Posted by: cherylyoung | January 16, 2014

John Dean Park is located on Mount Newton, on the Saanich Peninsula of Vancouver Island.

John Dean Park is located on Mount Newton, on the Saanich
Peninsula of Vancouver Island.
The mountain and the surrounding area feature prominently in
the culture  of the native people, and early descriptions of the
mountain mention large ringsof white stones placed there by the
Saanich people.Lau Welnew, as Mount Newton is known to the First
 Nations of the Saanich Peninsula, was the  high point of land
that enabled them to survive the Great Flood. Here Saanich
ancestors were able to anchor their canoe using a giant
cedar rope until the floodwaters subsided.
Lau Welnew was the first land available as the
floodwaters receded. It is said that the fortunate may
still be able to see the remains of the  giant cedar anchor rope
at the top of Mount Newton.

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.

bus 1

Nearby Regions & Towns
North Saanich
Brentwood Bay
Swartz Bay


  1. The park is closed all winter. You can walk but you can’t drive and park.

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