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A living laboratory to discover
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A living laboratory to discover

Gault Nature Reserve

A living laboratory to discover

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 Lac Hertel.

Opening hours (trails)

November to april


8 h


16 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 Saint-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 Saint-Hilaire.

A Case Study on Ticks and Lyme Disease: Exploring the Impacts of Humans on Wildlife, Ecosystem Health and Disease Risk.

Kari Hollett, M.Sc.

Supervisor: Prof. Virginie Millien
Affiliation: McGill University
Start date: 2021
Research area: Gault Nature Reserve

Projects funded by the Gault Research Awards (2022)

Outdoor activities

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


Meeting rooms

At this time, we are prioritizing our academic clientele for meeting room bookings. You can still send us a request and we will gladly evaluate it.


At this time, we are prioritizing our academic clientele for lodging.



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