DescriptionThe abundant minerals and semiprecious stones found in Bancroft make the town internationally renowned among mineralogists and rockhounds. The area yields examples of 80 percent of Canada's minerals, including nepheline-bearing rocks and minerals containing the radioactive elements uranium and thorium. The town's most impressive resource is blue sodalite, found almost exclusively in Bancroft. The chamber of commerce sponsors the Bancroft Mineral Museum, housed in the former Bancroft railway station. Constructed to resemble the inside of a mine, the museum features a display of more than 350 locally collected mineral specimens; phone (613) 332-1513.
From late July to early August the Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree offers 4 days of mineral shows, demonstrations and field trips. Also during July and August, mineral-collecting field trips are offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Contact the chamber of commerce for details.
Eagles Nest Lookout is a picnic site 2 kilometres (1.2 mi.) north on Hwy. 62. From an elevation of 488 metres (1,600 ft.) it overlooks the village and surrounding countryside. The Hastings Heritage Trail is a recreational corridor that follows an abandoned railway bed across Hastings County, from Glen Ross to Lake St. Peter; it can be used for bicycling, hiking, skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, horseback riding, bird-watching and wildlife viewing.
Visitor InfoBancroft and District Chamber of Commerce 8 Hasting Heritage Way BANCROFT, ON K0L 1C0. Phone:(613)332-1513
Things to SeeArt Gallery of Bancroft