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Near the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, looking out toward the famous Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island, the community of Percé hugs the shore for some three kilometres (two miles) between the rocky outcrop known as the Pic de l’Aurore (Peak O’Dawn) and the scenic coastline of the Côte Surprise. This tiny city has only 3,000 residents, yet it is renowned the world over for its natural beauty and heritage buildings. A short historical tour of Percé rewards visitors with a wealth of heritage sites, museums, galleries, and art studios. There’s no shortage of things to do outdoors either—think birdwatching, sea kayaking, and scuba diving, not to mention some fifty kilometres (thirty miles) of hiking trails winding their way around the hills and rivers in the surrounding area. No trip to the area is complete without an offshore excursion to the Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé national park to observe the world’s most accessible colony of Northern Gannets in their natural habitat. There are also plenty of whale-watching tours along the Gaspé coast for those eager to spot various species from up close on the water.

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