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,

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.

 On the way to the island, we pass Percé Rock.

The rock is shrinking:
The rock loses approx. 300 tons of rock each yr.
 caused by erosion.

Reddish limestone rock

The back of the rock. 

Seals on the rocks

Below: A nice view at the end of the rock.
We feared a storm with dark clouds overhead.
Fortunately, it passed.

Approaching the Island

A old painting and photo from the Gaspe Archives
It had 2 holes....
"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

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.

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,

A beach along the way
An abandoned house

Suzanne, Martin and family claimed this house.

and some others


Sweet Sabrina


My children Daniel and Suzanne
My 4 Grandkids
Louis, Jacob, Sabrina and Mathieu.

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 me.

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