Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Peterborough

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#2 of 8 in Parks in Peterborough
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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Peterborough holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Petroglyphs Provincial Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 14, 2017
    It is difficult to improve on the reviewers who talk of "A Place for the Soul" and "Spiritual, not Tourist Destination". But I'll try to describe my experience. There are two buildings: The Visitor Ce...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The largest site of Petroglyphs in the Canada! Allow enough time to enjoy the reception pavilion can market and admire this fascinating primitive art! The only downside is the lack of book or DVD... yet available elsewhere.
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  • August 9, 2017
    The place evokes a sense of reverence for the Indigenous Past. The spiritual nature of the area is noticeably felt. The teachings reveal wisdom as old as time and the truth that all in LIFE is connect...  more »
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  • May 29, 2017
    First visited in fall to enjoy the beautiful meromictic lake where the bottom hasn't changed for hundreds of year. Visited gain in 6 months when visitor center is opened. Very much appreciated the 20min movie, the gallery and the preserved Petroglyphs site. I was educated and inspired by wisdom passed down by ancient native. Many of staff are also native, they are very knowledgeable and helpful to visitors. Strongly encourage high school field trip spend time here to connect to native culture.
  • June 26, 2017
    Amazing place for those who understand history and culture. Being Indian (from India), I cherish the knowledge passed on by one of the oldest civilizations. On the eve of Canada 150, I wonder how much was lost and silenced. The knowledge of indigenous people of Canada and their local existence right here is Canada 12,000 years before the recent 150 years humbles me. Must Canada beyond the recent 150.
  • June 14, 2017
    A good afternoon visit. Lots of bugs in the springtime, but the Petroglyphs are indoors! Really great dive into history.
  • June 28, 2017
    Very historically Kool and spiritual place. Learned alot here
  • May 21, 2017
    Really well done preservation of ancient markings on stone by first nations peoples. Nice trails too.

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