Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary


Local Environmental Stewardship our most valuable legacy

What a great living legacy you will be giving to your family and loved ones, the local community, Capital Region and future generations as a protector of this gorgeous wilderness corridor and sanctuary for nature and humans.

When giving to GVGS, you can choose where your gift will be invested:

  • Land and Watershed Protection
  • Highlands Nature House Restoration
  • Area of Greatest Need
  • General Fund (all the above)​​

Donate Online

Registered Charity BN: 11894 6953 RR0001

At this time we are working to raise $50,000 to meet the expenses related to the rezoning process required for the change of use from residential. 

Please support our charity to continue to do the work of maintaining and protecting this special place and all the beings who live there.

Use our secure Canada Helps portal below

Donate by Mail

Send us a cheque by mail. Please indicate which fund you wish to support on the notes line.

Please send cheques to:

Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society
499 Millstream Lake Road, Victoria B.C. V9B 6H5

​​Employer Matching Program

Did you know that your gift to GVGS may be doubled or even tripled? Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. If your company offers matching gifts, request a matching gift form from your employer.

Send the completed, signed form along with your cheque to

Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society

499 Millstream Lake Road, Victoria, B.C. V9B 5H6

Tribute / In Memory / In Honour

​The tradition of sending a funeral wreath or flower arrangement is somewhat fading. Today, many people want to provide a lasting impact to their community.
The idea behind it is that the flowers will fade, but a donation to a charity, such as GVGS, will help in perpetuity.

Notices stating you would like donations in lieu of flowers to be made to GVGS – for the Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary – can be captured in the obituary, or even over the telephone to family members, friends, and business associates.

Gifts of Stocks and Securities

Donations of publicly listed stocks, shares or securities are an efficient and cost-effective way to help GVGS. A gift of securities can have significant benefits:

  • It is the most tax-effective way to donate, because it removes the taxation of capital gains.
  • You will receive a tax receipt for the market value of your donation.
  • The tax efficiencies of gifts of publicly traded securities may allow you to give more than you might have thought possible.
  • While 2011 tax rules modified the tax benefits on gifts of flow-through shares, these remain an attractive gift alternative. Please seek advice from your financial advisor on donations of flow-through shares.

 You can download the form below to instruct and authorize your broker to transfer the Stock to the GVGS Raymond James Ltd. brokerage account.

Donations in lieu of wedding gifts

You and your guests can contribute to the conservation of the beautiful natural area at Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary by donating to the GVGS a local non-profit and charitable organization.  For more information, please contact us at info@marylakegvgs.com

Create your wedding tribute page

Just send us a photo of the bride and groom to be and your own personal message to let friends and family know you are protecting Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary while honoring your special day. We will assign you a personal link to allow easy access for donations. Include this link in your wedding website or invitations and offer your family and friends the option to support species at risk.

Personal Information – We’d Like You to Know

“Personal Information” is any information that can be used to identify (or infer the identity of) a specific person, including, for example, your name, address, birth date, gender, etc. In order for us to recognize your gift, it is important to provide the information requested. For example your home address, so we can issue you a charitable receipt, or your email so we can keep you apprised of the impact your contribution is making. By providing personal information to us, you are providing consent for the collection and use of your information. Please be assured that GVGS do not sell, share or trade your information with any third party.

We respect your right to control your personal information — please email us at info@marylakeconnections.ca if you want us to stop contacting you.

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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.

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