Bonaventure Island is a island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence located 3.5 kilometres off the southern coast of Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula, 5 kilometres southeast of the village of Percé. Roughly circular in shape, it has an area measuring 4.16 square kilometres.
293 different species of birds have been recorded as visiting, migrating to, or living on Bonaventure island.
The most common bird found on the island is the Northern Gannet. The island is home to one of the largest colonies of gannets in the world, with 47,800 pairs in 2011. Other populous colonies include the Black-legged Kittiwake and the Common Murre. Terns, Black Guillemots, Auks, Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, Razorbills, Leach’s Storm-Petrels, Great Cormorants, Double-crested Cormorants, Atlantic Puffins, Boreal Chickadees and Blackpoll Warblers can also be observed on Bonaventure.
Four trails, for a total of 15 km, will delight you with the enchanting atmosphere of the Bonaventure Island sector. You’ll never be very far from the sea as you discover meadows, fields, evergreen forests and ... the impressive Northern Gannet colony.