The Northern Gannet colony at Parc national de I'Ile-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Perce at the eastern tip of the Gaspe peninsula in Quebec, Canada is the largest in North America. About 50,000 birds nest on the 300-foot high cliffs on the East side of the island and about 70,000 more on the plateau at the top of the cliffs. The colony is a spectacular sight - and sound - and smell! The island is reached by boat from the town of Perce - the trip includes closeup views of Perce Rock and of the cliffs before docking on the West side of the island. The experience of stepping out of the woods at the end of the trail across the island, right at the edge of the gannet colony, is truly unforgetable.
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