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Bancroft | Ontario

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Bancroft | Ontario Classified

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The Mineral Capital of Canada

Bancroft and the northern region of Hastings is one of the most unique areas geologically in the world! Almost 90% of all types of minerals found on earth are located in North Hastings. Bancroft is a major destination for recreational rockhounding enthusiasts.

As the “Mineral Capital of Canada,” Bancroft has something for everyone. Gem and mineral enthusiasts come to get a hands-on lesson in geology. Within just a small area, you can find easily accessible and rewarding destinations for minerals, gemstones, and fossils.

Photos: suburbantourist.ca, facebook.com/BancroftRockhoundGemboree

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Mineral Collecting Hot Spots

Bancroft is the “Mineral Capital of Canada,” so take advantage of your chance to dig up something of your own at one of the many local hot spots. Whether you identify as a hobby collector or a large-scale collector, there is plenty to discover. From Richardson Mine, Ontario’s first gold mine, to the CN Rock Dump, there are plenty of hidden places to hunt for gems and minerals. Check the municipality website for more locations as well as directions.

Bancroft Mineral Museum is the place to start.

The Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce runs regular mineral tours throughout the summer months to a number of popular destinations.

Photos: facebook.com/BancroftRockhoundGemboree

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Rockhound Gemboree

Canada’s Largest Gem and Mineral Show

August

Hailed as the largest gem and mineral show that Canada has to offer, the Rockhound Gemboree is an annual festival provided by the Bancroft community.

The Gemboree is held every summer in August. Check online at bancroftontario.com for details on dates and times.

Photos: facebook.com/BancroftRockhoundGemboree

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Camping on the Lake

Camping on one of the many lakes in the Bancroft area or in the nearby Algonquin Park is an attraction that draws visitors from all over.

There are camping experiences available for any type of camper, whether you enjoy the community feeling of a bustling campground, or if you desire the peace and solitude of wilderness camping. Some sites may even support RV and trailer camping.

Visit the Bancroft Ontario website for a complete listing of campgrounds and their contact information.

Photo: bancroftcampground.ca

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Art Gallery of Bancroft

Run by dedicated volunteers, the Art Gallery of Bancroft manages to show 12 new exhibits every year. Local artists are always featured, and their work may be available in the gift shop for purchase.

The gallery occasionally shows works from outside the community, providing a way for locals to keep up with the happenings of the art world in Ontario.

In 2004, Bancroft won TVOntario’s “Most Talented Town in Ontario” contest. A large number of artists and artisans live in the surrounding area.

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Snowmobiling with the Highlands Wilderness Tours

With over 350 km of groomed trails in the area, Bancroft is a snowmobiling hotspot.

Home to the abundant snowfall, the town has grown several snowmobile clubs. The Highland Wilderness Tours offer guided outdoor tours of both Bancroft and Algonquin Park. There is more than just snowmobiling too; horseback riding, dogsledding, and ATVing are also available methods of touring the trails.

Make sure that you are prepared to snowmobile by getting a trail permit and familiarizing yourself with Ontario’s laws concerning snowmobile use. Further information can be found on the town’s website

Photo: ridethewilderness.com

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Hastings Heritage Trail

This trail makes up part of the Central Ontario Loop, yet its sense of local history gives it an individual identity. As 350 km of multi-use trail, the path follows an abandoned railway line. The trail begins in Glen Ross and extends Northward towards Lake St. Peter. Discover scenic lakes, picnic spots, abandoned mines, and old bridges along the way.

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Central Ontario Loop Trail

As a multi-use trail, the Ontario Loop Trail is suitable for snowmobiling, walking, ATVing, biking, and more. The trail goes on for thousands of kilometres through different townships, lodges, resorts, and other such stopovers. Organized tours are offered but the trails can certainly be tackled at your own pace.

The trail itself is made of old rail line trails and secondary roads. It passes through Hastings, Haliburton, the city of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, and Northumberland. To get yourself a map, a list of trail rules, and generally more information, visit the trail website below.

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Kawartha Dairy Bancroft

This is a must-stop when in cottage country. The retail walk-up window at a long-running, family-owned dairy farm known for its ice cream.

For over 80 years, Kawartha Dairy has been proud to be a 100% Canadian-owned company, still operated by the same family that started it back in the beginning.

“No better ice cream than this! We have enjoyed this quality ice cream for many summers and have recommended its variety of flavours.”

Kawartha Dairy ice cream uses mostly local milk to craft its legendary ice cream in more than forty flavours. Take a cone to go and discover Bancroft.

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Landis Fruit Market

Bringing you Ontario’s fresh flowers, fine produce and home-style baking.

Landis Fruit Market was originally opened in 1996 in Birds Creek. As the business was growing, the family decided to move the business to Bancroft, where it took on the current name of Landis Fruit Market.

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Bancroft Village Playhouse

The Bancroft Village Playhouse is a stunning historic theatre in the heart of downtown Bancroft. It has been hosting sold-out plays, musicals and concerts since the early 1990s.

Formerly the Bancroft Community Hall, the historical building was once the local jail, courthouse and library.

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The Old Tin Shed

The Old Tin Shed is a primitive and cottage country decor shop.

We are in the business of making your home cozy with a variety of candles in delicious scents, handmade soaps, honey, preserves, locally made products, pillows, throws, and so much more. You can also find kitchenware, carpets, lighting, and linens to brighten your day. There is also a large clothing section with a variety of styles. For the home artists and craftsmen, we have Fusion Mineral Paint and, of course, our huge selection of iron hardware such as hooks, handles, brackets and hinges.

Don’t forget to check out the antique barn at the back of the property for antiques and unique finds.

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