Camping Côte Surprise
Lot 76 & 64
Tent Site 1-10
From lot 51
Tent area between lot 51 & 46
Tent area between lot 51 & 46
Tent area between lot 51 & 46
lot 46 looking towards reception
From lot 30B
From lot 36
From lot 23B
From lot 11A to 30
Lot 15B- 11B & 16A-11A
From 51 to 20's
Green Forest sites
view from camp ground
Percé from campground
17A from lot 17B
Thinking of visiting the province of Québec’s beautiful Gaspé Peninsula this summer? Camping Côte Surprise is a good place to stay, especially if your main goal is to visit the famous Rocher Percé. Stepping out of your tent or rv to the breathtaking view of the Rocher Percé and Bonaventure Island is simply priceless. Located a 5 minute drive away, the village of Percé offers many souvenirs shops, restaurants and historical museums. From there, you can rent a kayak and cruise through the Rocher Percé’s hole, go whale watching, take a boat or island tour to Bonaventure Island to see one of the world’s largest bird sanctuaries, known for it’s Northern Gannet population, or wait for low tide and walk the causeway to the Rocher Percé. What an experience! We stayed at this campground for 2 nights in August 2017 as part of our Québec City, Gaspé (Québec) & Acadien Peninsula (New Brunswick) 3 week camping vacation.
Camping Côte Surprise is a small campground composed of 125 short-term sites only. 80 of these site offer 3 services (water/elec./sewer). Amperage varies between 20-50amps depending on the site you get. The other 45 sites have either no services or have electricity only. Sites 1-80 are full service sites. Sites 1A-23A & 1B-10B are unserviced tent sites. Sites 11B-30B have electrical service but share water with the sites behind/above them. Make sure to bring a long water hose and a water splitter (Y adapter). All sites also include a fire pit and a picnic table. Not much privacy is offered between sites but there are a few mature trees for shade in some areas. Some sites are quite long and can accommodate trailers over 35 feet long while some site are quite the opposite, especially if you are staying in the lots at the bottom of the campgrounds, up against the chain link fence.
We made reservations in April 2017 for an August weekend. As there wasn’t a site map on their web site, we requested a site with water/elec. and a view of the Rocher Percé. We were told they would take care of assigning us such a lot. On our arrival, at around 2pm on a Friday, we were taken on a walking tour of the grounds and shown what was left. Most had no view or services as we had requested. After much discussion with the receptionist, we agreed on a site with electrical service only and they suggested sharing water with the lot behind us, which was also about 12 feet above us. Luckily the campers on this lot agreed and the reception had a water splitter (Y adapter) that they lent us (with a $10 deposit) so that we could attach our water hose to the neighbour’s water tap. It was our luck that we had recently bought a longer water hose and a longer extension cord. There was a lot of breathing through the nose and trying to stay positive. Once set up, and a glass of wine poured, everything was good. I would suggest that unless you are lucky enough to have been recommended a site and request it specifically when you call in your reservation, arrive early so that you get a site that meets your needs. I now also think that equipment such as a long extension cord, a long water hose and a water splitter are a must have. You just never know what you may have to work with when you try a new campground. Have a look in the slide show to see a map that I drew up or at this Google satelite image to help you pic a site. My map is rough but it will give you some idea of what there is to choose from.
This campground has an 11pm-8am quiet time. We found that this curfew was well respected. Campsite rates range between $28-$48 + taxes per night. Rates are based on 2 adults and 2 children. Additional visitors must sign-in at the reception desk and a fee will apply. Arrivals are at 1pm and departures at 11am. This campground is pet friendly but pet must not be left unattended and must leashed or tied securely at all times. Please note that payments are taken in CASH ONLY upon registration and they don’t have a bank machine on site.
Bathrooms and Laundry Facilities
Camping Côte Surprise has 1 bathroom facility located in the reception building. Both the men’s and women’s bathrooms have free showers, a few toilet stalls and a large counter with 3 sinks. The areas are very clean and are continuously being maintained. The bathrooms are narrow so it can get quite congested at peak hours. If you do have to wait your turn for a shower or a sink, you can sit in the recreation hall located across the hallway or hang out on their balcony.
The laundry facility is in the reception building. The room is clean and has a table to sit around or fold clothes on. There are 4 washers, 6 dryers. One of each was broken when we were there. No pricing was shown.
Camping Côte Surprise has a family atmosphere. There are no planned activities, no pool, or beach. There is a play structure for little kids near the reception building but that’s about it. In my mind, you are staying here solely to sleep, eat and enjoy the great view. Otherwise you are out touring the area. If you need any supplies, the reception does have firewood and ice for sale. Everything else you can get in Percé at the local grocery store. The reception building has a recreation room across from the bathrooms. This room is quite large and boasts many picture windows looking out to the ocean, the Rocher Percé and Bonaventure Island. A great place to spend a rainy day playing board games or cards, this rec hall also has a small kitchenette with a sink. Many campers lined up to do their dishes here as the other sink is outside at the base of the staircase to the reception building and is not well lit. There are many tables and chairs so if it is cold or it rains, you have a nice place to escape the elements. On one evening, we found 2 campers cooking dinner in here on their portable propane stoves (hmmm…something about BBQ’ing indoors makes me nervous). This room also seems to be one of the only places where the free WiFi is good, so you can catch up on your emails or post some picture on your favorite social media site.
This was a good place to stay for a weekend of exploring. We were not on our site very much as we were out visiting the area and there was not much for the kids to do, but the facilities were very clean and the view was spectacular. We’d recommend that the campground modifies their website to offer potential campers more information. A site map is a must! Having to pay in cash for our site, without having been warned on the campground’s web site or at the time we reserved, was a pain in the derrière. Would we stay here again? Now that we have a better idea of which sites offer what…sure but only if our plans involve touring the region instead of hanging out at a campground.
Kid 1 – “I liked looking at the Rocher Percé when we were sitting by the camp fire. Walking out and touching the Roché was cool!”
Kid 2 – “I liked that the rock was nice to look at but it rained too much.” *It was foggy with constant drizzle/mist for most of our weekend here.
Kid 3 – “I loved the candy store close to the warf in Percé. Going to touch the big rock in the ocean was really fun too!”
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