Category Archives: John Dean Trails

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 […]

ESTABLISHING A SUITABLE TRAIL SYSTEM, 1987-90

By 1987, the parks clean-up was well underway. On January 9, 1987, the founder and president of the Friends, Edo Nyland met with the BC Parks Zone Supervisor; Parks Planner; Resource Technician & Surveyor; and the Visitor Services Representative. They toured the old-growth valley, out the West Viewpoint, along the Surveyors’ Trail and up the […]

TRAIL BUILDERS, 1987-90

These amazing volunteers constructed the great John Dean Park loop trail. If I’ve accidently omitted/misspelled someone, please let me know; updated – summer 2019. By February 8, 1988, the volunteer trail crew had become too large for one project. The main 31 person troop split into three teams. The Alec Road Crew was led by […]

FRIENDS OF JOHN DEAN PARK SOCIETY

Newsletters & Circulars – updated for spring 2020 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 […]

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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