hastings county

Eagles Nest Lookout in Bancroft

On a Saturday morning in mid-October, we arrived at Eagle’s Nest Park. Located within Bancroft, the area is a perfect spot for scenic views (especially If you are driving through on the way to Algonquin). There are four trails at just over 3 km total to explore. 

The gates of Eagles Nest Park road were open, and we drove up the short but steep road to reach two parking lots. 

We began to hike the Lookout Trail which bends along the escarpment edge towards the observation deck, called Hawkwatch Platform. It was an easy hike of just over half a kilometre, with not much change in elevation. 

Hawkwatch Platform offers stunning views of the valley of Bancroft including Hastings Street, the York River, and Bancroft Ridge Golf Club. The hills that surround the horizon of the view are a result of glacial activity, receding around 10,000 years ago. 

We enjoyed our visit, and will always make a point of visiting each time we visit Bancroft.

Have you visited Eagles Nest Park in Bancroft? Let us know your experience in the comments below.

Snowshoeing at Arrowhead Provincial Park

Arrowhead Provincial Park is owned and managed by Ontario Parks and is located just north of Huntsville, Ontario. Arrowhead is a beautiful and diverse park that offers a range of recreational activities for visitors both in the warmer and colder season, with activity equipment rentals available year-round.  Arrowhead is a popular winter destination, with several…

Claireville Conservation Area

The busy holiday season is done and over, and finally we have had the opportunity to slide back into our regular routine, and spend some time hiking and exploring. We had visited Claireville Conservation Area in October to see the leaves change colour, and being so close of a drive, visited again in January of…

Spruce Bog Boardwalk at Algonquin Provincial Park

Spruce Bog Boardwalk is a quick and easy hike along the Highway 60 corridor in Algonquin Provincial Park. The trail is 1.5 km and made up mostly of boardwalk, and is a leaisurley path with even terrain. We visited the trail on a Saturday in Late October in the early afternoon, and the parking lot…

Lookout Point Trail at Algonquin Provincial Park

The Lookout Point Trail at Algonquin Provincial Park is a 2.1 km loop that presents breathtaking views of hundreds of square kilometers of landscape. With an elevation gain of about 70 meters across the hike, it’s a short but challenging walk. We visited around noon on a Saturday in late October. By this time it…

Scenery at Meadowvale Conservation Area 

Meadowvale Conservation Area is a lovely park with expansive fields, plenty of amenities, and scenic views of the Credit River. The park is within Mississauga, and is nestled within the suburbs of Meadowvale. There is a large parking lot at the end of Second Line West, with plenty of space available when we visited on a…

Autumn at Lions Valley Park in Oakville

Lions Valley Park is about a 45 minute drive from Toronto with no traffic, and is nestled between the suburbs of northern Oakville. The park features trails that meander through and around a valley carved from Sixteen Mile Creek. We visited on a Saturday in October, and parked near a dedicated entrance called Sixteen Mile…


  1. Eagle’s Nest Park looks so scenic in the fall when all the leaves are changing colour. I’ve only ever been to Bancroft in the winter and that was to visit Silent Lake Provincial Park. I’ll have to keep this in mind for the next time that we’re in the area. Thanks for sharing. Linda

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    1. Appreciate your comment, Linda!

      We just missed the sugar maples turning bright red, when we visited they were mostly bare. I’ve heard that the driveway up to the top of the cliff is closed in the winter, but you may be able to hike up the hill to see the winter scenery.

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