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Ontario's Hidden Gem

Bancroft is a picturesque community in the heart of North Hastings on the Canadian Shield, strategically located 3 hours west of Ottawa, 1 1/2 hours north of Belleville and 1 1/2 hours northeast of Peterborough. The area offers year round activities including live theatrical performances at the Village Playhouse, exhibits at the Art Gallery, rock hounding at the Annual Gemboree, cottaging and fishing at numerous area lakes, snowmobiling on the best trails in Eastern Ontario, four wheeling on the Hastings Heritage Trail, great hiking and nature walk trails. After a day of bird watching from the "Hawks Watch" located on the top the Eagle's Nest, relax outdoors while you listen to live entertainment at the Millennium Bandshell beside the York River.




City of Kawartha Lakes


Kawartha Lakes is your year-round outdoor playground and great getaway destination close to home.

Enjoy the fresh air and the peace of nature as you hike, cycle, or ski one of our over 600km of trails. Visit one of our Provincial Parks or many Conservation areas or visit the Carden Plain, rated as one of the top 5 birding locations in Ontario and among the top 200 in the world.

Launch your boat in one of our 250 lakes and waterways linked by the scenic Trent-Severn Waterway or try paddling your way through one of our extensive canoe and kayak routes. Grab your tackle and cast your line, whether it is trolling rock outcrops or casting from the dock, Kawartha Lakes are well-known for world class fishing, whether it is walleye, trout, bass, panfish of one of the many other species.

Experience the thrill of snowmobiling on 166km of groomed routes with breathtaking stands of snow-laden pines and maples. Kawartha Lakes offers picturesque and exciting ATV trail riding. Whether you are looking for a leisurely ride or a more challenging adventure, Kawartha Lakes has it all.

Kawartha Lakes is rich in culture and heritage and deep in railroad history.  Take a step back in time at one of the many museums.  The artistic community is thriving here, visit a visit a gallery, or studio or enjoy a live theatre show in one of our many historic venues and find out for yourself.

Shop one of our many delightful downtown cores, or relax and be pampered at one of the many spa and wellness facilities.

Plan an evening of culinary delights at one of our many restaurants and cafes followed by a stay in a charming inn, motel, hotel, housekeeping cottage or bed and breakfast





Less than three hours from Toronto and Ottawa, the Haliburton Highlands is nestled among the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield. With more than 600 lakes in the region, water enthusiasts interested in boating, canoeing, kayaking, and – of course – fishing will have found their paradise.

There’s something for those who remain on dry land, too. Thousands of kilometres of scenic trails await hikers, mountain bikers, ATV enthusiasts, snowmobilers, and skiers. Or pop into the community’s quaint towns and villages for your fill of shops, authentic dining experiences and best of all, country charm.

During your stay, we recommend experiencing our thriving and vibrant arts community, where you can sign up for jewellery and sculpture classes at our Haliburton School of the Arts or catch a performance at our annual summer festival. It’s no wonder the Haliburton Highlands is known as “A Natural Work of Art.”