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  • Jennifer Dowd

A Pit stop in Nanaimo, BC, July 23, 2023 - Day 3 | Petroglyph Park

Updated: Jul 23, 2023

Nestled on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, lies a historical site that beckons curious explorers and history enthusiasts alike - Petroglyph Park. This park is also known as S'ul-hween X'pey.

As I arrived at Petroglyph Park in Nanaimo, BC, I couldn't help but feel a sense of disappointment. Anticipation had built up within me, expecting a vast expanse of ancient petroglyphs to explore. However, the reality was quite different. The park turned out to be relatively small, and there were only a few petroglyphs scattered across the rocks.

While the petroglyphs that were present were undoubtedly intriguing, I couldn't shake the feeling that the park didn't fully live up to the expectations I had set in my mind. I yearned for more carvings and a deeper immersion into the history and culture of the Indigenous peoples who left these ancient marks. It was also challenging seeing the designs because of all the moss growth.

Despite the limited number of petroglyphs at this particular stop, I still appreciated the opportunity to glimpse into the past and connect with Indigenous heritage. The ethereal setting, with the serene ocean and lush surroundings, provided a calming atmosphere to reflect upon the significance of these ancient carvings.

Though disappointed by the park's size and the limited number of petroglyphs, I recognized that each historical site has its own unique story and significance. In the end, it became a reminder that not all experiences align with our expectations, but they still hold value in offering insights and fostering an appreciation for the cultural treasures that shape the rich tapestry of our world.

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