10 Things to Do in Bancroft That You Shouldn't Miss

March 31, 2018 Hector Krause

Discover the best top things to do in Bancroft, Canada including Silent Lake Provincial Park, Eagle's Nest, The Old Tin Shed, Egan Chutes Provincial Park, Princess Sodalite Mine Rock Shop, Art Gallery of Bancroft, The Village Playhouse, Millennium Park, Mineral Museum, Riverside Park.
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1. Silent Lake Provincial Park

1589 Silent Lake Park Road, Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0, Canada +1 613-339-2807
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Silent Lake Provincial Park

Reviewed By SalesGirl77 - Toronto

Silent Lake is one of the most picturesque parks. The sites are large and wooded and offer enough privacy to be able to appreciate the peace and quiet in true nature. There are trails everywhere, we found one through the campground to the beautiful beach, with clean water just made for summer swims. We fished easily off the shores and found all of the amenities to be above average as they usually are in the provincial parks. The only thing we noted was that the Beaches are a good walk from most sites, with small children I think you would have to bike or drive which can be a pain. Otherwise the park is a 10 and you should definitely make time to camp here.

2. Eagle's Nest

Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0, Canada
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Eagle's Nest

Reviewed By anjoe213 - Caledon, Canada

Now I'm a biker, and so I believe this must be mentioned. The ramp up to the parking lot is fairly steep, and quite bumpy. I think this adds to the excitement actually. After parking though, you're only a couple of minutes to the first 'safe' lookout. This is the advantage of elevating by motor vehicle, your car has done all the hard work. The lookout is all fenced up, so you can have the kids sort of unleashed. There are a few more unprotected rocky vantage points along the trail. Kids can easily get themselves into heaps of trouble here though.

3. The Old Tin Shed

25 Sherbourne St N, Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0, Canada +1 613-332-6565
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

The Old Tin Shed

Reviewed By johnstonesensei - Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada

This place has a bit of everything and you will surely find something you like. It is a stop we make every year when the weather at the lake is not sunny and warm. They really have lots of hard to find items for your home or cottage and I even found some "odd socks" for my granddaughter there. Spend a couple of hours just browsing, lots to look at.

4. Egan Chutes Provincial Park

L'Amable, Bancroft, Ontario K0L 2L0, Canada +1 613-339-2807
Excellent
63%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Egan Chutes Provincial Park

Reviewed By andy_geology

This is a facility-free Provincial Park. We parked at the access road on the west side of the bridge and walked the 2 km along the old road to the Chutes and the small lake where the river leaves the Chutes. The ealk is easy. Access to the Chutes is easy in August when the water is low. Excellent photography opportunities of the river, the Chutes, and woodland wildflowers when in season. We met several people who had been swimming. There are steep slopes and fast water, so be careful with small children. Although this is a facility-free Provincial park, it is clear that parties take place here. There is some garbage at popular camp sites. Recommend the visit, especially for photographers.

5. Princess Sodalite Mine Rock Shop

31241 Hwy 28 East, Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0, Canada +1 613-332-8274
Excellent
53%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Princess Sodalite Mine Rock Shop

Reviewed By jmcan - Paris, Canada

We spent some time exploring and finding some interesting specimens. Our grandchildren had a blast. I would recommend this attraction to anyone who is visiting the Bancroft area. For safety reasons shoes are required to be worn, no open toes.

10 Flint Avenue | Canada K0L 1C0, Bancroft, Ontario, Canada
Excellent
47%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Art Gallery of Bancroft

Reviewed By Shawn B - Peterborough, Canada

Want to spend an enjoyable 30 or 45 minutes? Don't leave Bancroft without popping in to this very small but very pleasant gallery. We loved the variety of paintings on display. For a small gallery in a small town, the pieces on exhibit are regularly changed. What made it even more enjoyable was the woman working there -- sorry, didn't pick up on her name -- but she was so clearly interested in the paintings and intrigued by the artists and their work. The one piece we really liked had sold but the curator/clerk offered to give us the artist's contact info and encouraged us to seek her out ourselves (which we did, online). We're not art enthusiasts by any stretch but enjoyed our time here.

7. The Village Playhouse

5 Hastings Street South, Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0, Canada +1 613-332-8014
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

The Village Playhouse

The Bancroft Village Playhouse offers audiences intimate access to live music, theatre and film. Drawing on local talent as well as nationally recognized names and acts, the Playhouse is the heart of Bancroft's Theatre District. With monthly TIFF screenings and community events like 'Croft Talks Live, there's always something going on at the historic theatre that is by operated by Hospice North Hastings in partnership with St. Paul's United Church. Proceeds from Playhouse events support the free programs and services provided by Hospice North Hastings which is why we say the Playhouse supports "Caring through Culture."

Reviewed By alan a - Calgary

Visiting cottage country near Bancroft with relatives turned into an unexpected treat when We
discovered they had reserverd tickets to "Too Many Cooks"!---A Bancroft Summer Theatre
Production; in association with Blackfly Theatre.
Simply put---this production was Outstanding, Hilarious, Professional!
Cast and characters were brilliant! And this was certainly played to a full house.
Great location, as you can wonder around this picturesque village and enjoy many of the
shops, food and beverage houses.
This will be a repeat next time We visit , and certainly a hi-light for anyone visiting the
Bancroft area.

8. Millennium Park

168 Hastings St N, Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0, Canada
Excellent
40%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Millennium Park

Reviewed By Wayne C - Belleville, Canada

A small park right downtown suitable for relaxing or picnicking. Public restrooms with running water on site. A key feature is the bridge; which was designed and built to provide a way over the river for snowmobilers and 4 wheelers, rather than going through the downtown streets. Take in the Eagles Nest or Jemboree and stop here for a break/picnic.

9. Mineral Museum

8 Hastings Heritage Way, Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0, Canada +1 613-332-1513
Excellent
40%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Mineral Museum

There is a new mineral museum in Canada! The Bancroft Gem and Mineral Club Mineral Museum (Mineral Museum) is located in Bancroft, Ontario. Bancroft is in the centre of a unique geological environment that has resulted in many interesting mineral deposits, some of which were developed into mines or exploration projects.

Reviewed By ATRjr - Rochester, New York

There is an amazing variety of beautiful mineral samples in this small place. We were impressed by the well chosen samples, all well labeled.
It is, however, more a collection than a teaching museum. If you are an avid rockhound, you will be very happy. There is little explanation of crystalline structure and chemical formulae. Young children could get bored quickly. There are maps showing where various samples were found, but that didn't mean much to me, unless I wanted to go looking for my own sample.
There is a display showing how minerals look under three different wave lengths (short, medium, long). However, I found no mention of what wave lengths these might be (IR or UV or ??) or why the colors changed under different illumination.
The museum is in the same building as the information office, so there are maps and brochures. The bathrooms are very clean. Admission to the museum was $5.00.

10. Riverside Park

26 Station St, Bancroft, Ontario K0L 1C0, Canada
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Riverside Park

Enjoy community Gardens, the Waddle and Daub Cafe, rent canoes, kayaks, skateboards and rollerblades, a skateboard park, and a stroll by the York River.

Reviewed By writeonOntario - Ontario

We stopped here for a driving break. Nice place to walk the dog, stretch your legs and enjoy a picnic. There was a walking trail, but we didn't go any further than the bridge over the river. Very picturesque.

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