Sherbrooke Snowshoe Club: 145 years of history

By Johnathan Houle – Special to The Record
Sherbrooke Snowshoe Club: 145 years of history
Club members in front of the Magog House in 1888. (Photo : Steve Moore / Sherbrooke Snowshoe Club)

Formed in 1877 by a group of prominent men in the city, The Sherbrooke Snowshoe Club has an extensive history in the area. With its 145 years of history, it is one of the oldest anglophone clubs in the area with notices of their events being covered in the first edition of The Sherbrooke Record. Leading up to its 125th anniversary, The Record spoke with a member of the club to discuss its history, and the changes the group has experienced.

Steve Moore, Secretary, and unofficial historian of the club, spoke on the reason behind the formation of the club.“Snowshoeing was a popular activity at the time because there was little else to do in the winter, so they decided to form a club for the sport,” he said. “During that period, they would meet up at the Magog House, which is the old Hotel on Dufferin Street, and would snowshoe off into the countryside,” Moore added. These walks, internally known as tramps, would take them through areas all over Sherbrooke.
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