Category Archives: BC Parks Volunteer

THE GREATEST FRIEND

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 33 years: […]

INVASIVE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM SUCCESSION

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: Broom Holly Daphne Himalayan blackberry Ivy   This author is seeking future volunteers who can emerge and extend the achievement forward. The ideal commitment is: 15min monthly per […]

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)       […]

TRAIL SIGN EVOLUTION

A 25yr Signature Endeavor | 1991-2016 By Tyson Mazer Jarrett w/Amir (2mth) | May 2011 At John Dean Park in 1981, at the base of the Entrance Trail stood a beautiful classic sign “WATER”, which pointed southward towards the green hand pump. It was the parks only wood sign, which stayed in place until the picnic site […]

HIKING GREATER VICTORIA REGION

2016 Hiking Leaders: With up to 4,500 visitors touring the trails of John Dean Park each month, impacts on the park are considerable. Although you may not immediately see the effects of your actions, please keep in mind the cumulative effect of all the people who will visit the park this year.   Jarrett believes […]

SOUTH ENTRANCE TO JOHN DEAN PARK

Gail Wickens’ Trail – 11 Dec 1971  &  Haldon Park – 10 Jan 1980   ACCESS: From Saanichton, drive west along Mount Newton Crossroad; turn north on Thomson Road; and park near the top of the road. The Gail Wickens’ Trail heads up northward to Thomson Place, crosses the road, and heads up into Haldon […]

BROOM MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

All of the meadows in John Dean Park are “broom free”. The park has 9 Broom Zones: 5 x Flagship Presentation zones 2 x Trail-side Viewpoint zones 2 x Special Place zones Noteworthy: few parks within the region have received such a long-time commitment towards the complete removal of broom.   Updated: Autumn 2017 – […]

PICKLES’ BLUFF STEWARDSHIP SUCCESSION

Today, Pickles’ Bluff is mint – ready for special visitors!   Updated: May 2016   The magnificent Pickles’ Bluff is the best place to share with tourist and visitors alike! The eastward views are exceptional, everything from Sidney, the North Shore Mountains, the Gulf & San Juan Islands, the Cascades, the Victoria area and the […]

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 & […]

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