The Petroglyphs Provincial Park is located in Woodview Ontario. It is named such because it contains ancient Native American rock carvings believed to have been created before the arrival of Europeans to what is now Canada. It is believed that the carvers were from Algonquian speaking groups.
Unfortunately, you cannot take pictures of the rock carvings. The images depict animals, people and boats. The rock carving site and park is considered a spiritually sacred location.
The hiking trails pass through forests that are beautiful and wild with such a diversity of flora and fauna. The latter I didn’t see much of except for a large snake and huge broken turtle shell.
They warn you to keep chatting and making noise while on your hike, because if you’re quiet you might run into a bear who didn’t hear you coming. And they do not like surprises!
If you come to this park, bring bug spray! You will need it. I was also glad I wore full length leggings.
We hiked along the Nanabush trail which passes through mixed forests and wetland and around a lake with stunning views.
Some interesting looking plant growth …
A large broken turtle shell …
On our way out, we stopped to see McGinnis Lake – one of the only meromictic lakes in Canada, meaning that the thermal layers of water do not mix, resulting in a beautiful coloration. I was really glad we stopped to see this lake even though I was tired.
I really recommend going to see it if you visit this park. If you pack a light snack to have after hiking, this would be a nice place to enjoy it and rest up after the hike.
Have you been to Petroglyph Park? Where are your favorite places to hike in Ontario?