Exploring Sherbrooke, Quebec
We knew for over a year that we’d be making a trip up to the Eastern Provinces for a family reunion at the cottage and it was around the same time I decided that we had to visit Sherbrooke during our time in Quebec. My mother-in-law grew up there and was our personal tour guide during our afternoon in town. We went to Brûlerie FARO, a coffee shop and roastery I found on Instagram. After our breakfast we walked down Rue Wellington to check out a few of the boutiques. I was so impressed by the murals depicting the history of the city on every corner. We went in a cute boutique called Boutique Joséphine. I wish we had a better way to carry home some of the prints of Canada they had, but we just got a little koala doll for Rooney that we named sleepy koala! They had a great selection of home goods, stationery, and gifts. It reminded me a lot of The Swank Company here in Augusta (minus clothes). We were originally going to go to OMG resto for burgers, a hip restaurant inside a converted church, but Alex’s cousins suggested Siboire Dépôt, a brewery and snack bar tucked inside an old train depot. I had yummy fish n chips and Alex got to try out one of their beers! We tried to find a good entrance to the river walk but it was confusing so we only made it down to the Centrale Frontenac mural on the Magog River. After exploring downtown, we made our way over to Elmwood Cemetery to see the graves of some of Alex’s great grandparents. It was a very peaceful park-like cemetery and I’m glad we were able to visit with his mom. For our final minutes in town, I drove us around the neighborhood she grew up in and we looked at all the houses her family once lived in! If you ever have the opportunity for your family to show you their roots, I highly suggest you take that time with them! We had a wonderful day trip in Sherbrooke and I hope we are able to go back soon.