- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Hiking / Trekking
- Park and garden
- Water Sports
Our road trip through Canada would not have been complete without a visit to Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park. Conditions unfortunately weren't ideal when we went, with strong winds and very choppy seas.
We began by exploring the abundant wildlife along the Colonies trail, passing first through an area of meadow then on into boreal woodland. We even had the chance to eat some raspberries along the way, before we arrived at the famous northern gannet colony (120,000 strong). The birds themselves are extremely beautiful and majestic, and it's impressive to be able to see so many in one place and at such close quarters.
We returned via the Chemin du Roy trail, along which there are several points where the views are simply breathtaking! The path passes the ruins of the island's old fishermen's houses, which date from the last century. Nature is absolutely everywhere you look, with the fields simply full of plants and flowers of every colour. The island lies at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula and is a veritable haven of peace and tranquility. I regret not spending more time here.
In family, if you're not afraid of strong smells — it appears that the odour given off by the several birds irritates sensitive noses, but I couldn't smell anything! — Bonaventure Island National Park is a very pleasant stop on your tour of the Gaspé Peninsula!
The shuttle boat gives you the chance to do a little trip on the sea, with a tour of the rock and the island. Acting out the scene from Titanic, leaning on the front of the boat I was able to photograph this geological phenomenon from all sides.
Once on the island, don't miss the guided tour, the park rangers are very interesting and explained to us in detail the history of the trees and the animals... Don't hesitate to ask them questions. We even attended a live bird 'capturing' so that it could be treated!
There's a little restaurant so food lovers don't worry... You can also plan your picnic before leaving the mainland then enjoy it in a dedicated area.