W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary

(Formerly Mary Lake)

Voices of Support

Words from our Supporters

Thanks for your work to protect nature preserves in Victoria. I hike in the Highlands, Mt. Work & walk around Thetis Lake. Instead of worrying about global issues that none of us can do anything about, it is better to focus on local things that we actually can do something about. Thanks for your work organizing the purchase of the lake, and updating on the website.

– J Burns Victoria

Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary is an important and timely initiative deserving the support of Capital Region residents and visitors to Victoria alike that will benefit from this outdoor experience for generations to come. The purchase of the trail through Mary Lake will offer an outstanding 25 km hiking experience from Thetis Lake through to the Gowlland Tod Park all within a 30 minute travel time from Victoria. Congratulations and thank you to the Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society for providing the necessary leadership on this visionary project.

– E. Bonham Victoria.

I’m solidly an outdoors person and living just 2 kms away, I spend a lot of time hiking and kayaking when not at my career in the military. Recently moved to the highlands from Atlantic Canada, I’m a very interested in seeing this project get off the ground and becoming reality. Thanks for sending the brochure (Highland News) in our mailbox this afternoon.

– T. Nevills, Highlands

Put our property taxes to good use and get Mary Lake!

– A. Higgins

Acquisition of Mary Lake as a park would be a visionary act, keeping environmental protection and public access to wild land in a climate of development that will not relent any time soon. Let’s do it for the next generation (and then enjoy it ourselves!)

– J Nelson

This sounds like a fantastic venture that should for sure happen!

– C. Judge

Thanks so much for spearheading this initiative. Our entire household supports it.

T. Tobin

I wish Mary Lake to be protected for the enjoyment of everyone. “Anyone who keeps the ability to see Beauty in Nature never grows old”. We must protect the watershed and all of the wonderful trees that provide us with oxygen. It seems that so many of our gorgeous forests are disappearing on this Island and everywhere. Also the wildlife need this beautiful area to be saved for them.

D. Middleton, Highlands

Congratulations on all that you have achieved to protect Mary Lake. Looking forward to hiking the property in the near future.

– D. Hovatta, Langford


– D. Anderson, Victoria BC

Thank you for your dedication and for all of the work you have done to make this happen.

– C. Hovey, Highlands

Thank you most sincerely for your vision in making an invaluable contribution to future generations!

– D Williams, Highlands

Time is something so limited and precious. Thank you for spending your time so generously, wisely, and with hands reaching to the future.

– Anonymous

Thank you for ensuring this amazing property will remain as a legacy for future generations.

– V Fletcher, Highlands

Congratulations! Wonderful news that the Mary Lake property will be preserved for people, animals, birds, trees and nature of all kinds in perpetuity.

– H. & G. Pelly-Graham, Victoria

You have done it! And in the process you have served as a modern and local example of a favourite quote… “Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative or creation, there is one elementary truth…that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones’s favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have believed would have come his way. Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.” W H Murray From The Scottish Himalayan Expedition 1951 Thank you GVGS and Bob

– S. Richardson, Highlands

Fantastic work!

– L. Miller, Victoria

Great Work!

– Kerry Cooper, Victoria


Declaration of Partnership with T'Sartlip First Nation


In spring 2018 after Tom Sampson -TTASELEK,  W̱JOȽEȽP (T'Sartlip) Elder's many visits to the property since 2011, he suggested we approach T'Sartlip Nation Council to become a partner on the project to support seeking funding to help retire the mortgage.

In the fall 2018 we agreed upon a Declaration of Partnership with T'Sartlip First Nation as a foundation for the protection and restoration of the lake and adjacent lands for the future generations.

This provides the opportunity for mutual collaboration to protect, restore and acknowledge the land for it’s ecological, cultural, and spiritual values.

W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary

1772 Millstream Rd,
Victoria, BC V9B 6E4

[email protected]

W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary Society 1772 Millstream Rd.
Victoria, BC. V9B 6E4
Registered Charity BN: 11894 6953 RR0001

WSÁNEC Coast Salish

W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary 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 play as past stewards of the Highlands lands.

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