Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

Creating a New Trail Link

The Trail Link

The purchase of the Mary Lake property by the GVGS has made it possible for the CRD to begin the completion of a 25 km World-Class Hiking Trail Loop in the Highlands District just 25 minutes from the City of Victoria. ​It will be easily accessible to hikers in the Greater Victoria Region and beyond.

The Trail Link

It will link together the beautiful Thetis Lake, Gowlland Tod and Mount Work Parks

A Trans Canada Trail Loop

This new link can also provide a scenic Highlands spur trail for the Trans Canada or Great Trail. Hikers on the TCT that follows the Galloping Goose Trail can connect at Thetis Lake Park to continue on trails leading to the Mary Lake Park. They would next cross onto the Gowlland Tod Trail and head towards the Mount Finlayson Trail that would lead down into Goldstream Provincial Park. Hikers could then connect into the new CRD 13 km. Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail at the Japan Gulch Reservoir by following the Prospector’s trail that crosses the #1 Hwy and becomes the Upper Goldstream trail.

Thetis Lake Park

Drone video flyover of Thetis Lake Park.

Video credit: Paul T @ coast images

Drone video of Gowlland Tod Park

Check out the drone video of Gowlland Tod Park – Jocelyn Hill ​one of the scenic stops on the Gowlland Trail.

Video Credit: justinforanadventure

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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