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Petroglyphs Provincial Park

2249 Northey's Bay Road, Peterborough, Ontario K0L 3E0, Canada
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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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Peterborough, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Ottawa, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

The Petroglyph site is worth the trek to the park. The information at the entrance to the park and the parking lot set up is a bit confusing, so ensure you follow the signs to the park office/visitor centre first. On the nearby road there is a small public beach (Quarry Bay) that is nice for families with young children.

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Peterborough, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

It's hard to describe the sense of calm that overtakes one when viewing the glyphs, perhaps it's the lighting, perhaps it's the still and perhaps it's just something else.

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Toronto, Canada
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192 reviews 192 reviews
43 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Trecked out there having heard all about it. Really disappointed in a variety of ways. 1. Getting in and paying is a pain, park, walk and pay at the visitor centre and remember your licence plate 2. The staff in the visitor centre are more interested in talking to each other than dealing with the small number of visitors. 3.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

A very interesting visit. The Learning centre has the history of the First Nations people in the area, there is a 20 min video which talks about the glyphs though doesn't offer much insight into what all the glyphs are trying to convey but does focus on the top 3. There are other videos running throughout the learning center about... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

This park is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the trip. There are lots of hiking paths. The museum has lots of cool artifacts, and information, there is a short video that gives the history of of the petroglyphs.

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Petroglyphs Provincial Park is a historical-class provincial park situated in Woodview, Ontario, Canada, northeast of Peterborough. It has the largest collection of ancient First Nations petroglyphs (rock carvings) in Ontario. The carvings were created between 900 and 1100 AD and represent aspects of First Nations spirituality including images of shamans, animals, reptiles, and, possibly, the Great Spirit itself. It is... More

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