About Bancroft

There is lots to  enjoy and explore when you visit or reside in  Bancroft! To learn more about Bancroft's rich history,  current events taking place in our community,  attractions and amenities, or community development initiatives, please see the drop-down menu below!

Welcome to Bancroft

Bancroft is located in the heart of Ontario, tucked away from the bustle of the big city but close enough to visit. Central to several mid-sized cities and halfway between Toronto and Ottawa, Bancroft offers the tranquility of the Canadian Shield with all the amenities of a modern community. Built alongside the York River in the mid-1800s, Bancroft sits at the northern tip of Hastings County and the southern end of Algonquin Park.

Historically fueled by the mining and lumber industries, the Bancroft region offers residents and visitors access to lakes, forests, parks, golf courses, theatres and museums, cultural and sporting events, recreation trails, well-established municipal services, K-12 and post-secondary education, modern health care facilities, and a thriving downtown core that offers ample opportunity for further economic development. With a regional population of more than 40 000, Bancroft is anything but a typical small town.

Bancroft welcomes visitors (150 000 annually) from all over Canada and the world and is a favourite destination for four-season vacations. It’s not hard to believe that many visitors choose to stay, and Bancroft has become the community of choice for many people who would like to leave the busy city-life behind. The Bancroft region provides the perfect blend of urban and rural economies and landscapes and makes a wonderful place to visit, live, work, and thrive!

Local Attractions & Amenities

Bancroft is a four seasons playground with plenty to offer all year round! As a regional hub, Bancroft has a host of things to do, offering museums, golf courses, annual events, a theatre, and recreational trails to explore. 

Building Bancroft - What's in Progress

The Town of Bancroft currently serves over 3,500 residents, and is committed to ensuring pride in our community. Bancroft currently has undertaken several exciting projects and initiatives aimed at further developing and revitalizing our community. To learn more, please browse through the links below. For questions pertaining to community development, please contact Malcolm Hunt at communitydevelopment@bancroft.ca.

Bancroft's Historical Past

The Town of Bancroft Municipal office itself is a piece of history. It is located in what used to be the town's train station, first constructed in 1899. Being a stop on the Central Ontario Railway, the first train arrived to the Bancroft station in November of 1900.  Though the train station now ceases to operate, through the help of the community it was converted to an office space, as well as underwent an addition to house the Mineral Museum.

Bancroft is rich in history, dating back centuries. For more information on Bancroft's history, click here. For a history timeline more detailed,  click here.

Exploring Bancroft - Things to Do and Places to See

Bancroft welcomes visitors (150 000 annually) from all over Canada and the world and is a favourite destination for four-season vacations. 

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*Please note that not all amenities, activities, buildings, or spaces mentioned may be
open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to your visit, you can email
the Town Office at info@bancroft.ca to inquire about openings. When planning your
visit, you can also visit the website of the Bancroft Business Improvement Area
(BBIA) here, the Bancroft and District Chamber of Commerce here, and Hastings
County here.  


Parks and Green Spaces                                     
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Rockhounding
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Museums                                                              
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Walking and Hiking Trails
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Eagle's Nest Park
lookout

Beaches and Boat Launches
Papineau lake

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Medical Services

No matter what age you or your family members might be, North Hastings offers the medical services you need with a regional hospital, essential 24 hour emergency services at the hospital, 2 land ambulances operating 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, and a helicopter pad for emergency medical transport. Bancroft additionally offers;


Bancroft Community Family Health Team

QHC - North Hastings Hospital

ParaMed Home Health Care

Hospice North Hastings

Dentists/Hygienists

Physiotherapy Clinics in Bancroft

Hearing Care

Chiropractic Care

Optometrists

Mental Health Services

Addiction Treatment Services

Long-term Residency/Care

Public Washrooms

Millennium Park 
  • 166 Hastings St N -Washrooms open from 9am - 6pm (closed Holidays)

Riverside Park 

  • 26 Station St-Washrooms open from 9am - 6pm (closed Holidays)

Please follow COVID-19 Provincial Guidelines.