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Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Peterborough

(4.3/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • For friends wanting to get out of the busy city of Toronto to do a hike, Petroglyphs Provincial Park seemed a bit far to travel. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the ride to the park. The park is rugged and n...  more »
  • This is a wonderful place to hike in all seasons with several trails of different lengths. Do go into the Visitors Centre with the largest known collection of aboriginal rock carvings.( not open in th...  more »
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  • A culturally significant site that all should visit. Fabulous staff. Beautiful buildings to protect the Petroglyph s and to share knowledge about the First Nation / Anishnaabe culture. Important 20 minute movie is a must to set the context for the display. No camping. Walking trails.
  • I have a cottage near here and go here occasionally on hikes. Wonderful hiking trails and learning centre. If you're lucky, you can find a five-lined skink.
  • Great park with lot's of trails. Some areas are restricted to dogs so be aware when bringing your furry friend.
  • Very nice and peaceful place. Hope to return and do some hiking in there future.
  • This place is incredibly educational and really neat.