Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé is home to the largest migratory bird refuge in North America. Its colony of 116,000 northern gannets is the most accessible in the world. The island also offers four hiking trails and a historic heritage trail that reflects Bonaventure Island’s prosperous past.
Discover the historic and natural heritage of the Percé region at the interpretation centre in the historic Charles-Robin sector. Visit the La Neigère Information Centre for information about the services and activities offered in the park. And don’t forget to stop in our nature boutique!
Experience an unforgettable excursion on Bonaventure Island and wander from one wonderful discovery to another by taking advantage of the interpretive activities offered by experienced park wardens, who are also naturalists. Dive into the history of the fisheries with them by visiting Le Boutillier House, follow them closely during a guided hike and enjoy the activities held at the northern gannet colony. Without a doubt, the high point of your visit will be the sight of 250,000 birds nesting on the island, including 116,000 northern gannets.
Accompanied by a park warden, learn about the history of Percé Rock, from its origins to today, at the Mont-Joli lookout.
Warning: Walking alongside Percé Rock and Mont Joli is extremely dangerous at all times.
May 22 to October 9
May 22 to June 4 and September 17 to October 9: from 9 am to 4 pm. June 5 to September 16: from 9 am to 5 pm.
Parcs Québec rates to access the site
Required for groups at the interpretation centre
Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé protects a very rich cultural, historic and natural heritage. Come and discover majestic Percé Rock along with the impressive colony of northern gannets on Bonaventure Island!
Take in the marine scenery from another angle while you enjoy the beauty of the park during a sea excursion: see both sides of Percé Rock as well as the bird colony on Bonaventure Island. If you are lucky, you might even spot the blow of a whale.
Hikers can soak up island atmosphere along four trails totalling 15 km (9 mi.) on Bonaventure Island.
In partnership with Avolo in Percé, explore this maritime environment during a guided sea kayaking excursion in the marine sector surrounding Bonaventure Island.
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
In partnership with Club Nautique de Percé, Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé offers scuba diving activities in the marine sector surrounding Bonaventure Island.
To get to the park, participate in a 45-minute sea excursion with one of our two private cruise companies. A park naturalist will be on board to introduce you to the natural environment of Bonaventure Island and Percé Rock.
This park is home to one of the largest migratory bird sanctuaries in North America, including the largest accessible northern gannet colony in the world. During a boat excursion around the park, you may also spot marine mammals.
Learn all about the birds in the park: their feeding, breeding and nesting habits, etc. Find out how Percé Rock got its name, where Bonaventure Island came from, how the surrounding mountains were formed, etc. Discover the park’s architectural heritage, which reflects the fishing operations of the Jersey companies.
Participate in discovery activities on the history of the Jersey companies as well as their development and dominance in the region. Visit the residence of the manager of the Le Boutillier Brothers, an Anglo-Norman cod fishing company.
Located in the reception area of the island, the Margaulx restaurant in Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé offers a healthy menu inspired by the sea: soups (including the popular fish soup), salads, sandwiches (lobster, crab, shrimp, chicken, ham, etc.), desserts, hot and cold drinks, beer and wine.
This park is home to one of the largest migratory bird sanctuaries in North America, including the largest accessible northern gannet colony in the world.
No pets allowed
Restaurant or snack bar
How to get there
- Bonaventure Island sector: via the Percé wharf
- Robin Charles sector: via Rue du Quai
- Percé Rock sector: via Rue du Mont-Joli (walking alongside Percé Rock is extremely dangerous at all times)
- Marine sector: 100 metres (330 feet) around Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island
Affiliations and distinctions
- Parcs Québec network (SÉPAQ)
- Tourisme Gaspésie
- Certified Quality Tourisme Gaspésie
- Gaspésie network of museums and heritage sites (RMPG)
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