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Petroglyphs Provincial Park

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Address: 2249 Northey's Bay Road, Peterborough, Ontario K0L 3E0, Canada
Phone Number: 705-877-2552
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This park is home to nearly 1000 rock carvings that scientists estimate...

This park is home to nearly 1000 rock carvings that scientists estimate were drawn between 500 and 1000 years ago.

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Peaceful and Historic

This is a very tranquil place to visit. It has changed considerably since the last time I visited. There is a nice museum to walk through before traveling down nice paths to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This is a very tranquil place to visit. It has changed considerably since the last time I visited. There is a nice museum to walk through before traveling down nice paths to the main attraction. The petroglyphs are now enclosed in a climate controlled building. Only downside is you cannot take pictures due to sacred beliefs

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The Petroglyphs themselves are located in a museum within the park. There are hiking trails on the property and free parking for visitors. The museum is staffed by local Indigenous First Nations personnel, who will share fascinating insights into their heritage and history, with a focal point on the Petroglyphs themselves. Unfortunately, for many, many years the site was unprotected... More 

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Thank Puphappy
Peterborough, Canada
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Petroglyphs Provincial Park is a unique place to visit with carvings of different animals on the giant rock outcrop that represent all tribes indigenous to Canada. The walk to the centre is through the woods which is beautiful. Originally, a stream ran underneath the rock and the stream was often heard to whisper by those doing vision quests. However it... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Petroglyphs are a major draw for this park. It is truly an amazing experience. The enclosure is impressive all by itself.If time allows do not forget to take the 5.7 km. hike around the lake. I even seen a moose grazing in one of the lakes.It is the best for distress oneself. The view is spectacular. Hidden jem.

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Ontario, Canada
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178 reviews
102 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I love this park and think it's a perfect day-trip. Plan your timing carefully because there are limited hours of access since is it a sacred site as well as a park. The scenery is gorgeous - especially on Nanabush Trail (if you pick just one trail, I'd suggest this one - about 1.5 hrs). Take your time though the... More 

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Thank 2-4-T
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We enjoyed the exhibits and especially speaking with the Park Warden, Michael Riddell, who is stationed at the rock carvings. He is very knowledgeable, and eager to share and discuss the exhibit and history of the place. If you're interested in the history, you'll enjoy the visit. We also enjoyed a short walk at McGinnes Lake near the exit of... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Just a Beautiful area, mature forest drive in & out, was Lovely. A nature walk in to the building for the ticket. Helpful Staff Lots of Big posters with Wonderful Information.. I took the time to watch the Movie in the theater (20mins) I also sat on the Indian Blankets on the Rocks to view the other two videos.. I... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

You've got to go!!! Travelling with First Nations and non native as well, we all were awe stricken by the entire experience. The visitors centre has much to offer for learning about the culture and deep connections these people had/have to the land, animals, elements and everything around us. Sorry no pics allowed. This is sacred land, still used by... More 

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Indian River, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

A very interesting place indeed. The Petroglyphs have a building over them to protect them but you are still very outside when you are inside. A must to see.

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Thank Ruth M
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I've been here several times, most recently as a part of a outdoor education program with Trent University. This park is just stunning, fantastic trails for exploring. Also not to mention the McGinnis lake which is just spectacular a view on it's own. The Petroglyphs are fascinating but it is a disappointment that they're now encased in a large building... More 

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