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Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall
... Dreamer's Rock has it all!

Bancroft and area has long been known as A Four Seasons Playground. There is abundant opportunity for photographers and artists. Adventure beckons.

Winter - Baby, it's cold outside! Old fashioned winters with lots of snow are conducive to cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, sled dog races. A world of winter fun awaits you. Seize the season!

Spring - Trilliums bloom, ferns and woodland flowers poke through the bracken and there is a pale green haze throughout the woods and treetops as tiny leaves unfurl. Take part in hiking, live theatre, rock hounding, festivals, concerts, wooded walking trails.

Summer - Children and adults alike take pleasure in swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing, paddleboating, golfing, live theatre, and rockhounding.

Autumn - Fishing, hunting, spectacular autumn foliage, studio tours, agricultural fairs, cavalcade of colour. Enjoy the vista en route in the Autumn as the sun blesses the trees; touching the gold and orange leaves of the maples and oaks and the vibrant splashes of the red sumacs and a cavalcade of colour puts the Bancroft area on the map.

Bancroft and Area (The Mineral Capital of Canada and chosen by TVO as the "Most Talented Town in Ontario!")

Rich in scenic beauty, the Bancroft area also offers: live theatre, golf, spas, quality gift and antique shops, art shops and galleries.


Eagles Nest lookout - 150 metre-high - offers a spectacular view of the York River Valley and surrounding countryside; the Hawk Watch platform provides a comfortable spot for bird watching.


Egan Chute - tumbling waterfall with steep rock sides. Feel the spray and listen to the roar as the York River rushes over the rocks of the Chute.


Summer Playhouse Theatre - live theatre all summer long


Geocaching is a popular activity in the Bancroft area, and nearby Wilberforce has been named the Geocaching Capital of Canada. There is a geocache VERY near to us!


Celebrating 50 years in 2013, the Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree attracts worldwide visitors to our geologically unique area. It is held annually on the Civic Holiday weekend at the first of August.


Minerals and gemstones - year round good collecting and quality mineral shops; a unique geological history has created this region - famous for its wide variety of mineral species. Visitors from all over the globe are attracted to the rugged beauty of this area of the Canadian Shield. Don't miss the Princess Sodalite mine - say hello to owner and our friend Andy Christie.


See our display of Sodalite - a mineral that possesses a beautiful blue colour. It is used for carvings, jewellery pieces and is quite well known in the semi precious stone trade. The colour ranges from royal blue to light blue. Sodalite is relatively rare since there are only three large deposits known in the world - one of them right here near to Bancroft! Sodalite is believed to aid cooling and drawing infections, burns, sinus inflammations and opening the throat chakra. Spiritually, it helps stimulate courage and endurance and releases subconscious fears and guilt.


Be sure to visit our Mineral museum, Art Gallery, and local Museum at the Bancroft Chamber of Commerce location.


There are several nearby summer camps: Joy Bible Camp, Graphite Bible Camp, Fraser Lake Camp, Camp Walden, Camp Ponacka, Natureland Bible Camp and the Quiet Place Camp, also art, drama, sport, and computer camps.


Explore Ontario's wilderness in nearby Algonquin Park's vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges and thousands of lakes. You can take part in extensive education programs and visit Algonquin's superlative Visitor Centre and the Logging Museum.


The Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve borders Algonquin Park to the South. It features wilderness adventure activities including the Wolf Centre, Walk in the Clouds forest canopy tour, mountain biking, astronomy and wildlife observation.


Once native to Ontario, the magnificent elk is again roaming local forests. 50 Rocky Mountain Elk from near Edmonton, Alberta were originally released here in 2000. The herd has dispersed in the area and is now approximately 450 in number. Minutes from our B&B is a Rocky mountain Elk restoration area with year round viewing. Chances of sightings are good.


Just minutes from our B&B, Bancroft is located in the heart of Ontario, tucked away from the bustle of the big city but close enough to visit. Central to several mid-sized cities and halfway between Toronto and Ottawa. We offer the tranquility of the Canadian Shield with all the amenities of a modern community. Built alongside the York River in the mid-1800s, Bancroft sits at the northern tip of Hastings County and the southern end of Algonquin Park.


Historically fueled by the mining and lumber industries, this region offers residents and visitors access to lakes, forests, parks, golf courses, theatres and museums, cultural and sporting events, recreation trails, and a modern health care facility. This area is a favorite destination for four-season vacations.

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