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
2018 Fundraising Campaign
The Heart of the Sanctuary
The secluded location of the 4,600-sq. ft. Nature House literally sits on the water’s edge of a protected lake and offers the perfect space for retreats, workshops, meetings and gatherings. It enables individuals and groups the opportunity to experience a purposefully designed space amid the rich and raw beauty of a natural forest.
With a gift to Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, you can help build the visionary space that will support education, conservation, first nations traditional knowledge, nature and human connection.
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.
Explore Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary
We have made it possible for the CRD to create a connection between Thetis Lake, Gowlland Tod and Mount Work Parks. It will also provide a loop from Thetis Lake to Gowlland Tod Trails and onward to Goldstream Park.
Join the Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary Community
When you become a member of the Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society you become part of a community of people who are supporting the preservation of the land at the Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary as well as all the beings that live there.
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.