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Rock Art in British Columbia


Petroglyph Provincial Park

The high concentration of prehistoric rock carvings is the main attraction at Petroglyph Provincial Park, located at the south end of Nanaimo. Visitors can get a glimpse of a time more than 1,000 years ago when First Nations peoples created these traditional carvings. This day-use park offers excellent viewing opportunities for these petroglyphs. Locations for rock art carvings were chosen carefully and were almost always made at places of power or mystery – places where the forces of nature were believed to be especially strong. These areas are usually marked by natural features such as waterfalls, rock formations or caves, and most are near water.

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