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Perce Rock, Perce

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Percé Rock is a huge sheer rock formation in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence on the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec, Canada, off Percé Bay. Percé Rock appears from a distance like a ship under sail. It is one of the world's largest natural arches located in water and is considered a geologically and historically rich natural icon of Quebec. It is a major attraction in the Gaspesie region.EtymologyThe massive rocky cliff is called by several names, such as le Rocher Percé, Pierced Rock, Pierced Island, Split Rock or Percé Rock. The name is attributed to the pierced rock that formed an arch high on its seaward southern end, as though a needle had cut through the rock. It was named Percé ("pierced rock") by Samuel de Champlain in 1607, in reference to the holes he had seen in the massive block of limestone, which over the years has become a major attraction in the region of Quebec.
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  • It’s a stunning when the sun goes up and at all time you can go touch the rock if want to by a little path walk  more »
  • We liked the boat ride to go on Bonaventure Island. The rock is well obviously photogenic, when time is of the part.
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  • This is the third time I have been here, 1st as a teen, second as young adult and this time as senior. I enjoy the view and I am not surprised it has grown into such a tourist area. Watching the peopl...  more »

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