"The Towns...Percé...and the Rock.." Top 5 Page for this destination Gaspé Things to Do Tip by Greggor58
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We drove into town along Highway 132, coming from the town of Gaspe. The drive to get here was filled with some really nice vistas and the approach to the town of Percé itself was pretty exciting and unique I thought, the highway cut into the sides of some pretty dramatic rock faces, curvy road, and went through some serious elevation changes.
The sidewalks of the town were busy, traffic flowed at a pretty constant pace down the main street, and there was a kind of buzz in the air. My first impressions after first visiting twenty years ago, Wow..I don?t remember it being this busy!!
In lots of ways this scenic little ?once upon a time? fishing village is a total tourist trap, with inflated restaurant prices, and almost every heritage building along the main drag is sadly converted to a store front to collect your cash.
IF you can get your head around this fact and look for the charm and beauty that exists here than I think you?ll enjoy your time visiting in Percé.
The village of Percé is quite pretty in fact.
The setting is one of the National Symbols of the Province of Quebec, the image of le Roche Percé has been representative of tourism in Quebec for decades.
Percé Rock being the central noteworthy attraction here has long guaranteed that fishing will only be a secondary economic force here, the ROCK is number ONE!!
Percé Rock itself is a geologic wonder, it rises out of the water to a height of just more than 45 meters and is almost half a kilometer long and is composed of sandstone, siltstone and limestone with calcite veining. The name Percé actually means ?pierced? and it?s the ?arched? hole in the rock that is in fact the ?piercing?.
I didn?t overnight here, and I didn?t indulge in fresh and expensive sea foods.
As you walk the sidewalks, you can see that many of the restaurants use ?sandwich? boards to advertise they?re menu and prices, most if not all of the pricing is competitive to the next, and it?s all expensive.
The first time through on this trip, we made two stopovers here; we made a straight line to one of the tour boat operators that take you over to Bonaventure Island. We forked out our $ 25.00 CAD each for the two way journey that includes a ?drive by? of the infamous Percé Rock and a circumnavigation of Bonaventure Island itself to see the cliff side nesting sites of the Gannets and other sea birds that make Bonaventure home.
During the entire voyage to end up at Bonaventure, there?s a narrative explanation of what you?re seeing and a list of facts presented to you.
I didn?t hang out on Bonavanture for too long although the day was a perfect blue sky sun shine day. I ventured back to Percé to walkabout the town a little and see what it had to offer.
I spent some time exploring, talking to the people in the Tourist Information building and I ended up checking out an art gallery that?s housed in a heritage building along the shore front, Le Chaufaud, once upon a time, in fact it was a fish processing facility.
The second visit was even briefer; as we were leaving the area for good we puttered around on a grey rainy morning and did drive bys of some of the heritage buildings that are outlined on a map and brochure you get from the Tourist Info. Unfortunately, there is NO English content on this brochure and if you have limited or no understanding of the French language, you?re out of luck, its almost meaningless.
We also made time to investigate the interior of the main church in Percé, St. Michael?s Church of Percé, a grand structure, constructed from a similar brown sandstone that the Rock is composed of.
There are hiking trails that we DIDNT take time to investigate that you access behind this church that take up you up Mont Saint-Anne to an elevation almost 500 meters high that offer some pretty stunning views of the village and the infamous rock.
Visiting Percé and the infamous rock is a unique experience for a tourist visiting this region of Quebec and so in spite of the touristy nature of the setting, don?t pass it by, just remember to keep your wallet close to your heart, and enjoy the beautiful setting that it is.
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