Positioned on the Gulf of St Lawrence, Perce is a small city with an astounding amount of grassy areas interspersed with charming restaurants, cottages and boutiques. Perce is home to one of Canada’s best-known natural landmarks, along with seafood restaurants, an engaging museum and offshore island.
Things to do in Perce
You can’t visit Perce without seeing the iconic Perce Rock, a striking rock formation in the Gulf of St Lawrence. The nationally-recognised landmark resembles a sailing ship from afar and is best viewed from the Cap Mont Joli lookout point. You can get a different view of Perce Rock from Bonaventure Island, which also boasts Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park. This stunning expanse features guided birdwatching, fossil and geology tours.
Learn more about the region’s fascinating history at the Musée Le Chafaud, which houses historic paintings and photos, along with artefacts from Perce and surrounding towns. Afterwards, drive a little further down Route 132 to reach Pub Pit Caribou, a beloved brewpub with local beer and bar games.
Active travellers can hike to the top of the 244-metre-tall Pic de l'Aurore, a dramatic cliff that rewards you with panoramic views of Forillon National Park, Perce Rock and the Perce township. Don’t forget to visit La Grotte, a natural open-air cave located in a tranquil gorge. It’s dotted with statues of the Virgin Mary left by travellers.
Enjoy quality French-Canadian cuisine in Perce at popular eateries, such as Restaurant La Maison Mathilde and Biard. Pick up baked goods from Patisserie Do-Ré-Mie or drive along the coastline to dine on fresh seafood at Resto De L'Anse.
Getting around Perce
Perce is best reached by driving along Route 132 or catching a VIA Rail train to the Perce train station. You can easily explore the town on foot, but will need a hire car to venture further afield.