Petroglyphs Provincial Park, North Kawartha

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See more than 1,000 rock carvings done between 500 and 1,000 years ago at Petroglyphs Provincial Park. The park preserves the largest known concentration of carvings in Canada and images depict primitive drawings of creatures including snakes, turtles, birds, and humans. Sightseers also love the aqua-green meromictic McGinnis Lake, an unusual body of water with layers of color that don’t intermix; most people like to capture this on film. Watch for the chance to see Ontario’s only native lizard, the five-lined skink, here as well. Plan trip to North Kawartha with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Lovely, sacred, peaceful spot. The learning center was very well done and the Petroglyphs were wonderful. What a great learning experience. Please be respectful and do not take pictures inside or...  more »
  • The Provincial park does not offer any camping which can be annoying if you are travelling from aways but it’s worth the trip if you can make it out. The hiking is your typically gorgeous Canadian...  more »
  • The visitor center is great, with a self visit tour explaining the culture of natives. Then we go to a separate building where we can see the petroglyphs. We didi one trail just nearby the visitor...  more »
  • Always saw a sign for this place & never stopped to check it until recently. Great learning experience for our little ones but also ourselves. So neat! Perfect educational spot. Long drive in off the main road but we’ll protected. Clean & maintainers nicely!
  • I'm so impressed with the way that Ontario Provincial Parks has both preserved and continues to protect this sacred site. Staff were very friendly and approachable. Being of First Nation ancestry....I also felt the staff made great accommodations for my family during our visit. The Gathering Centre is full of traditional knowledge. They have some trails to explore. Per car fee is $14.50
  • Amazing place. The energy you could feel. Mike the warden was full of knowledge and a joy to talk with. I look forward to doing a night visit and hear the water run when the times are correct. If you want to see a truly amazing native culture spot come visit. Show up with the right frame of mind and truly feel the power in the place. Enjoy
  • Great walking tour of ancient human art that has been preserved from the elements for posterity. Truly amazing to behold. An absolute must, at least once. We owe that much to our ancient predecessors who worked so hard to create these.
  • Nice hiking place to visit for the day from Toronto. The drive was about 3 hours, parking costs 13 CAD and it is advised to bring your own food and water. On a fast walking pace both circuits can be completed in 3 hours. Stopping around the lake to picnic was amazing, and one can bathe too. Spotted some snakes and turtles along the way. The museum and sacred reservoir are also a nice attraction, definitely a nice day getaway for kids and adults. The museum also has beverages and ice cream for purchase and accepts debit and credit cards.

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