Tuesday, August 30, 2011

History Etched in Stone

We just arrived back from a three day visit to beautiful Sproat Lake, Vancouver Island, where we stayed with our uncle Alan who lives at the lake. We thoroughly enjoyed a restful stay and spent most of our time by the waterside swimming and boating. During one of our boat trips with Alan and Ruth, we stopped by the prehistoric petroglyphs, named K'ak'awin, on the eastern end of Sproat Lake Provincial Park. The age of these petroglyphs is unknown - they were most likely carved by ancestors of the Nootka people. The carvings depict ancient marine creatures - was Sproat Lake once inhabited by strange water monsters ? It is fascinating to view these rock face carvings so close up - my imagination stepped back in time a few thousand years - what was life like in this part of the world so many thousands of years ago ?!

Rock carvings (petroglyphs) at
Sproat Lake Provincial Park, Vancouver Island

I have included a few photos of these wonderful carvings - they are a little difficult to view as they are worn from age. I feel these are an important part of Vancouver Island history and should be included in our Relics and Tales. I will also include a photo or two of the Hawaii Mars water bomber which was situated only minutes away from the petroglyphs. These flying water tankers live at Sproat Lake. Thank you for viewing! Michelle

Water Bomber on Sproat Lake


Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, thank you for sharing.

Sheila said...

We only camped once at Sproat Lake when i was a child but I don't remember seeing these petroglyphs. It's amazing to see them now and your water bomber photos are so colourful and interesting too. I would like to spend more time exploring the topics on your sidebar. Yes it would be nice to get together Michelle. i don't think we'll be venturing out to the island this year unfortunately.

Anna at the Doll House said...

Hello Michelle

I arrived here by way of Sheila's blog and am quite fascinated by these rock carvings. I posted some images from my visit to Tanum in Sweden this summer. The Bronze Age rock carvings there, are of course, quite different to these, but if you would like to take a look, please visit me at The Doll House.


Kimberly said...

Thanks so much, my husband and I are taking our daughter over there next month and heard about all this. Googled and found your blog. We're definitely going to check this out. Thanks again

Kimberly :)

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