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The Morton Centre is located on Heckman’s Island, near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Originally an active farm, the 99-acre property comprises secondary-growth mixed coniferous and deciduous forest, two large hay fields, fresh water ponds, a salt marsh, and nearly two kilometres of shoreline. There is a cottage, with amenities to accommodate summer staff and retreat visitors. There is a variety of outbuildings, as well as a 17-foot yurt which provides further programming space in the summer months. A network of trails runs across the property.

The Morton Centre was gifted to Acadia University by Dr. Harry and Rachel Morton in 1995. Their wish was to see the property protected and used for environmental research and education. Since then, the Centre has been used primarily as a field station for Acadia student research. Recently, Acadia has shifted the purpose of this site to become a place for public environmental education, as well as a professional retreat centre for Acadia faculty and affiliates.


Morton Centre yurt

Morton Centre and yurt

View from the deck of the Morton Centre north towards Second Peninsula, Mahone Bay.