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A World to Discover
Alice scooped up a handful of flatted oats from the naturalist’s bag, walked over to the edge of the floating boardwalk and dropped her offering to waiting ducks. She squealed with delight. Today, her classroom is the boardwalk at Swan Lake. She is learning about water sampling, dipping for various life forms in the shallow waters and spotting beavers, otters and muskrats. But mostly, Alice is learning appreciation of nature and discovering the complexities of the natural environment.


A Place to Explore
Alice is one of 65,000 visitors and 6,500 school children who visit Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary every year. The sensitive wetland ecosystem surrounding Swan Lake is accessible because of the wharves and floating boardwalk that extends out into Swan Lake, linking one edge of the lake to the other.


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Outdoor Classrooms
The 1,040 feet of floating boardwalk and wharves are outdoor classrooms and a naturalist’s tool to bridge people to nature. Made of wood in 1991, they have been weathered by forces of nature and are aging beyond repair. They have reached the end of their lives. These structures that bridge people to nature will be replaced with aluminum - safe, aesthetic, and guaranteed longevity. The North Wharf was replaced in June, 2010 after a successful community campaign. It is essential the remainder of the boardwalk be replaced as soon as possible. In 2011 the estimated replacement cost was $450,000 but that number is rising with every passing year.


Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a charitable non-profit organization that relies on your generous donations to maintain an oasis that fosters understanding and appreciation of nature through direct experience.


Gifts of $100 or more receive a listing on our "virtual plaque wall" below (unless you prefer to remain anonymous). At a giving level of $250 or more receive an extra board to add your special message in memory of in honour of someone.


Donate today by phone, mail, visit, or online through Canada Helps. Or download and print the Bridges to Nature Reply Form (pdf), and follow the mailing instructions.


Thank you to our Campaign Donors:


Memory of Alice AirthAnne AlgardHarold & Jean AlguireBeverly AndersonEric & Betty AndrewsSylvia AustinBarbara BartonJoan BartonPeter & Maureen BeckerLarry & Mary BomfordPatricia BoyleKevin BrownPat BrownMemory of J.E. (Ted) BrowneChuck & Betty BurtonMemory of Chuck BurtonNicole CaldwellTrevor CaulkinsGregor CampbellDonald ChanMemory of Mom and Dad of Haji CharaniaRuth ChudleyThe Coates FamilyLinda ColdwellJoan & Michael CowleyPeter & Helen DarlingEdward Dyatt & FamilyLindy EnglandDawn & Don FarisPhyllis & Richard FattBarbara FaulknerDorothy FetterleyWilliam FinlayKari Frazer

Paul & Virginia GareauLynda GrantHenry HansonIn Memory of Scott & Ruth MorrisonBarbara & Bruce HanwellGeorge HeffelfingerDeirdre A. HillRudy HoensonIn Memory of Byron Horbatyin memory of Byron HorbatyMichiel HornIn Memory of Marjorie JusticeSherry KirkvoldJohn KlymakMemory of Marcia LamontJoan Lawrence

Richard & Valerie LeirDon & Betty Leitch

Birthe LevieHelen Lindholm

Vincent Lopata

Sheila & Eric LundJean MacDonald

Lehna MalmkvistSteve Mann

Hana Masata

Mark McKinnonDaryl Merrett

Christine Neal

Shirley NewellAnn NightingaleRobert & Julie NobleMarilyn Norman in Memory of Steve NormanJohn Olafson & Linda BeareGreg OvstaasMemory of Steve Owen

Carol & James PickupLee Porteous

The Ransford FamilyMikki Richards, In Memory of Patsy McAvity

Pat & Wayne Robertson

Mary Robichaud

June Rogers

Michael Rooksby

Ann & Colin ScarfeJohn Schreiber

Memory of George Shaw

Brian & JoAnn SlaterJoan Smith

Norma Smith

F. John Stewart

Bruce TaitBev Tandberg

Alys Thomas

Conrad VanderkampAngela & Keith Walker

Peter WaltersTannis Warburton

James WarrJody Watson

The Wei Family

Bill WellburnJune & Donnie Wing

Joan Yazedjan

Ella M. Zabel


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