Petroglyphs

Birding

Petroglyphs Provincial Park borders the Peterborough Crown Game Reserve. Birds such as Gray Jays, Wild Turkeys, Ruffed Grouse and various types of hawks are visible in the summer.

Hiking

Ratarat Trail - 1 km, moderate 

Located at the West McGinnis Picnic Area, this short hike meanders through mixed forest and past the beautiful and unique McGinnis Lake. It’s a great area to have a picnic and then go for a short hike.

Marsh Trail - 7 km (2.5 hours) moderate
This trail winds through dense pine forest and marsh and then climbs - steeply in parts - to uplands.



Nanabush Trail 5.5 km (1.5 hours) easy
The trail crosses a variety of terrain from wetlands to rock outcrops. A trail booklet describes native legends: Learn how the White Birch got its black marks, why moss grows on rocks and how the Milky Way was created.

West Day-Use Trail 5 km (1.5 hours) moderate

This narrow trail winds through large pine stands and areas of oak and birch. A bridge crosses an ancient streambed made thousands of years ago.

Natural Heritage Education

The Natural Heritage Education team offers several evening programs during July and August. Each program begins with showing the award winning film “The Teaching Rocks,” at the Learning Place theatre. Visitors are then led to the sacred Petroglyphs Site. Listen to park guides tell stories generations old, relating to First Nations and various understandings as to why these carvings were made.

Guided tours are available for public groups and school groups throughout the operating season.  Group leaders have several options for planning their day; groups may make use of the hiking trails and picnic areas, the group can book to watch the film “The Teaching Rocks” at the Learning Place before going to the Petroglyphs site for a tour.  If a group is on a tight timeframe they may alternatively forego the film and go directly to see the Petroglyphs tour.  Depending on staff availability, a small guided walk-through may be available at the Learning Place in addition to the Petroglyphs tour.  There are currently no fees for group programs however all applicable school bus and/or daily vehicle permits must be purchased to enter the park.  Group programs must book at least one week in advance (preferably earlier) to ensure that a tour will be available.  Groups larger than 30 in number may have split tours to ensure all group members and other park visitors have an enjoyable visit to the Petroglyphs site.  Group leaders should ensure that members of their group/class are prepared to have appropriate respect and appreciation for this spiritually significant site.