Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island

Last week I visited Bonaventure Island,
 A bird Sanctuary in the Gaspésie.
One of the largest and  most accessible
 colonies of birds, in the world
with more than 280,000 birds.
More than 293 different species of birds have been
 recorded as visiting, migrating to
 or living on Bonaventure Island.

Less than a 2 hour drive from my home,
in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 
I went with family, who were visiting at the time.

We boarded a boat and headed out.
Our Captain/Tour Guide gave excellent documentation
 in both French and English.

Below: On the way to the island, we pass Percé Rock.
This massive limestone structure brings
 a lot of tourist to this area
A source of inspiration for numerous artists and poets

The rock is shrinking:
The rock loses approx. 300 TONNES of rock each yr.
 because of erosion.

Below: As we pass in front of the rock we see people walking out to the hole in the rock.
This is possible at low tide.
Below: A nice view at the end of the rock.
We feared a storm with dark clouds overhead.
Fortunately, it passed.
The back of the Rock
(some of my pics are huge...I don't know why)

A old painting and photo from the Gaspe Archives
"Vue de l’île Percée, un rocher remarquable dans le golfe Saint-Laurent.
. par Hervey Smyth, 5 novembre 1760, BAC"

At the present time, no one lives on this Island.
The first settlers from Ireland came here in the early 1790's.
A fishing company was set up by a Jersey native 1819-1845.
In 1971 the Quebec Gov't evicted
35 families who were forced to move elsewhere.
The expropriated land became a national park.
Parc national de l'ile-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé

Below: Thousands of Northern Gannets migrate in these clifts on the banks of the Island.

Below: Seals on the rocks

There is a boat each hour back and forth to the Island.
Below: We brought our lunch and ate before hiking on the trails.
We spent time enjoying the view and watching whales in the water.

A view of  Percé Rock in the distance

We did Sentier des Colones
(the highest point on the island is here)
and  Le Chemin du Roy, 
the longest trail.

Below Daniel, Louis and Marina.
Below, Marina, Louis, Jacob and me on the right.

An Enchanting Forest.
A lot of wooden boardwalks
made walking easy.
Below: Martin and Mathieu
We saw a lot of Northern Gannets.

Thousands of Gannets,

 Gannets have a 6 foot wingspan

A beach along the way
An abandoned house

Suzanne, Martin and family claimed this house.

and some others

I am  sharing some family photos of the trip.

on the boat me and my son-in-law Martin in the middle

My children Daniel and Suzanne

We spent a lovely day together having fun and making memories...

¤ ؛° ¤`•.¸.•´ ¤ ☆__☆***☆__☆...
thanks for your visit xo

All photos of Perce Rock were taken by Daniel.
The rest were taken by Daniel or moi.