Kickin’ It In Kawarthas Day 3: Petroglyphs Provincial Park

on August 3, 2013


While most of us are familiar with the eight wonders of the world, it is a widely accepted fact that there are many other unique marvels to be seen across the world and of them can be found in Woodview, Ontario.

Petroglyphs Provincial Park features the largest collection of ancient First Nations petroglyphs (think Egyptian hieroglyphs) in Ontario.

The carvings were originally created in the pre-Columbian era and represent different elements of First Nations spirituality. These include different images of animals like the turtle, snake, and heron and even the Great Spirit.

The location of the site was rediscovered in 1954 by prospector Everett Davis and the site has been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada.

The carvings themselves are believed to have been made by either the Algonquin or Iroquois people between 900 and 11 AD. First Nations members refer to the area as “Kinoomaagewapkong” or the “teaching rocks.” They believe that the carvings were a gift to be shared with youth to teach them about the ways that were and the ways that will be. Originally two to three inches deep, the 1200 carvings are now at almost surface level and are now protected from the elements by a glass building. Visitors are encouraged to come and check out the rocks from a distance but are advised to not take any photos of the carvings to respect the spiritual wishes of the First Nations people.

Petroglyphs Provincial Park also features a Learning Place that opened in 2002. The Learning Place is designed to educate visitors about the importance of the carvings by using various displays as well as a movie that is available in an adjoining theatre by request.

Upon visiting the site, I can attest to the majestic quality of the carvings and their spiritual relevance. In addition, after parking your car, the short hike to The Learning Place and the carvings is absolutely stunning and offers some of the best views of the region.

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