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Petroglyphs Provincial Park
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Owner description: This park is home to nearly 1000 rock carvings that scientists estimate were drawn between 500 and 1000 years ago.
Reviewed July 7, 2012

I visited Petroglyph Park a couple of days ago. It was my third time there over a number of years. The first time, the rocks were still open to the elements, and it was an awesome experience. The next time they had been protected by a beautiful simple and open building in the woods, with perfect viewing platforms from all angles. You can see the carvings perfectly. The experience is very moving and spiritual. The site is still an active holy site for the aboriginal people of the area. This last time, the park's visitor centre had been completed, and I suggest you buy your ticket, go to visit the rocks, and then return to learn more. It's a bit intrusive and it's nice to discover the carvings all by yourself without being told what to think. Take your time, its worth it. (there are also very beautiful walking trails within the park)

4  Thank hpkmontreal
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

I visited PPP with my fiance last weekend, and it was a very nice experience. The park is located near Kawartha Highlands Provincial park, and tucked into the forests north of Peterborough. It's a bit of a walk from the parking lot to the visitor centre, but I think that added to the charm of the place. The park (rangers?) were very polite and answered the questions we had. There is a very interesting exhibit that provides a lot of information on the local indigenous peoples' culture in the centre, and I highly recommend spending some time there.
The large rock with the petroglyphs was fascinating. I've seen some western U.S. petroglyphs, but these were far better preserved and more distinct. They have the rock sealed up in a large structure, but better that than have it exposed to vandals. I had many questions about the meanings of the carvings, and some were answered, but I guess they don't have a cohesive, overall interpretation of the site. There is information on other American Indian/First Nation tribes in the petroglyph structure as well, and I enjoyed reading about them.
After viewing the petroglyphs we went for a hike on the trails in the park. The forest smelled heavenly after months in Toronto, and it was wonderfully secluded. We met some other people along the way, but had a large portion of the trail to ourselves. Marsh Lake was very peaceful, and an excellent place for lunch. We saw a snake and turtle by way of wildlife. It took us a couple of hours to hike the full trail loop, but it was worth it. Nothing too spectacular; just a nice little stroll through the woods.
If you're in the area I highly recommend a stop by this park. The petroglyphs are outstanding, and an excellent chance to learn some local culture. You can see the petroglyphs themselves in a short amount of time, and head on to other locations if you're not a fan of hiking, or looking to do more in one day.

7  Thank honjooshi
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

Petroglyphs Provincial Park is a wonderful park capturing our area's native history. A wonderful place to take family and friends for a day trip.

1  Thank Sherry K
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

These Indian writings and art work are within a climate controlled building. One can tell the Gov't of Ontario has put alot money plus time and energy into this area of the provincial park. It is bit of a walk from the parking lot to this site but manageable. This is also alot of information available on site to learn about this venue. A rather interesting site and well worth the trip if you are interested in this type thing.

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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Little known caves and petroglyphs give a peek into long forgotten culture. Long trek to get to rock face but worth it.

1  Thank GRKnight
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