Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

You 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.

Special Events

Spirit of Nature Walks

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

Upcoming Special Event

Distracted by Beauty: Wander like an Artist

Sunday : Aug 25 2019,  Nov. 3 2019,  Dec. 1 2019

 

Take some time to look at nature like an artist, slowly and with joy while supporting the Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary project.

Joanne Thomson is a full-time artist and is very good at taking annoying slow walks in wooded areas. She uses these walks to gather sketches for her paintings and drawings.

On these special Sunday Mary Lake walks she welcomes you to join her. If you are also easily distracted by beauty large and small, the pace of this walk will be just right.

Vistas are wonderful, and the view across the water is inspiring, yet on the way there is so much more. Joanne will talk about looking at the forest as an artist does as we experience the small wonders at Mary Lake: water drops, mosses, old snags, young trees, leaves, ferns, birds, mushrooms, cones, fungi, and more.

We will wander the woods with viewfinders and talk about what we see, sharing our discoveries. Joanne will talk about how to select images that can easily work for 2D paintings.

Please leave your cameras in your bags for the return walk and try the escorted walk using only your eyes to record what you see.

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER to confirm attendance
Suggested Minimum Donation: $10. Donations of $20 or more are eligible for a charitable donation receipt.

Walks guided by artist Joanne Thomson followed by self-serve refreshments at the Tea Bar in the lakeside Nature House

Escorted Groups will be 10 -15 people starting at these times
• 1 pm –1:30 pm
• 2 pm – 2:30 pm
• 3 pm – 3:30 pm
Feel free to wander until 4 pm. when gates close.

CONTACT
Joanne Thomson
joannedthomson@shaw.ca
www.joannethomson.com
250-881-1539

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE:

https://www.facebook.com/events/389427408437249/

Here is a gallery of Joanne’s inspired work http://www.joannethomson.com/large-paintings.html

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

Get Involved

We need your help! There are many ways you can contribute to the Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary. Your support ​will have a positive benefit for the whole region, local community and nature.

  1. Make a Charitable Donation (Tax Deductible)
  2. Join our Volunteer List
  3. Sign up for our Newsletter
  4. Become a member
  5. Connect and share on social media
  6. Participate in our events

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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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