Are you looking for things to do in Sherbrooke? A stroll through its historic center is an opportunity to learn how the city came about and what makes it thrive today. You will have to solve challenges at each stage to discover your next destination.
You will walk from the City Hall to the Sherbrooke Hussars, then on to the Basilica-Cathedral of Saint Michael and to the Granada Theater. See several monuments, and many murals, learn about the history of the city and its builders and have fun taking on challenges.
You will see
- Sherbrooke City Hall
- Sherbrooke Gallery of Fine Arts
- Saint-Michel Basilica-Cathedral
- Sherbrooke Hussars
- Magog River Gorge Walk
- Sherbrooke Seminary
- Granada Theater
- Several parks, murals, and monuments
We’ll test this scavenger hunt during the summer of 2020, if the global pandemic allows it.
- Starting Location: in Strathcona Square, between du Palais, Frontenac, and Wellington N streets.
- Distance: 2.7 km / 1.7 mi
- Time: 3 hours
- Method: Walk
- fully charged Smartphone with internet access (data plan)
- bottled water
- local street map
The earliest Native American populations here date back up to 8,000 years.
This region was occupied by Mohawks when Samuel de Champlain arrived in 1603. They called this site Ktineketolekwac, meaning “Big Forks” because of the conjunction of the Magog and Saint-François rivers. The Abenakis disputed these lands with the Mohawks which caused conflicts between the 2 nations.
Colonization began after the American Revolution (1783) when loyalists fled to Canada to remain under the British crown. The city adopted its name Sherbrooke in 1818, honoring John Coape Sherbrooke, governor of British North America (1816-1818). At the time, the city had only 183 residents.
The first roads connecting the city to Quebec, Montreal, and New England developed from 1817 onward. The BALC (British American Land Company) began to invest in better roads, bridges, and various buildings. This led to the railway reaching here in 1852 and it opened up the city to many new businesses.
With electrification came trams, put into service in 1897. The Wellington and King axis became the commercial heart of the rapidly expanding city.
Since then, Sherbrooke has become a university center with 8 institutions and 40,000 students annually.