John Dean Provincial Park

Join us for a morning of nature photography in a forest. Mount Newton in John Dean Provincial Park has been one of my favorite local places for landscape and nature photography.

There is dense evergreen forest of Douglas fir and Western Redcedar in the park, and plenty of Arbutus and Garry Oak in the drier and rockier areas. Some of the early wildflowers may be showing at this time.

The trails are kept in good condition so walking is easy although there is plenty of up and down. There is no potable water in the park so bring one or two full water bottles.

Park map at:

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/john_dean/john_dean_map.pdf



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  • Jaqueline

    ummm...I am one of those people who edits and re-edits captions and comments because I am always thinking of how to say things better , either or thoroughly neurotic! *grin* and it occurred to me that maybe each of those adjustments are also turning up on notifications...could you guys let me know...and if so I will make sure I take my nervous writing perfectionism to task! thanks!

    March 31, 2014

    • Andrew W.

      The edits do not show up Jaqueline. Keep editing to your hearts content ;-)

      April 14, 2014

  • Tim

    The outing went well. There was a good, enthusiastic turnout in the iffy spring weather. For the photography there was mist and shaded sun to add zest to the images. And Mount Newton has a great variety trails and topography running in every direction.

    March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will definitely return. Thanks for the discovery.

      March 30, 2014

  • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

    Thanks to everyone for sharing your work!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Tim

    For the dirty and soon to be damp 13: I drove up to John Dean Park after work and did a quick scouting. Only saw Skunk Cabbage for colourful flowers so it may be more a scenic forest landscapes day. See you all at 9 am tomorrow.

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a great days outing..Tim

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes it was fun. Though it would have been nice to chat some more with everybody. :-)

      1 · March 30, 2014

  • Grant G.

    The photos look amazing. Sorry I wasn't able to attend.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I spent a few hours there...not long enough in my case..I need the whole day..very enjoyable indeed

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Boualay P.

    It was a pleasant and enjoyable walk. There was a few wild flowers and the scenery was great with the fog.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Richard L.

    So sorry I wasn't able to attend this morning, it looks like a fascinating spot. It's on my list to explore one day soon:) Thanks for sharing your pictures!

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The lichen added a nice effect as well.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very scenic! I loved how everything was covered in moss. Very cool! Lots of woodpeckers but wasn't able to get any photos of them. I think I need a better zoom lens. ;-)

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Alan

    I have to back out. It looks like I will have a lot of work obligations...

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love this park, though cannot attend this Saturday. Happy shooting!

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Grant G.

    I am afraid that I will be unable to attend as well. I have to be in Vancouver this weekend.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Roy B.

    Sorry got to back out , still up to my eyeballs in renovations for awhile longer.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Melodie

    I was so looking forward to this, but now have first aid training that day. :( I look forward to seeing everyone's photos! Have fun!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • phoenix.cinder

    Vehicleless in James Bay. Curious if any of the people going are from around my area and have room in their car.

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a good time

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • James X.

    Hmmm... I wonder if there are any creeks or waterfalls in that park.

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • Tim

      The best creek I have found runs North from the Lily pond and goes down in to the native reserve that borders the park. I've linked in a park map in the description.

      1 · February 23, 2014

    • James X.

      Thanks every one! I will definitely give it a try!

      1 · February 23, 2014

  • Tim

    Added a link to a BC Gov. published map of the park, up in the description.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Catherine

    I'm going today with a few friends on a walk group - in the past I have gotten some great photos - have fun hope to join up one day soon

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • James Y.

    My other backyard and yet I have never been to it. Looking forward to this one. I usually go out of town for a walk about and never do the ones in town. I have heard great things about this park just down the road from me.

    2 · February 20, 2014

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