Each winter, ice climbers rise to the challenge.
They come to Eagle’s Nest, the cliff overlooking Bancroft’s north end, to scale the ice which forms along its sheer face.
Motorists along Highway 62 and at nearby businesses stop to watch as tiny figures work their way up the ice and rock, small specks of brightly-coloured clothing standing out from the patchy snow and the reds, browns and greys of the rock.
Upon reaching the conifers at the top, they descend, often to repeat the climb at least once more during the day.
But for those not up to the climb, there’s an alternative. Bancroft Eagles Nest Park is closed for the winter, but when conditions allow, it offers a lookout, trails and interpretive signs explaining both Algonquin and European histories.