Discover Petroglyphs Provincial Park

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Located northeast of Peterborough, Ont., Petroglyphs Provincial Park is home to Canada’s largest known concentration of Aboriginal rock carvings. Stop by the park’s visitor centre to learn about the carvings. From there, you can embark on a hike through the woods to discover the hundreds of native drawings for yourself. Some of the 900-plus carvings, which depict snakes, turtles, humans, and other objects, are more than a thousand years old. The park also provides a booklet filled with Aboriginal teachings, such as how the white birch tree got its black marks, why moss grows on rocks, and how the Milky Way was created.

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What’s nearby: If you’re traveling on Highway 28 and you’d like to take in more natural wonders of this scenic area, head to Burleigh Falls, located on a beautiful area of the Otanabee River.

How to get there: From Peterborough, take Highway 28 until you reach Northeys Bay Rd. Turn right onto Northeys Bay Rd., followed by a slight left onto Fire Route 34, which will bring you to the park’s entrance.

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