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Bancroft, Ontario

First Named York Mills

In 1853, this town was called York Mills. 29 years later it became known officially as Bancroft. But, whatever you call it, Bancroft is an wonderful vacation spot!

Cottage Delight

Bancroft has an impressive cottage community, and it provides its cottagers with plenty of activities for all ages - rain or shine.

Recreation and Relaxation

If you're going to go to Bancroft, you have to try "rockhounding." Rockhounding is an activity in which you go searching or "hounding" for a variety of rocks. Of course, you get to keep the rocks you hound - they make beautiful souvenirs! Bancroft takes pride in its rockhounding activities, as it is located on the Canadian Shield and calls itself the "mineral capital of Canada." Every August, Bancroft holds an annual rockhounding event called "Rockhound Gemboree." Don't miss it!

If "rockhounding" isn't for you, then try Paudash Lake. From Bancroft, just drive 20 miles south on Highway 28. If you want to go directly to the Paudash Lake from Toronto or Ottawa, just drive northeast, or southwest -- both routes take under 3 hours time.

Lake Paudash is ideal for those who enjoy fishing. Among the many fish in Lake Paudash, the main catches are Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Lake Trout, Perch, Pumpkin Seed, and Northern Cisco. If you're not into fishing, Lake Paudash is a great place to just relax on the beach. Don't forget your sunscreen!

Of course, there is so much more to Bancroft. Come out here for a vacation, and experience it all for yourself. Enjoy!

Photo Opportunities

Look for these photo opps: The Old Train Station, the beautiful fall colours, the Loons....

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October 20, 2013


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