Kinomaage-Waapkong “The rocks that teach”
-First Nations name for the Petroglyphs
Well with the course wrapped up last week, I’ve had some time to reflect on the experience and some of the things that we’ve done. First off I’d like to look back on the trip we took the the Petroglyphs Provincial Park, a park ran jointly by Ontario Parks and the Curve Lake First Nations. Out of the respect to the spiritual beliefs of the local community, the Petroglyphs themselves were out of bounds for photography, but the rest of the park was not. I was disappointed to see the petroglyphs being housed in a large class building that was created to protect them from the elements but really distracted from the natural environment. Dating between 900-1,100 A.D. the petroglyphs are a collection of indigenous beliefs and teaching spanning several centuries. The park also had spectacular scenery and wildlife present, with one of the main attractions being a distinctly green/blue lake McGinnis. The lake is one a few meromictic lakes in Ontario, an effect that creates different oxygen levels at different layers of the lake where only certain depths can be habitable due to oxygen depletion. This lake has a fantastic green/blue hue to it and it is not permitted to swim or use watercraft on the lake as to not disturb the water. Below are some shots from the park, many from McGinnis lake, as it is truly stunning to look at.