Community & Bancroft | The Preserve at Bancroft Ridge

On one side are the rolling greens of the magnificent Bancroft Ridge Golf Course. On the other, the winding York River sculpts a stunning landscape. Nestled within 170 acres of green space with 136 acres being dedicated to a private nature reserve is the community of The Preserve at Bancroft Ridge, offering a rich array of amenities, nature, culture, sports and recreation. Hike a rustic network of forested trails, play a round of golf, boat down the York River, fish from the Preserve’s docs, enjoy world-class ATV and snowmobile trails or head into downtown Bancroft and enjoy its great shops and restaurants. Experience the small town Ontario charm of Bancroft.


Without further ado, here are the three top-ranked cities for purchasing real estate in Canada in 2021.

1 – Bancroft, Ontario

Bancroft has received top billing in MoneySense’s 2021 edition of Where to Buy Real Estate, with a score of 4.54 out of 5 stars.

Why we’re watching Bancroft

While it may have small-town charm to burn, Bancroft is actually an economic powerhouse with a skilled local workforce, thriving downtown core and all the amenities of a larger city such as a vibrant retail and dining scene, art and theatre, schools and healthcare. It is conveniently located between Toronto and Ottawa, and sits at the intersection of Highways 28 and 62 with easy access to Highway 401, and even has its own small airport.

Perched on the York River at the north end of Hastings County, Bancroft got its start as a mining town: gold was discovered there in the late 19th century, then uranium production became important following the second World War. It is known as the “Mineral Capital of Canada” and hosts the annual Rockhound Gemboree, the nation’s largest gem show, which draws thousands of tourists. In fact, the town pulls in 150,000 visitors each year; combined with a regional population of 60,000, it is the retail and service centre for the North Hastings Region.



Located just 2.5 hours northeast of Toronto, the Town of Bancroft is rich in history and culture. Named by Expedia as one of the “Top 10 Friendliest Towns in Canada”, Bancroft is surrounded by pristine lakes, rivers and a rugged landscape just waiting for you to discover. Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of a charming small town enriched with many lifestyle amenities usually found in larger communities. The vast Algonquin Park, made world-famous by Canada’s renowned Group of 7 painters, is just half an hour by car and offers incredible hiking, biking, camping, canoeing and more.

The region offers residents and visitors access not just to Canada’s wilderness, but also to Bancroft’s rich array of amenities like theatres, museum and sporting events, well-established municipal services, post-secondary education, hospital and health care facilities and a thriving downtown core with great shopping, many restaurants and cultural experiences.

With a regional population of more than 40,000 people, Bancroft welcomes about 150,000 visitors from all over Canada and the rest of the world and is a favourite destination for four-season vacationers. Offering a unique combination of a relaxed pace of living with all the amenities for an active, enriched, outdoor lifestyle, Bancroft has something for everyone – from young and growing families to nature lovers to active retirees to empty nesters seeking solitude, peace and quiet.


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