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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  • We made a day trip to this park. It is quite a distance away but worth a trip. All the directions are clearly marked. The distance to the petroglyphs is less than 5 minutes from the visitor centre... 
    We made a day trip to this park. It is quite a distance away but worth a trip. All the directions are clearly marked. The distance to the petroglyphs is less than 5 minutes from the visitor centre...  more »
  • Date of visit: August 1, 2021 A bucket list destination for many years, we finally made the trek to Petroglyphs Provincial Park. We were looking forward to seeing the petroglyphs but we didn't know....  more
    Date of visit: August 1, 2021 A bucket list destination for many years, we finally made the trek to Petroglyphs Provincial Park. We were looking forward to seeing the petroglyphs but we didn't know....  more »
  • Very nice provincial park to visit. I’ll go back again. Staff are very friendly, and helpful. Just a heads up, there’s a lot of walking involved here, but it is worth it. Currently during the week... 
    Very nice provincial park to visit. I’ll go back again. Staff are very friendly, and helpful. Just a heads up, there’s a lot of walking involved here, but it is worth it. Currently during the week...  more »
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  • Please be prepared for a long drive on winding roads into the wilderness. You better wear hiking shoes because there is a hike from the parking lot to the main entrance to pay, make sure you get your license plate you will need that to check in and then another hike to the site. You are not allowed pictures past a certain point so take all you want around the main entrance. There is no time to waste go and see the drawings before they all fade away. Remember to learn the history behind the site and visit the gift shop.
  • The hike is pretty standard. There is a really beautiful pond here that's a stunning act of nature. The petroglyphs..... Should probably be kept as a private sacred ground and away from the public. It's really not much to see for the public. The place is quite hard to drive to. Make sure you bring a sturdy ride.
  • It wasn't very busy which was nice. The trails were well taken care of and it was nice to staff out taking care of some of invasive species. Next time I would like to hike the trails by the lake it was beautiful.
  • The park is beautiful with very easy trails. It's my first time seeing and learning about the fascinating history of the petroglyphs. The McGinnis Lake is also worth the visit.
  • Gorgeous hike around a beautiful lake! It’s pretty easy terrain and wasn’t busy at all. The park is closed currently but if you park at the main gate you can walk 4km to get to the main part where the trails start. The hike sound minnow lake is lovely.

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