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Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Peterborough

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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. 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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  • Fantastic experience and a great story. To see these rocks is to appreciate a way of life almost entirely forgotten. It's awing, inspiring and definitely worth the trip if you are in the area. The tra...  more »
  • We drove up here from Peterborough on a recent trip through Ontario. We heard about petroglyphs and from the website we found it sounded like you could see the glyphs while hiking. It sounded similar ...  more »
  • I have returned to the Petroglyphs time and time again. First when, as a kid it was possible to walk on the rock directly. I support the protection of the glyphs with the newer building which protects...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A good afternoon visit. Lots of bugs in the springtime, but the Petroglyphs are indoors! Really great dive into history.
  • Very historically Kool and spiritual place. Learned alot here
  • Really well done preservation of ancient markings on stone by first nations peoples. Nice trails too.