if you know where to look.
The original 32.4-hectare property, donated by John Dean in 1921,
was the first donated provincial park in British Columbia.
Subsequent private and provincial donations have increased the
park size to its present day 155 hectares.
The names of the trails in the park commemorate the generosity
of the peninsula residents that made the park possible.
There is great hiking here for those who admire old-growth forests.
At the heart of this park are some of the largest Douglas fir trees
that remain on the south coast of Vancouver Island, as well as a
mix of grand fir, western red, cedar, Garry oak, and arbutus.
Garry oak is the only oak native to the island.
A lily pond is found just off the picnic area, a good place to have a
snack before exploring farther in the park.
Five hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty and length cross
the south and east face of Mount Newton.
Explore here in spring to see a vivid display of wildflowers native
to British Columbia,
including drifts of blue camas lilies, which carpet the understorey,
as well as red India n paintbrush and white erythroniums.
Wildlife flock to the food-rich forest, and from the top of Mount Newton
you can watch as ravens, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, and
turkey vultures put on a colourful display of soaring techniques.
The summit of Mount Newton is renowned as the place to watch
some of the best sunsets in British Columbia.
Camping and open fires are not permitted in John Dean Provincial Park
Picnic tables and toilets are located near the parking lot.
John Dean Provincial Park is located north of Victoria on Southern
Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The park is is accessed off East Saanich Road and Dean Park Road
in North Saanich.