John Dean Provincial Park
John Dean Provincial Park is situated on top of Mount Newton on southern Vancouver Island, aka Mt Newton, it’s a stunning old growth ancient forest with some remaining history to see. Early pioneer John Dean donated the first 32 hectares of property for the park in 1921, followed by four other settlers who contributed adjoining lands. Remnants of their homesteads remain in the park today.
The little lakes are great and have many different view point options from Mt Newton. John Dean Provincial Park offers a good variety of trails for varied levels of hiking ability. To hit a lookout or lake going west, it’s best to give yourself around 2 hours . Take longer and explore more options and views. There are shorter loops if you don’t have the time but need the serenity of this beautiful forest. It is also suitable for a family hike and dogs on leash.
A wonderful place to get away from it all in the midst of town.
Parking lot is closed form November to March, so you will have to park down the road and walk in.