Tag Archives: saanich peninsula

FIRST-LINE VOLUNTEERS / “TRAIL CAPTAINS” – REWARDING!

Jarrett Teague believes John Dean Provincial Park requires the following “first-line volunteers”, best acknowledged as “Trail Captains.” Would you like to accept one of these volunteer roles? Entrance Road Parking Lots Pickles’ Bluff Abraham Collins Lookout & summit meadows Old Growth Valley / Valley Mist Trail & Skipper’s Path Merrill Harrop Trail West Viewpoint & […]

W’S’ANEC TRADITIONAL CANOES

An amazing ȽÁUWELṈEW tradition continues: The Peninsula Salish / W’S’ANEC People have found an ideal cedar log to create two traditional canoes. This tree, located just north of the Duck Pond was hit by lightning and has fallen over. A Pauquachin carver Curtis Henry (always known as Spud), and others will be working just as […]

LES DESFOSSES PRESENTS

LAUWELNEW | 7:50min | JOHN DEAN PARK, 2014 “…Mount Newton mantled by the deep green of John Dean Park.”  “…these magnificent old trees – these huge firs and cedars, that remind you that John Dean Park is the home on the largest stand of old growth forest we still have on the Saanich Peninsula.”

SUMMIT TREE TOPPING CONTINUES FOR YYJ

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/john_dean/  “Please note: Regular maintenance will be taking place adjacent to the Nav Canada radar site through August and September. The work will involve the topping of a number of trees to the west and north of the radar dome in order to maintain communications critical to airport navigational safety. If you have any questions […]

25 Years – JARRETT TEAGUE’S TRIBUTE THEME

JARRETT’S FAVOURITE: Russell Watson’s – WHERE MY HEART WILL TAKE ME (2:54, courtesy YouTube) Hi, my name is Tyson Mazer, and I’ve known Jarrett since grade 3 at Sansbury School; we’re best friends… I built his house in 1999 and the addition in 2012. As a thank-you for volunteering on the mountain, I tribute this theme to celebrate: 25 […]

FRIENDS OF JOHN DEAN PARK SOCIETY

Newsletters & Circulars – updated for summer-2019 Anyone interested in the parks post-1980 history, will find the newsletters most fascinating. They contain a wealth of information – previous park issues, history and nature articles; they truly explore the fundamental accomplishments and mission of the Friends. For public access, in 2009, the Friends donated their correspondence and […]

THE THOMSON CABIN, 1910-1974

Section 1, Range 1 West, South Saanich After the 1858 First Survey of the Saanich Peninsula, William and Margaret Thomson received three crown grants which all told, stretched from the summit of Mount Newton, south into their preexisting valley farm. Over the next century, five generations of the Thomson family would spend their relaxation time […]

POST No. 1 OF SURVEY OF NORTH AND SOUTH SAANICH DISTRICTS

There’s an amazing place, a secret, at the summit of John Dean Provincial Park – that’s worth a visit. From the parking lot, follow the gravel road upwards, past the swooping Coast Guard radar tower, to the fence of the Transport Canada (airports) radar facility. From the gate, turn right and walk along the fence […]

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