The Pakenham Maple Run Tour gives you many great reasons to wander up to Pakenham, just a short drive from Ottawa off of Highway 417 and create new memories.
The tour runs April 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come experience great arts, crafts, a working maple syrup bush and local history.
Take a tour at one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark, St. Peter's Celestine Church (donations for tour) on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Have a wander down the road to see the Second of Lanark's Seven Wonders at the 5 Sspan Bridge to see the spring run off roaring down the Mississippi River. And check out the historic Pakenham General Store, which is longest continually running general store in North America...since 1840!
There are studio stops in a gothic church and century school house, at a pioneer log cabin home, workman’s stone cottage, a century old home and at a beer brewery, those a few to mention.
Indulge your taste buds in discovering delicious locally crafted maple syrup, food, coffee and beer. It's a perfect way to celebrate the Lanark County maple syrup season with a stop at Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar Bush (www.fultons.ca) and then continue your way to Pakenham to visit the various tour stops to meet the artists presenting their creativity and food vendors their delectable fair. Many food stops have maple inspired food on their menus, a must try to be sure.
Visitors are encouraged to pick up a Maple Run guide map and take this popular self-guided tour taking you in and around the quaint village of Pakenham and it's surrounding area. Tour brochures with map and vendor information can be found at any tour stop location (look for the green maple leaf), Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar Bush, the Pakenham General Store or online at mapleruntour.com.
In addition to Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar Bush, there are many tour stops with cluster groups of vendors where you are sure to find artwork and crafts for your home and garden, for yourself or for gifts. At this year's tour there will be many new and returning artists working in different art mediums, pottery both functional and decorative. Leather belts, birdhouses, woodworking in many forms. Photography framed in puzzles and cards will be offered, as well as fine jewelry to brighten up your spring outfit, exquisite clothing made with exacting details, miniature quilts to embellish your décor, scented soaps and lotions, glass manipulated in a blazing furnace (demonstrations) and much more to see and do. Get your taste buds lingering over such food as maple syrup, crafted beer, sweet confections, honey and roasted coffee.
There’s no need to pack a lunch as there will be several designated food stops which are all noted on the tour map. Look out for the popular pink "Jolly Hog" featuring maple and beer-infused food truck fare. Many other venues are featuring a menu which includes maple syrup-inspired food and drinks.
Make sure you pick up a tour passport at your fist stop and have it stamped at each tour location, so you will be eligible for one of the three $50 gift certificates (towards a purchase from one of the participating artists). If you have your passport stamped from all tour stop locations, your name is entered twice for an extra chance to win!
Enjoy meeting the people who have created what they are selling and find out what it is that makes them so passionate about what they love to create.
More detailed information on the tour, artists, food vendors and map can be found at mapleruntour.com and you can find us on Facebook with daily updates.
Submitted by the Pakenham Maple Run Tour