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Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

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3873 Swan Lake Rd, Saanich, British Columbia V8X 3W1, Canada
+1 250-479-0211
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Good conservation centre

The interpretation centre is very helpful, but we would have liked to see rather more... read more

Reviewed July 2, 2017
operalover939
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Toronto, Canada
My solice in the city

Beautiful place with peace and quiet and an amazing view if you go up Christmas hill! So many... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2017
Roger D
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Victoria, Canada
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3873 Swan Lake Rd, Saanich, British Columbia V8X 3W1, Canada
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Reviewed July 2, 2017

The interpretation centre is very helpful, but we would have liked to see rather more interpretative material as we walked around the property. It is very attractive and peaceful, except when the path nears Hwy 17. We didn't climb Christmas Hill, but the Swan Lake...More

Thank operalover939
Reviewed May 12, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful place with peace and quiet and an amazing view if you go up Christmas hill! So many things to see and all for free!

Thank Roger D
Reviewed March 28, 2017

One of the most scenic places in Victoria is the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Bird Sanctuary. It is a nice leisurely walk around the sanctuary. There are many birds and waterfowl to be seen. It is a great place to bring families and others to...More

Thank Penny S
Reviewed September 27, 2016

Despite having spent 2 weeks on Vancouver Island birds new to me here were pacific slope flycatcher, lincoln's sparrow, golden crowned sparrow, brown creeper, ruby crowned kinglet,wood duck, purple finch. Also made a note of warbling vireo and yellow warbler as I'd only seen them...More

Thank buzzard2000
Reviewed September 3, 2016

We last walked these two trails (Lake Loop Trail and Christmas Hill Trail) last Autumn... and wondered how different this sanctuary might be at the end-of-Summer 2016. It certainly _is_ different at this time of year. We spotted many previously-unseen (by us) plants and animals...More

Thank ozcan1
Reviewed August 21, 2016

Swan Lake is a peaceful sanctuary that is tucked right in the centre of a busy urban area, off MacKenzie and Pat Bay Highway, but you'd never know there was a busy world out there, once you're in this lush enchanted woodland. A wide variety...More

1  Thank stuart k
Reviewed May 19, 2016

Greater Victoria may not be the heavy duty bustle of the likes of New York but this little gem is a welcome respite and a terrific bird watchers spot (I'm told).

Thank BobFarr2000
Reviewed April 24, 2016

A nice place to walk and listen to the birds but be aware that the main highway goes right by. Plan your walk for a quiet time of day to get the most from this city park.

Thank Vance_Neudorf
Reviewed October 3, 2015

We spent a delightful hour 'doing the circuit'... and the littlies enjoyed watching the diving ducks disappear... and reappear as if by magic. Congratulations to all those who have protected and enhanced these wetlands, preserving this unique environment for wildlife and the enjoyment of future...More

Thank ozcan1
Reviewed July 10, 2015

The easy part of the stroll is around Swan Lake itself; it is a little more taxing to go up Christmas Hill. The views from up there are lovely! There's lots of parking around the lake. The main lot is at the Nature Sanctuary itself...More

Thank Kathleen B
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