Old North Walking Tour

The walking tour of the Old North Sherbrooke Ward is a beautiful tour which lets participants discover Sherbrooke’s architectural gems.

The old homes in Sherbrooke’s Old North surprise visitors by both their homogeneous nature, in that they represent a limited number of architectural styles, and by their variety. In fact, we can see that any Canadian features are absent from the local architectural styles before 1920.

That makes the architecture in Sherbrooke different from what can be seen in other cities in Québec. About 70% of the residences of the Old North were built between 1870 and 1910.

Many of the homes retain their original facades, which is another unique architectural characteristic of this neighbourhood. Shady paths, English-style gardens, and the stone walls that separate these homes offer several perspectives for appreciating their beauty.

The Old North was the area where the Sherbrooke bourgeoisie made their homes. According to the guide of Old Sherbrooke, published by the Sherbrooke historical Society, some of the architectural styles that can be found in Sherbrooke are American Vernacular, Regency cottage, Gothic Revival, Italian Renaissance, Chateauesque, Queen Anne, Classical Revival, Tudor, Second Empire, etc.

The Old North Walking tour is a self-guided tour. Visitors can reserve their mp3 players at the Sherbrooke Historical Interpretation Centre at 275, rue Dufferin, Sherbrooke.

For futher information, call: 819 821-5406

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