Sherbrooke is the largest town in the Eastern Townships of southern Quebec, Canada.
Limocar offers shuttle service from Montreal to Sherbrooke for $33. It should be noted that Go2Go does not serve this area.
The STS (phone: +1-819-564-2687), which is local transportation by bus, offers either a one-trip token (jeton) that you have to buy at an authorized dealer at $3.00 individually or in groups of ten. Otherwise, you pay $3.10, exact change, on board. that gives you one trip with all the transfers necessary. Also, a more economical way to get from one place to the other is buying a day pass at $8.50 that either gives the right for one or two adults with children (12 years old 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 $30.00 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 $15.00.
- Taxi service phone: +1-819-562-4717; 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 locally is an extra 99¢.
- Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux Arts), 241 Dufferin, phone: +1-819-821-2115 (fax: +1-819-821-4003, e-mail: [email protected]), . 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. $6.00, seniors/students $5.00.
Every summer there is the Fete du Lac festival at Parc Jacques-Cartier which features an international fireworks competition and many local artists.
- 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 $20.00 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, phone: +1-819-563-6940. 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.
- Le Téléphone Rouge, 38 rue Wellington Sud, phone: +1-819-566-9527, . Local and Quebecois musical performances Fridays and Saturdays, with live DJs on Thursdays. Caters to a musically-aware crowd. No cover when there are no shows and on Thursdays. Between $5.00-$15.00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Quebec beers only: $6.00 for a pint.
- Le Café du Palais, 184 ruelle Whiting (Wellington Nord), phone: +1-819-566-8977, . Rocking in Sherbrooke since 1979. during warmer weather, it has a large terrace located in an alleyway with a stunning view of City Hall. Caters mostly to students and twenty-somethings. Live improv on Sundays.
- Complexe le Living, 66 rue Meadow, phone: +1-819-822-3531, . Club with four different rooms, each with a different setting. Hip-hop and techno.