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Parc National de l’île Bonaventure

Parc National de l’île Bonaventure (Canada)

Practical information on Parc National de l’île Bonaventure

  • Family
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Island
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Park and garden
  • Port
  • Countryside
  • River
  • Water Sports
  • Essential
4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
Nine hours from Quebec by car
When to go
From June to September
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Parc National de l’île Bonaventure

Mylène Wei Seasoned Traveller
20 written opinions

Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park is an essential place to visit and provides an opportunity to see the world's largest northern gannet colony.

My suggestion:
Allow a good half day for your trip to Bonaventure Island. The sea can be very rough, so it's a good idea to check the weather beforehand!
My review

Our road trip through Canada would not have been complete without a visit to Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park. Conditions unfortunately weren't ideal when we went, with strong winds and very choppy seas.

We began by exploring the abundant wildlife along the Colonies trail, passing first through an area of meadow then on into boreal woodland. We even had the chance to eat some raspberries along the way, before we arrived at the famous northern gannet colony (120,000 strong). The birds themselves are extremely beautiful and majestic, and it's impressive to be able to see so many in one place and at such close quarters.

We returned via the Chemin du Roy trail, along which there are several points where the views are simply breathtaking! The path passes the ruins of the island's old fishermen's houses, which date from the last century. Nature is absolutely everywhere you look, with the fields simply full of plants and flowers of every colour. The island lies at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula and is a veritable haven of peace and tranquility. I regret not spending more time here.

Northern gannet colony
Philippine Lefas Seasoned Traveller
14 written opinions

Bonaventure Island National Park is a beautiful chance to go to observe the northern gannets from close up, these fabulous migratory birds have chosen the island as a stop off point.

My suggestion:
Get on the first shuttle boat and, if you do it like I did, you can have a well-filled day: visit the island in the morning and go to see the whales in the afternoon!
My review

In family, if you're not afraid of strong smells — it appears that the odour given off by the several birds irritates sensitive noses, but I couldn't smell anything! — Bonaventure Island National Park is a very pleasant stop on your tour of the Gaspé Peninsula!

The shuttle boat gives you the chance to do a little trip on the sea, with a tour of the rock and the island. Acting out the scene from Titanic, leaning on the front of the boat I was able to photograph this geological phenomenon from all sides.

Once on the island, don't miss the guided tour, the park rangers are very interesting and explained to us in detail the history of the trees and the animals... Don't hesitate to ask them questions. We even attended a live bird 'capturing' so that it could be treated!

There's a little restaurant so food lovers don't worry... You can also plan your picnic before leaving the mainland then enjoy it in a dedicated area.

View over Percé Rock from Bonaventure Island National Park
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