We had heard about the island and the Gannet colony, and today's the day we take the boat out to the island and see for ourselves.
Now on the water, the boat first takes us around the Perce' Rock. It is evident where in years gone by, this rock has broken off.
Now alongside the far side of Bonaventure Island, the Gannets come into view.
It is difficult to see how big these birds are. Wing spans are up to 6 feet. Now docked, we have to hike to the opposite side of the island to get into viewing position.
Many mother's are grooming their chicks, some still covered with down.
Courtship rituals are still performed, even though mating season has passed.
Here a Parc Canada Ranger holds a stuffed bird to show their size.
After hours of bird watching, we are ready to hike this perimeter trail to see the island.
I took the following picture of this beach while on the boat. If you look closely, you will notice the staircase running down to the beach.
Having taken the staircase down to the beach, this is who I find sunbathing on the beach, with dozens of others in a holding pattern waiting to come to shore, wishing the people would just leave!
The following pictures are views on the island, and towards shore.
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