Onsite & Offsite Activities
Consider our Bancroft resort your personal playground while vacationing at Footprints. The natural environment and pristine grounds will envelop you in a sense of relaxation you may not have experienced before, encouraging you to sit a spell, day dream and watch the clouds drift by. Time stands still for a while as you become engrossed in that book you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t had time for. Stare into the eyes of your sweetheart, whisper sweet nothings and dream about your future together.
And when you need a little movement, there are plenty of things to get your moving:
Lake - swim, paddle, float, dive, trampoline
Beach - sunbath, doze, read, toss a frisbee or football
Games - Ball Toss, horseshoes, croquet, board games and cards
Trails - hiking or borrow our mountain bikes to explore on your resort vacation
Boats - kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, paddle boat, lifejackets, paddles all supplied
Campfires - 2 fire rings, free firewood (observe fire bans)
Hot tub - soak, relax, stare at the stars
Movies/Music - Satalite TV, DVD’s, large screen TV in the Lounge
Footprints is a self-catering resort, but if you just don’t want to cook, have been sight seeing all day or you’d like a romantic, fine dining experience, there are a number of dining choices just minutes from Footprints waterfront resort.
Fine dining in Bancroft, dine in or eat on the patio with a lovely view. Daily specials, full bar with a selection of draft and craft beers and friendly staff. The menu offers salads and appetizers, burgers and full entrees.
Bancroft Eatery & Brew Pub
Brewing beer naturally in the traditional way for friends.
The Lakehouse Restaurant
The Lakehouse is located on beautiful Paudash Lake where we serve everyone from suit jackets to life jackets! Sit on our waterfront porch and watch the sunset as we serve elevated, fresh and homemade culinary creations. In summer arrive by boat on the river, in winter arrive by snowmobile!
Located on the main street of Bancroft, Vito’s serves a delicious old style pizza, as well as a full menu. Dine in or take out.
Blue Roof Bistro
The Blue Roof uses freshly sourced ingredients as often as possible, including free-run eggs and local meats free of antibiotics, steroids and hormones, and no deep frying. The fully licensed bar includes a bring-your-own-wine endorsement, a small selection of Canadian craft beers, and offers quality wines from around the world. Open Tuesday to Saturday from May to December, reservations are recommended due to the intimate size of this establishment.
Just For the Halibut
This local restaurant makes the best fish and chips!
Bancroft also has the regular: McDonalds, Pizza Pizza, Subway, Dixie Lee Chicken
- No Frills
- M&M Food Market
Beauty & Wellness
Need a haircut, spa treatment, or want to look your best while visiting Footprints? There are plenty of options nearby.
Foot Fix is a professional medical foot care clinic staffed by nurses specially trained in advanced foot care treatment. Foot Fix also offers holistic spa services: Massage Therapy, Reflexology Therapy, and Reiki Healing Treatments. Further, manicures, pedicures and other esthetics services are also available at Foot Fix from a professional Esthetician.
Head Start Family Hair Care
Full service, unisex hair care offering cuts, coloring, highlights and perms for the whole family. Appointment not always necessary. Serving Bancroft for 25 years.
Brown’s Hair Design Studio
Hair care for the whole family, offering cuts, color treatment and perms.
We are committed to providing patient-centered, cost-effective physiotherapy rehabilitation services of the highest quality to patients of all ages in the Bancroft and Barry’s Bay area.
If you suffer from chronic and acute pain, repetitive strain issues, sports injuries or workplace stress it may be time to discover all the healing benefits that massage therapy can offer you. Based in the beautiful North Hastings region, this clinic’s services are covered by most extended health care plans.
Twins Day Spa
This quaint day spa offers manicures, pedicures, acrylic and gel nails, facials, makeup applications, lash and brow tinting. Open Tuesday to Saturday
Check out the Village Playhouse for local theater, or AAC for free concerts in Millennium Park, just 15 minutes from Footprints!
The Village Playhouse
The Bancroft Village Playhouse offers audiences intimate access to live music, theater and film. Drawing on local talent as well as nationally recognized names and acts, the Playhouse is the heart of Bancroft’s Theater District. With monthly TIFF screenings and community events, there is always something going on at this historic theater.
Algonquin Arts Council
AAC hosts free music concerts in Millennium Park every Wednesday night in July and Aug, 7pm- 9pm. Millennium Park is just a few steps North of the Bancroft core. It is situated on the banks of the York River on Highway 62, just one block from The Visitors Center and Bancroft and District Chamber of Commerce.
Guided Horseback Tours in Algonquin Park
Enjoy the diversity of the Haliburton Highlands. Situated at the very southern tip of Algonquin Park, South Algonquin Trails offers you a horseback riding experience that you just can’t get anywhere else! Experienced trail guides share their expertise for a safe and enjoyable adventure.
Ride the Wilderness
From the quality of our first rate trail horses and horseback riding equipment, to the knowledge of our staff and our fantastic wilderness trail system near Algonquin - we’re undeniably a unique horseback riding stable and well worth the trip to Maynooth, ON to trail ride.
With over 800 lakes and hundreds of kilometers of rivers and streams nearby, Bancroft and the surrounding area offers rich fishing opportunities.
Here is a list of lakes near Footprints Resort, which is located between Baptiste Lake and Diamond Lake.
Speckled Creek Trout Farm
Located in Coe Hill, our ponds are stocked with Rainbow Trout and we offer our guests free use of our tackle, free bait and requires no fishing license. You pay only for what you catch. (this includes catch and release)
Redline Outdoors Fishing Charters
At Redline Outdoors Fishing Charters and Guides, we’re dedicated to providing our Guests the best rod bending, reel screaming, knee shaking fishing action. Before we take you out, we’ll pre-fish our lakes and honey holes to determine the best location for your day out on the lake with us.
Operating out of Huntsville, Port Stanton and Bancroft, Redline Outdoors can provide Fishing Chargers and Guides throughout Ontario. The scenic backgrounds are free!
You are welcome to tow your trailered ATV to Footprints, but we prefer to keep our resort quiet and restful for our other guests. You will find plenty of ATV trails nearby.
Haliburton ATV Association
With over 1,700km of ATV trails, there is no trail system larger in Ontario. Covers Haliburton, Kawartha, Madawaska, Peterborough and Muskoka regions. Annual, day, weekend or weekly temporary passes available.
Ontario Guided ATV Tours
Fully guided, fun and private Ontario ATV tours through Ontario’s finest ATV Wilderness. Get back to nature while learning about it! Bring family, friends, spouse or go alone! ATV rentals available.
Cycling and Hiking
Here are some cycling trails if bicycling is your thing. http://www.mapmyride.com/ca/bancroft-ontario/
Trips and Trails Adventure Outfitting
Rentals of bikes, kayaks, etc. Also offer bike repair.
Hiking and biking trails near Bancroft, this site has downloadable maps. http://www.northhastings.com/index.php/Visiting/trails.html
More cycling trails.
Whether hiking, cycling, horseback riding, canoeing or ATVing, we have TRAILS you’ll want to explore!
Madawaska Kanu Center
2 hour rafting trips on the Madawaska River run Monday thru Thursday from mid-June to end of August. Hold on tight down 5 fun-filled kms of beautiful scenery and tumbling white water in the Algonquin Park area. Ability to swim is not mandatory as lifejackets and helmets are worn at all times. Dress to get wet and wear shoes that will stay on your feet.
The Bancroft area is known as the Mineral Capital of Canada!! Discover the treasures that await your discovery!
Princess Sodalite Mine Rock Shop
This unique shopping experience has collectors and fossil aficionados returning often to add to their collections. The mine continues to produce an abundance of Sodalite in all quantities from collector specimens to large garden pieces. Unique, one of a kind jewelry in sterling silver is created especially for Princess, using sodalite from their own mine. Gifts and housewares available in the gift shop. Tour the mine and pay only for what you harvest along the way!
The Rockhound Gemboree
Canada’s largest Gem & Mineral Show - Every Civic Holiday weekend. A 4 day, weekend long celebration of the area’s Mining Heritage. Join Rocky the Rockhound at the Nation’s most celebrated gem and mineral show, right in the heart of Canada’s mineral Capital; beautiful Bancroft, Ontario!
Celebrate the wonders of Canada’s Mineral Capital at the Rockhound Gemboree! There is something for everyone - shopping, exploring, learning, live music and more!
Guided eco-tours of this protected mineral occurrence in Wilberforce. View undisturbed deposits of fluororichterite, apatite, hornblende, tremolite, actinolite, orthoclase and quartz. Photos only, no harvesting allowed. Samples available for purchase.
Footprints is just minutes away from Bancroft where guests can find nearly everything they might need while on vacation. One of a kind gift and antique shops offer a unique shopping experience that draw visitors to the area from far and wide.
The Old Tin Shed
The Old Tin Shed is a family owned business committed to exceptional customer service and high quality home decor and giftware. As well as having over 200 artists and suppliers represented in our shop, we make beautiful pieces ourselves from salvaged materials, and we are always on the lookout for the unusual, the hard-to-find and the one-of-a-kind pieces to thrill our faithful customers.
The Old Hastings Mercantile & Gallery
The owners are musicians and artists. This is clearly reflected in not only the wide-range of product selection but also in the unique finishing touches to this century-old building, Ormsby’s original general store. You are invited to explore 8 whimsical rooms each brimming with hundreds of fun and useful gift ideas for guys and gals, Moms and Dads, cats and dogs, and especially children of all ages.
Princess Sodalite Mine Rock Shop
This local sodalite mine and rock shop has been a unique shopping experience to all visiting Canada’s Mineral Capital, Bancroft for many years. The ever changing selection of beginner to museum quality local and world wide minerals along with the expanding selection of fossil specimens available keep collectors returning annually to add to their collections. The mine continues to produce an abundance of Sodalite in all quantities from collector specimens to large garden pieces.
Lakeside Gems Nature Shop
Retail store on Bancroft’s main street offering a large selection of semi-precious gem stones, rock-hounding tools, tumblers, jewelry and metaphysical products. Now located inside Country Camera Studio and Image Gallery at 44 Hastings Street, Bancroft.
A listing of many other Bancroft and Area Shops and Antique Stores
Art Galleries & Museums
Art galleries and Museums are a staple for many vacationers, and Bancroft will not leave you wanting!
Art Gallery of Bancroft
The AGB is a public art gallery in Bancroft ON. Operated by volunteers and financed by fundraising, the AGB mounts 12 exhibitions per year focusing on local artists. The gallery’s gift shop displays work from the area’s artists and artisans and exhibitions from local art and craft associations. New members are always welcomed.
Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club Museum
Bancroft Studio Tour
Every year in September, Studio Tour will take you to visit 18 unique artists and make 14 stops featuring rustic woodworking, pottery, wire sculpture, paintings in many mediums, wood art and wood turning, fiber art, stained glass, fusing, mosaic and jewelry. An excellent opportunity to meet artists and view or purchase their exquisite creations. This driving tour is from 10am til 5pm. Call ahead.
The Eagles Nest
Climb atop the Eagle’s Nest viewing platform, located above Bancroft, for a breathtaking view. Because warm air currents are generated by the large rock faces of granite, thermals are formed, creating excellent conditions for migrating birds. The perfect place for bird watching.
The area has a number of ghost towns that make an interesting outing when staying at our Resort.
Another listing of local ghost towns.
While Footprints has small, non motorized boats for our guests to use on our small, private lake, you may wish for something a bit faster, in a larger nearby lake.
Anstruther Marina in Apsley ON
Boat rentals for the North Kawartha area. Great if you are renting a cottage and a boat is not included. Call for reservation and more info. Delivery fee is extra. Canoes, kayaks, motorized fishing and skiing boats and pontoon boats.
Trips & Trails Adventure Outfitting http://www.tripsandtrails.ca/
Kayak, canoe, paddle board and Seadoo rentals.
Bancroft Golf Course
The Bancroft Golf Course was established in 1950 and offers 9 holes with variations to complete 18. Open to walk-in guests as well as members, the course is located on the east side of Hwy 62, just past the Canadian Tire.
River’s Edge Golf & Country Club
Located in Bancroft, River’s Edge offers all golfers challenge and enjoyment with up to 6800 yards of outstanding golf experience, boasting scenic ponds and creeks, 18 holes and a clubhouse with panoramic views and delicious food. Open to the public.
If a little adrenaline is what you seek while on vacation at Footprints, check out these options.
Trips & Trails Adventure Outfitting
All you need is a sense of adventure, we supply the gear. Mother Nature provides the rest.
Natural Discovery Tours
Guided interpretive tours are hosted by the Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Bancroft & Area Stewardship Council and local clubs. Over 45 tours a year! There is something for everyone… Elk, Birding, Forestry, Fish Hatchery, Mineral Collecting and more!
A list of Bancroft’s Lakes
Lakes closest to Footprints: Diamond Lake (across the road, boat launch about 1km away), Jordan Lake (just west of Footprints), Baptiste Lake (just east of Footprints, and is the largest of the local lakes: accessible road-side fishing and boat launch)
More stuff to do
All Haliburton Highlands have to offer! http://www.yoursoutdoors.ca/