The sea excursions figure among the most appreciated activities while visiting Perce. The boat ride around the Bonaventure Island is well known, but Perce is also one of the best whale-watching destinations in Quebec.
Once in Perce, you will have the opportunity to buy your tickets very easily. Weather is the key element when you are thinking about a boat ride so we strongly recommend that you wait until your arrival in Perce before booking or purchasing your tickets. The tide, the waves, the wind, the visibility are all critical factors in the appreciation that you will make of your tour. Better wait and choose the best time to do it.
There are enough boats to accommodate the visitors and the schedules are flexible. There really is no needs for you to take the chance of ending up with non-refundable tickets that could also turned out to be unusable.
CRUISE AROUND THE PERCE ROCK AND THE BONAVENTURE ISLAND WITH ACCESS TO THE ISLAND.
A classical; once there, you will easily understand why. No matter how many times you have done it, you want to do it again. There is always something new to discover. The parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Perce is the jewel of the Gulf of St-Lawrence.
First the boat tour will begin by exploring each side of the Perce Rock. Next, a change of heading and you will find yourself on the South side of Bonaventure Island for the observation of the gannets that have decided to build their nest in the cliffs. You will then have the opportunity to get off the boat and visit the island. Do it. If you take the shortest trail, estimate 45 minutes walk to meet face to face with the gannets. It's recommended to take your boat no later than 14:00 if you want to walk on the island and reach the bird's colonies.
First departure from Perce's wharf 9:00, last return from the Island 17:00. Departure every hour in the peak of the season. Length: 1h if you stay on the boat, 3h30 if you drop off on the island.
The seals are also expecting you.
WHALE WATCHING CRUISES
For the enjoyment of the visitors coming to the Gaspe Peninsula, Perce is now the main departure point on the East coast of the province of Quebec for the observation of whales. Awaiting you, fin whales, minke whales, the spectacular humpback whales and the giant of the sea, the blue whales. Don't be surprised if you are joined by harbor porpoises and white sided dolphins during your excursion.
More attention must be paid for the planning of this tour, the average length of the cruise being between 2h30 to 3h. Daily departures are also less frequent, ranging from 1 in low season to more than 3 in the peak. Navigation conditions are of the upmost importance to fully appreciate this sea safari. So if you see that the St-Lawrence looks like a mirror, don't say «I'll go later».