Eagles Nest Park is owned by the Town of Bancroft and maintained by a volunteer not-for-profit incorporated organization, Stewards of Bancroft Eagles Nest Park Inc. Future plans include further trail expansion on non-municipal lands, as far as Clarke Lake to the east.
In 2017, Eagles Nest – An Algonquin Story, a Canada 150 project funded in part by the Government of Canada, resulted in the development of an interpretive trail that highlights the early indigenous presence in the area, as well as the geology, flora and fauna and stories of early European settlement.
We also recognize the invaluable support to this initiative made by many community volunteers, the volunteer Project Committee, Bancroft Trails Committee, Bancroft Area Stewardship Council, the Algonquins of Ontario, Kijcho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation, Bancroft Field Naturalists, donations by local businesses and financial support from the Town of Bancroft, Hastings Highlands Hilly Hundred, Freymond Lumber Ltd. and the Bancroft Lion’s Club.
Each of the trails in Eagles Nest Park is unique, offering a variety of different ecosystems, plants, trees, animals and birds and other wildlife. The Hawkwatch, a favourite destination within the park, provides an amazing vista over the York River valley and town of Bancroft below. It is an ever-changing landscape, but especially beautiful in the fall of the year.
We ask you to tread lightly on your visit to Eagles Nest so its beauty, its flora and fauna and the unique spiritual experience it offers, may be preserved for generations to come.
Eagles Nest Park Overview
Be friendly and courteous.
Take only pictures. Leave what you find.
Please do not pick vegetation.
If you carry it in, carry it out.
Stay on the trail. Shortcutting the trail and bypassing muddy areas destroys vegetation, leads to erosion, reduces habitat quality, causes unsightly damage to the landscape and may destroy culturally significant areas.
Avoid using trails when they are excessively muddy.
Respect wildlife. Keep your distance. Never feed wild animals.
Respect private property.
Respect other visitors and their experience. Avoid excessive noise.
Dogs are welcome but please keep your dog under control at all times and pick up after your pet.
Follow “Leave No Trace” principles.
Share the trail. Keep to the right except to pass. When in doubt, give the other user the right of way. Warn people when you are planning to pass.
Eagles Nest Park Trail Etiquette
Do not leave anything valuable in your car. If you do experience a break-in, be sure to report it to law enforcement authorities.
Do not leave food along the trails as it can be an attraction to wildlife, including bears.
Do not drink unpurified water from open streams or ponds. Bring water from home.
Be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to report your location by trail name and distance from significant landmarks or trailheads in the event of an emergency.
Avoid dehydration by drinking water regularly. You know you are drinking enough if you urinate often and the urine comes out clear.
Avoid getting lost by staying with your group, staying on the trail, and paying attention to trail markers. If lost, either backtrack or use a cell phone to call for assistance.
Avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be deadly. Stay cool and avoid the sun in the heat of the day. Drink plenty of water. Wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing that blocks and reflects the sun.
Avoid hypothermia by staying dry, wearing appropriate layered clothes (no cotton), avoiding exposure to wind, drinking plenty of water, and eating high-energy food in cold weather to stay warm. Hypothermia usually occurs gradually and hypothermic people are often not aware that they need help. Hypothermia can result in shivering, stumbling, slurred speech, reduced breathing rate, fatigue, and eventually cardiac and respiratory failure and death.
Avoid insect pests by learning which insects are prevalent in your area at the time you are on the trail, wearing protective clothing, avoiding perfumes, including perfumed hair sprays, shampoos, and soaps, and covering exposed areas of your body with insect repellent.
Avoid exposed areas when thunderstorms may occur. Take cover in advance of a storm and stay away from tall trees and bodies of water. Take off metal backpacks. Crouch down on dry ground with an insulating object under your feet.
Avoid poisonous plants by learning to recognize poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Avoid contact by wearing long pants and sleeves in areas where poisonous plants occur and washing your clothes when you leave the trail.
Be prepared for inclement weather by checking the weather forecast before you hit the trail. Be aware of signs of worsening weather and prepare to take an alternate route or return to your vehicle. Carry alternate clothing, plenty of food and water, and map and compass if necessary.
Be prepared for adverse trail conditions, including fallen trees, washouts, floodwaters, and patches of ice and deep snow.
Eagles Nest Park Trail Safety
Many years ago, the volunteers of the Bancroft Field Naturalist Club established the first trail system on Eagles Nest. With the launch of the Eagles Nest – An Algonquin Story Project, many more individuals from across the community have come together to create a unique experience for visitors. Into the future, the role of volunteers will continue to expand as existing infrastructure needs to be maintained and new trails are developed.
There are many opportunities to use your unique skills as a volunteer with the Stewards of Eagles Nest Park Inc., a not-for-profit incorporated organization tasked with caring for Eagles Nest, and developing new educational opportunities and expanding the trail system in the years to come.
We need volunteers:
To be Trail Monitors to walk the trails weekly to check for storm damage, need for repairs, clean-up, etc.
To assist with repairs and general maintenance to the infrastructure, including kiosks, boardwalks, lookout platform, etc.
To assist with organizing fundraising opportunities
To monitor the Facebook page
To become an active Board member offering your skills in accounting, project management, grant writing, regional economic development or trail development best practices
To promote Eagles Nest as a destination
…and so much more!
Please send us a message on Facebook, if you are interested in volunteering.