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Bancroft area (Bancroft district), Hastings Co., Ontario, Canada

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 45° 3' 23'' North , 77° 51' 18'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 45.0563888889, -77.855

There is no official designation of a “Bancroft area”, or district, that has any relevance. It has different definitions, and highly variable boundaries, depending of whom you ask. This page is intended only as a repository for photos of specimens for which there is no more detailed locality info available than “Bancroft” or something of the like. If you have any more specific information about a specimen, or a location (such as a mine name), please add it under the appropriate township or regional municipality, and not here.

There are a limited number of occurrences which could rightly be considered to be within the limits of the Town of Bancroft (for which there are separate locality pages under:, but the name has long been erroneously applied to occurrences within a large geographical area including parts of at least three different counties. This has lead to much confusion (and perhaps a certain amount of laziness) when it comes to labeling specimens and recording locality data for the region.

Guidebooks for the region (many of which are self-published) can also vary greatly in the amount and quality of information they contain. The most complete and authoritative guide for the region is Sabina's "Rocks & Minerals for the Collector" (referenced below), which includes scientifically identified species or group names, although the on-going reorganization of regional municipalities has created an information gap regarding which former town or township belongs to newly created regional municipalities.

Mineralised deposits are found in a wide variety of environments including: mafic rocks, contact metamorphic zones, marbles, calcite veins, syenites, granite pegmatites, nepheline syenites, etc.

For more information please see the article below.

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So What is the "Bancroft Area", or "District? by Michael J. Bainbridge

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5 valid minerals.

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Sabina, Ann P. (1986) Rocks and Minerals for the Collector: Bancroft-Parry Sound Area and Southern Ontario.

Goad, B. E. (1990) Granitic pegmatites of the Bancroft area, southeastern Ontario/ Ontario Geological Survey, Open File Report 5717, 459p.

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