Recreational Geology Tourism Stakeholders Group

On May 7th a new regional initiative was launched in Bancroft to support and further develop our mineral tourism assets and our Geoheritage.

What is known as the "Central Metasedimentary Belt of Ontario" is a unique geological formation that underlies the Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Region (RTO11) and parts of the Kawarthas (RTO-8) and the Great Waterway (RTO-9). This mineral-rich area and its important mining heritage underpins our local culture and way of life.  It provides easy access and close proximity to other special environments including caves, fossils, and breathtaking vistas making our region one of the world’s best geological destinations to explore.

From the Bottom Up

Building on the momentum of Ontario’s Highlands Recreational Geology Project, this new Stakeholders Group will provide a forum for regional collaboration to continue the development of this unique resource and its related tourism offering.


  • advance the development and appreciation of Geoheritage and culture
  • encourage educational tourism
  • encourage socio-economic development
  • regional community development

Plan to attend an open house on Wednesday, May 27 from 7 to 9pm at the Mineral Museum/Train Station on Station Street in Bancroft.  You will meet some of the passionate people who work in the geology sector who will be delighted to share their knowledge and answer questions.  Should you have any item you would like included on the agenda or have questions, please contact Michael Bainbridge at