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Aug 27, 2018 - Percé around town

We checked out Percé today. It’s just about the right size, has gift shops and lots of historic buildings as well as some great scenery. We looked at historic building in the town including ones from thehistoric Robin fishing company that was the first commercial business. Many of the fishermen were seasonal and there was large market for fish as the Catholic Church discouraged eating of meat much of the year. We drove to the base of Mont Sainte-Anne that is the red rock prominate over the town. One can reach the top on a hiking trail that...

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Aug 26, 2018 - Gaspe and Mont Joli

Today we drove to Gaspe - retracing our drive to Perce but with a real twist. The Eagle GPS put us on a route around town that was through farms and flat. This route on132 is steep - 17% grades - and curved and very scenic. So glad we didn’t take it in the Eagle. We went to the southern visitor center for Forillon Park and looked at the WW 2 bunker remains of a military installation from 1942. The German U Boats were in Gaspe Bay and had sunk 20 ships including 2 warships from the adjoining Fort Ramsay. So an installation was put in place...

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Aug 25, 2018 - L’ile-Bonaventure-Êt-Du-Rocher-Perce

I went south to a grocery store with a web site and got some items, then went into Perce for gas. This is a really cute town with a boardwalk along the beach going toward Perce Roche. Ray was not interested in the boat cruise and wanted to work on the mud flap so I took the cruise to the rock and island as the weather was good and there may be rain in a couple of days. Going close to the rock was great as we could see it clearly even with haze. The rock is 400 million years old and loses 300 tons of rock each year due to erosion - it is...

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Aug 24, 2018 - Percé

What a drive. The people in the campground in Levis and the office here both said the mountain road 198 was more steep than Route 132. AAA shows Route 132 as a red road and 198 as a black road. So it seemed to me that 132 would be better even though the GPS indicated 198. With towns at least there would be places to pull off and services if we needed them. Well as Ray said, if 198 was worse it couldn’t be much worse. First the road was in fairly good condition but patched and rough at least 25% of the way. Grades were 8%, 10%, 12%, 14%. We...

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Sep 1, 2017 - Bonaventure Island

2017-09-01.Bonaventure Island From our campsite atop a hill only a few hundred yards from the lighthouse, we can see both the Rocher Perce' (Perce' Rock) and Bonaventure Island, a Quebec provincial park. Each day, the tour boats take visitors across the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the park to see the colony of Northern Gannets, a threatened sea bird species. Bob and I went to the tourist office to get some information on hiking and other activities, including the Bonaventure Island trip and thankfully, the woman I spoke with suggested that we...

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Jul 8, 2017 - Travel to Perce

We only had about 60 miles to travel today but it was up and down mountains with lots of areas of construction. Still, we got there at lunchtime in a fog. We were told we would have a terrific view once the fog lifts. This is a cute little town with many shops and restaurants in a little area. We went to look for a letterbox first but didn’t find it. We believe it is missing from the place it was hidden, although it should have been able to stay there. Letterboxing isn’t big in these parts! Anyway, we paid a dollar to walk up a very small...

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May 26, 2017 - the Pleasures of Perce

Perce, about 30km south of our campground, was on our itinerary for today. Perce is made up of a district of 17 villages that also has a town with its namesake. So the road from St. George de Malbaie into Perce encompasses several homes and very, very small townsites – some on the water & a couple inland. The homes in this area are not nearly as picturesque or well-kept as the ones we have seen over the last couple of days. More weather worn, worn out and worn down! The hills continue as we went down one with a 17% grade – the truck tires...

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May 25, 2017 - this part of Quebec is "La Belle Province"

We really do apologize for going on about the absolutely stunning scenery along this section of Hwy 132…..but it is so, so pretty. Today we deked into the waterfront roads of several towns – what a wonderful thing to do, the houses & towns were beautiful as they are right on the water, some at water’s edge & others on cliffs above the shoreline. Each home is unique, each one neatly painted – no cookie cutter homes here. Some with shutters, some with ornate carvings on their facias, some with colourful roofs, some with lookout towers, some...

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Aug 17, 2015 - Perce, Quebec

We finally got a decent WiFi connection here in Perce, Quebec (pronounced per-SAY) so I thought I would include a few photos. Pattie has already uploaded some on Facebook from the Acadian Festival we attended and some of the spectacular sunsets. The scenery along the Gaspe Peninsula coast is spectacular! Tomorrow, we will visit the town of Gaspe which everyone says is very interesting and scenic. We will spend a few more days in the area and then head south to Quebec City which is about 450 miles south.

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Jul 4, 2015 - Percé

There's something special about celebrating the 4th of July when you're not in the USA. The trip leaders treated us to breakfast, pancakes with maple syrup and bacon inside so you didn't even need to use plates or silverware. They had time to cook, because we only had sixty miles to drive today. This also meant we had a late departure, which gave us time to visit a few sites in Forillon National Park that we missed in yesterday's rain. The view from the aptly named Cap Bon Ami was great and we ran into a man who had seen a mother porcupine...

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Jul 4, 2015 - Perce, Quebec

Perce is a former fishing village on the Gulf of St Lawrence. It is named for a large rock formation just off the beach called 'Le Rocher Perce' or the pierced rock. Discovered in 1603 by Samuel de Champlain, it had 2 arches but the second arch fell in 1836. The village was established as a seasonal fishing station during colonial times, then became a year-round fishing village in 1801. Just offshore is Bonaventure Island, a bird nesting site for the Northern Gannet Bird, mures, and puffins. The rock and the island are preserved by the...

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Oct 9, 2013 - Blog Six - Perce

BLOG SIX WEDNESDAY – 2 Oct 13 Today is the start of what we consider to be the start of the second quarter of our journey. We leave behind the big cities and move into the smaller towns and provinces of the east. We’ve also noticed a continual slide in temperature. We started in very hot conditions in Toronto but since that first week there has been a continual drop such that the average day time temperature is now around 15 degrees during the day and about 5 during the evening. This is no doubt a taste of the general direction that will...

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