Macdonald Campus

Nature — West Island (Macdonald)
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The Macdonald campus was purpose-built as the Macdonald College in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the largest Canadian agricultural college of its day and one of the most modern in the world. The beautifully landscaped campus features historic buildings and a total of 650 hectares (1,600 acres) of green space: the largest on the island of Montreal. In addition to its wide lawns and quiet shoreline, the property includes cultivated fields, orchards, a working dairy farm, protected woodlands and marshes, and even a vineyard of hardy and experimental grape varieties.

Effectively a community in its own right, the Campus supplies power to its buildings and the campus farm provides all of the eggs consumed in McGill’s dining halls. Locally sourced ingredients (much of which come from the campus’s market garden) make up 50 – 75% of the food served on both campuses in summer and fall.

Feel free to explore the grounds, or sign up for a campus tour.

Other things to see and do

Lyman Entomological Museum

Peruse 2.8 million specimens of insects and other arthropods, the second-largest collection of its kind in Canada

McCord Museum of Canadian History

A museum dedicated to the preservation, study and appreciation of Montreal’s social history

Gault Nature Reserve

A thousand hectares of primeval forest preserved for research and public enjoyment

Ecomuseum

The island of Montreal’s only outdoor zoo, with more than 90 species to discover

Molson Reserve

Fifty-one hectares of forest, woodland marshes, swamps and wetland, providing habitat for many wildlife and plant species

Rutherford Museum

Ernest Rutherford's work at McGill earned him the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Today, the Rutherford Museum…

Redpath Museum

Visit the Redpath Museum for exhibits on the history of life and world cultures, as well as…

Gault Nature Reserve

A thousand hectares of primeval forest preserved for research and public enjoyment

Macdonald Outdoor Gym (TrekFit)

An outdoor gym featuring fun, challenging equipment and on-site move guides

McGill Athletic Facilities

Some of the finest recreation and athletics facilities in the country, offering a wide range of programs

Downtown Campus

McGill's lush downtown campus is dotted with gardens, statues and stately greystone buildings

McCord Museum of Canadian History

A museum dedicated to the preservation, study and appreciation of Montreal’s social history

Le Salon 1861

Universities, entrepreneurs, citizens, non-profits and businesses meet here to redefine how we work, live, and play together

Morgan Arboretum

A 245-hectare forested reserve open year-round with 25 km of scenic walking and cross-country ski trails