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“Clean, inexpensive fun for the entire family”

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 8 July 2014

visited the park in July 2014. The deer fly were bad - remember your bug spray (and sunscreen if sunny day). Nice drive into the visitor centre and short hike from the parking lot (2 - 3 minutes). Provincial park fee per car was $14.00. Another 5-7 minute hike to the Petroglyphs building showcasing the Petroglyphs. Friendly staff at the desk to offer assistance and answer questions. Not quite what I thought - but understandable in order to preserve the Petroglyphs for future generations.

2  Thank BarbG62013
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We visited this park in June. If we had known the the daily park permit could be used at the other surrounding parks, we would have planned accordingly and visited more than one park that day. It did not take us as long as we thought it was to see the site and also visit Mcginnis Lake. There is a lot of information around and you can learn a lot of about Native culture. The staff are friendly and eager to answer any questions you may have. We were not sure what to expect. The carvings on the rock have a building/structure built around them to help preserve them. We thought that we would be going into caves. That was not the case. The area is one of worship and no pictures are allowed on the petroglyph site. It is worth a visit if this is of interest to you.

4  Thank Cyndy S
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

...mosquito spray! We went on a muggy June day, & were nipped at voraciously, as this spot is back in some bush. You do have a short walk from the parking area to the Visitor Centre, and then again over to the enclosed petroglyph site. However, the forest around the site is part of the experience, and makes it feel very peaceful there. The Visitor Centre is a 'must' to stop at first, as you can see a short 20 min film there about the carvings, and it is worth wandering around the Visitor Centre to get more of an idea about native culture. Be advised that dogs are NOT allowed, and neither is photographing or video-taping the petroglyphs. Check the website for hours before you go! Personally I found the site to have a very spiritual air about it, much like visiting a great cathedral or any other holy place. There is also a nice little gift shop on site, and they do have coffee & cold drinks there.

1  Thank BKM861
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

Petroglyphs Provincial Park is a very interesting and historic area. Inside the park is a giant 'housed' rock, covered with ancient Aboriginal carvings; it is beautifully preserved and quite stunning considering it is in the region of 1800 years old. The park itself has several hikes through woodland, along boardwalks and around lakes and they are all 'do-able' as long as you can handle the odd steep bit and watch out that you don't trip over the tree roots. The only drawback to hiking in the park are the hoards (and I mean HOARDS) of mosquitoes and deerfly. I do have to take some responsibility for this though as my partner and I chose to visit it in June (worst 'bug month' of the year possibly) and we came totally unprepared. So, although I would highly recommend you stop by for a visit, a hike and a look at the petroglyphs, I would suggest August - October would be your best bet if you don't want to be eaten alive. I'd also recommend that you bring a hat, a large bottle of deet and wear long pants!

6  Thank Stephanie P
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Liked viewing the historic petroglyphs, hiking, and the sites of the park. Wonderful place to spend a day.

1  Thank Cureeus1
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