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


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


    Guided Forest Therapy Walks



    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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