About Bancroft

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.

Things to Do and Places to See in Bancroft

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When planning your holidays visit these resourceful websites:
North Hastings Heritage Museum & Visitor Information here   

Bancroft Business Improvement Area (BBIA) here
Bancroft and District Chamber of Commerce here
Hastings County here   

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

Beaches and Boat Launches
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Local Map                                                                                                 map image


Explore Bancroft's rich history by visiting one of our museums!

North Hastings Heritage Museum
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Take a step back in time when you tour the North Hastings Heritage Museum! With a collection galleries and local artifacts, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy! To plan your visit, see their website here. 

Gem and Mineral Museum 

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Walk through the Gem and Mineral Museum to explore a unique collection of mineral deposits from Bancroft and beyond! The Museum is located at the Town of Bancroft Municipal Office, and operates under the same business hours. 

Parks and Green Spaces

Looking for a place to stretch your legs, eat your lunch, or to get out and play? Visit one of our local parks! 
For park locations, please see our visitor's map!

Millenium Park 
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Settled alongside the York River you will find Millennium Park! Here, there is a short walking trail, picnic benches, washrooms, a public water tap, and a bandshell. In the summer months, you can listen to live music put on by Mineral Capital Concerts. For details on the concerts, please visit the Mineral Capital Concert's website here!

Churchill Park 
Churchill park in the Fall

Also alongside the York River, Churchill Park is a scenic spot to have a picnic, or simply stretch your legs! On site there are picnic tables as well as a spot to launch your canoe or kayak into the river for a paddle!

Vance Farm Park
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Immerse yourself in nature at Vance Farm Park! Here, you will find several walking and hiking trails to explore. To download a copy of a trail map, please click here!

Riverside Park
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As the name suggests, Riverside Park is settled beside the York River, and is home to Freedom Skatepark, as well as a playground! Additionally, you will find washrooms, picnic tables, and an area to launch your canoe or kayak into the river!

Freedom Skate Park
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Freedom Skate Park is located within Riverside Park and is a the perfect spot for bikers and skateboarders alike to enjoy!

Off-Leash Dog Park 
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Located beside the Community Centre, the dog park is a great place to let your furry friend run and play!


Get ready to hit the trails!

Whether you are wanting to walk, bike, or ride, there are several trails in the area for you to enjoy! Select the type of trail you are looking to adventure, and you're set to explore! 

You can purchase your trail permit here.

I want to go for a hike!

I want to go ATVing!


I want to take a drive on a Scenic Route!

I want to tour on my motorcycle!

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I want to go snowmobiling!


I want to explore the Hastings Heritage Trail! 
If you are using the trail for recreational purposes (all other purposes other than walking), you must purchase a permit. Day permits, as well as weekly and annual permits, can be purchased here!

Hastings heritage trail