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Petroglyphs Provincial Park

2249 Northey's Bay Road, Peterborough, Ontario K0L 3E0, Canada
705-877-2552
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Ranked #6 of 29 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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Nestleton, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Waterloo, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Liked viewing the historic petroglyphs, hiking, and the sites of the park. Wonderful place to spend a day.

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Not too busy. Carvings are really clear and varied. Key historical spot. One of largest gatherings in Canada!

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Peterborough, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I have been visiting the Petroglyphs for years - before the building was erected. On Wednesday evenings during the summer they have a night viewing where they shine lights on the carvings. You really can see the depth and details better this way. Driving through the park at dusk you will see a lot of deer. A great family outing.

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Milford, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Visited 2011 after years intending to do so. As a man of faith, touched by the spirituality of this place. Very much enjoyed a long conversation with the Mohawk guide/interpreter on site. Start with the Visitor's centre and enter the soul of this place. Don't rush. The more open you are, the more you will be touched. A bit of... More

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Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

As long as you are prepared to read you will find out something new at every turn. Then go into the sealed off area and view for yourself the history. Learn where these tribes have lest their footprints - amazing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Deep in beautiful forest, this sacred site is refreshingly quiet and un-touristy. It's well worth a visit. Informal parking is a short walk from the visitor centre, where the parks staff were welcoming helpful. A short film there puts the monument into context, gives a flavour of how it was originally used and sets the mood for respectfully visiting the... More

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