Nestled in the York River Valley, Bancroft is the major economic centre for the northern half of Hastings County. The community has a permanent population of 3,500, although it can draw over 40,000 residents in the busy summer months and it services a catchment area of 20,000 year round. Bancroft is known as the "mineral capital of the Canada," and is situated along highway 62 (approximately 2.5 hours from Ottawa and Toronto).
This community offers many outdoor and entertainment events throughout the year. With so many lakes and over 2000 kilometres of groomed trails, Bancroft has become a four seasons playground. Snowmobiling, ice fishing, hockey, figure skating and dog sledding are popular in the winter and boating, water skiing, sailing and hiking are prevalent in the summer. There are four provincial parks in the immediate area: Algonquin, Lake St. Peter, Silent Lake and Petroglyphs. All offer an abundance of recreational activities throughout the year.
Bancroft boasts a relaxing lifestyle that is rich in community activities. Many community events take place each season including a winter carnival, Septemberfest, Rockhound Gemboree and Rally of the Tall Pines.
Theatre goers and art enthusiasts can enjoy the works of the Algonquin Arts Council, The Art Gallery of Bancroft and the Village Playhouse.
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