An ever-changing landscape, especially beautiful in the fall . . . please tread lightly and enjoy
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 and a new Ancestral pathway on the front of Eagles Nest.
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. In 2020, in cooperation with, and under the direction of Hastings Destination Trails Inc., working under the project lead, North Hastings Economic Development Committee, and in partnership with the Town of Bancroft, a number of trails were refurbished and re-routed to improve both safety and the visitor experience. A highlight of this effort is the completion of an accessible trail from the upper parking area to the Hawkwatch. These improvements were made possible through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
We also recognize the invaluable support to this initiative made by many community volunteers who had the vision in the past and those who continue to work on efforts as the park continues to evolve. These include: the volunteer Canada 150 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, the Stewards of Bancroft Eagles Nest Park and the HDTI board of directors.
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.
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Bancroft | ON | Canada