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

Cancelled Due to Covid -19 Restrictions

2nd Sunday of the month

 

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!

1 – 4 pm: self – guided with map of trails
2 – 3 pm: optional guided walk & talk
3 – 4 pm: Slide show & discussion in the house on the lake. Herbal teas for a loonie

For our monthly “Spirit of Nature ” walks we are asking for a $5 donation at the gate to help us with our fundraising efforts.
Children under 12 are free. If you have a membership with GVGS then you can attend for free.

  • 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

 

Guided Forest Therapy Walks

 

Dates: 

Cancelled Due to Covid -19 Restrictions

 

 

 

Interested in Forest Bathing? Join a group walk led by an Association of Forest and Nature Therapy Guide in training Rachel Calder. Click on the ticket link above to choose a date and save your space.

 

The walk is free for members of the Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society(need to RSVP) or a minimum donation of $10.00 per person for the general public. Annual Memberships dues are $30.00/ Individuals, $20 for students or $45 for a family per year and may be purchased here: https://www.marylakeconnections.ca/become-a-member/

Maximum # of participants: 15
Minimum Age: 12 years old

 

Forest Therapy walks include a series of sensory based invitations, in a small group setting, to lower stress and increase wellness through deepening our relationship with the more than human world. The entirety of the walk may only be a few/several hundred meters and could have some uneven ground. The practice is offered in a way that allows for personal autonomy; invitations may be adjusted in any way to ensure each participant’s comfort.

 

 

 

We acknowledge this sacred land as traditional and unceded territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations.

 

 

 

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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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