Parks of Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke has always focused on the proper management of its urban forests. It developed successful projects providing for planned development of parks and waterways and upholding water quality norms have positioned the city as an ecological frontrunner among Quebec municipalities. The result of these efforts is the enduring natural beauty of the city’s scenery, especially the many wonderful trees, whether bedecked in the greens of summer or the flamboyant colors of fall. You will discover the nicest places to walk in Sherbrooke, in beautifully natural urban settings:
The city of Sherbrooke, the University of Sherbrooke, the Mont Bellvue Park Coalition, welcome all lovers of the outdoors to come and enjoy this exceptional natural site, close to the heart of Sherbrooke’s downtown. Two parking lots allow access to the trails: one on Dunant Street, the other on Druillettes Street (the Antonio Pinard Chalet). Enjoy hiking, birdwatching, downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as snowshoeing, according to the season. In hiking areas where dogs are allowed, dogs must be leashed. Chemical toilets are available in the main parking lot near the Antonio Pinard Chalet.
Town of Cookshire-Eaton. Only a few miles away from Lennoxivlle, the Johnville Bog and Forest Park, owned by the city of Sherbrooke, offers a protected area of 445 acres for those seeking a tranquil setting for a walk in the woods. In good weather, visitors can walk about 3 miles of trails enhanced with interpretative panels. In winter, 5,5 miles of trails are available for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, bringing you through stands of white spruce or red pines. The site’s ecosystem is a rarity in the region, and its ecological diversity is remarkable. Dogs must be leashed at all times. To get there, from Sherbrooke, take route 108 east, then turn right onto route 251, and travel south to Johnville. Once in the village, turn left on the North Road and continue for a little over a half a mile. No admission fee.
Lucien-Blanchard wood: Wooded trails along the Magog River. A peaceful retreat in the center of the city. Free parking on Cabana Street.
Beckett Forest (bois Beckett): The Bois Beckett trails are a green oasis in the heart of the city of Sherbrooke. Its marked trails are perfect for all levels of walkers. Trails begin on Beckett Street, where the Jacques Cartier Boulevard ends (north). On-street parking.
André Nadeau outdoor recreational center: Four circuits, varying from 1,5 km to 5,3 km for a total of 11,5 km. The Golden Stream, an Amerindian Village. Starting point at the Blanchette Road, free parking.
Lake of the Nations Trail: Multi-use path circling the lake, perfect for walkers, skaters and cyclists. Parking available at the Jacques-Cartier Park and at the north end of Richmond Street, near the Tourist information Bureau (designated spots).
Real-D. Carbonneau Wetland: the only wetland area accessible in Sherbrooke, with 2 km of trails, part of which are boardwalks. The path starts at St-François North Street.
Path of the Gorge of Magog: In the downtown core, the paths of the Gorge allow you to discover the birthplace of Sherbrooke as an industrial center. Parking on Abenaqui Street and on Richmond Street in the designated spots near the Tourist Information Bureau.
Guided Hiking Service: Estrie Paths.
The Indian Village is a tourist and recreational experience at the André Nadeau Outdoor Recreational Center, just right for adventure-seekers wanting to camp in the wild. With about a dozen of teepees, each offering shelter for 4 to 6 campers, the Indian Village, located near the Magog River blue corridor network and the Grandes-Fourches green corridor network, provides convenient night-time lodging to adventurers during a cycling or boating trip. In addition, the Village allows guests to explore Native American culture and to become familiar with native communities, particularly the Abenaqui nation, which used this same waterway to travel to the Saint Francis River years ago. Lodging packages are available for both summer and winter camping.
Johnville peat bog. Source of the photo : © Gisèle et Denis Planté, Site Web du parc