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“Great Hike and Genet viewings”

Parc national de l'Ile-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Perce
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Perce
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Took the short hike to the Genet Collonies and the longer one back via Rue Chemin du Roy.
Don't take the Rue du Chemin from the visitor centre as you will have take 350 staircases to reach the Genets.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

A trip to Percé is not complete without doing the tour to Isle de Bonaventure. Upon arrival, park staff greet visitors and explain the various trails on the island. There is a "highway" through the center of the island to get to the gannet colony. It's relatively busy and easy to walk. We took the more challenging trail (some steps and roots, but nothing too tricky) along the Eastern side of the island and we hardly saw a person. Lots of wild raspberries on the way. After about 45 minutes we got to the gannet colony and that's one of the most spectacular bird watching places I have seen.
Stunning! I have to go back there!

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

A nice 3-4 nature outing...scenic hikes well laid out and maintained...the birds provide a great focal point...

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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Great place to visit. There was a historic tour of the buildings (in French) at 11:30 and we were very glad we took it (we are francophone) the guide was great, we learned a lot and then you get a small sip (in a small cup) of beer from the area as well as a piece of cod, all this for 3.50$ each. However, we were with a 4 year old and a 60year old (with bad arthritis) and then we were left halfway down the longest trail (which they had warned us about). So we continued down that trail. We stopped at the beach for lunch and a swim (there are lots of seals around to watch and the overhangs at the beach are very spectacular but it smells fishy). Then we continued on our way. We arrived at the area with the viewpoint of the Gannet colony too late to stay for long as they were starting to shut down the trails. They have a big tower that you can climb to watch the Gannet's from. Then on our way back the park ranger was hustling us to the boat as they were shutting down the trails. That was a bit difficult for my mom (who has arthritis) and would've like to stop to rest a few times. However we did make it to the boats for 5pm. Also, unless you have a pretty good stroller the trails are not too easy to navigate and to get to the Gannet colony and beach there are a lot of stairs. We ended up carrying the 4 year old about half the time but with kids a little older it would've been fine. With a family it's probably best to go for 9am as 4:30pm comes quick (which is when they seem to want you back at the dock). I think if we had chosen a shorter route and not done the historic tour we would've been ok for time as well. Bring a lunch and water, there is not much there to eat (except near the boat at the restaurant and ppl said it was expensive). Also, wear good walking shoes.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We cruise from Perce to Bonaventure island, going first by "le roche Perce" and we took a guided trail tour, the longuest trail to learn a little more about the history of the island to then continue on our own to see and learn more about the gannets "les fous de bassan" with a naturalist, this is really not to missed. In total we did over 8km and this was so interesting to walk that it didn't feel at all we walk so much.

2  Thank Martelu
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