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At the end of the Gaspé Peninsula, Percé was once a large fishing center that now encompasses several coastal villages, from St-Georges-de-Malbaie to Cap-D’Espoir. Now the region’s main resort area, it offers a gorgeous setting, with superb views of Bonaventure Island and the famous Percé Rock. The 400-million-ton block of limestone is 439 m (1,440 ft) long and up to 88 m (290 ft) wide, and at low tide you can walk out to the rock. It used to be even longer, with as many as four natural arches. A short boat-ride offshore, Bonaventure Island is a major bird sanctuary and a summer home to 50,000 gannets, as well as puffins, cormorants and ...

At the end of the Gaspé Peninsula, Percé was once a large fishing center that now encompasses several coastal villages, from St-Georges-de-Malbaie to Cap-D’Espoir. Now the region’s main resort area, it offers a gorgeous setting, with superb views of Bonaventure Island and the famous Percé Rock. The 400-million-ton block of limestone is 439 m (1,440 ft) long and up to 88 m (290 ft) wide, and at low tide you can walk out to the rock. It used to be even longer, with as many as four natural arches. A short boat-ride offshore, Bonaventure Island is a major bird sanctuary and a summer home to 50,000 gannets, as well as puffins, cormorants and murres. Percé has been popular with vacationers since the 1930s, and a sizeable community of artists has grown here over the years. There are plenty of hotels, inns and B&Bs, a good mix of casual and more elegant restaurants to enjoy, as well as boutiques, galleries and artists’ studios. For hikers there are countless trails from nearby Mont Ste-Anne to the surrounding mountains.

Joanna Ebbutt
About the Expert

Joanna Ebbutt is the author or editor of three Insight Guides to Toronto and Canada, and coauthor of Off the Beaten Track: Western Canada. She has been writing about travel for three decades, including chasing the aurora borealis in Northern Ontario.

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