Sherbrooke Journals

Summer in Sherbrooke

A June 2001 trip to Sherbrooke by Lady Caet

Quote: I spent a summer in the city of Sherbrooke on a student work exchange. It's possibly the cleanest city I've ever visited.

Pacini

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Restaurant

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Pacini is an ideal place to go for your last night’s dinner. It's a sit-down restaurant, so expect to wait about 20-30 minutes for your main course. The thing I love most about Pacini is their toast bar. They have this set-up where you have a grill and cupboards full of bread. You can choose a slice of bread, select a topping (garlic, garlic cheese, cream cheese, butter, etc.), and toast the bread to your liking on the grill. This is an all-you-can-eat appetizer bar to prepare you for your meal. The menu is full of Italian cuisine, so it’s mainly pasta. I highly recommend the seafood linguine or the fettuccini. They also serve some traditional foods like steak and some Atlantic Canad...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2004

Pacini
2960 Rue King Ouest
Sherbrooke, Quebec
(819) 821-2654

East Side Mario's

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Restaurant

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If you have ever been to an East Side Mario’s, you will love the one in Sherbrooke! If you thought that a regular, English ESM was amazing, wait ‘til you see it in French. Bring a family member or friend along for their birthday and let the staff know. They will sing their birthday song for you, en francais, and treat you like a king/queen the whole time. I strongly recommend calling ahead to make a reservation, especially if you are planning on going on a weekend night (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) between 4:30pm and 8pm. If you do make a reservation, be sure to be there at least 10 minutes ahead of time and you will be required to wait probably 15 minutes even then until a t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2004

East Side Mario's
2660 King Ouest
Sherbrooke, Quebec
(819) 829-2003

Zoo de Granby

Attraction

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Like I mentioned above, Granby Zoo has a water amusement park in the middle. There are sliding hills, wave pools, and water fountains. As well, the lifeguards/supervisors on duty all carry water guns and are ready to squirt those who are not having fun! A great way to spend the day is to use the morning to visit the monkeys, elephants, and giraffes, and spend the afternoon playing in the water park before heading back home.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2004

Zoo de Granby
525, St-Hubert Street
Sherbrooke, Quebec
(450) 372-9113

Centrale Frontenac (Le) HydroQuebec

Attraction | "HydroQuebec - Centrale Frontenac"

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Basically, Centrale Frontenac is a mini-museum, photostop. It's a dam that has been built that channels the water in such a way that it creates electricity for HydroQuebec. If you like interesting facts about little cities, this is definitely a place you should stop.

They offer picnic tables and umbrellas so you can bring your lunch, an ideal rest stop as there are a couple walking trails uptown through the woods that lead here. It's a great place for photo opportunities, as well as a good place to cool off from a hot walk.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 14, 2004

Centrale Frontenac (Le) HydroQuebec
Downtown
Sherbrooke, Quebec

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This is Sherbrooke's main mall. It seems tiny at first, but it really has a lot of stores that are useful. They have a Gap here, as well as Aldo shoes and a few little culture boutiques. There is a big toys r us in this mall as well.

This mall is on the main bus route, and it is a bus transfer station as well. It's almost impossible to miss your bus here as there are so many coming and going.

My favourite store in the Carrefour is right by the front door. They sell homemade fudge there and I was never able to leave the mall without some of this.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2004

Carrefour de L'Estrie
3000 Boulevard de Portland
Sherbrooke, Quebec
(819) 563-2114

Downtown Sherbrooke Shopping

Attraction | "Downtown Sherbrooke"

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Take a leisurely walk downtown on any of these streets to find little local boutiques. Down here they sell everything from national newspapers, to antiques, to designer clothing. They also have a couple tourist stores, but not too many.

All three streets are divided down the middle, and have an east/west side to them. The eastern sides tend to be more restaurant/bar related, while the west side sees more shopping stores and small cafes.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2004

Downtown Sherbrooke Shopping
King, Wellington and Alexandre Streets
Sherbrooke, Quebec

Park Jacques-Cartier

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Attraction | "An afternoon in Jacques Cartier"

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Park Jacques-Cartier is a huge park in the middle of the city. This is the site where the city puts on its festivals, including the Canada Day weekend festival, which I attended. There is a lake in the middle of it, which it's not really recommended to swim in, but they do offer jet-skiing lessons, and water skiing lessons, in the summer. You can sign up for a week of lessons, or just one lesson a day. The park is full of trees, some of which have walking trails. There is a small section with a playground for the children. There are small pavilions all around the park that have barbeques and picnic tables for people to enjoy a nice summer lunch/dinner. The nice...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2004

Park Jacques-Cartier
Downtown
Sherbrooke, Quebec

Multi-Golf Fleurimont

Attraction | "Fleurimont MiniPutt"

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Before I came to Sherbrooke, I had never played mini-golf in my life. The summer that I was here, my host family brought me out every Thursday night to play at the Multi-Golf Fleurimont. This is a nine-hole mini-golf course (par 3) and they also have 80 lighted driving range tees. The mini-golf course is so good they often hold competitions on it, so it's worth calling before you head out. The course is fairly hard the first time you play it, but I noticed tjat the littlest kids found it simple, and the older the people got, the harder it seemed. This is not a little kids game, but if you have an inner child, you will meet him here! If you're looking for a relaxing night of fun, min...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2004

Multi-Golf Fleurimont
1641, chemin Duplessis
Sherbrooke, Quebec
(819) 829-1866

Mont Bellevue Park

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Attraction

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In the winter, Mont Bellevue is a small ski hill that is mainly frequented by locals. They have a small ski rental shop, and a few ski instructors. This hill has three ski lifts and six lighted trails. It is also open to snowboarders. It has an 80m vertical drop. In the summer, Bellevue is almost a city park. It is accessible by buses and by car. There are numerous walking trails, although you can pretty much just walk up the hill on your own without a trail. You will know that you are at the top when you reach the big lighted cross that sits at the top. This cross, when lighted at night, is visible pretty much anywhere in Sherbrooke! There is some wildlife up here too; we came very c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 14, 2004

Mont Bellevue Park
Breboeuf / Kitchener Street
Sherbrooke, Quebec

City Transit

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Story/Tip

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If you're going to visit Sherbrooke, I'd seriously consider using public transit as your way of getting around. While you are uptown, it's possible to walk places, but if you want to get to the main mall, or the university or the beach, it's a fair drive. I am in awe of their transit system. The bus stops are all marked, and everyone has a separate map for each bus route on that stop. The buses are possibly the cleanest, most well-maintained buses I've ever seen, and the drivers are super friendly. If you do not know exactly where you are going, most will let you know when you get there that "c'est ta stop!" Also, these buses go everywhere, even to the outlying areas, such as Bishops University....Read More

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Lady Caet

Lady Caet
Quispamsis, New Brunswick

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