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Petroglyphs Provincial Park

2249 Northey's Bay Road, Peterborough, Ontario K0L 3E0, Canada
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Ranked #6 of 30 Attractions in Peterborough
Type: Parks
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
Description: This park is home to nearly 1000 rock carvings that scientists estimate were drawn between 500 and 1000 years ago.
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Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I went in feeling like - Really...... what are we about to waste money on. The whole time there - I felt like someone was there with me.... it was oddly magical and mysterious. As long as you can open your mind and feel what the writings along the routes describe to you - it really is a magical mystery... More

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This is a fascinating place to get a better understanding of Canadian history, it tells the story of the indigenous people from about 1000 years ago, it has lots of trails and the carvings in the enclosed visitor centre are remarkable, the staff are very welcoming and are happy to explain things to you if you get a bit confused... More

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Lindsay, Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Want to learn about Canada before the coming of the Europeans then wander over to this park. It will give you a better understanding of the way life used to be before the white man arrived here in Canada. The drawings created tell a story of life and religion in the area. The craving were created sometime between 900 AD... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This place was amazing . A must see it is a vital part of our history . Peaceful trails . Great staff very informative have answers to all your questions . The petroglyphs are unbelievable ,take a moment and think about the people that have been here :) a carload 14 bucks very cheap entertainment u can do this and... More

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98 reviews 98 reviews
53 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Interesting park...liked the trails...the petroglyphs were interesting and fun to look at...liked this spot...should see this once you will not be disappointed....try to go after buggy season though that's why we went in August...no bugs:-)

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Toronto, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We visited in August. It is an easy day trip from Toronto. Once you enter the park you drive along the narrow road to the visitors center. There you can pay for your tickets and visit the museum which has some really educational displays and a short documentary movie. The glyphs themselves are housed in a building which is a... More

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Nestleton, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

visited the park in July 2014. The deer fly were bad - remember your bug spray (and sunscreen if sunny day). Nice drive into the visitor centre and short hike from the parking lot (2 - 3 minutes). Provincial park fee per car was $14.00. Another 5-7 minute hike to the Petroglyphs building showcasing the Petroglyphs. Friendly staff at the... More

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Toronto, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We visited this park in June. If we had known the the daily park permit could be used at the other surrounding parks, we would have planned accordingly and visited more than one park that day. It did not take us as long as we thought it was to see the site and also visit Mcginnis Lake. There is a... More

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Kitchener, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

...mosquito spray! We went on a muggy June day, & were nipped at voraciously, as this spot is back in some bush. You do have a short walk from the parking area to the Visitor Centre, and then again over to the enclosed petroglyph site. However, the forest around the site is part of the experience, and makes it feel... More

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Barry's Bay, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Petroglyphs Provincial Park is a very interesting and historic area. Inside the park is a giant 'housed' rock, covered with ancient Aboriginal carvings; it is beautifully preserved and quite stunning considering it is in the region of 1800 years old. The park itself has several hikes through woodland, along boardwalks and around lakes and they are all 'do-able' as long... More

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