To know nature & keep it worth knowing

The Victoria Natural History Society is a volunteer-run organization where members can share and develop their interest in nature.



PO Box 5220 Stn B Victoria, BC, V8R 6N4


Charitable Registration 119284347 RT0001

Victoria Natural
History Society
Sharing a love of nature since 1944

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The Victoria Natural History Society (VNHS) formed in 1944 and currently has about 750 members. We are a volunteer-run organization. Members have developed their interest in nature in a wide variety of ways—some are professional biologists, others are students, most are amateur or volunteer naturalists. VNHS provides an opportunity for those interested in the natural world to come together to share their ideas and experiences.
The Victoria Natural History Society offers many field trips and presentations each month for its members. Note that while evening presentations are open to the public, field trips are designed for members. Guests may join for up to three trips, after which they are expected to join the Society. If you like what you see, please support VNHS by becoming a member and/or making a donation.
The primary objectives of the Society are:
  • To stimulate active interest in natural history
  • To study and protect flora and fauna and their habitats
  • To work with other societies and like bodies having interests in common with this Society.

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May 4, 2016
  • Swan Lake Guided Bird Walks

    May 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria, BC, Canada

    Every Wednesday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Bring your binoculars and walking shoes and meet in the parking lot for this informal and informative walk around the lake area. Walks are generally led by Victoria Natural History Society members. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is at 3873 Swan Lake Road, off Ralph Street. Note that the Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Store in Shelbourne Plaza posts the bird reports from the Sunday walk.

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May 7, 2016
  • Birding Royal Roads and Esquimalt Lagoon

    May 7, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
    48.417108, -123.472405

    Saturday, May 7

    Join Ann Nightingale for a birding walk around Esquimalt Lagoon. We should see a good variety of migrating shorebirds and passerines. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the south end of Esquimalt Lagoon by the washrooms. This is a five-hour walk. Bring a drink and a snack. Contact Ann at (250) 652-6450 or email Agnes at thelynns at for more information.

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  • Beach Walk at Macaulay Point

    May 7, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    1106 Munro St, Victoria, BC V9A 5P5, Canada

    FIELD TRIP (Level 3)

    Phil Lambert will lead a walk to investigate the flora and fauna of the rocky intertidal zone on the shores of Macaulay Point, Esquimalt. We will meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot at the Fleming Beach boat launching ramp at the foot of Lampson Street in Esquimalt and walk the short trail to the west side of the Point. The walk will go rain or shine so footing can be wet and slippery.

    For more information call Phil at 250-477-5922.

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