[1-from seaward side]
“Percé Rock (French for "pierced rock") is an island and sheer rock formation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence just off the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec, near the village of Percé. It is one of the largest and most spectacular natural arches in the world.
It is a massive limestone stack 433 metres (1420 ft) long, 90 metres (296 ft) wide, and 88 metres (289 ft) at its highest point. The rock gets its name from a large 15 metre (50 ft) high arch near its seaward end.
[2-Gaspe Peninsula from satellite]
Together with Bonaventure Island, Percé Rock is part of the provincial Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé.
[3-The Perce Rock with tide out - click to enlarge]
There were actually two arches in the rock, until the outer arch collapsed on June 17, 1845. For four hours at a time during low tide, the water recedes from a wide spit that allows the rock itself to be visited. Percé Rock is a major tourist attraction. It contains millions of marine fossils such as trilobites, tetracoralla, brachiopods and ostracods from the Devonian period.
[4-The Perce Rock in mist - click to enlarge]
As of May 2008, access to Percé Rock is only possible while being accompanied by a guide. Contact Parcs Quebec for more information.”
This is a place I have always wanted to visit and listen to the sea call to me.
Photo Credits: -wikipedia, -millsmontreal CC=nd-flickr, -Christian et cie CC=nc-nd-flickr.
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