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

Plant scavenger hunt

Solve riddles, find the plants, and take pictures.

Macdonald Outdoor Gym (TrekFit)

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

Redpath Museum

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

McGill Athletic Facilities

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

Fossil exploration guide

Fossil hunting on McGill’s campus and downtown Montreal

Rutherford Museum

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

Plant scavenger hunt

Solve riddles, find the plants, and take pictures.

Maude Abbott Museum

How medical school students learned in the late 1800’s.

Fossil exploration guide

Fossil hunting on McGill’s campus and downtown Montreal

Gault Nature Reserve

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

Redpath Museum

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

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