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The rock formation in Perce is unique and magical, it fascinates and attractes.
At low tide the access to the rock is possible by foot and the turists all take the opportunity to go near the rock.


"Percé Rock (French rocher Percé, "pierced rock") is an island and sheer rock formation in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence just off the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec, Canada, 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.

Together with Bonaventure Island, Percé Rock is part of the Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé.

There were actually two arches in the rock, when 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 in Quebec, with picturesque views of the rock from both Percé and nearby Bonaventure Island. It contains millions of marine fossils such as trilobites, tetracoralla, brachiopods and ostracods from the Devonian period." (Wikipedia)

"Warning: The walk along the cliffs of Rocher Percé is extremely dangerous. Several tons of rock fall each year, no matter what the season. This sector is only accessible in the summer during guided visits. Find out more at the park's Discovery and Service Centre or at www.parcsquebec.com."

it seems taht from May 2008 the acess to the rock waas limited.

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