Seven Wonders of Canada
Percé Rock is one of the largest natural arches in the world. It rises sheer from the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Quebec near the village of Percé.
It is a massive limestone stack 433 metres long, 90 metres wide and 88 metres at its highest point.
Gilbert Bourget (1:25)
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I believe that Perce Rock in Quebec is one of the most captivating sights I have seen. I have traveled across Canada. Not only is it eye-catching, but it is significant to the history of Canada. From being a natural breakwall for Cartier to being scaled by Russian climbers in the '70's in attempt to claim it for the mother land. The Rock has inspired people for centuries.
It’s breathtaking when you first see it, fantastic up close, its huge and unique, changes with the seasons and time of day...just awesome!!
It is a phenomenal sight when you come over the bluff of the highway and see this spectacular rock jutting out from the water, it is breathtaking and only can be experienced by being there. It takes my breath away to see this beautiful site not created by man but by the wonders of nature.”
When I enter Perce by "La Cote Surprise", I am always surprised by the impressive rock. The sea, the blue sky, the rock, Ile Bonaventure reminds me of the beauty of creation.
I love the dear old Gaspe
Her treasures to explore;
From the Shickshocks
Right on down to Bon Ami.
Ode to Perce;
She's the pearl within our waters,
Magnificent she stands.
For her beauty
we are known in many lands.
by Rose Marie Roussy 1993
An awesome limestone island AND peninsula is certainly one of Canada's top wonders. Standing 85 metres high, 90 meters wide, and 430 meters long this "pierced" rock gets its name from a 15 meter arch that you can drive a boat through at high tide. At low tide the lonely island becomes a peninsula and for a few hours each day, visitors can walk out and frolic in its shadows.
It is a magnificent piece of landscape which rises out of the sea. As you drive into the town of Percé atop the tall hills, you see the wonderful little village below, the sea, the sky, Bonaventure Island and most of all Percé Rock - the limestone formation that most Canadians have never seen except in pictures. Europeans and Quebecers have marvelled at it for years.
Susanne van lith
The sheer size of the rock overpowering the little friendly town of Percé looks like an ancient shipwreck, and you can see it from pretty much anywhere in town. As well since it is the geographical end of the great Appalachian range you can't help but appreciate what the ice sheets carved out millions of years ago. This too provides a tangible educational experience for our kids to appreciate.