Gretchen Markle’s Nature Journal Published

The Metchosin Foundation is very pleased to announce the publishing of a beautiful locally-inspired nature journal, written and illustrated in full colour by Metchosin resident Gretchen Markle!

“In the spring of 2020, following the COVID recommendation to ‘stay close to home’, I limited my daily walks to Witty’s Lagoon Park. I went at sunrise for the sake of the birds and the light – and the social distancing. To my delight, I found that, by visiting on a regular basis, I was able to observe even subtle shifts in the flora and fauna. The developments were both intriguing and beautiful, and so I felt a need to keep a journal”

The Metchosin Foundation works to protect and sustain important natural habitats and environmental values. We are grateful to Gretchen Markle for allowing us to publish her beautiful journal.  Our hope is that visitors to Witty’s Lagoon Park and to Metchosin will become familiar with some of the plants and animals with whom we share these wild spaces.  Once you discover their presence we hope you will grow to appreciate and care for them as Gretchen so clearly does.

Copies of A Journey. A Journal. can be purchased for $25 by sending an Interac E-transfer to  Please remember to include a note with your payment indicating that it is for the purchase of Gretchen Markle’s journal.  Send an email to Joan Rosenberg at to arrange for safe pick up of your copy, or if you prefer to pay by cash or cheque, or have other questions.

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