Fossil exploration guide

Nature — Downtown Montreal
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Palaeontologists seek out fossils in the most remote places on Earth, but you can find them right here in downtown Montreal, without even picking up a shovel. Built from a variety of local and imported stone, the city’s churches, offices, and apartment buildings show off a wide array of fossils and geological specimens.  The interactive walking tour Building Stones and Fossils will help you track them down.  You can also find more information about stones and fossils in Montreal on the Redpath Museum website.

Other things to see and do

Gault Nature Reserve

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

Morgan Arboretum

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

Plant scavenger hunt

Solve riddles, find the plants, and take pictures.

Molson Reserve

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

Macdonald Outdoor Gym (TrekFit)

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

Watch varsity sports

McGill offers a wide variety of fun and competitive matches. You might even see a future Olympian!

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

Watch varsity sports

McGill offers a wide variety of fun and competitive matches. You might even see a future Olympian!

Macdonald Campus

McGill's waterfront Macdonald Campus occupies hundreds of hectares of greenspace near the western tip of Montreal Island

Rutherford Museum

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

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

Lyman Entomological Museum

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