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Sherbrooke is a rural community on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, in Guysborough County.HistorySherbrooke is nestled between Sherbrooke Lake and St. Mary's River. The river was named for Fort Saint Marie, a French-built fort which was later taken over and destroyed by the British, and is renowned for its angling and its run of wild Atlantic salmon. Over the past decades the population of Atlantic salmon has decreased dramatically, and fishing of Atlantic salmon is strictly prohibited, as is catch and release.The community takes its name from Sir John Coape Sherbrooke, a colonial era Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. His name can also be found throughout other communities in Canada. The community in the late 1800s and early 1900s benefited from one of the many gold rushes, as did the surrounding communities. Miners came from all over Canada and the United States to stake a claim in the gold of Wine Harbour, Goldenville, Sherbrooke, and Cochran Hill. Goldenville, being the most popular for miners, was a boom town; previously no bigger than it is today, overnight it boomed to hundreds, probably even thousands of people. Goldenville was named for the gold rush, the brooks running through Goldenville is said to shine of gold. It is also said that only 20% of the gold in this area had actually been taken out, 80% still lying in the ground waiting to be mined. This can be said for all communities in the Sherbrooke area that had gold. The reason there is still 80% of the gold is because during this gold rush, these miners did not have the technology to break up the rock completely to get all of the gold in it. The gold still in the rocks would be sent down brooks where, after being broken apart by the water, it would settle in deposits throughout the brooks. Because of this, panning for gold throughout the area grew considerable over the years, attracting a wide range of people.
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