Welcome to Percé
One of Canada's best-known landmarks rears out of the sea at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. No matter which way you approach the town of Percé, when you glimpse its famous Rocher Percé (Pierced Rock), a massive offshore slab with a seemingly gravity-defying archway, it's always striking. The rock and the adjacent Île Bonaventure encompass North America's largest migratory bird refuge. Both are now protected as part of Parc National de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, sitting in a patch of gulf that, from 1784, attracted schools of European cod fishers.