2012 US-CA Road Trip, Day 12: From Campbellton, New Brunswick to Perce, Quebec

Day 12 (Thursday, June 7): From Campbellton, New Brunswick to Perce, Quebec

Driving distance for the day: 154.3 Miles

Cumulative distance: 2279.3 Miles

Finally the sun came out. A relatively short drive (only about half of what we did the day before; plus, we crossed over back to Eastern Timezone from Atlantic Timezone and “saved” one hour) took us to Perce around noon. On the way, on one of our frequent stops, we saw this humorous little squirrel.


Perce turned out to be the highlight of our trip. Perce itself is a small fishing town at the tip of the Gaspe Peninsular, but it is best known for the dramatic”Perce Rock”, which is picturesque beyond words. The rock can be seen from any place in town, but it is probably best viewed from Mount Saint Anne overlooking the town and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Perse Rock

Perse Rock

Bonaventure Island can also be seen from the same location.

Bonaventure Island

The sky and water near Perce are teeming with birds — gulls, kittiwakes, sea ducks, cormorants and gannets. I saw this Long-tailed Duck near the pier in town.

Long-tailed Duck

But the most dominant scene in town is still the rock itself.

Perse Rock

After days of driving in the rain, finally we could relax on a chair in the setting sun, with the gulf and rock in view.

Perse Rock

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