|Gillian Harvey, left, Carmel Thomson, Patrick Brown |
and MLA Lana Popham stand outside the B.C.
Supreme Court in February 2015.
Image Credit: Jane Brown Photo
Reprinted from the Saanich News, June 21 2016
This week, I’m excited to introduce you to one of Saanich’s hidden gems: Maltby Lake.
Few are aware of this extraordinary place even though it’s in the heart of Saanich and just 10 kilometers from downtown Victoria. There is no place closer to the provincial capital that surpasses Maltby Lake in terms of ecological value or wild beauty.
Freshwater jellyfish and sponges have existed in the lake for thousands of years and the area is home to painted turtles, horned owls, beavers and many other local and even endangered species.
Not only is Maltby Lake phenomenally diverse but it also plays an important role in our regional waterway. The lake itself is filled with drinkable water continually recharged by multiple underground springs and it is at the headwaters of the Tod Creek Watershed – the second largest watershed in Saanich.