|The parking lot is in the heart of John Dean Park, and trees hundreds of years old tower overhead|
|Big trees everywhere!|
|A Western hemlock growing on a previously logged Western red-cedar stump is a common association|
- downed logs and stumps provide nutrients for the forest's next generation of trees
|Culturally modified trees remind visitors that 1st Nations continue to use the forest as they have|
for thousands of years
|Some of the big trees are very accessible, others have restricted access to protect them and their fragile surroundings|
There are a variety of trails throughout the park's 400 plus acres. The largest trees can be found via the Valley Mist Trail, or Illahie Loop. A steeper trail descends to the right of the park map sign leading to a T-junction. Turn left for the Illahie Loop, and right to hike to a beautiful lily pond and beyond. Some of the park's biggest trees are scattered about the forest in this area.
|This lily pond, a short hike from the parking lot, is a great place to sit and contemplate the dragonflies hunting over the water|
Directions To John Dean Park
John Dean Provincial Park is located near Sidney on southern Vancouver Island. The park can be accessed off Hwy #17. Turn west onto McTavish Road, south onto East Saanich Road, then west onto Dean Park Road. Follow Dean Park Road until you reach the park.
Note: The access road into the park is closed between November and March.
|A park Western red-cedar - tree of life|