I visited Montreal for a conference and toured the campus again. McGill and University of Toronto are typically tied, ranked first for Canadian universities. McGill’s reputation is boosted by the amazing city it’s situated in. Birks and many buildings were old, so there wasn’t as much in terms of technology, aside from Arts and Science buildings. However, the campus was lovely in the centre of it all in Montreal. Everyone liked the university: everything was compact, interesting to see, welcoming, and accessible on foot. It’s best to visit on a Friday or weekday. During Frosh Week at the end of August, there were free drinks, sponsor treats, and bustling activity by the front gates of the university on West Sherbrooke St. This grassy knoll atop McGill College, which leads down to the heart of the shopping district on Sainte-Catherine, is a student hub in warmer weather. For some reason, people were giving away free McGill shirts that said “Harvard of Canada.” (The trademark red college shirts are sold at Librairie le James bookstore by Musee McCord Stewart, not at the Bookstore on McGill College facing the main gates.) This is where women’s strike activity around 1948 was led by the International Labour Organisation, based on McGill campus beside central McCall MacBain Hall at Dawson Hall (853 Sherbrooke O.). These Socialist-bent students were later influential in the rise of the federal NDP party by supporting politicians from Saskatchewan, and social welfare/Medicaid programs. It all started here, from where future leaders originally gathered, above Dr William Alex Molson’s 1906 House on McGill College Ave. A parking/car entrance is off Rue University, below the original area of campus. The other area of the university is nearer the foot of Mont-Royal; this park/mountain provides a stunning backdrop to both McGill and Concordia universities in the shared vicinity. All of the student housing was bunched along Sherbrooke at the other end, toward Ave du Parc and Milton in the grungier part of the “Student Ghetto.” The area still felt safe, as we arrived at 2 a.m. and saw women walking solo through the neighbourhood. Whatever you do, don’t miss McGill, which is not far from all the action at Sainte Catherine Rue. Everything’s accessible by foot or by underground Metro (not to be mistaken with the supermarket chain) around McGill College Ave., and shopping malls can be found surrounding Scotiabank theatre—not far from underground Peel Street (or McGill) Metro stations. It’s worth a visit to Montreal Centre-Ville—especially in May-June and early fall. Enjoy the great food awaiting you, along with a diversity of shops and sights!