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. Plan trip to Peterborough with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Beautiful hiking in the fall. The facility is impressive with very helpful staff to point out the highlights. Very friendly with children. Beautiful gift shop.  more »
  • I went on a community tour the site. It was a memorable event. Our philosophy is that the earth has been given to us in Trust, to leave it a better place. What the first nations people are doing to ou...  more »
  • We really enjoyed our visit, so much cultural information. There is a lot to see even before you get down to the main petroglyph site. If you are into canadian history or geology then a visit to this ...  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.

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Where to stay in Peterborough

Peterborough tourism relies heavily on the surrounding nature, so most of its accommodations sit outside the city center itself. Your best bet is to look for one of the mid-range inns lining either bank of the Otonabee River, where you'll have easy access to the city's pleasant parks. If you want something with a bit more character, look for private vacation rentals offering river views.
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