If you’re in search of fantastic views, this is like hitting a jackpot!
Approximately a 30-minute drive from the hostel.
Situated on top of Mount Newton on southern Vancouver Island, ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Provincial Park overlooks the Saanich Peninsula, the Gulf Islands and the Cascade Mountains. The park protects one of the last stands of old-growth Douglas fir and Garry oak on the Saanich Peninsula and is a popular destination for local residents, who visit the park to hike in a pristine wilderness environment and enjoy the spectacular views. The mountain and surrounding area figure prominently in First Nations culture, and early descriptions of the mountain mention large rings of white stones placed there by the Saanich people.
There are a number of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty at this day-use park. Adventurous hikers can climb to the summit of Mount Newton. The summit of Mount Newton is also regarded as an excellent location to watch some of the best sunsets on Vancouver Island.
Visit www.bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/john_dean for more information about John Dean Provincial Park.