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About Gaspé

Gaspé is a city with an intoxicating mix of regional cultures, sitting at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in the immense region of eastern Quebec. It's surrounded by dramatic rock faces, pounding surf and jagged coasts dotted with lighthouses. It's also home to an abundance of flora and fauna.

The Gaspé Peninsula, situated along the coast of the majestic St Lawrence River, is the birthplace of Canada, where Jacques Cartier first claimed the land for France. It contains four national parks, including Bonaventure Island, and the massive Percé Rock (one of the world's largest natural arches sitting in water), as well as over 200,000 northern gannets.

In town you can explore Gaspé's maritime heritage and legendary hospitality. The modern Gaspé cathedral is built almost entirely of wood, with beautiful stained glass. The Musée de la Gaspésie tells of Jacques Cartier's voyages, and the Anglo-French struggle for power over this region.

 

Shore excursions in Gaspé

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Percé and Bonaventure Island Boat Ride

Activity medium

Duration: 5 hours

Discover the charm of Percé town and take a delightful coastal cruise to view the Northern Gannet colony at Bonaventure Island.

The drive to Percé will take you along the panoramic coastal road of Gaspé Bay. Upon arrival, you’ll take a lovely boat ride to Bonaventure Island and enjoy some free time in Percé town.

Also referred to as ‘Gannet Island’, Bonaventure has been a migratory bird sanctuary since 1919 and attracts large colonies of Northern Gannets. As you cruise by the island, the sights, sounds and smells will give you an indication of the sheer number of Gannets on the island. Keep an eye out for flocks engaging in bouts of plunge diving for fish. En route you can admire Percé Rock, one of the most photographed and painted landmarks in the area.

Your free time in Percé town can be spent browsing the craft shops and art galleries and perhaps purchase a snack, lunch or refreshment.

Leaving the charm of Percé behind, sit back and enjoy the scenery once more as you take the return drive back to the ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bus, coach and on foot. The drive to Percé is around 1¼ hours each way. Limited tourism infrastructure is part of Gaspé’s charm; transportation may be more basic than in other ports (school bus or similar). There is a short walk from the coach parking area to the boat pier. Passengers do not disembark at Bonaventure Island; it is a cruise by only. The boat ride is around 1 hour. Gannet sightings cannot always be guaranteed. The area is prone to fog which may also affect viewing. It is recommended to take a jumper or a jacket for the boat ride. There are a set of fairly steep steps to reach the upper deck of the boat. Flat, non-slip shoes are essential. Please remember local currency for purchases.

Percé On Your Own

Activity low

Duration: 5 hours

The perfect option for those who wish to explore the charming town of Percé independently.

The popular town of Percé is situated at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula and is recognised by Percé Rock that rises prominently from the ocean. Its rugged coastal surroundings and pretty scenery are popular amongst artists and is reflected in the quaint art galleries in the town. Bonaventure Island, home to a breeding Gannet colony, is also situated just a boat ride away.

Your transfer will allow you to sit back and relax and take in the lovely coastal views of Gaspé Bay en route to Percé. Upon arrival, you’ll have time at leisure to browse the craft and souvenir shops and the quaint art galleries. Perhaps purchase a refreshment or snack from one of the local cafés or take a stroll by the harbour and admire the coastline.

After your time in Percé, you’ll meet at the requested time and place for the return drive to Gaspé.

Essential information

This tour will operate by bus and on foot. Walking is at the discretion of the passenger. Steps on to and off the coach will need to be negotiated. The drive to Percé is around 1¼ hours each way. The free time in Perce is around 2½ hours. Please take careful note of the return time and meeting point as the bus cannot be held for latecomers. Local currency is accepted for purchases.

 

A selection of cruises to Gaspé

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