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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  • My husband and I went to Petroglyphs Provincial Park on our vacation to the Kawartha Lakes Region. We almost missed the quiet white sign at the side of the road! The Learning Place is a very nice info...  more »
  • Protected by a large dome, the massive rock with numerous images is possibly the best example of its kind. If you are interested in native art this is a must-see. takes around 20-30 mins to appreciate...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Great place for hiking. Note you do not need to return to your car with your parking permit* We toured the museum and petroglyphs site and then headed down to the other parking area. We had lunch with a gorgeous view on the small trail. We then finished the trail and headed to the west day use trail. We headed left on the trail and turned around just after the beautiful bridge area. This all took about 2.5 hours. It was an absolutely gorgeous hike and it reminded me of a fairy tale.. Just stunning. We will be back for sure:)
  • Very cool! They take the preservation of the glyphs very seriously. Bring your camera and a lunch and go on a nice long hike around the park. About 10k of trails.
  • A bucket list place for anyone. History, beauty the rare lakes. The learning center is full of amazing facts, the staff are kind and friendly. This special spot will live in my heart forever.
  • Interesting displays in the Visitors Centre here. This is a day use only park so make the most of it and plan a same day trip to another Provincial Park for a swim or picnic. Or if you're camping at any other Provincial Park nearby make a day trip here and you get in free (to any Omtario Provincial Park) if your permit is still valid.
  • The staff there were very nice, and answered all the questions. You have a longer walk from the parking lot to the visitor centre. Then a shorter walk to the Petroglyphs building, a very spiritual and sacred place. If your in this area I would defiantly recommend seeing this part of history.

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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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