Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

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Events at Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

Regular events are scheduled at Mary Lake, they include walks, volunteer events and events at the nature house.

Special Events

Spirit of Nature Walks


1st 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.

    Dates:  TBA

    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.

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