John Dean Park

Feature Type:Provincial Park - Legally defined land area, under provincial jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation, and preservation of wildlife.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: N and E sides of Mount Newton, Saanich Peninsula, N of Victoria, North Saanich Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°36'55''N, 123°26'52''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92B/11

Origin Notes and History:

Established by Order in Council 1611, 9 December 1921, containing 100.87 acres. Area increased per OIC 781/1956 and OIC 2614/1961, and OIC 715/1962. Further boundary changes per OIC 1184/1989 and OIC 1480/1993. Conversion of OIC to Statute designation per Bill 17-2000: Protected Areas of British Columbia Act, 29 June 2000; the whole containing 173 ha. more or less.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

After John Dean (1850-1943), a fascinating eccentric. Born in Cheshire, he arrived in British Columbia from California in 1885. In 1903 he was mayor of Rossland. Some time later he moved to Victoria and was engaged for a while in the real estate business. Entering civic politics in Victoria as an ardent advocate of putting the city under a city manager, he was defeated in civic elections in 1928 and 1929. He was an enthusiastic naturalist and owned property high on Mount Newton; he spent much of each summer in a log cabin there. With considerable misgivings he was persuaded to let the Boy Scouts camp on his property......

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office