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Petroglyph Provincial Park
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)
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Petroglyphs
Location Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Area 2 ha (4.9 acres)
Designation Class A Provincial Park
Established August 24, 1948
Governing body BC Parks

Petroglyph Provincial Park is a provincial park located at the south end of the city of Nanaimo in British Columbia, Canada. The park was established on August 24, 1948 to protect a collection of petroglyphs found near the estuary of the Nanaimo River.

Cultural history

The park hosts a remarkably high concentration of petroglyphs that date to at least the 10th century CE. These carvings depict mythological sea creatures, human figures, and animals that are symbolic of the spiritual and cultural history of the Coast Salish and Snuneymuxw First Nations.

The locations of these carvings were almost always made where forces of nature were believed to be especially strong. These areas are usually marked by a natural feature such as a waterfall or rock formation.

Facilities

No facilities are provided at this park.

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