The city’s idyllic Eastern Townships location makes it an outdoor playground, with skiing and snowboarding in Mont Bellevue minutes away (complete with epic views of the streets below) and four (four!) larger ski resorts within an hour’s drive. The historic streets here are equally exciting. Between September and May, almost 25 per cent of the city’s inhabitants are students attending the seven post-secondary schools in the region, including the University of Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University. The seventh-ranked city in our Nightlife subcategory is lubricated by icons of revelry that ply their trade with obsessive devotion. Student favourite Le King Hall, for example, has reigned for three decades as the city’s English pub of choice, with dozens of cask beers, 280 cellared beers and 350 spirits. The Boquébière microbrewery keeps it real by pouring right from the cask, as per tradition. The academic infrastructure ranks Sherbrooke #5 in our Educational Attainment subcategory. The city also boasts an impressive #4 ranking for Health-care Practitioners (calculated per capita), meaning that, unlike in many other small cities, professionals are staying put.