The Nature House is the information centre for the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Stimulate your senses with interpretive displays, discover nature hands-on and up-close, visit our live bee "house" and browse the natural history reading room.
Nature House Hours
The Nature House is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday (year-round), and from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on weekends. The Nature House is wheelchair accessible. Admission is by donation.
The Nature House has a reading room that includes materials for both children and adults. The children's section contains a variety of animal and nature-themed books; both non-fiction and fiction. The adult or general section has a wide variety of books on habitats, ecology, behaviour and many other natural history topics. We invite you to sit and enjoy the beautiful view, use our free WiFi, write a letter, knit, or leaf through our coffee table books.
A small gift shop sells local and regional bird checklists, trail guides, and unique hand-made items of quality. The selection changes weekly and usually includes: nature-themed cards, native plants, quilts, felted items, owl pellets, happy piggy purses, re-usable fabric bags, and table fabrics. All are priced to sell. Recently we added a used book table (and we accept donations of used books).
The administration centre of the Sanctuary is in the main office in the Nature House.
The Nature House has a multi-purpose room that seats 72. When this space is not used for classes or presentations, it is available for rent. Contact us at 250-479-0211 for information.