Scene at Camping du Phare

Gaspésie's most perfect campground overlooks Percé and its rock, the Île Bonaventure and the serene sea

We really lucked out in the accommodations department of our Canadian loop. My Love researched our path and Camping du Phare was on his list. As we drove onto the Québec Maritime from New Brunswick, My Love handed me the number and asked me to make a reservation. Not thinking, and despite hearing the accent that answered the phone, I launched into my request in English before realizing that we were in French Canadian country now. And I speak French. Not perfectly, but perfectly well to get by. From then on, I made myself practice.

We pulled in to Camping du Phare after a long day of driving. We were thirty minutes later than we'd estimated and no one was there to receive us. We knocked. We called. We couldn't see anything in the park black dark of night and we were exhausted. So we gave up and plugged in to the closest site to the Accueil (reception) for the night. After all, we'd made the reservation and when camping, you are charged regardless if you make it to the campground in time.

It wasn't until the next morning that we properly took in the stunning view around us. We waited for the owner to show up (at 11 AM) so we could move to our proper site, and he kindly gave us the most incredible site on the property (the perks of visiting during the after-season). It was an unobstructed corner site facing the Rocher du Percé and IÎle Bonaventure. In fact, it was the site that everyone — from fellow campers to perfect strangers who pulled in off the road to see the view — visited to take photos.

We spent three blissful nights exploring the town, hiking the island and getting up close and personal to the rock. We cooked mussels and fish/shrimp tacos in the trailer. We relaxed, and as it got colder around us, we realized we had to hit the road and finish the Maritime because the sun was heading south. And so, then, were we.

 The entire scene at Camping du Phare is seaside.

The entire scene at Camping du Phare is seaside.

 Fantastic laundry facilities and clean bathrooms with ten individual showers.

Fantastic laundry facilities and clean bathrooms with ten individual showers.

 Awesome playground for the World's Cutest Human to explore with us.

Awesome playground for the World's Cutest Human to explore with us.

 The most incredible site on the property, facing Rocher du Percé and Île Bonaventure. Stunning views.

The most incredible site on the property, facing Rocher du Percé and Île Bonaventure. Stunning views.

 The Spriglet and the Percé rock (Rocher du Percé), right in line.

The Spriglet and the Percé rock (Rocher du Percé), right in line.

 The sunrise views over the ocean and the island were breathtaking inside our trailer early in the morning.

The sunrise views over the ocean and the island were breathtaking inside our trailer early in the morning.

 Additional sites that lead right down to more amazing views and a beautiful little lighthouse.

Additional sites that lead right down to more amazing views and a beautiful little lighthouse.