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Petroglyph Park


Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

A short trail leads from the parking lot to the interpretation area.
Wildlife viewing
The high concentration of prehistoric rock carvings are the main attraction at Petroglyph Provincial Park. Visitors can get a glimpse back to a time more than 1,000 years ago, when First Nations peoples created these traditional carvings. This park offers excellent viewing opportunities of these petroglyphs. The images – depicting everything from mystical wolf-like creatures to fish and human figures - were made for a variety of reasons, including territorial ownership and to commemorate special events among a people with no written language. The sandstone gallery of petroglyphs, located on a hill overlooking Nanaimo Harbour, is just a short distance from the interpretive area along the walkway.

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Petroglyph Provincial Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.