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Exciting Things to Do in Sherbrooke

With its lush parks and gripping history, the City of Sherbrooke effortlessly emanates an infectious charm to the thousands of students that flock to its esteemed learning institutions. Endearingly labelled as the Queen of the Eastern Townships, Sherbrooke is a vibrant student city that boasts approximately 40,000 students. In fact, Sherbrooke has the largest concentration of students in Quebec, as students represent approximately 10% of the city’s population. For these students, Sherbrooke is a cozy and intimate paradise that nourishes the soul as much as it nourishes the mind. The following is a list of some of the most exciting things to do in Sherbrooke, effectively demonstrating that, in this city, there truly is something for everyone.



MUSEUMS GALORE


In Sherbrooke, learning is not only confined to the four walls of a classroom – rather, there are multiple institutions designed to boost knowledge and creativity. With over 4,600 works on display, the Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts is a hub for art aficionados. In addition to accommodating various exhibits, the museum showcases works inspired by the Eastern Townships and international native art. Meanwhile, the Sherbrooke Nature and Science Museum is home to 65,000 objects and specimens, including animal fossils, minerals, and archeological artefacts. The museum also features interactive exhibits that truly bring science to life.



CULINARY DELIGHTS


Sherbrooke is more than just the cultural centre of the Estrie; it is also the gourmet capital of the Eastern Townships. Indeed, there is a wide selection of restaurants to satisfy every palette. For traditional fine dining, look no further than Antidote FoodLab, which was recognized as one of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants in 2016. True to its name, the restaurant offers an experimental gastronomy that utilizes innovative flavours and ingredients. Nearby, Siboire Depot offers casual pub fare coupled with local craft beer. Meanwhile, Sballo is a must for authentic Italian cuisine. Also, Louis Luncheonette has been a staple of Sherbrooke’s culinary scene since the 1940s by offering the best poutine in the area. For laid-back study spaces with student-friendly atmospheres, check out the city’s various coffeeshops, such as Brûlerie FARO and Le Tassé.



YEAR-ROUND FESTIVALS


As a testament to the youthful ardor of its inhabitants, the City of Sherbrooke organizes countless festivals throughout the year. In the summer, the Festival des Traditions du Monde features outdoor concerts, thematic events, and immersive cultural experiences. In the winter, the city becomes a veritable wonderland during the colorful Sherbrooke Carnival. Still, the crown jewel of the city’s year-round festivals is the six-day Fête du Lac des Nations, which boasts music, fireworks, and amusement park rides. Regardless, no matter the season, students can be sure of one thing; there’s always something happening in Sherbrooke!



NATURAL WONDERS


Surrounded by mountains and lakes, Sherbrooke has it all – a picturesque countryside, rich biodiversity, and a myriad of natural landmarks. Stretching for over 200 hectares, Mont-Bellevue is the largest park in Sherbrooke. During the summer, the park is perfect for activities such as tennis, archery, biking, and hiking! For outdoor enthusiasts, a weekend stroll in the park is a must! Also, in its 70 hectares of forest, Bois Beckett Forest features old maple trees and over 100 species of birds. Finally, Lac des Nations is a hotspot for waterskiing in the summer.


Want to learn more about all that Sherbrooke has to offer? Contact Rising Phoenix International today at info@rpintl.ca to learn more about why Sherbrooke is the ultimate study destination!

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