Mary Lake Nature SanctuaryYou are Invited
Events at Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary
Regular events are scheduled at Mary Lake, they include walks, volunteer events and events at the nature house.
Spirit of Nature Walks
2nd Sunday of the month
Social Distancing in Effect
1 – 4 pm: self – guided walk with map
trails in one direction only.
Guided walk & talk (1.25 hrs)
Starts at 1:30 and 2pm
Maximum group size 8 people
We invite you to come and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of this special property. This land has been under conservation ownership since 1947 so nature definitely has a strong presence here.
The Mary Lake property has 7 different ecosystems, contains a 7 acre lake with various riparian areas and both the Earsman and Millstream creeks which are part of the 13,000 year old watershed flow thru it. There is definitely something special about Mary Lake!
Members: FREE Register HERE (under Ticket tab)
Children under 12: FREE
Guests and General Public: $10 DONATION
- We ask that children be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- People with mobility issues are welcome to ask for vehicle access on the main driveway.
- Please stay on marked trails and be mindful not to disturb the wildlife that call Mary Lake their home.
- Many birds and animals live at Mary Lake so there is a no pets policy to ensure minimum disturbance.
Location: 1772 Millstream Rd just north of the Finlayson Arm Rd. junction
Parking: Please park along Millstream Rd. and meet at front gate to sign in
Note: This property is a conservation area and closed to the public at all other times
Members: FREE – No registration required
Children under 12 :FREE
Guests and General Public: $5 DONATION
Forest Bathing Walks:
Participate in a forest bathing experience at the beautiful Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary. This event offers the opportunity to lower your stress and increase your well-being through group invitations to experience nature in a comfortable, peaceful, and immersive way.
Walks are guided by certified Forest Therapy guide and registered social worker Rachel (Rae) Calder. Please note that trails may have some uneven ground and will proceed in the rain but not if there is a wind warning. Please dress accordingly.
The minimum age for participants is 12 years old and there are a maximum of 12 spaces per event
Regular priced tickets are $40.
Sliding Scale tickets ($25-$40) are available for current members of the Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society (they manage Mary Lake), and for BIPOC and unwaged participants.
A portion of the walk fees are donated to Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary to support their programming and conservation.
Buy your tickets here:
We acknowledge this sacred land as traditional and unceded territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations.
Upcoming Special Event
Mary Lake 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
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 play as past stewards of the Mary Lake and Highlands lands.