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Welcome. Come and explore a beautiful place.

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a wild oasis in the heart of the urban landscape and includes two distinct ecosystems: the beautiful marshland of Swan Lake and the rocky, oak-forested highlands of Christmas Hill. Both are home to an incredible array of native plants and wild animals.

The Sanctuary is a living classroom fostering an understanding and appreciation of nature through direct experiences. Educational programs for all ages encourage responsibility for the care and protection of the natural environment. To protect our native plants and animals, please remember that dogs are not permitted in the Sanctuary.

Managed by a non-profit society, this urban refuge provides an exceptional opportunity to bring people and nature together.

We welcome you to explore and discover.

The Boardwalk will be temporarily closed for replacement renovations this summer.

Work is expected to begin mid-July 2015 and run through to the autumn, with a grand re-opening of the boardwalk expected in October of 2015.

The trails of Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary can still be accessed during this time and you are welcome to use the jogging trail to the right of the Boardwalk in order to enjoy a stroll around the lake.

We apologize for the inconvenience but Federal regulations states that work on water courses must be done between July 15th to September 15th.

Please consider a donation to this important renovation project; be part of the Bridges to Nature Campaign. Your gift today can provide a new bridge to nature for future generations to come.


New! Check out what birds have been reported at the Sanctuary lately (via eBird):

Download a map of the sanctuary here.

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Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary would like to thank the following organizations for their support: