Victoria Hiking Trail RatingHuge Douglas-fir trees and tremendous views are the highlights of this beautiful Provincial Park just 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, near Sidney.  Located high up on Mount Newton near Victoria, John Dean Provincial Park looks across Saanich Peninsula, the Gulf Islands and the distant Cascade Mountains.  There are five main trails that wind through the park to various wonderful viewpoints and places of interest. 

  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProAmazing, huge trees
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProDeep, mossy coastal rainforest
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProNicely laid out trails
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProLots of good trail signs
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProBeautiful view of Saanich Inlet
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProHike for minutes or hours
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProEasy to challenging trails
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking Trail ProVery dog friendly
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking ConVehicle entrance closed Nov-Mar
  • Tofino Clayoquot Hiking ConNice park, but not amazing

Victoria Hiking Trails

  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailAvatar Grove  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailBear Hill  Easy Hiking TrailEast Sooke Park  Victoria Hiking TrailElk/Beaver Lake  Victoria Hiking TrailEsquimalt Lagoon  Easy Pay Hiking Trail VictoriaFort Rodd Hill  Easy Hiking TrailFrancis/King  Victoria Hiking TrailGalloping Goose  Easy Hiking TrailGoldstream Park  Easy Hiking TrailGowlland Tod  Easy Hiking TrailGrass Lake  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailJohn Dean Park  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailJuan de Fuca Trail  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailLone Tree Hill  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailMill Hill  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailMount Douglas  Easy Hiking TrailMount Tolmie  Easy Hiking TrailSooke Potholes  Victoria Hiking TrailSpectacle Lake  Easy Hiking TrailThetis Lake  Victoria Hiking TrailWitty's Lagoon

Clayoquot Hiking Trails

  Easy Hiking TrailThe Big Tree Trail  Easy Hiking TrailHot Springs Cove  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailLone Cone  Easy Hiking TrailNuu Chah Nulth  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailRadar Beach  Steep, Dog Friendly TrailRadar Hill  Easy Hiking TrailVargas Island  Virgin Falls  Easy Hiking TrailWild Pacific Trail

You can even see the old cabin site of John Dean, who donated the park in 1921.  There are two old growth ecosystems in the park.  One of Garry oak and the other Douglas-fir.  Biking, hiking, wildlife viewing and picnicking are all popular at John Dean Provincial Park, however camping is not welcome.  There is quite a lot to explore in this relatively expansive and very interesting mountain park.  Over six kilometres of hiking trails run throughout the park and there are frequent trail signs and map-boards to guide you.

John Dean Provincial Park Map

John Dean Provincial Park

John Dean Provincial Park Directions Map

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