Sherbrooke is a vibrant and vital city located on the Estrie area. Capital of the touristic region of Eastern Townships, it is located in the southern part of Québec (Canada), 140 km away from Montréal, 220 km from Québec City and about 50 km from the United States’ border.

Sherbrooke: Urban Nature

Outdoor activities

With its multitude rivers, more than 100 parks and green areas, Sherbrooke is the perfect city for the nature lover:

The Grandes-Fourches cycling network totals more than 120 km of cycling trails, the hiking areas are numerous (one of them being the Parc du Mont-Bellevue, where the university is located) and, what’s even better, is that a lot of these areas are very accessible, such as the Promenade du Lac-des-Nations (a multipurpose urban path that goes around the lake, a few minutes from Sherbrooke’s downtown area) and the Parc Lucien-Blanchard, a large green area with a public beach and a volleyball court, only a 15′ walk away from the University.

More info about cycling trails

More info about hiking trails

And if it ever rains, don’t worry, as it would be a great opportunity to discover Sherbrooke’s interior climbing center, Vertige Escalade!

Sherbrooke: A Vibrant Downtown

Sherbrooke's artistic scene

Sherbrooke is the host of a large variety of music and theatre shows from widely known artists at the Centre culturel of the Université de Sherbrooke, the Théâtre Granada and the Centennial Theatre.

During the year, but specially on the summer, there are many free music festivals and performances, like the Concerts de la cité, the Sherblues & Folk and the Fête du lac des nations.

Sherbrooke is also known for the variety of its artistic life as well as for supporting emerging artists.

Places and organisms such as La Maison des arts de la parole and Le Tremplin receive storytellers and slammers, and small clubs such as La Petite Boîte Noire welcome emerging music groups.

The improvisation leagues of Sherbrooke, such as L’Abordage and the LUIS also contribute to Sherbrooke’s artistic life.

The city also has an array of places for art exhibits, such as Université de Sherbrooke’s Art Gallery, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, the Sporobole, the Foreman Art Gallery, the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre and the Salle du Parvis, which receives local and emergent performance artists as well as art expositions.

If you want to learn more about Sherbrooke, there is also the Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke there to help.

And not to speak about Sherbrooke Nature Science Museum, which proposes a completely differeny way to learn about science and history!

Sherbrooke: Gastronomical

Restaurants, cafes, bars and microbreweries

Some downtown microbreweries and bars

Enjoy a local crafted beer or discover beers from other microbreweries from Québec at Siboire, Boquébière and La mare au diable*, choose from a panoply of word-class beers at the King Hall or have a drink while playing pool at Liverpool.

*There is also Le Refuge des Brasseurs, close to the university!

Some downtown coffee shops and tea rooms

Take your study books and savour a good cup of coffee at Le Kaàpeh, La brûlerie FARO and Caffuccino or discover a variety of teas at Célestine Café and Folle théière.

Some downtown restaurants

French cuisine at Auguste, Italian at DaToni, American at Ô Chevreuil and at Baumann Smokehouse, Île Maurice specialties at Classyco café, best thai in town at Chanchaï, indian at Masala Café, or a good poutine at Le Snack are some of your options, which varie in style and price, and these are just some of them!

Sherbrooke also has a variety of vegetarian and vegan restaurants (some of them also offer gluten-free options) like Folle théière, the Singing Goat Café and the Café créatif Au croquis (you can actually make your own mug here!). And let’s not forget the Végécafé Vertuose that, while not in downtown, is only a five minute walk away from the university.