Discover the gem of the Highlands – Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary
The Mary Lake nature sanctuary is a 67 acre protected forest and riparian area that supports biodiversity while preserving ecosystems and wildlife habitat. It is also the home of the “Highlands Nature House” which sits on the water’s edge, within the tranquil natural environment, inspiring an awareness of nature as teacher and essential ally.
Be a part of protecting and caring for Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary
“Everything has a purpose and that purpose is to be respected and protected for all time. You cannot own it.
We have to share that moss and shade of tree with other parts of creation.”
~ Tom Sampson, Tsartlip Elder
You Can Help Us Protect
10 Vulnerable Species & Plant Communities
We live in a region that is being threatened by urban development which destroys vital ecosystems. Over 80% of the Wetland ecosystems have already been destroyed.
Our Sanctuary sits in the upper section of the 13,000-year-old Millstream Watershed and over 75% of its area is designated as Wetlands.
Please support our charity to continue to do the work of maintaining and protecting this special place and all the beings who live there.
All donations will be matched 1;1 until Feb.25, 2019 or when we reach $20,000
Activities and Nature
The intact Eco systems and natural beauty create the perfect setting for retreats, workshops, nature inspired programs and classes. The setting makes it the ideal place for quiet enjoyment, photography, trail walks, or simple relaxation with nature.
The Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary will be available for many wonderful experiences that will support well-being and encourage environmental awareness.
The local Intermunicipal Advisory Committee on Disability Issues has this to say about the Sanctuary property. “It is a stunning location with a user-friendly trail already in existence with a paved pathway to the house.” The numerous trails along the streams are rated as easy. This makes it possible for people dealing with mobility issues ranging from walkers to strollers for babies can get into the heart of nature.
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Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary
1772 Millstream Rd,
Victoria, BC V9B 6E4
Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society
499 Millstream Lake Rd.
Victoria, BC. V9B 6H5
Registered Charity BN: 11894 6953 RR0001
WSÁNEC Coast Salish
Mary Lake lies within the traditional territories of the WSÁNEC (Saanich) Coast Salish Peoples.
We recognize the integral role the ancestors of the WSÁNEC Coast Salish Peoples have played as past stewards of the Mary Lake and Highlands lands.