Swan LakeOne of the most beautiful places in the world is Swan Lake. It is an amazing urban ecological reserve right in the heart of Saanich, the most populous municipality in Greater Victoria.

I had the privilege of spending my early years living just down the street from this place, from about age 3 to 8, and though we live a bit further away now, I enjoy every minute I spend there with my son, who is now at the same age I was then.

Swan Lake wasn’t always loved, and wasn’t always preserved. In fact, with years of neglect, it became something akin to an urban dump, the wildlife were abandoning it, and there was talk of filling it in and developing the land. Through the heroic efforts of a vocal few, it was preserved, and remains today as a tribute to what can be in a well-balanced urban setting.

Please consider supporting the ongoing efforts of the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary by joining my wife and I at the Birds Of A Feather Flock Together event on Saturday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.