Hiking Trails in Bonaventure Island, Perce

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On a visit to Hiking Trails in Bonaventure Island, a national park brimming with birdlife, hike along trails to discover North America's largest colony of gannets. Once inhabited by humans, this small island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has become home to over 200,000 birds, of which Northern gannets number 120,000. Explore the four different trails on offer, while taking in the sweeping views. If you follow the Le Chemin du Roy trail, keep an eye out for seals swimming in the bays below. Stop at the various viewpoints along the way, some of which offer views of one of the largest natural arches in the world. Walk the trails on your own, or opt for a more historical tour of the island with a park warden. With just one cafe on the island, you may want to pack a picnic to avoid an overpriced lunch stop. Make Hiking Trails in Bonaventure Island a part of your Perce vacation plans using our Perce vacation planner.
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  • I've traveled all over the world and never seen anything like this. Just to be able to walk out of your hotel in the morning and meander over to the boat for a day trip to a gannet rookery is so very ...  more »
  • The judgment on trails as such doesn't matter, it is important to note where they bring the amazing show provided by the thousands and thousands of gannets near each other at the edge of the cliff. From the port there are basically three ways of trekking: what part of port and go directly to the cliff to the East after three kilometers of ups and downs amid dense vegetation and little else in a trail justified by one goal. Then there is the trail of five kilometers from the port makes a long curved round clockwise to reach the plateaus above the cliff with gannets: this path is more varied than the previous one, a little steep in the first two kilometers with beautiful views towards Perc and dante access to wood constructions more or less well preserved, as well as with ups and downs in three kilometers later taking place between varied vegetation with views of the sea. I have walked these two routes, the middle one in the outward and return journeys the second strictly though time. The second is in itself, the first is just a means to get to the cliff. Then there is a network of trails left from port: I'd say interesting paths for the environment and the sea, but without the gannets, so worthy to be followed at a later date than that dedicated to the two aforementioned routes which confer the 5 stars for the ultimate view of gannets, otherwise would be two for the central route and three for the longer one.
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  • This island has a rookery of many thousands of gannets and the hiking trail we took leads right to the birds. They are not afraid of humans so the opportunity is for photos is wonderful.  more »