Discovering Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships
We are proposing a program of four half-days for the accompanying persons and the conference participants to explore the city of Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships. Sherbrooke, the capital of the Eastern Townships offers the possibility of rich and diverse activities. Sherbrooke can be visited and appreciated through outdoor and cultural activities. We are proposing to take care of the transportation while conference volunteers will bring participants to selected sites. Two vehicles are reserved specially for this activities so participant can leave from the conference site and being driven back after the half-day outing. It is important to reserve the specific half-day of interest to you because only 12 places are available. Priority will be given to those with a reservation. The activity will be canceled if there is not enough reservations for the half-day outing. The cost for transportation is $15 per half day. However, we welcome those with their own vehicle to join the group. When there is a cost applicable for site entrance, it will need to be paid by the participant at the site. For reservations, please send an email to Geneviève Crevier at Genevieve.Crevier@USherbrooke.ca. We hope you can join us for these exciting outing to discover the city of Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships! The following activities are planned:.
Let’s get moving
Choice A :
- The Gorge of the Coaticook River
Price: $ 7.50
Possibility of horseback Riding $ 29.95 / 1.5 HOUR
Through the years, the Coaticook river has eroded this magnificient gorge. 50 meters depth, the gorge was naturally created by the power of water. To cross the gorge, take a walk on the longest suspended bridge (169 meters) according to the World Guiness Records book. Visit also a replica of a round barn, a typical construction of the region, and the Abenaquis village, to learn more about these first inhabitants. You can also walk on a hiking trail to admire the landscape from observation towers, explore a cave or get informed on hydro-electricity production in the region.
- COFFEE BREAK
Resto – Boutique: Coffret de l’imagination
Unique, Le Coffret de l’imagination is a happy marriage between a charming gift shop and an inspired cuisine restaurant. All objects that decorate the restaurant are to be sold!
What's more magic to find under one roof all ingredients to stimulate your five senses and your creativity!
Choice B :
- Marais de la rivière aux cerises
This rich ecosystem plays an important ecological role. True kidney of the Memphremagog Lake, the marshes of Cherry River acts as a regional water filter. Memphremagog Lake supplies drinking water to the cities of Magog and Sherbrooke, about 140 000 persons. The purifying effect of the marsh has a significant impact on the quality of the water flowing through it. It’s one of the most fragile ecosystems in the region. The main activity on the site is a walk in the hiking trail network. You can observe birds and admire flora, fauna and all the beautiful sceneries.
- Coffee break
Merry Point and Merry Beach are municipal facilities on shore. A large green space where cultural activities, sports and of all kinds are organized by different partners in the town of Magog. Near Merry Point, downtown Magog is a must. Several restaurants and shops await you! Brûlerie Caffucino offers exquisite coffees, the terrace is a very nice place to relax.
Sherbooke… Art, History, Discovery
- Tracing the past - Sherbrooke Historical society
Explore Sherbrooke’s past and evolution on an historical walking tour and notice the major changes by comparing the current appearance of the building and their past appearance presented in the Archives of the Historical Society of Sherbrooke.
- Museum of nature and Science
Terra Mutantes: This exhibition presents the formation of the Appalachians where you will walk through lava ... You will feel the separation of the continents and deglaciation ... You will feel an earthquake! You will definitely see the Eastern Townships differently!
Showcasing Archeology : Since the first archaeological excavation carried out half a century ago, many discoveries have led archaeologists to learn about the Native Americans who lived in the area before European arrival.
- Fine Arts Museum
Spaces And Landscape : Unique, the collection of the Fine Arts Museum of Sherbroooke is inspired by regional productions and also hosts various artists. Altought particular attention is given to historical artworks, the museum gives a good visibility to more contemporary art and current.
Abbey, Sanctuary and Vineyard
- Abbey Saint-Benoît du lac
Boutique opened from 9h00 to 10h45
Since 1912, the Benedictine monks live in this monastery built on the west shore of the Memphremagog Lake. You can admire the unique architecture of the building and watch the permanent exhibition on monastic life. Several products are sold in the store such as cheese and apple cider (made by the monks), books, music tapes or religious chants and devotional articles.
- Sanctuary de Beauvoir
A unique site, this sanctuary is located on a mountain where the belvedere gives a stunning view on Sherbrooke.
- Winery La Halte de Pèlerins
Price: Between 8$ and 23$
Tourists can discover the basics of wine making and then enjoy the pleasure of tasting the local wine products.
Walking tour of the borough Lennoxville : Discover the finest residences of this neighborhood. A guided tour with an illustrated map will provide a brief description and history of the houses. The tour stretches for 2.22 km so you can enjoy the various architectural styles dating from the late 19th and early 20th century.
Contemporary Exhibitions : Bonheur d'Été 2011
Permanent and temporary exhibitions : An history of the Speid family.
- North Hatley village
The village of North Hatley is renowned for the quality of its art galleries and craft shops, gifts and antiques. The village is located on the shore of Massawippi Lake and it is known for its restaurants and beautiful homes with architecture adopted by the aristocrats and large landowners who have left the United States during the Civil War (between 1860 and 1865). Current resident are particularly proud of this heritage.
Other POSSIBLE experience
- NORDIC STATION SPA
A fantastic experience if you wish to relax in a superb environment. Spa, sauna, and even a massage if you wish.
- A Walk in the Downtown
Start your day in a coffee shop, relax in a museum, shop a bit ... and have a good meal in a restaurant of your choice. An afternoon at the movies! You may find most of you are looking for in downtown Sherbrooke.
- Looking at the city murals
Sherbrooke is told through murals. The murals are enormous paintings done by local artists where the downtown building walls are transformed in living scenes. The tour stretches for over 4km.