A special outcrop of white crystalline marble (metamorphosed limestone) north of Stoney Lake made a perfect canvas for Algonkian- speaking shamans passing through the area 600 to 1,100 years ago. Over the years, these visitors carved 900 different symbols into the rock, although the reasons for their selection of this site and the precise meaning of the symbols died with the carvers.
Visitors might see offerings of sage, tobacco, sweet grass, cedar, feathers, shells and stones left beside particular symbols on the rock. Members of the Curve Lake First Nation also operate the front gate and have been involved in setting up the new visitor centre. This trail guide includes McGinnis Lake Trail, Petroglyphs Trail, Nanabush Trail, High Falls Trail, Marsh Trail, and West Day Use Trail.
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