Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-

Opening of the park: June 2, 2024 Details

Park Experience

Nature and History

Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé is full of extremes and a rich natural and historical heritage. Sculpted by time and the sea at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, its geological past is surprising. Its unique plant and animal life and its famous colony of Northern Gannets make it a must-see destination. An extension of the Appalachians into the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this rocky city has Île Bonaventure as a fortress, and the majestic Percé Rock, the tourism emblem of Québec, as a stone vessel. On the island, become intoxicated by the scents and colours of the wildflowers seasoned by the fragrance of the seashore. Soak up the gentle tranquility of the forests and woodland flowers, and be amazed by the contrast of sounds and silences, colours and shadows.

Click here to find out about the wide range of discovery activities available in the park!

Discover the Park Through Interpretation

Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé has the potential to inspire wonder! And the best way is to participate in our discovery activities (in French only). Through the l'interprétation des patrimoines naturel et culturel,you’ll learn more about the park and the importance of protecting it.

Among the riches we hope to share are the wide variety of seabirds (including the famous colony of Northern Gannets), the incomparable geology dominated by the imposing Percé Rock, and the history of the region, which was greatly affected by the cod fishery.

To guide us in the development of our discovery activities, all the parks have an education plan.

Did you know?

The Largest and Most Accessible Colony in the World

Few places in the world offer the chance to observe a colony of over 100,000 birds from so close by and under such good conditions.

Every year, young breeding pairs increase the size of the Northern Gannet colony.

Northern Gannets return to Île Bonaventure every summer to breed. Faithful to their territory (nest), and not to their partners (as is the popular belief), the male and female find themselves in the same nest year after year.

Nesting in a compact colony, each pair raises one chick. The incubation period, which lasts 43 days, is taken care of by both parents, as is the feeding period, which lasts 91 days. In the fall the chicks and adults head to their wintering grounds in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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