The Bancroft Community

Bancroft, a small town of 3500 in south-eastern Ontario , is the self-proclaimed "Mineral Capital of Canada" due to the enormous variety (over 1600) of minerals available in our landscape. Each year in August thousands of rockhounds come to our "Gembouree" to find, buy, sell trade or just enjoy natures bounty. We were recently dubbed by TVO's Studio 2 "the most talented town in Ontario" squeezing out Parry Sound and North Bay among almost 150 entries in the competition. There is such a wide range of Craftsmen contributing breathtaking works of art for display and sale in many places around the town. We are home to the Bancroft Theatre Guild who perform amazing productions at the Village Playhouse. Local schools also put on fantastic plays and musicals. The Bancroft Community Choir delights us with their varied tunes. We enjoy many sporting activities, some not available in many larger cities. Like the Bancroft Luge Club who helped train our hometown Olympian Clay Ives. Home to the Bancroft Hawks, our Junior A hockey team, Bancroft is very much a hockey-town. Hundreds of local boys and girls spend the fall and winter at the North Hastings Arena much to the entertainment of the town. Soccer rules the summer with the North Hastings Soccer Club occupying three different venues to accommodate the ever growing number of participants from age 4 to Adult. Baseball is played in fields in all the outlying communities such as Cardiff, Coe Hill, Birds Creek, L'amable, Maynooth, Paudash as well as Bancroft. Football, Rugby and Field Hockey are also popular activities. We have many groups for young and old to participate in  like the Scouts, Cubs, Girl Guides, Sea Cadets, Karate, Skating Club, Curling, Philatelic, Biking, Bowling, Golfing, Fishing, Canoe/Kayak, Snowmobiling, Dog sledding. We have many organizations contributing to the community such as the  Kinsmen, Knights of Columbus, Legion, Lions Club, as well as church groups of all denominations. There are many camps and campgrounds.