(http://www.dark-stories.com/la_legende_du_rocher_perce.htm) [10] The rock and the bird colony in Bonaventure Island is about a 75-minute trip from Percé by boat. A Superior Court judge held the park liable, noting it had been printing brochures describing a walk to the rock as an "unforgettable activity for the whole family," without mentioning the risks. [9], An interpretation centre in Percé, housed in Le Chafaud, an elegant restored building, has a thematic exhibition titled "Un rocher, une île, un parc national", meaning "one rock, one island, one national park", which recounts the bird life, marine life, geology, history and ecosystem of the park and the rock.[14]. It is a major attraction in the Gaspésie region. It is described as a narrow bluff emerging out of the sea, "resembling a beached supertanker from some angles". (The Municipal website of Percé mentions that the population of northern gannets is 121,000, which exceeds the figures mentioned for the archipelago of St Kilda in Scotland)-[5] Other birds found on the island include puffins, razorbills, black guillemot and kittiwakes, as well as over 200 other species. Percé Rock is a massive siliceous limestone stack formation, with sandstone and siltstone veins, with steep rock faces on all sides. It loses 300 tonnes of rock each year to the forces of erosion, and the pace appears to be accelerating. Published June 30, 2008 Updated June 30, 2008 . This, however, could be interpreted to mean that the vapoury clouds that engulf the "vast flocks of water fowl" could give such an impression when viewed from a distance. It is 433 metres (1,421 ft) long, 90 metres (300 ft) wide, and 88 metres (289 ft) high at its highest point. In 1690 soldiers from two British ships seized the village, destroying all buildings and forcing the population to find refuge in the nearby forest. It was only at the beginning of the 1900's that Percé began to attract its first visitors, consisting mostly of rich travellers in search of exotic destinations and enchanted by the Percé Rock. The first colonists arrived in approximately 1672 along with the first missionaries who established a mission in order to convert the Mi'kmaq. In time, two of the arches disappeared, with the last one collapsing on June 17, 1845, leaving a separated pillar. This limestone stack, estimated to have been formed 375 million years ago, measures 433 m in length, 90 m in width, 88 m in height, and weighs in at 5 million tons. He sued Quebec's parks agency, best known under its acronym SEPAQ, for close to $1-million. The remaining arch measures 15 m in height and is expected to collapse in 400 years. [3] Percé reef is about 0.5 miles (800 m) from the centre of the town where small vessels can be moored. Percé Rock (or Rocher Percé) is a monolith off the Gaspé Pen insula, 750 km east of Québec City, near its namesake, the town of Per cé. After the British conquest, fishing became the backbone of the rebirth of the village when a fisheries trading post was established in 1760. How to Experience Perce Rock. One of the holes seen now is an arch described as "gothic arch of rock", which is about 15 metres (49 ft) high. Mr. Gratton, a plasterer, was left with serious injuries and is now unable to work, his lawyer, Denis Paradis, said from Gaspé. The town of Percé is located on the shores of the bay. [5] The top of the rock is not accessible because of its height. Percé, member of the association of Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec, is mainly a tourist location particularly well known for the attractions of Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island.. There is a reef to the SW of Percé Rock, about 0.5 miles (800 m) away from the shore. The Percé Rock looses many tons of rock due to erosion each year, making it dangerous to approach it during low tide.