchase centennial shifted to the 2nd 2009-2017 cabin builds centennial, the 3rd centennial has now commenced. The 2018-2021 establishment of Dean Park centennial notes the inspiration John Dean received, and acknowledges the time spent to create Dean Park.

Through 1919 and 1921, John Dean conversed and worked with the provincial government to eventually preserve and protect 80% of his Mount Newton property:

–          1921, November 11 – Conditions of Trust signed

–          1921, December 9 – BC Legislature established Dean Park

The John Dean Park Centennial Era will likely be celebrated on Saturday, July 17, 2021. This is Canada’s Parks Day which takes place on the 3rd Saturday of July each year. Afterwards, the actual Centennial will climax on December 9, 2021.


John Dean Park Souvenir Centennial Badge
The first Centennial Era souvenir is now available. Between 1981 and 1985, this entrance portal sign was positioned at the NW corner of East Saanich Road and Dean Park Road. After a truck dislodged the sign, BC Parks stowed the sign at Goldstream, and in 1988 reinstalled it within the provincial park, halfway up the road on the right where the middle fire hydrant is. In 1990, someone chain sawed the letter J off. Soon after, BC Parks removed this sign and replaced it with the current entrance sign.

$4 – meet in the park

$5 – send by mail



Stewardship Fervour | 5yr Strategy – summer 2018 update

By Jarrett Teague


The long-time anticipated Quarry Park revival has begun, and you are invited to participate . . .



Quarry Park is the most southern park in North Saanich, and when driving along East Saanich Road one can’t help but notice that stretch of unusually tall forest which is park. The park has a great forest floor which can host the full variety of natural forest plants. There are several 250 year-old Douglas firs situated near the special cliff area. These big-old trees have watched over this area since the mid-1700s. Underneath the high southern cliff are two natural dens which can be used by mammals. The manmade 1930s granite quarry has metamorphosed into a natural environment, and has become an interesting place for kids to play, realise reclamation, and experience a local forest that is protected from development. To maintain a natural (as-possible) forest, it is important to set the stewardship example and inspire the next generations to maintain and/or improve what they have.



Autumn 1982, while in grade three at Sansbury Elementary, I first regularly biked to and hiked in Quarry Park. The park felt revitalized and welcoming. New cedar signs had been placed at both of the Horseshoe Trailheads, a round cedar picnic table with two chairs were placed in the middle of the quarry, and a bench was perfectly positioned above the southern cliff. My first impression was that Quarry Park was cared for. However, it didn’t take long for me to realise the park was becoming neglected.

In January 1991 (age 16), inspired by the Friends of John Dean Park, I attempted to start a Friends of Quarry Park. I created a basic pamphlet and delivered it to my entire paper route plus the nearby homes. Looking back, it was not surprising that I did not receive a single response. I also wrote North Saanich Council and later walked Quarry Park with the Parks Commission. The upshot was I learnt the commissioners wanted to inspire volunteers, and had plans to create a new Park Warden program. A few months later, I was invited to attend the municipal hall after school, and was one of the first people to be presented the new North Saanich Volunteer Green Ball Cap. This gift motivated my role at Quarry Park, and it continued until 1999 when I moved to East Sooke, and joined the Regular Armed Forces.

During the 1990s I was so heavily involved in removing broom and ivy from the flagship John Dean Provincial Park, I simply didn’t see Quarry as a priority. Also, because I was young, I didn’t have the necessary awareness I now possess, to take the essential preventive action. A major conflict of my time and true interest occurred with John Dean Park, so Quarry fell aside and only remained in my heart. By the mid-2000s, the ivy was spreading into Quarry Park, and Daphne, laurel, holly, and blackberry followed and established.




–          Ashlee: ashleeanna4180@gmail.com  (Founder, Organizer & North Saanich Liaison)

–          Sharon: sharonhope@shaw.ca  (Founder , Promotion, and Technical Advisor)


Thank goodness by 2017, Sharon and Ashlee created Friends of North Saanich Parks. R.O. Bull, Denham Till, Lillian Hoffar, Nymph Point and Quarry Park, were the first parks to receive their attention, chiefly on the invasive species front. Some of their mission and vision statements are:



–          “Our mission is to create stewardships for each park in North Saanich. There are 24 parks in North Saanich in need of restoring. We are removing invasive plant species out of these parks while building relationships with the community.”

–          “The invasive plant species in North Saanich Parks are decreasing the biodiversity, suffocating native species and negatively impacting the ecosystem and its soils. Let’s work together to remove invasive plants out of our North Saanich parks and help the forests return to their natures state.”

–          “We hope to remove all the invasive plant species out of a series of parks per year as well as support the development of stewardships for these parks.”

–          “Let’s help restore the ecosystem and protect the animals and native plants.”


Such vision and leadership quickly got my attention, and I attended their work parties at Quarry Park. Friends of North Saanich Parks hosted five work parties of 10-20 people. In total, all five work parties worked a combined 225hrs. They started from inside the quarry, worked around the quarry, and along the entrance road, and each time produced a large pile of debris. After each event, North Saanich Parks removed the huge pile of gathered invasive plants. The organized work parties to date have been:

1)      29 Apr 17 | Friends & 10th Tsartlip Scouts | 12 Volunteers, 3.75hrs | 45hrs

2)      28 Oct 17 | Friends & 10th Tsartlip Scouts | 17 Volunteers, 3.75hrs | 63.75hrs

3)      25 Nov 17 | Friends | 8 Volunteers, 4hrs | 32hrs

4)      12 May 18 | Friends & Men’s Newcomers | 7 Volunteers, 3.75hrs | 26.25hrs

5)      16 Jun 18 | Friends & Green Team | 23 Volunteers, 3.25hrs | 74.75hrs

6)      20 Oct 18 | Friends & Green Team | 17 Volunteers, 3.25hrs | 55.25hrs

Work Party Total: 297hrs


On November 25, 2017, Sharon Hope wrote: “Let me congratulate you on being the first true Steward of a park under the North Saanich municipality through the Friends of North Saanich Parks.” And on June 30, 2018, Sharon wrote: “Jarrett you are truly one of the most persistent people I know, congratulations on being a stellar example to others in terms of ecological volunteering. Good luck as you continue.”


Please help the Friends of North Saanich Parks to restore this park by giving a couple hours of your time. If you’re interested, contact Ashlee, Sharon or Jarrett at their email address.


Part 4:  MY QUARRY PARK WORKFLOW (as a Quarry Park Steward)

–          Removed major garbage (two trucks were filled);

–          Boundary awareness achieved;

–          Ivy was severed from tree bases;

–          North Saanich staff removed blackberry from inside the quarry, wheel ruts were leveled and the quarry became an attractive parklike setting;

–          Participated in four of five Friends work parties;

–          Daphne, laurel, holly, and blackberry are removed as discovered. Ivy is removed in priority, and stages. The parks ivy was mapped, and a five-year removal plan has been plotted;

–          The high south area was cleaned of garbage;

–          Old kids forts and bike jumps were dismantled and sites restored;

–          Major holly and blackberry were removed south of the quarry; and

–          To achieve full ivy removal, the strategy is to properly remove ivy working from the outside inwards and/or as inspired to work. The oldest and deepest two patches are in the SE corner, and they’ll be done lastly.




Zone Area Status & History
1 – Inside Quarry, and up to the Horseshoe Trail a)      Quarry bottom

b)      North slope to loop trail

c)      East cliff

d)      South slope to loop trail

Stage 1 is at 90%

Blackberry and Daphne is done. Much proactive work has been undertaken

2 – Roadside a)      1st power pole

b)      2nd power pole

c)      SW corner

Stage 1 accomplished

Areas: A,B are at Stage 2

Area C hasn’t been touched

3 – South of Quarry, outside of Horseshoe Trail a)      Trail to fallen log

b)      Fallen log to cliff base

c)      SW of cliff base

d)      South line

e)      SW corner

This is the largest zone. Ivy has been severed from all trees. Daphne, laurel, holly, and blackberry have been removed. The zone has been prepped for a work party
4 – North of Quarry, outside of Horseshoe Trail a)      North trailhead

b)      Trail to north boundary

Ivy has been severed from all trees. Daphne, laurel, holly, and blackberry have been removed
5  – Outside of park, private property a)      SW corner

b)      SE corner

c)      North line

Property owners may be contacted; volunteers will not be doing this work. The ivy on private properties will enviably re-enter the park. Long-time park stewardship is paramount to sustain the achievement



–          Stage 1, major pull, vines and roots

–          Stage 2, surgical removal of roots completed

–          Stage 3, confirmed surgical removal, area root secure

–          Stage 4, extensive examination, declared ivy free

–          Stage 5, exhaustive inspection & action, confirmed ivy free

–          Stage 6, declared 100% ivy free

–          Stage 7, commitment to long-term monitoring & action



English ivy (Hedera helix) is an evergreen vine that is renowned as a serious, smothering invasive plant. Once planted by mankind, or when eventually birds deposit seeds, it quickly grows and forms a dense monoculture groundcover that suppresses the natural vegetation, and the forest floor becomes unsuitable for native creatures. Also, the vines climb the trees, and during heavy winds or when snow and ice intensify, trees with ivy can be forced down.


In summary, there are several major benefits to removing invasive plants:

1)      Returns the forest to a natural state which can be enjoyed by all people;

2)      Allows native flora and fauna to flourish;

3)      Conserves trees of all sizes;

4)      Children experience an unmodified forest environment; and

5)      Enables an atmosphere which increases the wellness of park visitors.


Part 7:  AUTUMN 2023 GOAL

Quarry Park is a major undertaking. As a Steward of Quarry Park, I plan on achieving stage 4 (extensive examination, declared ivy free) by autumn 2023. The amount of ivy at Quarry is much larger than the Illahie patch was at John Dean Park. The only difference is the Illahie ivy was 80 years old, 8” deep and well established.


Much of the ivy at Quarry was planted outside of the park during the early-1980s, and has spread mostly from the SW corner. In only 35 years, it has made its way up to the high southern cliff, and beyond the parks north boundary line. Luckily for Quarry, the ivy isn’t deep, and it can be conquered. The only reality I foresee is that ivy surrounds the park on many private properties, and will surely re-enter the park. I’ll do Stage 7 (commitment to long-term monitoring & action). However to sustain the achievement after my time, a caring and engaged level of stewardship will be required. Either the municipality of North Saanich or a future Friends of Quarry Park will be required to be on scene and take necessary long-time removal actions. I’ll approach this in the same way as was done at Illahie in John Dean Park (1995-2009, onwards). Illahie took 15 years to arrive at Stage 6; I plan to achieve park-wide Stage 4 by autumn 2023.


Please help us restore this park by giving a couple hours of your time. If you’re interested, contact Ashley, Sharon, or Jarrett. See you at Quarry . . .



Here’s the Ivy story that occurred at John Dean Provincial Park



Best, Jarrett




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 (who founded the Friends of John Dean Park), Dieter Weichert, and Neil Michaluk plotted a fourth new trail through the parks North Block. Their vision was to continue and complete the outer loop trail experience. The new trail was to start at the north trailhead of Barret Montfort West (Dunsmuir Lodge lower parking lot), and wander southward through the North Block to the upper entrance road. After many evenings of walking cross-country and learning the terrain and areas of interest, considering gradient, sensitive areas, genius loci, and continuous backtracking, an ideal route was selected and flagged.

On September 9, 1988, Edo wrote BC Parks: “The North Block of the park is very rough in places and a great deal of searching and back tracking had to be done to find a suitable location. Please come and inspect the work done so far. You are advised to wear old clothes in the logged-over part of the park. If the location of the proposed trail is satisfactory, we could start construction by the end of October.”

On February 2, 1989, the BC Parks Zone Supervisor inspected the proposed North Block route, and on March 10 wrote: “This letter will confirm approval for the Friends of John Dean to construct the section of trail from the Dunsmuir Lodge back to Dean Park Road that we walked on February 2, 1989. Please ensure that the trail is constructed entirely within the park boundary. If there is any doubt please inform me before construction.”

Initial trail blazing commenced in March 1989. Six volunteers started by working from the upper entrance road down northward to Dunsmuir Lodge. The first two months were spent making final choices as to where each stretch of trail would run, and conducting the initial blaze through the thick vegetation. The first time I walked this new route was in June 1989 (age 14), and it was an extremely hot day. The trail was obviously newly cut, dusty, loaded with tripping hazards, and ended where todays Cougar Hollow West turnoff commences.

A week later, I visited Edo Nyland at his home on Forest Park Drive, and I asked about this new trail. He explained that it was a continuation of the outer loop trail through the North Block, and to my surprise he offered, “the route is flagged, and we need your help.” That afternoon I followed the entire flagged route cross-country down and up, and I remember thinking this was a major undertaking. The next Saturday at 9am I joined the “trail crew”, and each week we pushed the trail northward about 10%. We arrived at Dunsmuir Lodge by mid-August.

My summer of 1989 was all about building this North Block trail. Aside from 10 days at Camp Thunderbird mid-July, and two weeks late-August commercial fishing with my father, I was there every day. One trail crew worked several mornings each week, another crew worked evenings, and we all came together on Saturday mornings 9-11:30am. As thirst and hunger settled in, we sat together and enjoyed picnic lunches. Ivy Anderson brought coffee, juice, fresh muffins and mini sandwiches; those trailside picnics are very special memories. Other great motivators for me were to encounter a section of trail recently worked on, and similarly to leave another new section or improvement for others to discover and continue with. This spirited level if teamwork was highly motivational and most surely enthused my future stewardship roles. One Trail Captain and mentor was Charlie Goldie. He assembled three traditional bridges cut from nearby cedar logs for this trail. The first two bridges were at the Cougar Hollow inflow crossings #2 and #3, and the third was across the parks northern most pond.

In June 1989, Edo submitted an application through BC Parks for the Environmental Youth Corps of British Columbia (EYC) E-Team program to complete the Slektain Trail. By mid-July the project proposal was before their steering committee, and by August 14, Edo had a supervisor and a crew of five youth between ages 16 and 24 finishing the North Block Trail for a six week period. They were managed by Jack Thom, whom Edo knew from his time in the Yukon, which created a great working relationship.

The six crew members were onsite working approximately five hours each day, four days per week. The fifth day was dedicated to training and developing skills for future employment. The training included project planning, safety, evaluation, personal finance, self-discipline, work habits, environmental awareness, risk assessment, and basic tool operation and maintenance.

Jack, who had three decades of work and trail building experience also possessed those skills needed to successfully guide and inspire the regional youth who were not in school. Edo was considered the “Project Sponsor”, and was present every single day. Each morning Edo met the E-Team van at the Dunsmuir Lodge staff parking lot at 9am. Most days the tools were already on-site hidden in the forest, so they only carried their lunch, water and changes of clothes. They walked up the trail past the work they’d previously done to the next stretch of trail and planned the day’s work. Typically they split into three sub-teams, and worked on different spots. They transformed the recently blazed 24” path to a 30” well graded trail. Tripping hazards were removed, and the rocks were used to support and brace the lower trail edges. Stone steps were installed on steeper grades and especially in front of the larger roots, to create a steady assent soils were moved to fill in dips, and the surface was levelled.

Each week, an E-Team produced 120 hours of trail improvements. In total, a combined 1,200 hours were vested into completing the Slektain Trail.


Crew Project Trail Dates Weeks Hours
Crew # 1 Slektain 1989, Aug-Sep 6 720
Crew # 2-B Slektain 1990, Sep-Oct 4 480


A year later, John Dean Park received further assistance from the EYC. A second team started August 30, 1990, and worked for six weeks. Their first project was finishing along the Barret Montfort Trail East mostly below Pickles’ Bluff. They moved large rocks, installed stone steps, graded and finished where the volunteers had left off. Next, they spent four weeks working along the Slektain Trail. Similar to the first crew, they started at Dunsmuir Lodge and worked southward. The second crew installed stone steps, further graded the trail surface, and generally fashioned the trail one experiences today. This is the crew I met several times and clearly remember them on scene. Every day after school I walked the Slektain to check what they produced. From their results, I learned the necessary trail philosophy needed to properly maintain and improve trails. I credit Edo Nyland, and the works of both E-Teams for establishing a wide, supported, and graded Slektain trail surface – thank-you!

Surprisingly, the new North Block trail remained nameless. The first name to appear within the North Block was Cougar Hollow. It was my grandfather Norman Arnold, who suggested the name in jest. At his home in Victoria I created the sign, and installed it at the northern stream entering the large swamp, which has become known as Cougar Hollow.

On September 11, 1990, as the Friends Secretary, I motioned the executive to ask the Pauquachin Band for a suitable name. Soon after I met Gabe Bartlemen of Tsartlip/W̱JOȽEȽP, who offered the name SLEKTAIN, a Hereditary Chief name of Pauquachin/BOḰEĆEN, and this was instantly accepted. Also at this time, we attached the names ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ and THUNDERBIRD to the trails that lead to the ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ summit. In 1992, BC Parks installed carved trail signs for the Slektain (2), and Thunderbird (2) trails.

In February of 1992, the Pauquachin Band wrote BC Parks expressing their concern that the Friends of John Dean Park had built trails which entered their lands. In response, BC Parks contracted a surveyor to blaze and flag the boundary lines shared by the Pauquachin Reserve and John Dean Park. Three minor incursions were found: 1) Valley Mist/West Viewpoint switchback, 1937, 50’; 2) Merrill Harrop Trail, 1988, 30’ over a 100’ length; and 3) Slektain Trail, 1989, 75’ over a 50’ length. Shortly afterwards, the minor Harrop and Slektain incursions were closed and those portions of trail were relocated into the park. At the Duck Pond, a large staircase was installed in line with the dam, which negated the switchback. Although BC Parks took corrective actions, they didn’t monitor the situations, especially at the Slektain reroute.

Just north of the Cougar Hollow swamp, the Slektain Trail had entered the Reserve by 75’. The trail had switch backed around a stump and then headed back into the park. To move the trail into the park, a subcontractor installed landscaping steps up a steep slope and closed the former switchback, plus installed a railing at the top of the former route. However, by this time, many regulars were using a deer trail that connected the Slektain and an old logging road located 150m away within the Reserve. This Reserve connector provided a natural directional route along the west side of Cougar Hollow to the old-growth valley. The regulars simply walked around the 8’ barrier, stomped over a rotten log and thought nothing of the importance of having a proper provincial park trail plan. After several years of attempted closers, so many had learned of and started to use this instinctual south/northward route, that the only possible resolve was to name this route as Cougar Hollow West Side. To make sense of this route, in 2005, I installed a new sign “Park <->” at the key turn on the reserve logging road. This solution has worked well, however, should people open and venture northward into the Reserve down the old logging road, I foresee the entire west-side route will be closed and signed as closed.

Mid-September 1990 was truly when the Slektain Trail was considered completed, signed, and when park regulars started to use the trail. At this point I was in grade 10 (age 16), and this was the way I entered John Dean Park during my high school years. A year later, summer 1991, the entire upper portion of today’s Dean Park Estates was completely clear-cut, and from the different roads, the park boundary looked like a flat wall of trees. From inside the park, the tree clearing was most apparent from the portion of the Barret Montfort Trail nearest to Dunsmuir Lodge; the trail literally ran behind the newly subdivided properties. Our solution was to close the northern portion of the Barret Montfort Trail, which included dismantling Charlie’s best footbridge that crossed the northeastern stream. The Montfort Trail was directed westward up a former logging track to the current lower Slektain Trailhead. To empathise the importance of Barret Montfort’s 1960 donation, and to have the trail which bears him name run the entire length of the east line, I made the decision to rename the northern portion of Slektain as Montfort, and I moved the northern trailhead sign from the North Entrance up to its current lower/north trailhead.

After the autumn of 1990, Edo and I were the only volunteers who continued working on the trail. Edo regularly did minor improvements for many years and otherwise regularly walked the Slektain until 2003. When interviewed, Edo said: “The Slektain Trail was the hardest work of all, on which some 30 people laboured, including two youth crews.” His time on the Slektain was 1988-2003 (15 years).

The only other person to volunteer on the Slektain Trail was a retired Forester Andrew Michell. Throughout the autumn of 2009 to February 2010 he worked two or three sessions per week on the Slektain removing tripping hazards, raised several portions of the trail which eliminated the need for a few stone steps, and chiefly improved the overall safety of the trail. Andrew’s work corrected the signs of 20-years of wear and tear, and improved its overall safety. His work created a trail surface whereby future long-term degradation was vastly reduced. Over five months, Andrew worked 150 hours on the trail – thanks Andrew!

Since 1989, I’ve taken care of every aspect of the Slektain. This includes maintaining trail signs and trailheads, removing fallen trees and debris, releasing pinned branches, grooming overgrowth, maintaining bridges, culverts and drainage channels, resetting stonework, and raising stretches of trail which showed the onset of erosion and compaction. Literally every trail building technique has gone into creating and maintaining a sustainable and safe route that explores an amazing area of ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ / John Dean Provincial Park.


Friends Picnic, May 21, 1988

By year four, the Friends of John Dean Park had many endeavours underway:

          Old garbage: removals from road, summit, and viewpoints;

          Fire pit in the picnic site: request for removal;

          Night Gate: request for installation;

          Parking lot kiosk and park map: request for installation;

          Radar towers: request for removal of construction debris;

          Coast Guard Radar Tower: request for reduction of noise emitted;

          Water Reservoir threat: prevent construction in park;

          Park transfer threat: prevent proposed transfer to CRD;

          West side land addition: add 66.9 acres, from Alec Road eastward;

          Broom and ivy removal were on the horizon;

          Old trails: signs of neglect were repaired/replaced; and

          New trails, initial builds were underway:

1)      East side, Barret Montfort Trail, Sep 87 to Jan 88

2)      South side, Woodward Trail, Feb to May 88

3)      West side, Merrill Harrop Trail, Feb to May 88


Publicity and momentum enabled the Friends membership to soar to over 340 members, and amazingly a pamphlet hadn’t yet been created. In March 1988, Sally and Neil Stewart produced an all-encompassing letter-size handout, which included a map showing the three new trails, park time-line, ways to help, and contact info; 2000 copies were printed.

Next, to inspire the use of the new trails, and to welcome everyone to a now managed John Dean Park, a Friends Picnic was planned for May 21st. A legal size brochure with a park map was produced; 300 copies were printed. Additionally two dozen 11×17” maps were printed for the picnic.

Thirty years ago, on Sunday, May 21, 1988, at 11am, over 50 persons of all ages gathered in the old-growth valley picnic site. It was a lovely sunny day, +24, and everyone relished the valley atmosphere. Edo Nyland, who co-founded the Friends, welcomed and introduced everyone. Adelaide Pickles and her son Norman were present when the Pickles’ Bluff sign was unveiled. MLA, Terry Huberts unveiled the Woodward Trail sign; and Daryl Drew and Merrill Harrop unveiled the Merrill Harrop Trail sign. Then Edo presented MLA, Dr. Terry Huberts the west-side land addition petition. Edo said: “It gives us great pleasure to hand to you our petition containing 4,351 names.” After unveiling the signs and speeches, a classic wiener roast and lunch commenced.

Afterwards, families packed up and further visited in the parking lot. Everyone headed home with many copies of the new brochure and map. Almost certainly, they returned and experienced the new trails. It was a great day at John Dean Park!

I joined the Friends at the end of August of 1988. In March 1989, the building of trail #4, the north side Slektain Trail was approved. The initial blazing occurred that spring, and by June I became a primary trail builder. Next year is the 30th anniversary of the Slektain Trail, but that’s another story…


more trail building history:






John Dean Provincial Park

          9 of 11 broom zones are mint;

          2 of 11 broom zones are controlled and require further attention;

          All meadows are maintained at less than 1.5yrs growth; and

          30min per zone is required to maintain the achievement.


Since 1991, Jarrett has been taking action: firstly removing the old-growth broom, and now their babies. Today the hard work is done! For future volunteers, the below tables describe the time and commitment required to maintain the achievement (approx. 36hrs each year).




1 Airport Radar Tower Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
2 Upper Thomson Cabin Trail Special Place Priority 1, Internal
3 Coast Guard Radar Tower Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
4 Pickles’ Bluff Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
5 ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Trail Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
6 Woodward Trail Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
7 Surveyors’ Trail Trail-side Viewpoint Priority 2, Boundary
8 West Viewpoint Trail-side Viewpoint Priority 2, Boundary
9 West Block Special Place Priority 1, Internal
10 Entrance Road Special Place Priority 1, Internal
11 Upper Gail Wickens’ Trail Special Place Priority 2, Boundary


The seedbank at John Dean Park is now largely exhausted. Noteworthy, few parks within the region have received such a long-time commitment towards the complete removal of broom.

A monthly commitment of 30min per zone is required to sustain the achievements. It’s now my great hope that a person or family adopt each zone. If you have a favorite spot you’d like to care for, contact Jarrett @ jarrettteague@yahoo.ca // 250-642-3031 // firstly a BC Parks “Volunteer Agreement” form needs to be completed and then we can start…


–          Broom Sponsor (encouragement / financial)

–          Broom Companion (2nd year & 1-2 zones)

–          Broom Supervisor (3rd year & 3+ zones)

–          Broom Principal (4th year & all zones)






Airport Radar Tower:

a)      West side of road, main

b)      East side of road

Flagship Presentation


1995, initial removal


Major removals occurred


2011, Jarrett adopted the meadow; seed bank not exhausted, requires monthly attention


2012-current, maintained at -11”

99% done


Maintained quarterly


Adjacent broom within MOT compound; unreliably cut


Removal actions required, 30min per month / 12hrs annually






Upper Thomson Cabin Trail:

a)      Center east side

b)      Base of slope

c)       Lower shelf

Flagship Presentation


1996, initial removal, Jarrett adopted the meadow


Seedbank not exhausted

99% done


Maintained quarterly


Removal actions required, 30min per month / 12hrs annually





Coast Guard Radar Tower:

a)      East of entrance road

b)      South metal fence line

c)       Lower-middle treeline

d)      North at wood fence

Flagship Presentation


1991, initial major removals occurred


1997, Jarrett adopted


1998-cruuent, maintained at -11”

99% done


Maintained quarterly


Seed bank exhausted


Requires 30min per month / 6hrs annually






Pickles’ Bluff:

a)      Bluff, center area

b)      Bluff, lower south end

c)       Bluff, lower north end

d)      Meadow, below and north

e)      Meadow south of steps

f)       Meadow far south of steps

g)      Meadow north of steps


Flagship Presentation


1991, initial removal


1992-98, Major removals occurred


1999, seed bank exhausted


2000-current, maintained at -11”

99% done


Maintained quarterly


Requires 30min per month / 6hrs annually







a)      Fern Dell Trailhead

b)      East of trail, long ridge

c)       Lower eastern meadow

d)      Surrounding Forest


Flagship Presentation


1993, initial removal


Dr. Bryce Kendrick adopted; Many thanks Bryce who pulled in this location: 1995-2013


2008, seed bank exhausted


2009-current, maintained at -11”

99% done


Maintained quarterly


Requires 30min per month / 6hrs annually





Woodward Trail:

a)      Triangle Junction meadow

b)      Triangle Junction, area below and SW

c)       Ridge below Woodward

d)      Lower SE Gary oak Meadow

e)      Ridge above Woodward

Flagship Presentation


1993, initial removal


1999, Seed bank exhausted


Major adjacent seed bank on private property; ongoing action required forever


2000-current, maintained at -11”

99% done


Maintained quarterly


Requires 30min per month / 3hrs annually






Surveyors’ Trail:

a)      Viewpoint

b)      Viewpoint tree line

c)       Below viewpoint in forest

d)      Behind house

e)      Eastern meadow

f)       Eastern meadow in forest

g)      Above Surveyors’ Trail

h)      Above Surveyors’ Trail, north meadows


Trail-side Viewpoint


1992, initial removals


Ongoing removals by a few Friends occurred; many thanks to Dr. Bryce Kendrick who pulled in this location: 1995-2013


2015, Jarrett conducted a 26hr 100% removal throughout the entire area; committed to long-term monthly removals


Major adjacent seed bank on private property; ongoing action required forever


2015-current, maintained at -11”

2015, 99% removed


Maintained monthly


Requires 30min per month / 6hrs annually





West Viewpoint:

a)      Lower shelf

b)      Lower shelf, outer perimeter

Trail-side Viewpoint


1991, Initial pull; inconsistent removals occurred


2015, Jarrett conducted a 100% removal throughout the entire area; committed to long-term monthly removals


2015-current, maintained at -11”

2015, 99% removed


Forest broom within sight has been removed


Maintained bi-annually


Requires 15min per month / 3hrs annually







West Block:

a)      Upper, above relocation

b)      Lower, above the multiple drainage channels

c)       Central meadow

Special Place


1996, initial removal


Inconstant removals occurred


2011, seed bank exhausted


2011-current, maintain at –11”

99% done


Checked quarterly


Requires 2hrs annually





Entrance Road:

a)      Upper Slektain Meadow

b)      Meadow below road corner

c)       Meadow above fire hydrant

d)      High ridge above road

e)      Overhang cliffs at road

f)       Meadow above Montfort West staircase


Special Place


1993, initial removal


maintained at -11”

99% done


Maintained bi-annually


Requires 15min per month / 3hrs annually





Upper Gail Wickens’ Trail:

a)      South trailhead of Barret Montfort East

b)      Former viewpoint

c)       Haldon Park, center meadow

Special Place


2002, initial removal, inconsistent removals occurred


2006, last seeded; Jarrett adopted the zone



99% done


Maintained bi-annually


Adjacent broom on private properties


Removal actions required, 30min per month / 12hrs annually



1)      Since 1991, Jarrett has removed broom and committed to all broom zones;

2)      Despite the parks exceptional situation; baby broom produces seeds during its third year. Therefore it’s essential that all broom be removed immediately to hedge against the 35mth deadline. For example, if a meadow is cleared of 12mth broom, the 36mth regrowth countdown is reset;

3)      Jarrett is networking towards a multi-volunteer Broom Succession Plan. Thus far neither the Friends of John Dean Park or an induvial has emerged;

4)      For autumn 2017, the broom at John Dean Park is under a 11mth level. Today, a new volunteer inherits a zero debt & zero deficit workload; and

5)      Interested in a favorite spot?    Contact Jarrett @ jarrettteague@yahoo.ca // 250-642-3031





Jarrett’s 2015 thinking


7 no concern 49mth / +31” seed generating abandonment
6 failure 48mth / +30” seed generating rejection of duty
5 setback 36-47mth / 24-29” seed producing negligence of duty
4 debt 24-35mth / 18-23” growth attention
3 deficit 12-23mth / 12-17” growth care
2 routine 3-11mth / 6-11” babies love
1 mastered 1-5” babies minimal own





1)      Set mission statement: “ensure John Dean Park remains broom-free (under 11mths growth)”;

2)      Assign each meadow to a person or family who commits;

3)      Leadership monitors and updates the parks “Broom Register” quarterly (11 zones);

4)      The best time to surge on broom is October to December; conduct double checks January to February; avoid flower areas March to June; the monthly 30min per zone is crucial;

5)      As of 2017, each of the 11 zones requires 6hrs per year. For a committed 2nd year volunteer, recommend $1 per hour (approx. $6 per zone) which enables a thank-you, accountability and assures the zone is maintained as broom free. For an annual $54, a Friends organization can compensate, thank and ensure broom removal continues (especially if executives don’t work/tour within the park). Note: without a plan, broom grows!

6)      The remuneration allowance can be for:

  • reimburse clothing;
  • reimburse expenses;
  • acknowledge and thank volunteers; and

7)      I’m concerned if my recommendations aren’t followed, and broom regrows to +3yrs, seeds will be deposited thereby creating a setback of 15+yrs, meaning more and more work for future volunteers;

8)      Since 2003 the Friends haven’t participated and from my perspective appear as uninterested. Broom leadership is true stewardship, which I believe belongs within the Friends (where I started); and

9)      Jarrett believes the duty of a volunteer is to operate whereby less work is required from future volunteers.




Awareness – Interest – Time – Vigour – Ownership


1)      recognizes action is required;

2)      believes broom free must be sustained;

3)      identifies with the object of the exercise;

4)      commits exceptional worth to the park;

5)      performs well;

6)      achieves results;

7)      regards the role as a talent; and

8)      orchestrates succession plan.


Mary Winspear Centre | 43 attended  | 25 Sep 17


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Presented by Jarrett Teague

PART OF: UVIC’s Peninsula Pursuits


Course description:

John Dean Provincial Park has many fascinating aspects. In this session your speaker will share the secrets of: the Mount Newton/LAUWELNEW legends; the first peninsula survey of 1852; the 33 years John Dean spent at his cabin and the 1921 park donation; the 1936-39 park development era; the emergence of today’s BC Parks; and how young people today connect with and cherish this amazing place.


Minute Topic Flow
2 Intro

–         1843, Fort Victoria (174yrs ago), pristine

–         1943, John Dean dies, WWII

–         Forested peninsula, mountain in center

–         1849-66, Crown Colony

–         1852, Douglas Treaty

–         1852, Pemberton named Mount Newton


–         Context of past, present and future

–         17 decades

–         What happens outside the park

–         Youth, experiences and self-identity develops

–         Whereby they’ll cherish the place

3 I’m Jarrett, age 43

–         We’re on the ancestral lands of the WSANEC People, and here to understand their/our sacred mountain

–         A huge thanks to Edo Nyland who (29yrs)

–         25yrs military, Afghanistan x 2, naval circumnavigation

–         Married w/3 kids

–         Show of hands:

a)    Who hasn’t visited the park?

b)    Who is a regular?


–         Ok, questions throughout

–         36yr memory (1981)

–         28yr volunteer (1989)

–         Research, collecting since 1994 (age 23)

a)    12 cabinet drawers worth

b)    700 pre 1980 images

c)     All maps and land titles

d)    Interviewed those who knew John Dean and future key park players


–         Gift of book II

–         Quietness of mountain

–         Our shared cultural history

a)    Aboriginal

b)    European

c)     Peninsula born, 1982-83 Cub Camp experiences

d)    One shared history

10 First Nations

–         Saltwater People

–         Villages

–         Canoes, Food

–         Looking at the mountain from the ocean !!

–         Legend, Grate Flood

a)    The mountain will be called LAUWELNEW, the place of refuge

b)    We will be known as the WSANEC (emerging) People


–         Legend, Thunderbird

–         Bathing and Sweat Lodges

–         Initiations

–         Vision quests

–         Quiet time, prayer, beach stones

–         Wolf House, Spirit Caves, Sacred sights

–         Spirituality

–         Names and Symbols:


b)    Arbutus tree

c)     Cedar rope

d)    Raven (bearer of good news)

e)    Thunderbird Trail

f)      Slektain Trail (heredity chief)

g)    Pickles’ Bluff (incomparable, unsurpassable)


–         Questions?

5 First Survey

–         1852, Mount Newton named

–         1858, Joseph Trutch, survey Post #1

–         Lines, 24 N, 13 S and Reserves

–         1866, two colonies united

–         1871, joined confederation

–         1883, Gazette 40

–         1884, Samuel Kelly, grant (owned 8yrs)

–         1887, Reserve confirmed by Joint Reserve Commission

–         1895, John Dean purchased, $375 (age 44)

–         Post #1 plaque, pivot point

–         Settlement, families

–         Early logging, south-side Thomson


–         Rossland, 1896-1905

–         Victoria real-estate, 1906-12 (retired age 62)

–         Questions?

4 Mountain Accesses

–         Existing trails

–         1909, cabin site location

–         (map #1)

–         1910, Thomson Cabin

–         Valley bottom, wells, sun movement

–         1915, cabin (age 64)

–         Peak years, 1914-25 era

–         Gardens

–         Fence

–         Visitors:

a)    Food

b)    Conversations

c)     Gallery photographs

d)    Music

e)    Hikes

f)      Cozy fires w/cabin diary


–         Travels

–         A century ago

–         Questions?

3 1921 Donation

–         1918, reservoir for Sidney (idea of park donation)

–         11 Nov, Deed

a)    Premier Oliver

b)    MLA Jackson

–         9 Dec, Transfer (crown)

–         His Majesty, King Edward VII

–         Parks List, the order of parks (government reserves)

a)    1888, Military Reserve, Stanley Park

b)    1888, Government Reserve, Mount Doug

c)     1908, Park Act


1)    1911, Strathcona

2)    1913, Mount Robson

3)    1918, Swan Lake

4)    1920, Mount Garibaldi

5)    1921, Dean Park


–         5th BC Park, 1st donated

–         1921-39, Illahie & Dean Park

–         No change, routine

–         Questions?

12 Dean Park Board

–         1926-31, visited less, overgrowth

–         1932, Freeman King (age 40-46) and Sidney Scouts

–         Managing provincial parks, growing interest

–         1934, April, Park Board created

a)    MLA, Alexander MacDonald

b)    Chairman Frederick Baker (5yrs)


–         1935, opening of park

–         YFTP, background, US and Canada

–         Camps suck as:

a)    Elk Falls, 1st

b)    Thetis Lake

c)     Mount Doug

d)    Glen Lake

e)    Campbell River

f)     Cowichan Lake

g)    Mount Seymour


–         FDP, 1936-39

a)    1st camp, trails

b)    2nd camp, road

c)     3rd camp, finishing


–         Trails w/stone edging or walls

–         Springs

–         Tables, picnic & campsites

–         Signs

–         Stone Pillars

–         Wishing Well

–         1938, May, public gathering

–         1938, September, John Dean’s nephew visit

–         Dam, Duck Pond

–         Stone Walls (road & pond)

–         1939, January, FDP closed

–         1939, April, Dean & Collins summit right-of-way

–         Parks Board dissolved, remained as volunteers

–         Responsibility for parks given to the FS

–         1939, June, Collins donated summit campground

–         (map #2)

–         1939, July, Illahie sold to Dean Park Syndicate:

a)    layer friends

b)    5 members of the board


–         End of John Dean era, cliff hanger…

–         Shall we have a coffee?

15 Coffee Break

–         Starts minute 45

–         Ends minute 60

12 Park Attendant Era

–         Dean Park Syndicate owned Illahie

–         1939, Forest Service, responsibility for parks

–         Park experience, main trails & facilities

–         1939 summit campground, Mt. Rainier sign

–         Collins, big idea (refer to 2nd map)

–         1940, Class A, B, C

–         1940, James John

–         1940, Registration Booth:

a)    Chess Lyons

b)    Joe St. Pierre


–         Davey Davidson:

a)    1938, FDP

b)    1939-42, hired as roving VI Attendant

c)     1942, Chief Forester, E.C. Manning visited and asked why are you tolerating this?

d)    1943-45, 1st fulltime John Dean Attendant


–         1943, August, park & property reunified


The Mountain Summit

–         WWII, Pat Bay Airbase:

a)    international training base

b)    western air command


–         1942, red light

–         1943, expropriations (map #2)

–         1944, summit road survey done, built that summer

–         Eastern, Transmitter (true use was radio relay)

–         Western, Receiver w/generators

–         44yrs later:

a)    1986, MOT required airport radar

b)    39 new radars (all the same)

c)     summit road was realigned

d)    tower built

e)    2yrs of trials


–         1991, tree topping

–         1994, reservoir

–         Garbage, industrial

–         Today’s fire hazard, 4 installations


–         George King (age 70-82)

a)    1946 attendant

b)    1947-58, volunteer


–         1947, new Parks Division

–         1947, road paved, power line up to eastern site

–         1957, May, cabin removal:

a)    48yrs old

b)    no electricity

c)     no running water

d)    break-ins

e)    general deterioration


–         1958, April, camping banned

–         1958, June, heavy vandalism, stone pillars

–         Questions?

12 BC Parks

–         Context, growth of agency

–         1939, Parks Section, responsibility for parks

–         Early Staff:

a)    Donald Macmurchie (former time keeper)

b)    Cy Oldham (Chief of Parks)

c)     Chess Lyons (engineer)


–         1947, BC Forest Service

–         Parks Section became a Parks Division


Robert Ahrens

–         1947, UBC, need for recreational officers

a)    Brooks

b)    Broadland

c)     Ahrens


–         FS saw parks as a nuisance

–         FS campgrounds vs parks campgrounds

–         What is our role, what is a park?

a) intact

b) in-place

c) unmodified

d) place of spiritual connection


–         1957, Parks Branch:

a)    resonance for new parks

b)    standards

c)     engineering

d)    library

e)    branding

f)      pride


–         1958-62, added 4 properties:

a)    Woodward

b)    Pickles

c)     Montfort

d)    West-side map reserve


–         1960s, roving crews

–         Square Tea House & benches, removed

–         1965, Park Act enhanced & Regional Park Act

–         Last visit with Ahrens, Ideal employee:

a)    studies

b)    believes

c)     identifies with object of exercise

d)    considers the job as a vocation rather than an occupation


–         The best parks era, 1947-1981

a)    growth of system

b)    facility standards

c)     strengthened environmental protections

d)    interpretive program

e)    pride in product delivered

f)     self-identified as honoured


–         Langford Workshop:

a)    Location

b)    signature furniture

c)     signature signs


–         1982, 30% cuts

–         Langford Workshop was closed

–         1983, February blowdown & June party (age 8):

a)    jeep was towed out

b)    burnt tables

c)     glass everywhere


–         1986, Ministry of Environment

a)    Expo 86

b)    The phrase BC Parks was first used


–         1991, Service contracts

–         1994, Protected land base doubled, nil budget increase

–         Questions?

4 Abuse & Neglect

–         1939, mid-70s, well maintained

–         late-70s, road-side garbage

–         Viewpoint garbage (30yrs worth)

–         Summit facility garbage

–         Rotting facilities, Gazebo

–         Erosion, main trails

–         Vandalism, staff removed signs

–         Every 5yrs, newspaper articles

–         Questions?

2 The Resolve, The Early Friends w/Edo Nyland

–         1984, initial cleanup

–         1987, first invasive removal, replaced footbridge

–         1988-89, perimeter trails

–         1989, west-side addition

3 Jarrett’s Stewardship

–         1989 built the Slektain Trail (age 14-15)

–         1990, October, night gate (age 16)

–         1991, Stone Steps, named trails (age 16)

–         Monitoring (ineffective)

–         Purposely seek & respond

–         Old stonework, classic look (Gazebo example)

–         Garbage

–         Trail maintenance & erosion controls

–         Signage (1991-current)

a)    66 signs

b)    Maintenance cycle


–         1992, invasive undertakings (25yrs):

a)    Broom (9)

b)    Ivy (5)

c)     Blackberry (6)

d)    Daphne (2)

e)    Holly (4)


–         Trail clearing:

a)    release vegetation

b)    dispersal, placement

c)     locate log or material

d)    restore site as pre-event


–         Cross-country patrols

–         Blocking shortcuts

–         General presentation of park

–         Essentialness

3 The Parks Future

–         Important First Nations connection

–         Youth visiting today

–         You can have the best legislation, but without public support the line can’t be held

–         Memories & experiences

–         Cherish and love the place

0 –         Questions

–         Thank-you



For questions, a private conversation or onsite tour of a particular subject site: contact Jarrett @ jarrettteague@yahoo.ca






















EDO NYLAND | 1927-2017

Our greatest Friend Edo, passed away on August 13, 2017, age 89½.


Edo and residents founded the Friends of John Dean Park on May 10, 1984. Between 1984 and 2001, Edo steered the Friends Society and physically volunteered throughout the park.

Edo’s involvement at John Dean Park spanned 34 years:

1984-2001 era | Friends leadership & major trail volunteer (18 years)

2002-2017 era | Friends advisor & executive member (16 years)


Edo was born in Amsterdam, Holland on December 22, 1927. At age 13 he became a member of the Netherlands Youth Group for Nature Studies, where he established his own Garden of Edo, which held more than 300 types of wildflowers. His high school years occurred during the German occupation, and during this time he followed the war effort and learned. In 1947, while studying botany at the University of Amsterdam, he was required to complete two years of military service (1947-49). Much of that period was spent with the Medical Corps at an Army Hospital in Djakarta, Indonesia, where he assisted ophthalmologists with eye operations. In 1949, Edo was decorated for action under fire in West Java. “I helped with the evacuation of wounded and gave medical aid under fire; and experienced first-hand the degrading fanaticism, brutality and decadence of atrocities committed on both sides of this tragic conflict.”

After his military experience he returned to Amsterdam, where the military paid veterans to attend specialised training. Edo took a cabinetmakers course, and upon completion headed for Canada, arriving April 1952, age 24.

Edo attended the University of Alberta for his first year of Arts. Then he studied Forestry at the University of British Columbia, where in 1957 he was awarded a B.S.F. degree in Forestry. Between 1957 and 1968 he was a District Forester for the Whitecourt Forest in Alberta. In 1968 he was promoted to land use specialist at the Alberta Forest Service head office in Edmonton. In 1971 he was appointed Regional Manager of the Federal Yukon Lands and Forest Service, based at Whitehorse, Yukon. His main tasks were modernizing and building of the Yukon Forest Service, which included staff training, fire prevention and aerial fire suppression, supervision of road, bridge, airstrip and seismic line construction activities of many oil and mining companies, environmental protection, inspection of private recreation facilities, timber disposal, and silvicultural etc.

At age 55, Edo and Elizabeth retired and relocated from the Yukon to North Saanich on Vancouver Island. It was the autumn of 1983 when they discovered John Dean Provincial Park and first explored the trails and viewpoints. They adored the impressive stands of old-growth, however Edo observed: A pervading air of neglect in the garbage along the main road and the deterioration of the facilities and trails. Having had worked for years in the area of land-use, Edo clearly understood the importance of preserving natural places. A year later, Edo and residents founded the Friends of John Dean Park.

The overall history of the Friends is essentially the story of Edo’s park protecting endeavor. He has truly safeguarded this provincial park. The great question is: What would John Dean Park be today if Elizabeth & Edo didn’t retire to North Saanich? The answer is: the worst case circumstance of his top 10 accomplishments . . . He truly set an example for our community, and I hope my writing serves to inform the future of what’s needed to properly care for our parks and protected spaces.


A PERSONAL MEMORY & FAREWELL – Summer 1988 is when I first met Edo working along the Barret Montfort Trail, and soon after I joined the Friends. Between 1989 and 2000 we spent hundreds and hundreds of day’s together working in the park. Our first major project together was building the Slektain Trail between spring 1989 and autumn 1990; and summer 1991 we renovated the Thunderbird and Lookout Trails. One of my earliest and proudest memories of us together occurred January 1992 when we responded to a major rainfall and drained water from the West Viewpoint Trail; this adventure inspired my commitment of creating and maintaining the drainage channels throughout the park. In 1993 we repaired the southern stone pillar; in 1995 I spent many afternoons next to his basement woodstove painting trail signs and listening to Vicki Gabereau on CBC; in 1997-2000 we spent countless days together removing the central ivy at Illahie; and on many occasions we left the park and headed to the Nyland’s front patio where we basked in the sun and relished Elizabeth’s delicious European foods and tea w/Edo’s own honey.

Edo and I spent every weekend throughout 1997 to spring 2000 together removing the 80 year-old ivy surrounding Illahie. Then suddenly I joined the fulltime military and disappeared for a while (age 24). In hindsight, I very much needed a professional fulltime career, and wasn’t aware that this would be our last project and time together. And when in August and September 2002, I returned home on post-Afghanistan leave, I learnt Edo was no longer physically involved in the park essentials; this meant I was alone on the volunteer front. During this leave period I solely focused on Illahie which I believed canceled out some mission related stresses, and as before I fully prepped the parks drainage channels for the winter.

That Christmas when I visited Edo and Elizabeth, we had a great visit and meal; Edo thanked me and renewed our friendship. Having had spent 11 major years with Edo in the park, I now feel the value of his gradual withdraw from the park, otherwise I’d be totally saddened.

During my high school era and early 20s, Edo appropriately influenced my lifetime objectives and I`ve thanked him for encouraging me to commit to a carrier with the military. I also remember the amused jests of the park regulars of the 1990s Jarrett is Edo’s side-kick. Actually, I also felt he was mine; he had the truck, tools, knowhow and we shared the required initiative . . .

After 29 years as best-friends accomplishing so much together, rivals on the Friends executive and treasuring one-another’s talents, it was a tremendous honour to pay a final visit to Edo’s home in Sidney with my wife Touria and our three kids. At age 89, Edo was proud of me, and I was proud of him! We laid back in his comfy chairs w/tea and recalled our adventures and times together; both of us needed that, and we got it . . . I’ve lost the most empowering elder of my life, an amazing giant of a charter whom I’ve gained much wisdom . . .

The Saanich Peninsula communities have lost their opportunity to access Edo. Fortunately, they’ve gained awareness towards the necessity of taking on projects and caring for our parks.


Edo – you are the best!



Jarrett 7 Mar 17

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Repairs & Removals – 6-8 Feb 2017, the old-growth valley at John Dean Park received 16” of soft snow, which compacted to an 11” hard pack. During the evening of Wednesday, 8 Feb., a freezing rain added a huge weight and literally brought down hundreds of limbs, 65 smaller trees and one old growth Douglas fir. The entire park was affected; every stretch of trail received large and small branches which pinned dozens of tree branches and considerable vegetation.

On 11 Feb 17, Jarrett activated: “Operation JDP Response, Priority 2” w/full commitment. Between 11 Feb and 14 Mar, Jarrett invested 14 full days, whereby the entire park was properly cleared and restored; in all 98.5hrs were invested. The priority of work flow was:

          Duck Pond restoration;

          Release of live tree branches;

          Relocation of large limbs w/release of vegetation;

          Tree Clearing w/complete site restoration;

          Trail or facility restoration;

          Minor branch relocation; and

          Opening of drainage channels and small debris dispersals.

Below are the lists of critical repairs and trees removed. However, what’s most import is the release of pinned vegetation and quality site restoration/clean-up. The high value standard at John Dean Park is similar to the standard exercised by early BC Parks employees, such as:


1 Relocate branches and large debris:

a)      slice braches from base upwards;

b)      relocate major branches 20’ away as appropriate, place in non-vegetated spot, but-end away from view; and

c)      disperse debris, scatter throughout so as not to damage vegetation.


2 Release all tree branches and large vegetation from larger pining materials


3 Cut tree log 18” from trails edge or as appropriate


4 Place tree log off trail in a natural agreeable place


5 Rake or clear trail surface


6 Assure area is secured as vegetation released and visibly agreeable


7 Leave site looking undamaged and presentable



Critical Repairs Conducted 1st Quarter 2017

1)      Entrance Road: levelled 12 gouges created by the snow plough;

2)      Summit Access Road: levelled 5 gouges created by the snow plough;

3)      Parking lot, primary outflow channel: opened fully buried channel;

4)      Duck Pond: reset footbridge and graded trail;

5)      Duck Pond: repaired west side of outflow channel edging;

6)      Duck Pond: reset Gazebo Site entrance stones, two steps and left corner;

7)      Barret Montfort Trail West, north footbridge: removed broken wood and reset stone; and

8)      Thomson Cabin Trail: filled hole created by fallen fir tree.


Resulting from February 8th, the following trees have been cleared. There’re listed in order of removal (location cleared afterwards*); full site restoration was conducted by Jarrett Teague:

1)      Duck Pond: 5” cedar

2)      Duck Pond: 18” alder

3)      Duck Pond: 7” cedar

4)      Duck Pond: 8” top of fir

5)      Skipper’s Path, north-half: 8” fir

6)      Upper Slektain Trailhead: 4” fir top

7)      Valley Mist Trail, glacier rock: old-growth limb w/large pile of debris

8)      Valley Mist Trail Steep: 6” cedar w/PFO*

9)      Valley Mist Trail: 6” alder w/PFO*

10)  Valley Mist Trail: 5” alder w/PFO*

11)  Valley Mist Trail: 6” cedar w/PFO*

12)  Valley Mist Trail: 10” cedar w/PFO*

13)  Valley Mist Trail: 20” fir limb w/PFO*

14)  Valley Mist Trail: 30” fir (old, trimmed back) w/PFO*

15)  West Viewpoint Trail: 9” cedar w/PFO*

16)  West Viewpoint Trail: 3” yew w/PFO*

17)  Merrill Harrop Trail: 300yr fir w/limbs and debris w/PFO*

18)  Merrill Harrop Trail: 30” hemlock w/PFO*

19)  Merrill Harrop Trail: 8” fir (hung-up) w/PFO*

20)  West Viewpoint Trail: 7” fir (old, trimmed back) w/PFO*

21)  West Viewpoint Trail: 8” fir w/PFO*

22)  Surveyors’ Trail: 12” maple w/PFO*

23)  Surveyors’ Trail: 6” fir w/PFO*

24)  Surveyors’ Trail: 6” arbutus w/PFO*

25)  Surveyors’ Trail: 8” arbutus w/PFO*

26)  Woodward Trail: 6” fir w/PFO*

27)  Woodward Trail: 2” fir w/PFO*

28)  Woodward Trail, Emerald Pool: 6” cedar w/PFO*

29)  Woodward Trail: 6” cedar w/PFO*

30)  Woodward Trail: 6” cedar w/PFO*

31)  Woodward Trail: 6” cedar w/PFO*

32)  Illahie Trail: 5” cedar w/PFO*

33)  Illahie Trail: 2” fir w/PFO*

34)  Valley Mist Trail Easy: 7” alder w/branches w/PFO*

35)  Valley Mist Trail Easy: 6” fir w/PFO*

36)  Valley Mist Trail Easy: 4” cedar w/PFO*

37)  Barret Montfort Trail West: 1st Bridge, 10” maple and branches w/PFO*

38)  Illahie Loop, upper end: 20” dead hemlock debris;

39)  Valley Mist Trail Easy: 6” alder;

40)  Valley Mist Trail Steep: 6” cedar;

41)  Skipper’s Path, south-end: 4” cedar;

42)  Skipper’s Path, south-end: 4” cedar;

43)  Woodward Trail: 6” cedar;

44)  Merrill Harrop Trail: 4” alder;

45)  Merrill Harrop Trail: 6” cedar;

46)  Slektain Trail: 2” hemlock;

47)  Slektain Trail: 6” cedar;

48)  Slektain Trail: 6” cedar;

49)  Skipper’s Path, south-end: 7” cedar;

50)  Cougar Hollow West Side: 4” arbutus;

51)  Old Picnic Site: 2” fir top;

52)  Woodward Trail: 8” cedar;

53)  Woodward Trail: 6” fir;

54)  Woodward Trail: 6” cedar;

55)  Slektain Trail, Cougar Hollow East Side: 2” fir;

56)  Slektain Trail, Cougar Hollow East Side: 8” cedar;

57)  Slektain Trail, Cougar Hollow East Side: shifted a 6” cedar;

58)  Thunderbird Trail: 7” cedar;

59)  Thunderbird Trail: 10” cedar;

60)  Thomson Cabin Trail: 4” oak;

61)  Thomson Cabin Trail: 7” fir;

62)  Barret Montfort Trail East: 15” cedar;

63)  Lookout Trail: 8” bosom;

64)  Lookout & ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Junction: 5” maple limbs;

65)  ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Trail: 3” bosom; and

66)  ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Trail: 11” fir hung-up on oak tree.


On 14 Mar 17, Operation JDP Response, Priority 2, was declared completed // 98.5hrs.

Operation JDP Response is activated when immediate corrective action is required. Normally responses are priority 1 (same day, 1-3hrs), used to clean up after a parties, camping or vandalism. However the winter event of 6-8 Feb 17 created so damage, the clean-up couldn’t be considered routine maintenance; therefore a rarely used priority 2 Response was initiated.

At home, administration was also a priority:

          axe sharpening

          boot cleaning and drying

          special laundries

          snacks purchased

          volunteer log accuracy



Jarrett’s usual priority of work is:

1)      Response

2)      Maintain

3)      Monitor & Action

4)      Improve

5)      Legacy Presentation


This was a great honour!



Grand and sacred John Dean Park – all Invasive Zones are properly monitored and actioned monthly to sustain the “invasive free” achievement. The primary threat species are:




Himalayan blackberry



This author is seeking future volunteers who can emerge and extend the achievement forward. The ideal commitment is: 15min monthly per zone (9mths a year). Are you concerned?


John Dean Provincial Park has emerged as the only 2017 invasive free park on the peninsula; however inbound threats persist. Noteworthy, nobody except this author is looking at what is occurring surrounding the park. Worse, few if any parks within the region have received such a longtime commitment towards the complete removal of invasive species. Today, invasive species are filling the Saanich Peninsula, and there’s nil coordinated leadership, either government or volunteer based that is learning or willing to conduct the hard work.


At John Dean Park, organized volunteers haven’t partaken since 2003. Since then, some regulars have offered to help, however the question is always: how can an individual start? Below are the natural necessary stages which enthuses a volunteer towards producing results:

1) Recognise the invasive treat;

2) Connect with the subject matter;

3) Request a personalized tour of multiple specie zones;

4) Network with BC Parks and/or their representative;

5) Undertake responsibility for 1 or more zones;

6) Report specie/zone/time accomplishments;

7) Guarantee your stewardship commitment; and

8) Own longtime invasive stewardship, and arrange its succession.


For future volunteers, this rating breakdown can be used to acknowledge and recognise volunteers:

a) Invasive Removal Sponsor: thank volunteers and/or provide financial reimbursements;

b) Invasive Removal Companion: 2nd year and/or 1-2 zones;

c) Invasive Removal Supervisor: 3rd year and/or 3+ zones;

d) Invasive Removal Principal: 4th year and/or all zones; and

e) Invasive Removal Keeper: accepts long-time accountability for all specie zones.


It’s my great hope that a person or family adopts each task. If you have a favorite spot or would like a specific breakdown of a specie and their zones, contact Jarrett to begin your involvement.



Best, Jarrett




2021 Centennial Project

1st Donated BC Park | Established: December 9, 1921 | 2021 Centennial Project

Some amazing people have recently moved to Vancouver Island. They’ve found John Dean Park, and we’re getting together for the parks 100th anniversary, join us!

       We’re planning:

a)      adding the W̱SÁNEĆ SENĆOŦEN name to Pickles’ Bluff

b)      painting commissions w/prints

c)       framing the classic photographs

d)      a photo mug collection

e)      a centennial coin

f)       the “stories of John Dean” collection will be available at below cost


      For the Centennial I’ve encouraged the Friends and BC Parks to:

a)      replace the entrance portal sign

b)      pave the entrance road from the stone pillars to the parking lot

c)       regrade the parking lot and establish sustainable maintenance free drainage

d)      pave the parking lot

e)      replace the parking lot kiosk w/3-sided type

f)       update kiosk map, position map facing north and provide information


Best, Jarrett



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