Art, culture & heritage

A One-Day Getaway - Heading Out on a Cultural Road Trip

76 km

4 stops

1 days

Within a few stops, you’ll be able to satisfy your thirst for new discoveries on the Townships Trail.

By Carolyne Parent

In the Morning…

Brome County Historical Society

Located in Knowlton, The Brome County Historical Society is, by itself a hamlet. And for good reason! An olden day courthouse, schoolhouse, firehouse, and several other buildings of a bygone era hold the museum’s archives and collections. In fact, in the Martin Annex, there’s even a rare biplane, the Fokker D. VII! Starting next July 14, besides the permanent collection, the museum will present its Fashioning Femininity exhibit which traces a century of women’s fashion (1850–1950). This must pique your curiosity, right?

Let’s Eat!

Siboire Dépôt

Then, it’s off to Sherbrooke and, as must, to this birthplace of Quebec microbreweries. Here you’ll discover Siboire Dépot, inside the old train station; a place with a lot of character offering you a view of their beer making installations. On the menu, you’ll, of course, find La Sherbière, the city’s iconic lager and the ideal thrist quenching beer for deliciously accompanying the house’s renowned homemade fish and chips.

In the Afternoon…

Murales et musées

We can then stretch our legs while touring the colourful Circuit des Murales in the Vieux-Sherbrooke sector. The circuit presents all 18 works of art within a distance of five kilometres; another route offers you a tour of 11 panels as well. Both, you’ll discover, have proven that these city walls have a lot to say! A stop at the Musée des beaux-arts or at the Musée d’histoire de Sherbrooke will surely attract your interest. One exhibits the works of artists Anna Wong and Simon-Claude Beauvreau, and the other invites you to examine 150 years of urban history. A small slice of culture pleasantly consumed!

You’ve decided to spend the night finally?

In Sherbrooke, the place to stay is at Auberge Marquis de Montcalm. Built in 1881, this house has taken on the identity of a Venetian palace or perhaps a Château on the Loire! The Île de Garde B & B is also an interesting option, since it’s one of the most beautiful and oldest homes (1875) in the area.

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