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View of Percé in the fall. Credit: Roger St-Laurent

Explore Another Side of Percé in the Fall

Here is a suggested itinerary for a 4-day road trip in and around Percé, in Gaspésie, in the fall. Strolls, discoveries and a maritime atmosphere are on the agenda!

Northern gannet colony on Bonaventure Island.
Northern gannet colony on Bonaventure Island. Photo: Ariane Aubert-Bonn, Office de tourisme du Rocher-Percé

Day 1 – Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé

Unforgettable moments await you in Pparc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé at the heart of one of Québec’s most beautiful landscapes!

Board a sightseeing boat for a 75-minute excursion around iconic Percé Rock and then along the steep cliffs of Bonaventure Island, where thousands of seabirds nest. Keep an eye on the water and you may also spot some of the many seals found in this area!

Once on Bonaventure Island, follow one of the four easy trails to within metres of the most accessible northern gannet colony in the world and enjoy an exceptional wildlife show.

Other options for activities: The park’s Discovery Centre (on Rue du Quai), guided tours (in French only) with a naturalist on Bonaventure Island (departing from the reception area), observation tower on Chemin du Roy

Local flavours to try: Don’t miss this opportunity to try the famous fish soup at Resto Margaulx in the reception area on Bonaventure Island.

Dizzyingly high glass platform in the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark
Dizzyingly high glass platform in the Percé UNESCO Global Geopark. Photo: Roger St-Laurent

Day 2 – Percé UNESCO Global Geopark

The Percé UNESCO Global Geopark will transport you into a fascinating geological world. Starting from the reception pavilion located in the heart of Percé, explore the hiking trails on Mount Sainte-Anne and Mount Blanc and then set off to discover exceptional geological sites surrounded by colourful scenery.

Over 20 km of trails, from easy to intermediate, will lead you to a cave, a large crevice, high cliffs, a magical forest and Roland’s Table (Table à Roland) as well as to impressive lookouts and a suspended glass platform overlooking Percé at 200 metres in altitude.

Other options for activities: Tektonik multimedia experience (geological history of Percé), scuba diving at the Club nautique de Percé (yacht club)

Local flavours to try: Pick up local products at Marché Ami and savour a delicious picnic during a hike, then stop for a microbrew at Pub Pit Caribou in the heart of the village.

Chute de la Rivière aux Émeraudes (Emerald River waterfall)
Chute de la Rivière aux Émeraudes (Emerald River waterfall). Photo: Marie-Hélène St-Pierre, Ville de Percé

Day 3 – Coin-du-Banc, Bridgeville and Barachois

The emerald-green waters and beautiful waterfall of Rivière aux Émeraudes (Emerald River) are surrounded by stunning scenery.

Take advantage of this trip eastward on Route 132 to explore the Barachois de Malbaie, a lagoon not far from the village of Percé. Bring your binoculars and be on the lookout for migratory birds, which are numerous in this area in September and October. Herons, ducks, geese and birds of prey are frequently observed here.

Then head to the seashore and keep your eyes peeled for beach treasures! The strip of pebbles and sand that links Coin-du-Banc to Barachois is full of agates, jaspers and sand dollars.

Other options for activities: Fatbiking on the beach, fishing for striped bass at Camp de Base Coin-du-Banc

Local flavours to try: If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to sample the maple products made by Côté Sucré in Coin-du-Banc!

La Vielle Usine de L’Anse-à-Beaufils overlooking a charming fishing harbour
La Vielle Usine de L’Anse-à-Beaufils overlooking a charming fishing harbour. Photo: Jean-Pierre Huard

Day 4 – Historic walking tour, maritime atmosphere and distillery

In the morning, take a trip back in time with the historical tour of Percé, which you can download from the App Store. You can also rent an iPod Touch with the app at the tourist welcome bureau in Percé. During this walking tour, discover unusual and moving stories about Percé through the eyes of local fishermen, villagers and artists. Don’t miss this opportunity to also go for a stroll along the Promenade de la Grave, a boardwalk along the coast.

Continue your day with a stroll in the typical harbour of L’Anse-à-Beaufils, which will charm you with its maritime atmosphere. Take advantage of this stop to explore the local beach, where you may find agates and jaspers. A few kilometres further on, at Cap-d’Espoir, stop at La Société Secrète, an artisanal distillery housed in an old Anglican church.

Other options for activities: La Vieille Usine de L’Anse-à-Beaufils (cultural centre), Magasin général historique authentique 1928 (authentic general store), photo opportunities at the Cap-d’Espoir Lighthouse

Local flavours to try: Stop at Marché Nicolas in Cap-d’Espoir to stock up on local delicacies including sausages and smoked salmon.

Please note that this itinerary is intended for information purposes only; it is not a package. It is meant to inspire you and may be modified as you wish.

This blog post is sponsored by Percé Holiday Destination.

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Be sure to also check out our fall itineraries in Gaspé, La Mitis and the Chaleur Bay sector.

For more ideas for your fall vacation, read the following blog posts:

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