Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé

Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé

Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé
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Parc national de l'Ile-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Perce stands out with its rich natural, historic, and geological heritage. Sculpted by time and the sea, at the Gaspe Peninsula's tip, it has the fortress of Bonaventure Island and the magnificent stone vessel of Perce Rock-Quebec's tourism emblem. Its outstanding flora and fauna, including its famous colony of Northern Gannets make it a must-see for visitors, as do the island's old homes-the last witnesses to the way the islanders lived a century ago.
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Ying Cui
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Visited on August 28.

Purchased tickets at a booth located at downtown Perce. The dock was a 15km drive away. We parked across the street from the dock for $5 (920 Rue 132 Ouest) and took a shuttle offered by the cruise company (Julien), which runs every five minutes.

Staff were warm and friendly, and offered useful information about the boat ride to the Bonaventure island and the admission process which led us into purchasing online and saved time.

We had a terrible experience coming back from the island. It was windy and cold. We were on a 4:00pm return but waited till 4:35pm. The boat was overloaded with passengers. We were in the bottom level (indoor). People started to come in and sat next to each other without any distancing. After all the seats were taken, more people showed up and stood in the space in the middle and around the bar.

We were terrified with the possibility of getting COVID. I ran out to the top level (outdoor) and found it full of people, too.

Everyone was wearing a mask but the boat was way too crowded and people were talking, laughing and some coughing...

It was as if the 4pm boat waited for an extra 35 minutes in order to load more people ...
Written 29 August 2020
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flygirl75
Montreal, Canada197 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Visited this place recently because we wanted to see the Northern Gannets on the island. Little did we know that the boat drops you off 6 km away from the bird spot. You have to walk 2 hours there and back in order to see these birds. Since we were the last group before the last boat was departing, I was able to stay only a few minutes. The boat ride back was hell on earth due to extremely choppy waves. There is no electricity on the island and only one restaurant. I recommend a certain level of fitness to walk this place. Proper footwear and water is a must. I do not recommend this trek for people with strollers or very young kids.
Written 18 July 2020
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada12,615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Bonaventure Island is an important a migratory bird sanctuary. In addition to birds (mostly Northern Gannets), there were quite a few seals. It is possible to get off of the cruise boat and hike for a closer look at the Gannet colony. However, the trip would be a 2-hour (5.2 km) hike with many steep sections and we opted not to take it.
Bonaventure Island was made into a national park and the 35 families living there had to leave. However, some of their homes remain and are maintained by the province.
Written 2 September 2021
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_revrandy3795
Bradford, NH65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
If you find yourself in Quebec's Gaspe region, a visit to Bonaventure Island is a must. Located offshore from Perce, there are a number of lovely hiking trails there, but the high point of a visit there is the Gannet Colony on the south side of the island (a 3.3 km. hike from the dock). There are 100,000 gannets to visit!
Getting there requires a boat ride, and there are two companies in Perce that provide them. A nice side benefit of these cruises is that they take you around Perce Rock, which is well worth seeing up close. The Island is one of Quebec's Provincial Parks (SEPAQ), which means that you need to get a pass to be there. This you need to do online before going there. The cost of a day pass is minimal.
The boat ride is wonderful. Beside passing close by Perce Rock, it takes you around the island, which allows one to see the many (!) gannets and other shore birds nesting on the side of the sheer cliffs of the island's south side. This you cannot see from land.
As noted, it is a 3.3 hike from where the boat drops you off to the entrance to the gannet colony. Believe it or not, there is a simple snack bar there and picnic tables. The rangers there are terrific at answering questions about the birds. Seeing so many birds in one place is a stunning experience. It is well worth the hike to see them.
Written 6 August 2023
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Michele K
Bridgewater, Canada155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The boat ride was fast and everyone was polite. We took first launch to the island. On arrival they give you a small speech then we were on our own to explore. We hiked 11km, saw a mouse, thousands of Gannets, even babies and eggs, we saw a fox, and razorbills, Ana a bunch of warblers I haven’t identified yet. Views we’re beautiful, we took our lunch and drinks. The paths are grassy at times, I didn’t find any ticks and there were no signs in regards to them so maybe they are not a thing here, No accessible beaches on island but lots of lovely views, nature and birds, etc. totally worth the money for this in my opinion.
Written 21 June 2023
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Lisa D
Toronto, Canada365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
A beautiful park with well marked trails. Park rangers available to answer flora and fauna questions. Gannets galore! Spectacular vistas. The last trip to the island was October 11th, but highly recommended for next year.
Written 13 October 2021
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Danika10
Brownsburg-Chatham, Canada174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Beautiful spot for a hike! We are not hikers AT ALL and we made it to the gannets colony. You just have to take your time! The staff was very nice. I can’t say anything about the view since it was pretty foggy that day. Take the first boat in the morning that goes straight there. There’s not a lot of people on that first boat which is nice. When we got down from the hike there was a lot more people coming in.
Written 30 June 2021
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EPottawa
Ottawa, Canada480 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
This is a nice way to spend half a day. The trails are not strenuous but if you want a day outdoors you can loop the island and visit the gannet colony.

We brought a lunch in our backpack and found many nice spots to sit and eat or have a drink. There were bird migrations underway while we were there so the birdwatching was great.

There are historic markers which tell the story of the islands former residents.
Written 25 September 2020
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GlobetrotterSH
Canada835 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
When you travel to the tip of the Gaspé peninsula, it is easy to understand why the region was listed as one of the Top 10 world-wide travel destinations in National Geographic a few years ago. The Chic Choc mountains and the magnificent coastal lagoons and salt marshes come to mind, as well as the legendary Percé Rock, natural icon of Quebec, and Bonaventure Island.

A migratory bird sanctuary, the island is home to one of the largest and most accessible Northern Gannett colonies in the world. Altogether, some 300,000 seabirds nest here, including Arctic puffins, razorbills, guillemots and kittiwakes. The island is easily accessible with local ferry boats, leaving regularly from Percé. They circle the island to allow fabulous and dramatic views of the nesting cliffs and a colony of resident seals, usually basking in the sun, on the rocks south of the island.

Several hiking trails lead to the Gannett colony, each having its own characteristics and appeal. This time, we chose the shortest one, Les Colonies, which took us through a pleasant boreal forest to the other side of the island. The scenery on the way up to the forest was breathtaking, with a rich flora, including fields of brightly colored Fireweed and Canadian Goldenrod, and splendid views of the bay, the Rock and the coast. As you reach the nesting grounds on the plateau above the steep cliffs, you hear the birds - and smell them - before you see them. What an impressive display; some 100,000 of them, and you can get to within feet of the closest birds; just great if you want to take some close-ups.

We were spellbound by the spectacular panorama and the flight of these graceful birds and high-speed divers, and it was interesting to observe their behavior and rituals. It was rather amusing at times. We talked with the park rangers, who gladly gave us a wealth of information about the colony and the site in general.

Tickets for the boat rides to and from the island can be purchased at the pier, at hotels or other outlets throughout town. The first boat leaves at about 9 in the morning to take employees directly to the island. On one occasion or two, we had been offered to go with them. You might want to inquire at the sales office at the pier, to see if you can join them if you don't want to circle the island first. Food is available at the entrance to the Park, but I would recommend you take a light picnic along and something to drink. Picnic tables are available throughout the island, and so are toilet facilities. They have entry fees to the Park, but the experience is well worth it. It is nature at its best.

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Written 9 February 2015
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Indy240
Drummondville, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
We went to Percé at least 25 times since the last 40 years. And each time, we hiked the Bonaventure island trails.
If you want to fully benefit of your stay in Percé, and taking in account the long ride to get there, you should plan to stay at least four to five days.
August is the best period of the year in Percé.
Being there for a few days will let choose the best day to go to Bonaventure island. Be informed of the wind strongest and choose the most calm weather if you are subject to sea sickness.
The "Chemin des colonies" is the best to go across the island and reach the "Fous de Bassan" colony. There, you will be just a few feet away from thousand of them. Go back to the boats pier using the "Chemin du Roy" but ask before if the trail's dryness.

Don't forget to put good shoes that you will be able to wash, Bonaventure island soil being very red. Bring water and a light lunch, hats, sun glasses and binoculars.
Written 23 January 2013
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