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Gault Nature Reserve

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The Gault Nature Reserve

The Gault Nature Reserve, owned by McGill University, is located at Mont-Saint-Hilaire and protects more than 1,000 hectares of natural forest.

Trail map

Our trail network is 25 km and 4 summits overlook Lake Hertel.

Opening hours (trails)

September 1 to November 6 2021

Opening

8 h

Closing

18 h

A scientific legacy

Teaching and research are essential activities at the Gault Nature Reserve. The first scientific studies at the site date back to 1859. Famous scientists such as Sir John W. Dawson, T. Sterry Hunt and Brother Marie-Victorin have explored the vast forests of Mont St. Hilaire.

Today there are over 400 scientific articles, nearly 100 graduate and postgraduate theses, more than 50 reports and approximately 30 chapters or books that have focused on Mont St. Hilaire.

LEAP (Large Experimental Array of Ponds)

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Gonzalez
McGill University
Start date: 2016
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

Featured research projects

Interactive impacts of global change on freshwater plankton: implications for lake food web structure and function

Marie-Pier Hébert, Ph.D. candidate
Supervisor: Professor Gregor Fussmann
McGill University
Start date: 2016
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

Pollination services are mediated by bee functional diversity and landscape context

Kyle Texeira-Martins, Master Student
Supervisor: Prof. Martin Lechowicz
McGill University
Start date: 2010
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

Ecological and evolutionary response of phytoplankton to rising CO2

Étienne Low-Decarie, Ph.D. candidate
Supervisor: Professor Gregor Fussmann McGill University
Start date: 2012
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

The effects of landscape structure and biodiversity on ecosystem services

Matthew Mitchell, PhD
Supervisor: Prof. Elena Bennett
McGill University
Start date: 2011
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

Flora evolution at Gault Nature Reserve

Robin Beauséjour, master student
Supervisor: Prof. Marc Vellend
Sherbrooke University
Start date: 2011
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

Outdoor activities

The Nature Centre, our partner in conservation founded in 1972 under the initiative of the University, welcomes you 365 days a year.

Meetings

Meeting rooms

Covid-19 : Meeting rooms are not available at this time.

Lodging

Covid-19 : Lodging is not available for the moment.

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