Frequently asked questions
Should I make reservation long in advance for my lodging ?
If you plan to visit Percé between July 10 and August 30, we recommend that you make reservation in advance. If you prefer to travel with less planning, here are a few tips to help you : You should know that the busiest days in Percé are : Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Weekends are more quiet in terms of tourism (it may seem very busy because a lot of locals come to Percé during the weekend but they do not spend the night).
If you do not have a hotel or B&B already booked when you arrive in Percé, try to arrive in the morning, there will be more availabilities, visit our Bureau d’accueil touristique (tourist office), we will know more about availabilities and it will keep you from loosing precious vacation time going from one place to the other. In the peak season, note that the latest in the day you arrive in Percé the less choice will be available, but be assured that we will do our very best to help you.
All the online agencies like Booking, Expedia and others say that there are «no vacancy» in Percé or just a few rooms here and there and that you should try other dates, what should I do ?
The number of rooms made available for Percé on those sites represents a very small percentage of the real number of rooms offered in hotels and B&B in Percé. When Booking, Expedia or other online booking agencies inform visitors that there are just a few rooms or no rooms left in Percé, we very strongly suggest that you go directly to the hotel or B&B website or that you contact the hotel or B&B directly by phone. Most hotels have a website and some of them even have their own online reservation system. There is a strong possibility that they still have rooms available.
We travel with young children, what can we do in Percé ?
Many activities in Percé and around Percé are fitted and fun for families with young children. The boat ride to Bonaventure Island, the walk to the bird sanctuary (including a treasure hunt for children), the visit of the discovery center (interactive educative displays) will fill a whole day in Percé. Few tips : to have plenty of time take a boat around 10h am, choose the shortest trail, bring a picnic and some water). The next day you could relax and picnic on the seaside while beach combing with the kids. Agates, seashells, sand dollars, funny shaped pebbles are everywhere. Why not finish this day at the workshop of one of our artisan and have a souvenir created especially for you with your agate or seashell. What a nice souvenir! The next day you could explore Anse-à- Beaufils and its Authentic General Store or book a place at the art workshop for kids at la Vieille Usine, that’s a lot of fun too. The family will enjoy the animation at our «public place» near the wharf or just spending time at the playground in the center of the village. You should also enjoy a short walk (30 min) to the 1rst look out of Mont Ste-Anne, one of the best spot for a family photo. You might also want to walk to the grotto where the waterfall usually has a lot of success with the kids. New in 2016 : Géoparc de Percé with its multimédia adventure Tektonik (and at the beginning of August an interior playground with a unique concept!). The surroundings of Percé are also worth exploring with kids, here are a few pointers: in Ste-Thérèse (20 minutes drive from Percé), tennis, mini-put. A few km further Go kart, water sport, swimming pool, continue a bit further in the same direction, to Chandler (40 min drive from Percé), and rent bicycles for a ride along sea on a nice paved «Circuit des Bâtisseurs » the new expérience at night Nova Lumina! Come and see us at the Bureau d’accueil touristique we will help you make the most of your vacation in Percé !
We are traveling in a RV (motor home, Winnebago, camper…), how do we maneuver in the busy traffic during the peak season in the village of Percé?
During the peak season (July and August), you may encounter occasional traffic jam in the tiny village of Percé. If you are traveling with a RV and you just want to spend the day enjoying the patrimonial site of Percé, the City of Percé offers a free parking facility within 250 m from the wharf (stationnement municipal). This parking is accessible via Biard Street (rue Biard). Please take note that it is forbidden to spend the night (camping) in parking lots, rest areas, along the streets or in any public spaces. Percé offers many campground facilities well equipped for your convenience. You can refer to the list of campgrounds in the lodging section of our Website for further information.
We will be traveling to Percé with our dog, is Percé a dog friendly destination?
Pets are welcome in Percé. If you are traveling with a dog or another pet, it is important to mention it when you book your lodging (many places accept pets but not all of them, fees may apply). If you refer to our various lists of lodging you will notice a little image of a dog for some lodging. This symbol means that they accept dogs, however, it is very important to double check when you contact them because they may have certain condition or restrictions.
Dogs are usually welcome on board boat excursion around Bonaventure Island and Rocher Percé (some conditions may apply). Unfortunately you will not be able to disembark on the Island with your dog (unless it is a guide dog for visually disabled person), the Island being the home of thousands and thousands of seabirds, the access for any other animal is restricted. The same restriction applies for Rocher Percé sector.
Dogs can have access to our public trails on the main land, to the public beaches as long as they are in leash.
What to do when it is raining in Percé?
If you take a look at the weather forecast, and rain is expected in the afternoon, tomorrow or maybe the day after, just keep the interior activities for the rainy time.The Authentic General Store and la Vieille Usine in l’Anse-à- Beaufils, tour our artist workshop, art galleries, museum and boutiques. Visit the St-Michel church, the discovery center. Do as the locals do, put on a raincoat, rubber boots and be the first on the beach to grab the new arrival of agates, seashells, jaspers left behind by the stormy waves! New in 2016 : Géoparc de Percé with its multimédia adventure Tektonik (and at the beginning of August an interior playground with a unique concept!). If the rain does not come, do those activities anyway because they are fun! Or do a tour of Percé’s surroundings and visit the museum of salted cod in Ste-Thérèse, the Bourg de Pabos in Chandler or the Bolduc museum in Newport! Come and see us at the Bureau d’accueil touristique we will help you make the most of your vacation in Percé !
How many days should I stay in Percé?
There are a lot of activities to do in Percé (see our online section attraction & activities). You can spend many days in Percé. We invite you to make a visit at our Bureau d’accueil touristique upon your arrival in Percé. We will help you make the most of your stay in Percé, no matter how many hours, days or weeks. We provide all the guides, maps and even suggestions a little out of the beaten path. Most of our guides and maps are available in .pdf on our Website. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1 (855) 782-5448 or (418) 782-5448 for any help.
Can I get off on Bonaventure Island?
You will be able to access the Island from May 25 to October 12, 2015. The opening hours will vary during the season, to plan your visit see the Island schedule for the 2015 season: http://www.sepaq.com/pq/bon/journal-parc.dot
A few pointers: Take advantage of the first nice day (weather speaking) to go to the Island, since this activity depends more on maritime and weather conditions than most of the other things to do in Percé. Check the weather and winds forecast!
Can we walk to the Percé Rock at low tide?
We want our visitors to be safe, so you need to know that it is extremely dangerous to walk close to the rock and to walk along the cliffs of Cape Mont Joli (that leads to the sandbar). The rock looses an average of 300 tons of rock annually, major rock falls can occur at any time during the year and pieces of limestone are falling daily from the rock. The walking conditions to get there are hazardous, the ground is very slippery and uneven. It is not forbidden to walk towards the Percé Rock at low tide but if you do so it is at your own risks.
It is safer to admire the rock from a distance.