With two campuses and two nature reserves, McGill boasts 1,727 hectares of mostly forested land for walks, picnics and guided tours.
Gault Nature Reserve
Just a short drive from Montreal in Mont St-Hilaire, McGill’s Gault Nature Reserve protects 1000 hectares of primeval forest. The panoramic natural landscape is ideal for teaching, university research (coordinated by McGill’s Faculty of Science), or simply strolling through nature. The park’s 25 km of wooded trails are open 365 days a year.
Set into Mount Royal's southern face, McGill's lush downtown campus is dotted with gardens, statues and stately greystone buildings. Join us for a guided historical tour or browse through suggested points of interest in our self-guided tour brochure and explore these beautiful paths on your own.
The 245-hectare Morgan Arboretum — often called one of the lungs of the city — is home to examples of most of Quebec’s native trees. The refuge also supports 18 collections of trees and shrubs from across the world, 30 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, and more than 170 species of birds.
McGill's waterfront Macdonald Campus occupies hundreds of hectares of greenspace near the western tip of Montreal Island. Feel free to wander the grounds, or click here for tour information.
Green virtual tour
The green virtual tour of McGill’s downtown campus offers a taste of the wide range of tree species and gardens on campus.