Premier Listings for Petroglyph Park
Petroglyph Provincial Park, at the south end of Nanaimo where the Nanaimo River empties into Northumberland Channel, presents a look back in time to a prehistoric period perhaps a millennium ago.
Mythological sea creatures – wolves in particular – animals, symbolic designs, events and human figures have skillfully been outlined in the sandstone surface of the rock by the native people inhabiting the area some time in the past.
Called petroglyphs today, these exquisite symbolic etchings are richly concentrated in the 2-hectare Petroglyph Park. 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. Examples of this art form exist elsewhere, and are found in the Nanaimo area and in other locations on Vancouver Island and the neighbouring islands, but rarely can they be viewed in such concentration as here.