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Explore Bancroft

This picturesque town, set along the York River, is a great spot for a day trip or as home base as you explore the area over a few days.

The Mineral Capital of Ontario will brighten your day with several shops selling gems discovered nearby. The Bancroft Gem and Mineral Club’s museum also offers a local history of mining and a wide range of rocks and gems in the former railway station.

Set in the Canadian Shield, this town was once abuzz with mining activity. The mineral veins here are rich but small, creating a niche market for gemhounds. 

Many specimens from this area can be found in museums and collections all over the world, including the Smithsonian Institute. You can join the hunt for your own gems, or enjoy other outdoor activities, such as hiking, riding ATVs, fishing or camping.

The town is home to many talented artists, who sell their wares from their studios and at special events.

Driving in via Highway 28, you can take a break south of Bancroft at Silent Lake Provincial Park or continue north to explore the south end of Algonquin Park. 

Take a drive or a trek up the mountain to Eagle’s Nest – across from Tim Hortons – to see for miles from the high lookout point. The natural area at the top of the steep rock face is rich in flora and fauna, offering a quiet refuge just minutes from the busy highway.

You can shop for all essentials here, thanks to the well-stocked grocery, hardware, dollar and liquor stores. The local coffee shops and bakeries will also tempt you with butter tarts and other sweet treats.


Treats & Eats

  • Eagles Nest Restaurant
  • Bancroft Brew Pub
  • The Granite
  • Café B C
  • Dave’s Place Restaurant
  • Vito’s Pizzeria
  • Pine Yard Chinese Food  
  • J. J’s Diner
  • Smokin’ Chip Wagon
  • For The Halibut Fish & Chips
  • Dixie Lee Restaurant
  • Wattle & Daub Cafe
  • Market Cafe & Fudge Factory

Things To Do

  • The Old Tin Shed 
  • Mack Attack Outdoors
  • Heritage Museum
  • Art Gallery of Bancroft
  • Millennium Park
  • Eagle’s Nest Lookout
  • Egan Chutes Provincial Park
  • Bancroft Brewing
  • Princess Sodalite Mine Bancroft Farmers’ Market

Where To Stay

  • Sword Inn Bancroft
  • Grail Springs Retreat 
  •  Centre for Wellbeing
  • MapleView Cottage
  • Bancroft Inn & Suites 
  • Bancroft Bed & Breakfast