Discovering Sherbrooke

A friendly, dynamic, bilingual city, Sherbrooke has 140,000 citizens and is the 7th most important city in Quebec, located amid hills, valleys and plateaus.

Sherbrooke is the regional capital and brings together numerous types of businesses and industries in many activity and service sectors. It is also an important centre for health and health-related research.

Something for Everyone

Sports, nature and culture lovers will find that Sherbrooke offers them all sorts of activities including hiking, skiing, golfing and biking, as well as art galleries and museums, theatre, fine dining and cinemas.

There are numerous activities for culture aficionados. Visit some Web sites en français:

For nature lovers, the Mont Bellevue and the Lucien-Blanchard Park are magnificent areas for hiking and simply enjoying nature.

The City of Sherbrooke Web site (en français) offers a rich source of information on the various activities available in Sherbrooke. The Tourisme Sherbrooke Web site is also an excellent resource for information about the area.

Sherbrooke, a Student’s City

According to Vivre à l'étranger, the French-speaking magazine that specializes in international mobility, Sherbrooke “is strategically positioned at the centre of a technological triangle composed of Montréal, Québec City and New England, [the latter name being] a historical reference to the north-eastern region of the United States.”

Canadian Business, the Toronto-based business magazine, considers Sherbrooke “the city with the lowest cost of living” according to a study published in November 2004 comparing the 41 most populated cities in Canada.

Sherbrooke sets itself apart from all other Canadian cities:

  • 20% of its population are students in graduate studies;
  • 60% of its economy is related to the knowledge sector;
  • as a student-integrated city, it is favourably positioned among a select group of very few cities around the globe;
  • it offers an environment resolutely open to the world.

Sherbrooke is a leader in sustainable development through its partnership with the Université de Sherbrooke and nine other regional institutions.

Read the article Towards Integrated Policies on Sustainable Development in Sherbrooke (en français).