Photography © Rob Campbell

Swan Lake Nature Trails

The Sanctuary offers an extensive nature trail system.  For those who like to meander or need a more accessible hike, the Swan Lake Loop trail is an easy walk and the floating boardwalk puts you right in the centre of this significant wetland area.

Christmas Hill Nature Trails

If you are looking for a little more exertion, the trails of Christmas Hill 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 Victoria, BC.  In the spring, a vast carpet of wildflowers surrounds you as you venture past the endangered Garry Oak meadow.


Running along the trails is permitted, except along the floating boardwalk for safety and animal habitat preservation.  Please use the running/jogging trail adjacent to the boardwalk to navigate around the lake.

Nature Trail Updates

The Nature Trails remain open during inclement conditions, however we encourage all visitors to exercise care and attention at all times. Parts of the trail may be closed during peak flood periods.  Check our Facebook page for any trail closure updates or call the office at 250-479-0211.

As per the Saanich by-law, biking, pets, and smoking (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited anywhere on Swan Lake and Christmas Hill properties including the trails and parking lot.

A map of the nature trails can be found HERE.