Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

Highlands Nature House

The Highlands Nature House is the Heart of the Sanctuary

Nature. Respect. Connect. Protect

“This centre is being created to support an awareness of our important connection to the complex web of life that maintains nature and our responsibility within that web. To encourage a culture of care for the natural world and a future where nature matters”

The exquisite beauty and serenity found throughout the property, makes it the perfect environment for the Highlands Nature House, a centre of learning that will cultivate connection to and respect for the natural world. The 4600-sq. foot house sits over the water’s edge offering a panoramic view of the lake, waterfowl and aquatic life.

Besides hosting retreats, workshops, meetings and classes focused on nature and ecology, programs that encourage health and wellbeing through connection to the natural world such as ecopsychology, forest therapy and meditation can be offered. There is also an opportunity for nature inspired arts programs and artist in residence retreats.

Uses of the Nature House

Speaker Series

  • First People’s Plant Knowledge
  • Nature & Human Health
  • Human impacts on Nature
  • Artists

Nature & Ecology Classes and Presentations

  • Nature school programs
  • Conservation and Covenants
  • Navigation in Nature – Leave no Trace

    Therapeutic Retreats and Programs

    • Nature and Forest Therapy
    • Eco Psychology
    • Meditation
    • Wellness
    • Stress & Trauma

    Art Programs

    • Nature painting classes – Adult and Youth
    • Art on the Walls: Monthly displays of paintings and photographs from local artists
    • Artist in Residence Programs: 7 to 14-day retreats
    • Acoustic Music Concerts: concerts by local and regional musicians or groups
    • Community Arts Projects
    All rental income supports this project and will be used to continue research as well as maintain/ upgrade the property into the future.

    Get Involved

    We need your help! There are many ways you can contribute to the Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary. Your support ​will have a positive benefit for the whole region, local community and nature.

    1. Make a Charitable Donation (Tax Deductible)
    2. Join our Volunteer List
    3. Sign up for our Newsletter
    4. Become a member
    5. Connect and share on social media
    6. Participate in our events

    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.

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