70 km (45 mi.)Gaspé to Percé
A vast area of 11 km2 (2700 acres) located between Gaspé and Percé, the Malbaie Barachois is home to over 200 bird species. In the spring, brants, Canada geese and various duck species can be sighted here, along with nesting American bitterns. In the summer, you can spot several species of shorebirds as well as great blue herons. The Malbaie Barachois is also a nesting site for yellow rails and Nelson’s sparrows, both of which are threatened species.
Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park
Bonaventure Island is accessible by boat from Percé. The park’s most famous residents are northern gannets, which can be observed from April to October. Any of the island’s trails will take you to the nesting site of this colony of 120,000 birds. Another interesting species, the Atlantic puffin, can be observed during a boat excursion around the island. Several couples raise their young in the cracks in the cliffs. In addition, common murres and razorbills can be seen flying around the island. Harlequin ducks are also present, as are great cormorants, which nest on Percé Rock.