The STS , which is local transportation by bus, offers either a one trip 'jeton' that you have to buy beforehand at an authorized dealer for $3.10 giving you one trip with all transfers necessary or, more economically if you travel a lot, a day pass at $8.50 that either gives the right for one or two adults with children (age 12 or less) for a maximum of 6 passenger on one pass or one adult alone. Service for the bus ends at midnight; if you need to get around after that, use a taxi. It is not too expensive--about $30 for one end to the other of the city--but if you need one at night, chances are that you are in downtown. From there to the farthest hotel, it would cost you $15.
Taxi service Phone: 819-562-4717; also, if you have a cell phone anywhere in Quebec, try *TAXI: it will patch you in the taxi service of your region--the cost is 99¢.
Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux Arts), 241 Dufferin, Tel: 819-821-2115 (fax: (819) 821-4003, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), . Tu-Su 1PM-5PM (summer 11AM-5PM); W 1PM-9PM. This art gallery is in the historic 19th-century Eastern Townships Bank building downtown. It displays both works of universal value and local flavor, focusing on the works of artists of the Eastern Townships, but also exhibiting other works. A dozen or so exhibitions are circulated through the lower two floors each year, while the third floor houses the museum’s permanent collection, featuring works by Frederick Simpson Coburn (1871-1960), originally from Melbourne in the Eastern Townships. $6, seniors/students $5.
Sherbrooke has many options for someone who enjoys nature.
Bois Beckett, . This forest is considered as being one of only two 'Ancient forests' in an urban area in the whole province. The forest's 8 trails have a total length of 6.1 km.
Marais Réal-D. Carbonneau, . This wetland is home to many plants and animals, and makes for a delightful walk in spring, summer or fall.
Parc Lucien-Blanchard. Situated near the University of Sherbrooke, this park has trails for walking and cycling along the Magog river. During the summer there is a beach for free-water swimming and canoes and kayaks may be rented. There is also La Maison de l'Eau, an interpretation center featuring an exposition of various amphibians and fish.
Parc Jacques-Cartier. This is a huge park where people come for different activities. The park is next to the Lac des Nations, and a walkway allows for pedestrians and cyclists to circle the lake. This is a very popular place during the summer.
Carrefour de l'Estrie, 3050 boul. de Portland, . Shopping center with many stores.
Marché de la Gare, . Market where various local products may be purchased. In the summer there are local farmers selling their produce outside. There is also a Savoroso , for refreshing gelatos on a hot day.
Choux de Bruxelle, Phone: +1-819-564-1848. This restaurant is not a real Quebecois affair but somewhere you can have Moule et frite at less than 20$ and you bring your own wine. It is recognized by Sherbrooke people to be the best value for your money and great food. You will need to make reservation in advance if you want to eat here during the weekend and during the month of November and December as many Christmas parties are celebrated there.
Louis Luncheonette, a local greasy-spoon. 3 locations in Sherbrooke. The fries are excellent. The meat is fresh. They also serve smoked-meat. Widely acknowledged as having the best poutine in Sherbooke; a regional dish that is must-have if you're visiting Quebec.
Stratos, another greasy-spoon, phone: +1-819-823-3333. Order poutine with frite bien cuit, sauce barbeque, sauce à part for maximum enjoyment. Pizzas are passable, and be sure to try their extra hot sauce suicide. However, the spare-ribs have an excellent sauce, heavy on melases falvour.
Bâton Rouge Restaurant, 2844 King ouest, ☎ 819-346-9888, . For the best steak and baby back ribs in town, come to Bâton Rouge Restaurant! We also have a beautiful bar and patio where you can enjoy our "Happy Hour" from 4 to 7 pm (Monday to Friday). We offer a great meal for all budgets! Sunday-Monday: 11am-10pm Tuesday to Thursday: 11am-11pm Friday-Saturday: 11am-midnightedit
Bar La Fakulté, 2155 rue King Ouest, . La Fakulté is a huge student bar. It's only opened on wednesdays but it's the biggest night in town. Be there early (10 pm) unless you want to wait in a lineup.
Complexe le Living, 66 rue Meadow, . Club with four different rooms, each with a different setting. Hip-hop and techno. Good night on friday only.