Today, we’ll arrive in the quiet bayside town of Gaspé on the northeastern tip of Québec. Gaspé was claimed for France by Jacques Cartier, who took refuge from a storm here in 1534. From this seaside town, we’ll take a scenic one-hour coach ride to Percé, where we’ll board a boat and cruise to the Rock of Percé, a dramatic sea arch just offshore. Then we’ll continue to Bonaventure Island, a former mecca for poets and painters and home of 293 different bird species – including puffins, cormorants, murres, auks, black-legged kittewake, boreal chickadees, and one of the largest colonies of gannets in the world. We'll be accompanied by local experts, who will help us interpret the unusual geology and rich aviary life along this rich coast. Back on shore, time permitting, we’ll enjoy free time in picturesque Percé before returning to the pier and the ship.
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner