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Petroglyphs Provincial Park

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Address: 2249 Northey's Bay Road, Peterborough, Ontario K0L 3E0, Canada
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+1 705-877-2552
10:00 - 17:00
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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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Well preserved First Nations drawings

This is a wonderful place to hike in all seasons with several trails of different lengths. Do go into the Visitors Centre with the largest known collection of aboriginal rock... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
Rachel B
Lakefield, On
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Lakefield, On
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is a wonderful place to hike in all seasons with several trails of different lengths. Do go into the Visitors Centre with the largest known collection of aboriginal rock carvings.( not open in the off season) Really interesting

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North Western, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This is hands down the best first nations co-managed park i've ever been to, seen or heard of. The visitor center absolutely nails the teachings as well the importance of oral traditions and water to the casual public and those in the know alike. The site itself is stunning and infuriating all at once. If you would like to see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

it was an educational experience as well as a great outing into the woods. The whole place is well protected and easy access

Thank Dusty B
Peterborough, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Summer visits to see the petroglyphs very interesting. Lovely walk from car park : many flowers, ferns, trees. Geology also interesting. Walking the entrance trail in Fall and Winter can be rewarding : several bird species and animals may be seen.

Thank davemilsom2016
Cornwall, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The information about the Petroglyphs and the local flora and fauna was presented beautifully in the Visitor Centre. I do feel the handouts at the actual site could be a bit better, the photocopies were a bit hard to read. We weren't able to hike any of the trails due to poor weather.

Thank JennBirder
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Made it on the last day before closing for the year. staff were super attentive, made sure any questions we had got answered. took the 5.5kn hike to Minnow lake and it was amazing. great trail, beautiful views, just perfect way to spend a day on the Thanksgiving weekend

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Hamilton Ontario Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The Petroglyphs are a fine example of Native history in Canada. The site is rather moving, a very spiritual place and is its very very old. Dates from 900-1100 A.D. They are now protected by a building that gives you a great view of the glyphs. The staff is very knowledgable and friendly. Highly recommended esp to any who thinks... More 

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toronto ontario canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great cultural area we went in the evening and you see film first I like the eve better you can see the markings in the stones better Great for everyone

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

It was nice to walk down the path and see the building (that protects the petroglyphs) coming to view in the trees. I am glad that the area outside and inside the building have been kept very natural and simple - the draw here is the amazing images in the rock. Guides at the site seemed very excited and were... More 

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Kingston, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We had passed the sign on Highway 7 for the Petroglyphs on many occasions on our journeys taking our daughter to Trent University in Peterborough but it was never the right time of year or we were in too much of a hurry to actually take the road north to see them. This time we decided to make Petroglyphs Provincial... More 

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