Thursday, June 10, 2010


Time to get your room booked for Newfstock 2012 – the huge Newf Friends Gathering in Bancroft! We hope to see you and your Newf there!

The main event will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 in Millennium Park in downtown Bancroft, ON. For those that are arriving ahead of then, or staying later, we will be planning a variety of activities – like group swim date, dinner in town on Friday, guided nature hikes on Sunday, and whatever else our planners dream up! The big event on Saturday will run all day with vendors, activities for the whole family, live music, and our rescue parade to raise funds for the Newf Friends Newfoundland Dog Rescue! It’s sure to be a great day!

We have confirmation of a block of rooms being reserved for Newf Friends at a discounted rate, at one of the area hotels. These are ready to be booked now -- first come, first served.

When you call to make your reservations quote the date, and that you are booking under "Newf Friends" to get our group discount.

The hotel we are using in The Best Western
146 Hastings Street N, Bancroft, Ontario, K0L 1C0, CA
Phone: 613/332-2474

This hotel is located in downtown Bancroft, directly next to the Millennium Park, where we will be holding the big event on Saturday. It is walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and yes, Tim Hortons is just 2 minutes up the road.

They are offering us 15% off their standard rates listed below and they are waiving the Pet deposit, and they are making an exception and extending their pet friendly rooms to include all rooms that we require.

Rooms need to be booked now, and there are no cancellations of second night.

Prices (Hotel tax 10% extra)
7 suites, $ 169.99 and up
17 -single standard queen guest room $ 129.99 and up
13 -2 QQ standard queen guest room $ 159.99 and up
6 - standard king guest room $149.99 and up
3 - standard smoking queen rooms. $ 129.99 and up

Yes, on their site it says pets max 20 lbs! They are aware that Newfs weigh a tad more than that.

Those that are planning on making this a longer vacation, you may find renting a cottage to be a great option
Cottage Rentals
There are pet friendly cottages on this site, and some of the lakes are very close to town. I called them and have been assured that there is flexibility on arrival/departure dates because we are into September. You could arrive on a Thursday or Friday instead of a Saturday as listed on their site. These cottages book up fast and there are only a handful of pet friendly ones within 20 mins of town, so if this of interest to you, I suggest booking immediately. Be careful of the lake though, some are very far away! (Bay Lake, L’Amable Lake, Lucerne, Albion, parts of (south end) Baptiste are all close to town.) You can call them during regular business hours, 6 days a week if you have questions.

There is a unique Bed & Breakfast, which offers a dog friendly, privacy Guest Suite (a 425 sq ft.. one bedroom apartment). There is a queen bed in the bedroom, a queen size pull out sofa bed in the sitting room, a fully equipped kitchenette and 3 piece bath - electric fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD player and WiFi capability - the Guest Suite has it own private entrance. They provide a homemade continental breakfast each morning. Located 5 minutes form Millennium Park. Little Island Guest Suite.

For those that want a campground for tent/trailers
Bancroft Campground is 10 minutes from town
Or you can book at this Camp in Bancroft, it is about 5 minutes from town

Please visit the Chamber of Commerce website to see a list of other accommodations in the Bancroft area and book a space now to avoid disappointment! The link is

People are planning to come from across Canada and the US to attend this event -- the more the merrier! We hope you can make it!