Percé in Gaspésie– Îles-de-la-Madeleine (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region
A Rock Forever Sculpted by Time and Tide
Un rocher sans cesse sculpté, au ﬁl du temps et des marées
—Parc National de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé —
From the days of New France to today, many have spoken of its shape.
“We came to Isle Percée… a very tall rock, with two steep sides and pierced by hole through which long boats and ships may pass at high tide.” Samuel de Champlain, 1603
There was but a single hole in the shape of an arch… two more have come into being since, not as large though now growing daily. Nicolas Denys, Seigneur of Percé, 1686
This massive apparently indestructible limestone titan is, in fact, a fragile giant… Born of the sea, it is slowly returning to the water, one stone at a time, broken down by the action of the rain, waves and time…
Exposed to the air at low tide, the gravel bridge allows visitors to approach the Rock for a closer look, but keep in mind that several hundred tonnes of stone fall to the ground below every year.
The history of the Rock is still being written by the sea… But please be careful! It’s more prudent to observe it from a distance!
De l’époque de la Nouvelle-France à aujourd’hui, nombreux sont ceux qui témoignent de sa forme.
«On vint a l’Isle Percée… un rocher fort haut, eslevé des deux cotez, où il y'a un trou par où les chaloupes et les bateaux peuvent passer den haute mer.» Samuel
«Il n’y avait qu’un trou en forme d’arcade… Il s’en est fait deux autres depuis qui ne sont pas si grands mais qui à présent croissent tous les jours.» Nicolas Denys, seigneur de Percé, 1686
Massif d’apparence indestructible, ce géant de calcaire est en fait un colosse fragile… Né de la mer, il y retourne lentement, pierre après pierre, sous l’action de la pluie, des vagues et du temps…
Découvert à marée basse, le pont de pierres permet encore de s’approcher du rocher pour le contempler, mais gardez en tête que plusieurs centaines de tonnes de roches s’en détachent chaque année.
Par la mer, l’histoire du rocher continue de s’écrire… Mais prudence! Mieux vaut le regarder à distance!
Erected by Parcs Québec.
Location. 48° 31.503′ N, 64° 12.386′ W. Marker is in Percé, Quebec, in Gaspésie– Îles-de-la-Madeleine (region). Marker can be reached from Rue du Mont Joli just from Quebec Route 132. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38 Rue du Mont Joli, Percé, Quebec G0C 2L0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Edmond Logan (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Percé Great War Memorial Percé World War II Monument (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); 350ᵉ anniversaire de la visite de François de Montmorency-Laval (approx. half a kilometer away); Edmund James Flynn (approx. half a kilometer away).
More about this marker. This marker is located at the entrance to the Percé Rock overlook.
Also see . . . Percé Rock - Wikipedia. The 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 of 15 metres (49 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. (Submitted on February 6, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 6, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. 5. submitted on February 6, 2015. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.