Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

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Thank you so much to the donors who, during
December 2017 gave $12,200 total to be matched.
This means we are almost halfway to the goal
of $25,000 for our matching campaign in just 4 weeks!
Everybody at GVGS is really excited that our sponsor
has agreed to continue matching donations for
the Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary campaign

until we reach $25,000 

So we will be extending into 2018 with the 1:1 match.
Donations made now will be eligible for a 2018 charitable tax credit.




Comments from Donors:


“Thanks, for you all you do to protect and preserve the land and all her inhabitants!”    


“Supporting a fabulous cause!”


“Good on ya’ – we love walking/hiking the Highlands area (Gowland Todd, Mt. Work, LoneTree etc.) and we appreciate the efforts to expand the protection of these rapidly-disappearing natural areas Thank you”


“Very excited for the Nature House, thank you for all your work to make it happen! “


“Thanks to all who have contributed to the protection of the Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary and the creation of the Highlands Nature House, a treasure indeed for future generations.”




With over 1,200 of you receiving our newsletter, we are wondering if you could
tell at least 2 friends about the beautiful Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary.

You can share our website https://www.marylakeconnections.ca/ that provides info about our work of protecting this part of the imperiled Coastal Douglas Fir Ecosystem and important wildlife corridor in the Capital Regional District.

Better yet, why not invite them to come on one of our walks?
In spreading the word, in this way you could help us triple our number of supporters, which is so important to the larger granting organizations that require community involvement and in many cases, funds to match their grants.


“It is the power of all of us coming together as a nature-loving community, that will establish this property as a sanctuary for nature and humans for today as well as the future.”  – Koi Neah, Vice Chair of the Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society


“Spirit of Nature Walks”

Earsman Creek North Trail


Everyone is welcome to attend our monthly “Spirit of Nature Walks” to experience
the magical trails that follow the creeks thru the forest.
Maybe you will see our resident beavers, otters, mergansers
and others in the lake while you are here.
Be sure to drop by the Highlands Nature House to check out our latest renovations
and have a warm cup of tea.
These walks will be occurring on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
The next one is on Jan. 14, 2018

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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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