Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary hosts a wide variety of programs for diverse audiences: programs for families, special events, and parent and child programs.
Special Events – Throughout the year we celebrate exciting happenings in the world of nature. Drop-in anytime to our scheduled special events. Admission by donation.
Discover the past with our amazing annual Fossil Fair!
Who was here from millions of years ago to the last Ice Age? Dinosaurs, trilobites, ammonites, clams, sharks, corals and many other weird and wonderful creatures lived in the ancient seas and forests of Vancouver Island.
Bring your own fossils for identification! Experts from the Victoria Palaeontology Society will share their knowledge, discoveries and ongoing scientific research. Kids of all ages can do a scavenger hunt, colour or make fossil and dinosaur rubbings, and observe tiny fossils through microscopes.
All ages program. Admission by donation
Spring Break at Swan Lake
March 27 to 30, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Drop-in anytime unless otherwise indicated.
Games, crafts, songs, and hands-on activities; fun for the whole family! Live animals will be featured during the Snake event and Swan Lake Trails and Picnic on the Hill will include a walk, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle and snacks.
Admission by donation.
Monday, March 27
(walks start at 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. from the Nature House)
Tuesday, March 28, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(hike starts promptly at 12:15 p.m. from the Nature House. Suitable for ages 7 and up)
Throughout Spring Break
Nature House open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
Feed the ducks, hold a snake, make a puzzle, buzz with the bees, hike a trail...
Sunday, May 28, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Birds lay them. Reptiles, insects and fish do too! Come join us for some amazing egg-speriments. We’ll have many different eggs displayed and you can use tools to get a closer look at these marvels. We’ll also explore the lifecycle of some egg-laying creatures through games and crafts. So put all your eggs in one basket, and join us for Egg-cellent Adventures!
Sunday, June 25, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Come help us celebrate the flora and fauna found at Swan Lake! Using binoculars, magnifying glasses and microscopes join us to see just how many species of birds, insects, plants and mammals we can identify. Help us discover the incredible diversity in our own backyard. We will be hiking, pond dipping and exploring the forest floor. We hope you and your curiosity can join us!
Special Events are generously sponsored by: