Bancroft (Ontario)

Bancroft is a town of 3800 people in a large rural area in Ontario's Quinte-Northumberland region, 100km north of Belleville (Ontario).


The area was settled in 1853 by United Empire Loyalists and later by Irish; the town was once named York Mills, York Branch or York River for its location on the York River. The town was once a centre for logging, trapping and mining; uranium mining began in the 1950s and ended in 1982. The town bills itself as the "mineral capital of Canada" and is part of the Canadian Shield. Much of the region around Bancroft is cottage country, with many snowmobile, hiking and ATV trails.

Get in

The rails have been removed from the town; the former Central Ontario Railway line to Trenton is now the Hastings Heritage Trail.

Bancroft remains accessible by motorcar on Ontario highway 62, midway between Belleville and Algonquin Provincial Park. From Peterborough, take Highway 28.




Go next

Routes through Bancroft

Belleville Madoc  S  N  Maynooth Algonquin Provincial Park
Peterborough Lakefield  SW  NE  Denbigh

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