Sherbrooke Travel Guide

  • Ferry, Country Ferry, Canada.
    Ferry, Country Ferry, Canada.
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  • Ferry, Country Ferry, Canada.
    Ferry, Country Ferry, Canada.
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  • Ferry, Country Ferry, Canada.
    Ferry, Country Ferry, Canada.
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Sherbrooke Things to Do

  • I wish we had had more time.

    Having spent a lovely day in Sherbrooke looking round the various excellent attractions of the Village "living" Museum and it's several outposts, we were actually a bit late hitting the road (after 1700 hours) and we fancied putting a bit of distance behind us although it is one of the great joys of campervan (RV) living that it does not really...

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  • What do you want stamped?

    I have mentioned in another tip on this page the simply superb Sherbrooke Village "living Museum" which is nothing short of a joy but I am not sure how many visitors here bother to visit the three "remote" sites they administer just a short distance away from the major centre. I have constructed tips on them all. This tip refers to the stamp mill...

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  • What do you want stamped?

    I have mentioned in another tip on this page the simply superb Sherbrooke Village "living Museum" which is nothing short of a joy but I am not sure how many visitors here bother to visit the three "remote" sites they administer just a short distance away from the major centre. I have constructed tips on them all. This tip refers to the stamp mill...

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  • He's a lumberjack and he's OK.

    OK, the title of thie tip is unashamedly taken from the classic Monty Pyton sketch / song about limberjacks and if you have not seen or heard it then I suggest you do. Canada is inextricably linked in the world's consciousness (amongst other things) with lumber and lumberjacks. I suppose in a country with so many trees available it is almost...

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  • Fantastic working history.

    I have mentioned in another tip on this page the absolutely wonderful Sherbrooke "living" Museum which I do recommend highly. However, I suspect that many visitors to that excellent site do not realise that there are other outlying and equally interesting sites, all associated to the main Museum, which deal with some of the historical trades...

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  • The only place for a beer!

    I have made brief mention on my introduction page for Sherbrooke about how difficult it is to get a drink there. I had already found the NSLC (off-licence / bottle shop / liquor store) closed at some ridiculously early hour and after a long days sightseeing I really fancied a beer.I had already been told that there were no proper pubs in Sherbrooke...

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  • Another sad reminder.

    Anyone who has read more than a few of my pages here on Virtual Tourist will know that I have an interest in military history including war graves and memorials so it will come as little surpise that when I saw the structure pictured in the confines of the excellent Sherbrooke Village Museum complex (see separate tip on tis page) I had to go and...

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  • Definitely the main attraction.

    Sherbrooke is a pleasant little village in the middle of some glorious countryside but undoubtedly the reason most people will stop here is to visit the simply excellent attraction simply known as Sherbrooke Village which, along with it's outlying sawmill, stamp mill and lumber camp constitutes the largest site of the 27 administered by the Nova...

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  • And this is the endresult!

    And this is the endresult! I wandered around and took a look at the workshop. There are tools hanging on the walls everywhere. And of course with the things he recently made. The working bench is also covered with tools. Yep, this was a place where there is a real blacksmith at work, not just a tourist attraction. I can hear the sounds while I just...

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  • The blacksmith at work.

    The blacksmith at work. He seemed to enjoy his job a lot, explaining cheerfully everything about the work of a blacksmith and giving a demontstration as well.

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  • The Blacksmith Shop

    The Blacksmith Shop has operated since it was established in the 1870's by Joe McLane. Today the blacksmith produces ironwork for the Village restauration and for sale.

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  • Now who is that on the bike?

    Now who is that on the bike? I think it is the blacksmith, he must be going to work. Let's follow him and take a look at his shop.

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  • The postoffice

    The postoffice dates from the 1850's. This lady will tell you the story how it was like to send and receive mail in those days. The post office had more of a social function; all the people in the village would get together and wait for the post to arrive.

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  • Let's peek through the window...

    Let's peek through the window of the post office (which is on the right hand side of the building). Yes, I think it is open! I can see the lady standing at the counter, so lets go inside and send some postcards..... Nooooo, not virtually! That wasn't possible in those days! Just the old fashioned way..... you know, writing down your message with a...

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  • A typical classroom of the 1870's

    This is a typical classroom of the 1870's furnished and arranged according to the provincial government plans for schools in this period. The schoolmaster's desk, at the head of the classroom, stood on a raised platform, to allow easing viewing of the students. The schoolmaster considered a blackboard, maps, slates and a bell as necessary teaching...

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  • The pharmacy

    Most of the items you can see in this store are acquired and donated by the Nova Scotia Pharmaceutical Society. It is actually quite fun to look all the pots and pills that were there. They had bottles with blood purifier and even some that said poison.

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  • Like being in 1890....

    The lady wasn't aware that I was taking pictures. She was busy cleaning the counter when we walked in the store. But that actually gave it a feel of being the 1890's. Taking all the time in the world, and making sure that everything is clean and polished.

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  • The Drug Store

    After spending some time at the blacksmith it is time to move on. The next stop is the Sherbrooke Drug Store. It recreates a pharmacy much like the one which was in Sherbrooke in the late 1890s.

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Sherbrooke Warnings and Dangers

  • I have to say that.....

    I have to say that there are no real danger in this little village. The only real danger is not getting out of the village again! Some of the ladies are yapping so much! They are telling you the story of the village, but they just keep on talking, and talking and talking.... Help, let them stop!!! I am desperately trying to get out of the door,...

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  • Now I have to warn you for this guy!

    Now I have to warn you for this guy as well (and his coworker!). It is not the fact that he is yapping that much. When you enter the mill they greet you very friendly and tell a little bit about the mill. They absolutely don't talk too much, just about right. But when they do talk, you have to watch out! They are trying to fool you all the time!...

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Sherbrooke Off The Beaten Path

  • Pick your times.

    We were travelling basically South and East from Sherbrooke trying to put a few miles behind us after having dawdled rather too long round the wonderful Sherbrooke Village and with the general idea of reaching Canso before nightfall. All was going well as we travelled along Highway 211, a very pleasant road with little traffic and the ancient...

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  • The beams

    And when the sawing is done, the beams come out on the this side of the mill.

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  • Inside the sawmill

    There were two men at work when I was there. They were just sitting waiting for the log finish through the sawing machine. We chatted for a quite some time. They told me some more about the sawmill and about the area around Sherbrooke. They were quite fun to talk to, but they were out to fool me! What better to do than fool a tourist, hahaha. Sorry...

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    by sim1 Updated Feb 1, 2005

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    Here is a little bit of history about Sherbrooke village (information is from the Sherbrooke leaflet) :
    The French where the first European visitors to Sherbrooke, as early as 1655.

    By 1815 the settlement which developed at the head of navigation became known as Sherbrooke, in honour of Sir John Coape Sherbrooke, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

    For years the community prospered, supported by farming, fishing and, above all, by the timber trade. Busy mills produced deal, planks, laths, spars, ships'knees and shingles for the British and West Indian markets.

    Then in 1861 the cry of 'gold' was heard and the town became a lively, energetic mining camp. By the 1869 nineteen companies had flocked to participate in the discovery; Sherbrooke boomed. What some called Sherbrooke's golden age lasted about twenty years.

    Mining was reactivated in the early part of the 20th centrury, but was never as successful as before. Lumbering continued as a major industry. Until the restoration of Sherbrooke Village, visitors to the area where mainly sportsmen fishing for salmon in the pools of the St.Mary's River.

    The Sherbrooke Village Restoration Area was established in 1969 to conserve part of Sherbrooke and depict a typical Nova Scotian village in the 19th century.

    Opening times :
    Sherbrooke village is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm from June 1 to October 15.

    One of the little streets in Sherbrooke village

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