Aboriginal history is alive and well in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, most obviously at Petroglyphs Provincial Park. There, art left behind by the Algonquins is still very visible, carved on a bare rock face. These sacred depictions of turtles, snakes, birds and people are the largest known collection of rock art in Canada.
Descendants of those ancient artists still live in our region, notably at the Hiawatha First Nation on Rice Lake and the Curve Lake First Nation on Chemong and Buckhorn lakes.
In fact, local aboriginal bands are keen to preserve their cultural and artistic traditions and often invite visitors to join in. A Cultural Centre and the most anticipated Pow Wows which begin and end the summer season all a must to experience.
Aboriginal arts and crafts are readily available, especially at such venues as the Whetung Ojibwa Gallery. But the most abiding reminder of aboriginal tradition has to be the canoe, which, after all, was a First Nations’ invention. It, of course, is the star attraction at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, but you can see the aboriginal influence throughout Peterborough & the Kawarthas from the Wild rice harvesting to art in the wild.