Petroglyphs PP has the most concentration of aboriginal rock carvings anywhere in Canada - so we visited yesterday. The 600+ year old carvings are distinct, but have seen some erosion since they are on soft rock so they are now protected from the elements by a large glass building. It is disappointing that you can't take photos of the glyphs. I'd suggest going to the Learning Place (visitor centre) first to walk though the exhibit and watch the 20 minute movie. This will give you some understanding and context of the site, the history, and the meaning it still holds to the Curve Lake Nation who graciously allow us to visit their sacred ground. The interpretive display was both meaningful and moving. Totally worth the park's $14 day pass (per vehicle). Petroglyphs is not too far from Peterborough and is open only in season from 10am-5pm, so plan accordingly.
We hiked the Nanabush 5.5km 'moderate level' trail and enjoyed it - it was well maintained and had some beautiful vistas, rocky outcrops, ferny forests. Lake McGuinnis is gorgeous jade colour, glacially formed, and ecologically unique. Next time I come, I will bring a picnic, do one trail in the morning, visit the Learning Place and glyphs, and then do a second trail in the afternoon.
TIP: This is a small park, and there is no camping. However there are a couple of provincial parks near-by (Silent Lake & St Peter) where you can camp, and your camping pass will get you into Petroglyphs for free.
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