The more than 300 carvings at St. Victor Petroglyphs Provincial Park are one of Saskatchewan’s great unsolved mysteries. It is not known who carved the petroglyphs, nor why or even when they were carved. The carvings do, however, provide clues about the people who lived in Saskatchewan hundreds of years ago.
The petroglyphs were carved between 500 – 1700 A.D. and given that some of the glyphs have been carved on top of one another, it is assumed that they were carved by many different people over the course of several years. Due to the time and effort it would have required to complete the petroglyphs, we can surmise that it was a site of great importance to the Indigenous people who created them. The carvings at St. Victor are unique, in that they are the only petroglyphs carved upon a horizontal surface on the Canadian Plains.
To preserve the glyphs, and for public safety, access to the cliff edge is restricted. However, there is a lookout point where visitors are able to look down on the glyphs. The best time to view the glyphs is on a clear day, either early in the morning or close to sunset, when shadows cast on the faint carvings and give them more definition. Interpretive panels and reproductions of some of the glyphs are available for visitors to examine and a picnic area is available.