Attractions & Places of Interest
York River Band Shell
Located beside the York River just north of downtown, stands the York River Millennium Band Shell, a traditional log structure measuring 36 feet wide by 32 feet deep. Compudraft Design Services worked closely with the Band Shell Committee to develop the plans for the structure. The stage is the setting for a variety of entertainment.
Residents and cottagers are able to enjoy events such as music concerts, live theatre, comedy, and choir groups. This millennium project has been developed with financial assistance from the Canadian Millennium Partnership Program as well as donations from the public and business people in the Bancroft area. An environmental assessment was performed by SNC-Lavalin, Engineers & Constructors before this project was approved. Many local groups and business people have made contributions to help with the bandshell project.
As construction began in May, 2000, many people donated their time, tools, and expertise to help with this project. Visit the Bancroft District Chamber of Commerce site for up-to-date information and events taking place at the Millennium Band Shell.
Freedom Skate Park
Eagles Nest Park
Vance Farm Park
The Vance Farm Park was donated by Donald and June Vance to the Town of Bancroft in 1998 and officially opened in August, 2001. The Park entrance is located at the end of Oak Street, in the southwest quadrant of the Town, and comprises an area of approximately 37 acres. The Vance Farm Park is a natural environmental setting consisting of walking and hiking trails. During the winter months a snowmobile trail crosses the property.
Egan Chute is a long cascading waterfall located 10km east of Bancroft on Hwy 28. The falls are on the York River in Egan Chutes Provincial Park. The ‘chute’ from which the falls get their name is formed by a natural V-shape in the rock at this part of the York River. There are no guard rails at the falls, so take caution walking around them.
To reach the falls, park near the Goulding-Keene Quarry (abandoned) and follow the sand path for 10-15 minutes to the falls.
The Bancroft Village Playhouse
The Bancroft Village Playhouse is North Hastings’ all-season hub for live performance.
Each year, thousands of local residents and visitors walk through the doors of the playhouse to enjoy a wide variety of live theatre, concerts, movies, local events and public presentations.
The playhouse also has a welcoming lobby that is often used by local groups and organizations to host receptions and meetings in a character rich, informal atmosphere.