Annual Rockhound Gemboree
Discover Canada's Largest Gem & Mineral Show! The Annual Rockhound Gemboree August 1-4, 2013.
Eagle’s Nest – Inspiring Lookout
No trip to Bancroft is complete without a visit to the top of the Eagle’s Nest for a panoramic view of the York River Valley below and surrounding countryside beyond. The immense outcrop originated as a large intrusion of magma into the earth’s crust. Years of erosion has brought it to surface. The view is spectacular and there are walking trails through the berry patches among the pines and other mature trees. Egan Chute
A chute is a narrow rapids or waterfall in a river and Egan Chutes is a real gem. The York River crashes through its steep rock sides with a thundering roar, spraying water and providing the perfect backdrop of a picnic. The Egan Chute area has recently been designated as a provincial park; please do not remove anything from the park to keep it beautiful and undeveloped in its completely nature state. It’s a great spot to do a little exploring, or just plain relaxing in the wilderness. North Hastings Scenic Routes
There are 13 Scenic Routes in all, each a different excursion with visitor sites and points of interest. They are picturesque celebration of our natural surroundings and North Hastings History.
The Art Gallery of Bancroft
An intimate public gallery located in the town of Bancroft at 10 Flint Avenue – two doors down from TD Canada Trust. The gallery features diverse showings, including local talent and visiting exhibitors. The Gallery boasts an impressive permanent collection, containing work of local importance, which is displayed on a rotating basis. Attached to the Galley is the extraordinary ‘Gallery Gift Shop’ with painting, pottery, weaving, stained glass, photography, woodwork and gift cards – all by local artists. Open year round, with extended summer hours, The Art Gallery of Bancroft and The Gallery Gift Shop are your ‘must see’ destination. For a copy of the Gallery brochure, click here.
Location: 10 Flint Avenue (two doors from TD Canada Trust), Bancroft
Chair Name: Diana Gurley
Contact Name: Diana Gurley, Director Arne Roosman, Curator
Contact Phone: 613 332-1542
Studio Tours & Art Festivals
Our district is home to many talented artists and artisans, working in a wide range of media. The beauty of the area inspires creativity and it shows in their work. A Studio Tour is a delightful adventure as you seek out the artists in their studios and homes. The Studio Tours provides an excellent opportunity to meet the artists, view their work and purchase some special gifts. It’s a wonderful way to spend the day, touring through our beautiful countryside finding treasues that are truly unique.
Bancroft Art & Craft Guild | August 3 & 4 2013
Millennium Park, Bancroft
The Algonquin Arts Council promotes all forms of art in the Bancroft, North Hastings and South Algonquin area of CentralOntario.
The AAC is comprised of several committees, all specializing in a particular ongoing project. Some of these committees actually include physical locations such as in the Art Gallery of Bancroft and the Village Playhouse.
In 1978, a group of Bancroft and area residents realized arts events were too infrequent and too irregular to satisfy their cultural appetites. The Algonquin Arts Council was formed that October. Records of the early years show an Adult Concert Series, Children and school programs, art exhibits and newsletter.
Please take some time to visit the various sections of our website www.algonquinarts.ca and should you have any questions, or if you are interested in membership, please contact usand we'll be pleased to help you out.
This newly restored building was originally the local Community Hall when it was built in 1927. It was the home of political rallies and countless community gatherings. It has also served as a schoolhouse, town jail, and courthouse over the years. Today, as the Bancroft Village Playhouse, it proudly reflects our community's heritage and offers today's theatre lovers a wonderfully intimate, climate controlled and unique theatre experience.
Bancroft Summer Theatre is happy to announce its line-up for the 22nd season of live theatre at the Bancroft Village Playhouse. The season starts with a hilarious farce
by Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes called Too Many Cooks. The Simcoe Reformer recently reviewed this play and declared it "A hilarious comedy... a huge success."
The play is set in Niagara Falls in 1932, with the rum-running business at its peak. In
the aftermath of the Crash, Irving Bubbalowe and his daughter, Honey, have risked everything they have to open a new gourmet restaurant. When their star - the renowned singing chef François LaPlouffe - fails to appear, the grand opening is suddenly placed in jeopardy. The pace quickens steadily as do the laughs.
Too Many Cooks will run Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8 pm starting on July 2 and will close on July 20 with a matinee show on Saturday July 13.
Next up is a play by Richard Harris called Stepping Out. This is a rollicking comedy about the attempts of some working class amateurs to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low-rent dance studio in North London. Mavis, a former professional chorus girl tries her hardest to teach the bumbling amateurs some tap dance skills for an upcoming recital. But before the dancing begins Mavis must mediate the dramas that erupt among this motley but loveable crew on their way to triumph at their recital.
Stepping Out will run Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8 pm starting on July 30 and will close on August 17 with a matinee show on Saturday August 10.
Tickets are still just $20 each. Dinner theatre packages are also being offered on July 4 and 18 at 6 pm for Too Many Cooks and on Aug 1 and 15 for Stepping Out. Enjoy a homemade cold dinner buffet at St. Paul’s United Church before the show. Tickets for dinner theatre are $32.
Tickets for all shows will be available at the box office which opens on June 12 at 2 pm. Box Office will be open Wed. to Sat. from 2 until 6 pm in June, then on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 2 to 8 pm in July and August. Tickets can be ordered in person or through our toll-free number 1-877-322-4682.
The Bancroft Better Improvement Association invites you to discover one of Ontario’s best kept secrets, the town of Bancroft!
Known for its natural beauty, friendly people and laid back atmosphere, Bancroft offers a welcoming experience no matter what season you choose to visit. As the regional hub for shopping and cultural events, there is always something to do in downtown Bancroft. The following are annual events hosted by the BBIA:
Wheels, Water & Wings to say July 4-7, 2013
Bancroft Tailgate Yard Sale on June 1, 2013
Rally of the Tall Pines, November 29 & 30, 2013
Based in Bancroft, Ontario, some three hours northeast of Toronto, the Rally of the Tall Pines is a favourite event with competitors and fans alike. A staple on the Canadian Rally Championship calendar since 1971, this rally is also the final round of the 2011 title chase – meaning that teams will be putting everything on the line to take home class honours.
This challenging rally consists of twisty dirt and gravel roads with dangerous ditches and trees on either side. There are jumps, dips and spectators positioned mere feet away. Often marked by completely unpredictable weather, the Rally of the Tall Pines makes teams prepare for everything from dirt and gravel stages to roads covered in sheer ice – and sometimes a mixture of both! Thanks to the efforts of the Maple Leaf Rally Club, this event runs like clockwork. Spectators are able to get up close and personal with the teams in the parc ferme area and watch the high-speed action from numerous viewing areas positioned around the outskirts of town. A strong field of at least 35 teams from Canada and the USA is expected to compete in this year’s rally.
HART - The Highland Animal Relief Team
Visit Our Website at www.hartanimalrelief.ca "Thousands of years ago, we humans formed a covenant with our companion animals. We wanted them to live with us and to share our lives. Because of this our "pets" lost most of their natural skills to fend for themselves. It then became our responsibility to feed and care for them. While the animals have kept their end of the bargain, we humans largely have not."
At HART we are trying in our own small way to make amends. We believe that all animals deserve to be treated humanely and with respect. Each and everyone of us can make a difference and help keep our ancient promise to the animals.
In 1995 a group of North Hastings citizens came together to create the Highland Animal Relief Team (HART). They formed a rescue group to voluntarily serve the needs of neglected and abused dogs and cats in the area of Bancroft. Since then, many good people have stepped forward to give of themselves in the name of HART's cause. Their good work has grown and continues until this day.
HART is a registered charity, #83739 0749 RR0001 and completely run by volunteers.
HART serves a region of 13 municipalities and 20,000 square kilometers. A prevailing "animal ignorance" in this region challenges HART daily to make a difference here.Our provides foster care for dogs/puppies until adoptive homes can be found. Our Spay/Neuter Incentive Program provides subsidized spay/neuter/vaccines, to cats and dogs of low/fixed income and multi-pet families.By working together with the local pound and Ontario-wide rescue, we have been able to provide extraordinary care to many more dogs and puppies than our own limited resources would allow.
Our MissionTo provide supportive care for and to promote humane treatment of stray, injured and abandoned dogs and cats in our region. Our VisionTo stimulate interest in the wellbeing of all animals, by promoting education of animal welfare. To develop for perpetuity a system/facility to provide shelter, food, medical attention for animals in need, until a new, permanent, caring home can be found. Our CommitmentTo respect and ensure the dignity of our organization, our volunteers and the animals we serve by fostering moral and ethical standards.
North Hastings Heritage Museum
Step back in time with a visit to the North Hastings Heritage Museum in Bancroft, located in beautiful Riverside Park by the York River. The building is 130 years old and constructed of hand hewn dovetail timbers and the museum features then galleries of area history. Almost all artifacts in the museum collection have been donated by the area residents, reflecting a rich local history. There are displays of Victorian costumes, an extensive mineral collection, early doctors and dentist's equipment and much more. Wheelchair access is available to the main galleries and washrooms.
Station Street, Bancroft. Open July 1 to Labour Day. 10am to 5pm. 7 days a week.
Admission: $2.00 adults, $1.00 students (12-18), Free children under 12 if accompanied by an adult.
Bancroft Mineral Museum Display A mini, temporary display is located in the Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce Information Centre at 12 Flint Avenue in Bancroft featuring local specimens. The Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club Museum will return to its original home in what will be a completely restored Bancroft Railway Station. The expanded museum will focus on the Mining Heritage of the region and Mineral Collecting.
The North Hastings Quilt Club The North Hastings Quilt Club is always happy to welcome new members. Our group is made up of quilters at every level from beginners to advanced. Our meetings are on the second Wednesday of every month at 7pm in the 580 Seniors Club at Millennium Park. In addition to our monthly meetings, we offer classes, which are of interest to quilters at all levels. Every second year we present our two day “Festival of Quilts” show. We have a variety of ongoing club projects, examples of some of these projects are: quilts for fire victims , quilts for Alzheimer's patients and placemats for Community Care (Meals-on-Wheels) .
The Hatchery is raising a locally adapted, unique genetic strain of lake trout. The Bancroft area lake trout are at the southern-most limit of their range. This unique genetic strain is of great significance.
They are under increasing pressure from development, angling effort, introduced species, climate change and other factors. Lake trout populations have generally continued to decline in recent years, and the number of naturally reproducing lake trout lakes has been continually decreasing. Native populations of lake trout in this area are an extremely valuable and unique resource that require a high degree of protection. Steve Lawrence has written an excellent article on climate change impact. It is posted under Education.
Effort is being made to preserve and rehabilitate these trout. Eggs are collected from local lakes, raised at our hatchery and then used to enhance local lake trout fisheries. Eggs are raised in a new, innovative fish culture station and stocked back into local lakes.
Bancroft Area Stewardship Council The Bancroft Area Stewardship Council creates a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community through natural resource stewardship. The BASC mission is to empower citizens and community in the stewardship of our natural resources through collaboration and partnerships.
Respect for private landowner rights through an influence model
Resource sustainability and a healthy environment for present and future generations
Community collaboration and partnerships
Balancing environmental, social and economic views