W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary

(formerly Mary Lake)

Discover the Sanctuary

In the heart of the Millstream Watershed

The riparian landscape of the property changes dramatically through the different season bringing new discoveries of plant species and migrating visitors of the winged and four legged kind.


​The Mary Lake property is located in the Highlands District, part of the Greater Victoria area, ​just 25 km from the heart of Victoria the capital city of British Columbia, Canada.

Activities and Nature

The intact Eco systems and natural beauty create the perfect setting for retreats,workshops, nature inspired programs and classes.​ It’s natural setting makes it the ideal place for the community to enjoy, take photographs, hike, walk, or simple relaxation with nature.

The future Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary will be available for many wonderful experiences ​that will support well-being and encourage environmental awareness.

Walking Trails

Numerous stream side trails in the 13,000 year old Millstream Watershed offer inspiring views of the 7 intact ecosystems on the property.

They are available on the 2nd Sunday of the month or by request for guided group walks or during special events. Trails are rated as easy.
For our monthly walks see the Spirit of Nature Walk section

Highlands Nature House

The secluded location of the 4,600-sq. ft. Nature House literally sits on the water’s edge of a private 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.

Get Involved

We need your help! There are many ways you can contribute to the W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary (formerly Mary Lake). 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

W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary

1772 Millstream Rd,
Victoria, BC V9B 6E4

Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society

1772 Millstream Rd.
Victoria, BC. V9B 6E4
Registered Charity BN: 11894 6953 RR0001

WSÁNEC Coast Salish

W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary 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 play as past stewards of the Highlands lands.

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