Everyone is welcome, furry friends included. Please stay on the marked trails during your visit. All dogs must be leashed.
If you spot invasive species, downed trees, or other irregular trail conditions, please click the button above to let us know.
Thank you for your support!
With conservation in mind, William Morrell, a local contractor, donated this land in 1973 for the public's enjoyment. We are supported solely by donations, membership fees and, in the past, a gaming grant from the BC Provincial Government. If you are not already a member, please consider joining and helping us to support this lovely property.
Our conservation efforts are wide-ranging at Morrell. As a mature second growth forest, the Sanctuary is a storehouse of native biodiversity. Our conservation initiatives are aimed towards maintaining the health of the forest for generations to come.
These initiatives include:
Nature education is key for developing a deep love and reverence for the natural world. It inspires us to protect and preserve the environment, while also providing the knowledge needed to make sustainable choices.
Our educational programs are built to reveal the interconnectedness of all of life, and help to cultivate a shared sense of wonder and responsibility to our planet. We offer the following:
Interested in being part of what we do? We'd love to have you. By volunteering with us, you'll gain hands-on experience and make a positive impact on our local ecosystems. From trail maintenance to educational programs, we offer various opportunities for you to be part of our conservation and education efforts. Click the button below to learn more.Get Involved
Be part of our mission! Your donation to Morrell Sanctuary will help us protect and preserve this forest for future generations. We strive to be stewards of nature through trail maintenance, invasive species removal, habitat restoration, and education programs. Join us in making a meaningful impact — donate now to help us safeguard this valuable ecosystem. Thank you for your support!
No, there is no admission fee to enter the Morrell Nature Sanctuary. However, donations are welcome to support the Sanctuary Society's conservation and education efforts.
Yes, pets are allowed in the sanctuary. We ask that pets stay leashed, and remain on marked trails, in order to prevent trampling of sensitive ecosystems.
Yes, visitors are welcome to bring their own food and drinks. However, they are responsible for carrying out any garbage they generate.
Yes, guided tours and nature interpretation walks are available. Please contact the office for more information on booking a tour.
Members of the Morrell Nature Sanctuary Society may attend any of our Guest Speaker Talks for free, receive our newsletters and stay informed on our initiatives, and be part of volunteering efforts. Click the "Join Now" button at the top of this page to learn more.
Yes. There are restroom facilities at the entrance, and at the sheltered picnic area at Morrell Lake. There are picnic benches at the entrance, and viewing benches located throughout our 11km of trails.
Yes. To the left of the entrance gate is the "Yew Loop" trail, built for wheelchair accessibility. You might even find some gnome homes!
No. We ask that you appreciate the biodiversity of the forest in its natural state. If you see an invasive species (holly, daphne, english ivy, scotch broom) that needs to be removed, please contact the office, or click the "Report Trail Conditions" button at the top of this page.
Like any natural space on Vancouver Island, there may be. While it is unlikely that you will encounter a dangerous animal, it is important to keep a safe distance from all wildlife and to respect their habitats. When in doubt, raise your voice! Animals will tend to stay away from human noise.
In case of an emergency, visitors should call 911 immediately. Visitors are encouraged to bring a charged cell phone with them in case they need to call for help.