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Perce Rock Legend

October 24, 2013 by  

Perce Rock Legend, Percé Rock (French rocher Percé, “pierced 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.

The massive rocky cliff is called by several names, such as le rocher percé, Pierced Rock, Split Rock or Percé Rock. The name is attributed to the pierced rock that formed an arch of 20 metres (66 ft) height 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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