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Important Advisory - Trail Closure, Summer 2018:

Phase II of the Boardwalk construction project at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society starts June 6th, 2018. The boardwalk will remain closed with no access to the public until its grand opening Fall of 2018. Trails surrounding the lake remain open, please visit the Nature House for a map of an alternate route around the lake during construction. Click Here for a pdf version of the map.


The project will take place over several stages with the first being the removal of the existing boardwalk and the second being the installation of the new boardwalk. The new boardwalk is anticipated to be completed in the Fall of 2018 with a grand re-opening taking place with a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration.


The south section of the beautiful but aging Swan Lake Christmas Hill Boardwalk is beyond repair and we are actively fundraising for the required replacement renovations. Made of wood in 1991, the Boardwalk has been weathered by forces of nature and has aged beyond repair. It has reached the end of its life.


Over the summer months, the structure that bridges people to nature will be replaced with aluminum - safe, aesthetic, and guaranteed longevity.


The boardwalk replacement has been contemplated for some years with Phase I -- the one nearest the Nature House which goes through the willows -- having been replaced in the summer of 2015 as part of the sanctuary’s 40th Anniversary celebrations. Phase I was completed on time and on budget. With your support the Sanctuary looks forward to saying the same thing about Phase II.


Please consider a donation to this important renovation project; be part of the Bridges to Nature Campaign.  Your gift today will provide a new bridge to nature for future generations to come.  Please click here for more information about the Bridges to Nature Campaign or contact Executive Director, Kathleen Burton, by telephone at 250-479-0211.



The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary offers an extensive trail system. For those who like to meander, the lake trails are an easy walk and the floating boardwalk puts you right in the centre of this significant wetland area.

For those looking for a little more exertion, the hill trails offer more of a challenge. The summit of Christmas Hill sits at 109 meters above sea level and rewards you with a spectacular view of the city. In the spring a sea of wildflowers surrounds you as you walk past the endangered Garry oak meadow.


Trail Map
Download and print this Trail Map of the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary.

You may use this map to locate the Sanctuary and to hike the many scenic trails. Some trails are wheelchair accessible, please phone the nature house at (250) 479-0211 for more details.

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