When it comes to blue waters, this spot might just take the cake. This Ontario park has a rare turquoise pool tucked away amidst rocks and trees. You can drink in vibrant views and fresh air as you relax on the shores. Take a day trip to Ontario's Petroglyphs Park to see ancient rock carvings and colourful waters. 

This spot isn't your average walk in the park. 

Located in Woodview, Petroglyphs Provincial Park boasts some unique features that make it the perfect place to explore.

The area is home to the largest known concentration of petroglyphs (Indigenous rock carvings) in Canada. 

You can find depictions of turtles, snakes, birds, humans, and more at the "Teaching Rocks" site.

Not only can you gaze at these impressive relics, but you can also look out across an incredibly vibrant pool of water.

McGinnis Lake is one of only a few meromictic lakes in the country.

The rare pool has a bright blue and green colour due to the fact that its waters don't intermix.

In an effort to preserve the unique meromictic lake, there is no swimming permitted at this spot.

The park also features several hiking trails, ranging from one and a half to two and a half hours long.

You can explore wetlands, rock outcrops, and cross an ancient streambed made thousands of years ago.

The park suggests arriving well before 3 p.m. if intending to hike. Trails can be rugged, so be sure to dress appropriately.

Both the petroglyphs site and Visitor Centre are currently open, and face masks are required in buildings.

Ontario has several other blue water places to visit this summer, and you'll feel like you're on a tropical island as you take a dip in these bright pools.

Lace-up those hiking boots and take in some truly unique sights at his Provincial Park.

Petroglyphs Provincial Park

Price: Prices vary

Address: 2249 Northeys Bay Rd., Woodview, ON

Why You Need To Go: Visit Canada's largest known concentration of petroglyphs and gaze out across a rare turquoise lake at this park.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment. 

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