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Living in Bancroft


Whether your family's been living here for generations or you're a relative newcomer, we know you're proud to call the Bancroft area 'home'. In this section designed for seasonal and full-time residents, we aim to provide you with helpful information and resources at your fingertips. We hope you find what you are looking for. If you're not able to find it, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at the town office.

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Attractions & Places of Interest


Millenium Park




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.


Riverside Park


Play park


Freedom Skate Park

 Skate park


Cenotaph Park




Dog Park


Dog 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


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.

Bancroft Public Library


14 Flint Ave. P.O. Box 127
Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0
Phone: 613 332-3380
Fax: 613 332-5473



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Monday – closed

Tuesday – noon to 7pm

Wednesday – noon to 7pm

Thursday – 10am to 3pm

Friday – 10am to 3pm

Saturday – 10am to 3pm

Sunday - closed


The Bancroft Public Library, “your doorway to discovery”, serves our community with information, entertainment and learning opportunities through print, multi-media and electronic resources.

Bancroft Public Library provides a current collection of fiction and non-fiction materials, a Literacy Centre, on-line resources, and has access to materials in other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan Service.

Free public access to the Internet is available at the library, including computer stations and wireless access. Non-Internet computers with interactive, literacy-based books and related games are located in the children’s room.

Children’s programming is held every Saturday from 11:00 am to noon, in the children’s room. Each week is a different theme, and includes reading, crafts, music and snacks. The cost to attend is 50 cents per child, or $1 per family. Pre-registration is requested. 

If you wish to obtain a membership, you must apply in person at the Bancroft Public Library. Valid identification (example: Driver's License) with your current residential address and/or proof of land ownership is required. Any resident or ratepayer of the Town of Bancroft or Township of Faraday is entitled to a FREE membership at Bancroft Public Library. If you are a non-resident applicant (not from Bancroft or Faraday) you may still apply to be a member of the library for a fee of $25.00 per household per annum, or $15.00 per household for 6 months. 



Chris Stephenson

Chief Executive Officer / Library Manager


Beverly Creighton

Librarian / Inter-Library Loan Officer


Shirley McRandall

Library Collection Maintenance Officer


Ewana Purcell

Library Events Coordinator



Board of Trustees:


Noreen Tinney



Liz Inglis

Vice Chair


Bill Kilpatrick

Municipal Representative – Town of Bancroft


Anna Wilson

Municipal Representative – Township of Faraday


Cathy Archambault

Community Representative


Paul Kirby

Community Representative


Mary Ann Yewer

Community Representative



Bancroft Public Library Board of Trustees meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month.  Traditionally there are no meetings in July or August.


Friends of the Library

Bancroft Public Library Needs Friends!

The Bancroft Public Library is looking for more volunteers for our 'Friends of the Bancroft Library' group!

The Bancroft Library's need for a 'Friends' group is important because libraries receive funding from a variety of sources. This can include money from townships (through the taxpayers), provincial grants, petty cash that is collected from fines, and donations from a 'Friends of the Library' group. While the Bancroft Public Library receives money from some of these sources it is one of the few libraries around that does not have an established 'Friends of the Library' group.

What do these groups do? Usually, the 'Friends of the Library' group's goal is to support, fundraise and advocate for the library. The group is primarily responsible for organizing fundraising campaigns, and speaking out for library services in the community. 

If you are interested in supporting the Bancroft Public Library by becoming involved in the 'Friends of the Library' group, please contact Bancroft Public Library CEO Caroline Popadick at 613-332-3380, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


About Bancroft


Welcome to Bancroft...Ontario's Most Talented Town and a "A Four Season Playground".



Hastings County was established in 1792 as the eleventh county of Upper Canada. The first settlers were United Empire Loyalists and later came Irish settlers fleeing the potato famines. During the town's early years, it had several names. It started as York Mills, then York Branch, The Branch, and finally it became York River in 1861. The name was changed again in 1879 to Bancroft by the energetic Senator Billa Flint who was instrumental in bringing many skilled tradespeople to this area. The name was changed in honor of his wife, Phoebe, whose maiden name was Bancroft.




The York River flows through the centre of town, emptying into the Madawaska River before joining the Ottawa River. This area was the centre for logging, trapping, and mining in Hastings County; from 1858 to 1872 there was a steady influx of settlers eager to start their homes and get title to the free 100 acre parcels being offered.



The Town of Bancroft is known as the "Mineral Capital of Canada". Over 1600 different mineral species have been identified in this part of the province. The annual "Rockhound Gemboree" in August attracts thousands of people from around the world. Uranium mining in the 1950's and 60's created a modern day boom in this area. At its peak, the mill was treating 1600 tons of ore per day. Bancroft became an incorporated village in December of 1904.




Bancroft is a picturesque community in the heart of North Hastings on the Canadian Shield, strategically located 3 hours west of Ottawa, 1 1/2 hours north of Belleville and 1 1/2 hours northeast of Peterborough. The area offers year round activities including live theatrical performances at the Village Playhouse, exhibits at the Art Gallery, rock hounding at the Annual Gemboree, cottaging and fishing at numerous area lakes, snowmobiling on the best trails in Eastern Ontario, four wheeling on the Hastings Heritage Trail, great hiking and nature walk trails. After a day of bird watching from the "Hawks Watch" located on the top the Eagle's Nest, relax outdoors while you listen to live entertainment at the Millennium Bandshell beside the York River.




Autumn is spectacular - the foliage turns to golds and red. Enjoy a hike a Egan Chutes Provincial Park or take a day trip to Algonquin Provincial Park to experience the array of fall colour. For hunting enthusiasts, the Bancroft area offers game including partridge, deer and moose. In 2000, elk were re-introduced to the area and Elk Route viewing and marketing initiatives are being established at this time.




The York River flows through the centre of town and is being developed with park areas, playgrounds and trails. The compact and walkable downtown shopping area consists of numerous boutiques offering unique gifts and crafts. Bancroft has so much to offer and yet maintains a quiet, relaxing pace. In June 2004, Bancroft was the first place winner in TVO Studio 2's Most Talented Town contest, winning out over 150 other entries. Bancroft generates its own arts scene and the arts community is a self-nurturing grassroots movement that goes on all year 'round.


Come and experience Bancroft, truly, "A Place For All Seasons".



Town of Bancroft

8 Hastings Heritage Way, P.O. Box 790
Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0

Phone: (613) 332-3331
Fax: (613) 332-0384

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