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Mary Lake Supporters Newsletter # 4


First of all we want to thank all of our supporters who made it possible to close on the purchase of the Mary Lake property on Dec. 23.  

It has been an exciting and momentous milestone in our collective effort to protect this beautiful green space so vital to the health of our local ecosystems.

"It was so great to share a cup of mulled apple juice and toe tapping Celtic tunes with local supporters who came to our Jan. 1 celebration in the house at Mary Lake. Lots of excitement was in the air. Special thanks to the Mayor & Councillors of the Highlands who showed up to express their support."

The property is now protected from development and owned by the Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society. Over the next 2 years we will continue to raise funds through grants, partnerships and fundraising campaigns to pay off the mortgage so it can become a municipal nature park. Until that time it will be closed to  general public use with a full time caretaker on site.

We will be hosting special events and a monthly walkabout in the upcoming months.


Mark your calendar  to attend our official launch of
Phase II of the Mary Lake Nature Park Campaign
with a special gathering on March 5, 1- 4 pm.
Details to come....


Walkabouts at Mary Lake:  

On the first Sunday of each month you will have an opportunity to visit the beautiful Mary Lake property.

 1 - 4 pm self guided with map of trails
 2 - 3 pm guided walk & talk

We ask that children be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please stay on marked trails and be mindful not to disturb the wildlife
that call Mary Lake their home.



Next Steps

We are starting the application for subdivision that is necessary to create the 25 acre section along the south and west part of the property for the regional trail corridor. 
At the same time we will also be creating a 10 acre lot along Millstream Rd. This lot could be available for sale in the future if we are in need of the funds to  meet our financial goals over the next 2 years. (This is our plan B and we will be working very hard to fulfill our original mandate to protect the whole lot.)


Until January 15th
every donation of $100 or more to
the Mary Lake Acquisition Fund will be
matched dollar for dollar.

Yes, that means double the impact! 
A very generous donor is committed to helping us reach our goal of raising the remaining funds for the purchase of this incredible property. They will match all donations of $100 or more - dollar for dollar - up to a grand total of $18,000
but only until Jan.15, 2017

Matching Donation Link

Support from more Local Municipalities


Both the City of Colwood and the District of Metchosin have sent us their letters of support. Thank You!

Support from Environmental Community
Since our last newsletter we have partnered with Habitat Acquisition Trust who will be promoting our campaign, helping us to secure funds, assisting with species at risk inventory and providing technical guidance and assistance. Big thanks to Jill Robinson their executive director for all her encouragement and wisdom.


Many thanks to the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society for their very generous donation to our matching donation fund.
They also have a mandate to support trails and ecological green spaces
in the District of Sooke and the Jaun de Fuca Electoral area.

We have just been invited to do a slideshow presentation
about the Mary Lake Nature Park initiative
at the Victoria Club Tread quarterly meeting in Feb.

We Need Volunteers
for the Mary Lake Nature Park Project

We need help for a couple of hours during
our monthly Walkabouts and upcoming Special Events 
  • Set Up
  • Sign in desk
  • Info area -  Q&A
  • Clean up
  • Signage
We will also be organizing a site clean up and garbage removal day in the next couple of months and would definitely appreciate some help.
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Thanks for supporting the Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society's
Mary Lake Park & Trail Project

Please Spread the Word !

"Together we are the instruments of change"

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