Stonebridge Haven tour stop CANCELLED

DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES the Stonebridge Haven Tour stop is no longer available.

Our three artists have been moved to other venues.

ANITA SCHLARB, wildlifle and nature photography: you can find Anita’s colourful photography at the Cedar Hill School House, 270 Cedar Hill Road.

DONNA MITCHELL, watercolour artist: Donna will now be at Farmgate Cider – Maple Run’s largest tour stop – at 4547 Mohr’s Road, Arnprior.

MARY ANNE HARRISON: Mary will be setting up her stunning mosaics at the light-filled Pakenham Library, lower level, 128 MacFarlane Street in the heart of Pakenham.

A tour through talent, tradition, and even time!

The Pakenham Maple Run Tour returns April 1st and 2nd with 8 fascinating tour stops and 30 artists and artisans. A tour like no other, Maple Run is a unique blend of art, fine craft, interesting and heritage buildings, spectacular spring scenery, and to top all that off, it takes place right in maple syrup country. Maple Run, a self-guided free tour, truly offers something for everyone in the family.

An incredible gathering of artists and artisans from the area, up the Valley, and across eastern Ontario will present an impressive array of artistic expressions: ceramics, wood carving and turning, jewellery, baking, leatherworking, painting, watercolours, photography, weaving, felting, handmade soaps, miniature quilts, mosaics, fabric sculpture, paper art, children’s literature, basketry, honey products, clothing design, natural skin care, tie dye, barn art, textile designs, art glass, pewterware, and artistic blacksmithing.

Art and fine craft are the roots of the tour, but the Maple Run venues are a tour all by themselves, whether for their history, their architecture, or their function. Farmgate Cider’s heritage post and beam cider barn – reconstructed during the pandemic and now open as a tasting room and event space – is our newest and biggest stop, located just off the 417 at the Kinburn Side Road. The “home farm” for Farmgate Cider, it’s the tour’s largest stop and will present 7 artists and yes, cider tasting and sales. In the village of Pakenham a cluster of 4 tour stops will welcome you. First visit the 3 artists at Stonebridge Haven, a peaceful heritage home and retreat perched high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Cross the unique Five Span Stone Bridge – the only bridge of its kind in North America – and venture into the heart of Pakenham village, with its historic stone general store and unique shops, and find a further 3 tour stops. Photography, clothing design, and textile design can all be found at Paddye Mann’s clothing design studio in a heritage stone building that was home and workshop to one of the first tailors in Pakenham. The sunny and welcoming Pakenham branch of the Mississippi Mills Library hosts an Ottawa Valley landscape painter, a weaver, a paper artist, and a children’s book author as well as a lunch stop. St. Andrew’s United Church, built of local stone in 1897 and featuring a rare sanctuary design, offers 6 artists presenting miniature quilts, pewterware, felting, soaps, jewellery, and fine art. Heading west from Pakenham, travel to Cartwright Springs Brewery at the base of the Pakenham “Mountain” and visit a ceramic artist and an artistic blacksmith. While there, you can of course enjoy a tasting – the brewery is known for offering fine craft brews and even bottled carbonated maple sap! The warm and entertaining Chris van Zanten studio offers you demonstrations of the fiery art of glass making – an experience of colour and drama. At our 8th tour stop, the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, step back in time to a one-room schoolhouse hosting 5 artists presenting leatherworking, hand painted pottery, gemstone jewellery, baking and honey products. While in the area of the schoolhouse, continue down the Cedar Hill Road for a visit to Fulton’s Sugarbush and Maple Shop.

Following the entire route of the Maple Run tour is easily done in a day, since the tour stops are open from 10am to 5pm. A car will be a requirement – or if weather permits, why not cycle? – and the route covers about 40km.

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Mississippi Mills Art Romp on Thanksgiving weekend 2021

This Thanksgiving weekend, take a romp through the colourful and historic backroads of MIssissippi Mills to enjoy three – yes, three – art tours in one special event! On October 9 and 10, the Mississippi Mills Art Romp will combine the artistic expressions of the Maple Run Tour, the Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour, and Art in the Attic. Over 40 artists and artisans will welcome you to heritage buildings, unique shops, a craft brewery, and even a Christmas tree farm, as well as individual artist studios and the Almonte Potters Guild. You can romp your way through Mississippi Mills, from Pakenham, to Cedar Hill, to Clayton and Union Hall and into Almonte.For more information on artists and locations, visit these websites: and

The Mississippi Mills Art Romp has a bit of “chomp” too. The tour presents fine food artisans, and there are many local food stops along the way to keep you fueled. Pakenham boasts ice cream, fudge, family dining, a gluten-free bakery, and the iconic 1840s General Store. Sample craft brews at Cartwright Springs just a short drive away. At Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm enjoy delicious homemade lunch fare and baking from the CandyCane Kitchen. In Clayton, visit the Clayton General Store for light lunches, and while in Almonte explore the many unique restaurants and food trucks.

There’s even more – in good Ottawa Valley tradition, the Romp has a Stomp too. We’ve partnered with the Folkus Concert Series to present local musicians at major venues. For details of performers and times, consult the Folkus website at

The Art Romp artists are so excited to be back after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Appropriately at Thanksgiving, they are also thankful for this opportunity to meet you. Please be aware that COVID-19 protocols apply at our venues.

For more information about the Mississippi Mills Art Romp, please call 613 256 3647.

Romp. Chomp. Stomp.

Visit the Maple Run Tour and Win!

To make the Tour even more fun, you have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to be put towards a purchase from any of the artists on the Tour.

Pick up a Tour Passport at any Tour stop and get it initialled by one of the artists.  Visit as many Tour stops as you can, then drop the Tour Passport in a sap bucket at the last Tour stop you visit.

If you visit all 10 Tour stops, your name will be added twice into the draw.

Good luck to everyone!

** The draw will be held a few days after the Maple Run Tour and the winner will be contacted by one of the Maple Run Tour organizers.  **

Tours of St. Peter Celestine Roman Catholic Church and Rectory


Saturday, April 4th, 2020 and Sunday, April 5th, 2020 



Location:  139 Renfrew Street, Pakenham

During the Pakenham Maple Run Tour, St. Peter Celestine Roman Catholic Church and Rectory in the village of Pakenham, invites you to walk up the hill to Renfrew Street where the doors of the Church will be open to visitors at 1:30pm.  

At that time, a guided tour of this historic Church will take you on a journey which will describe and explain the significances of the Church’s interior décor and exterior influences.   The tour is fascinating and your breath will be taken away as to its interior and exterior beauty.  

The Church tour will be one of many memorable experiences during the Pakenham Maple Run Tour weekend and one not to be missed. 

A little history of the Church:

The Church was constructed by many talented local crafts people and the construction lasted for nine years.  It is only one of three Canadian churches known to retain its remarkable Classic interior decoration, complete with robust statuary, elaborate painting, trompe l’oeil and faux marble finishes.  A striking feature of the nave is the original pulpit, built in the form of a huge, heavily ornamented chalice.

With its perch on a bluff, you can see far and wide across the Mississippi Valley from the silver bell tower. The architecture of St. Peter’s is quite unusual for the area, and is similar in style to churches in Quebec and southern Europe.

For more information on the Church, please visit:


Pakenham General Store

A stop at the Pakenham General Store for art, food AND heritage is always a highlight of the Maple Run Tour.

Established in the early 1840’s by Archibald McArthur and Robert Brown, the Pakenham General Store is considered to be one of the oldest continually operated general stores in North America.  It features both Regency and Classic Revival architectural styles.

The store is like a step back in time with its charming wood floors, displays of vintage grocery tins, and original wooden counters, and still sells a range of groceries, including freshly-baked bread, special maple baking, local cheese, and of course, local maple syrup and maple products. And not to forget – sticky buns!

Pakenham Five Span Bridge

As you wander the wonderful village of Pakenham, make sure to visit the Five Span Bridge at the ‘little falls’.  It is one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County.

This bridge is a favourite with artists and is the only bridge of its kind in North America.   An explanatory plaque at each end of the bridge provides more information as to the history of this heritage landmark.

Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush

399 Sugar Bush Road, Pakenham   K0A 2X0

Maple Season is February 15 – April 19, 2020

For more than five generations, the Fulton family has been making mouth watering organic maple syrup and maple products.  There is so much to do when visiting Fulton’s.  Guests can enjoy three walking trails, take guided tours of aboriginal, pioneer and modern day methods used to take the sap to syrup and savour a delicious meal in the Pancake House Restaurant.

Enjoy fluffy pancakes, sausages, maple baked beans as well as many more delicious menu items (including gluten free options), between the hours of 8am and 3pm during the Pakenham Maple Run Tour.

Visit the Maple Shoppe where you can purchase organic maple syrup, gourmet maple products and Fulton’s own Maple Luscious bath & body products.

Enjoy horse-drawn wagon and sleigh rides, taffy, face painting, live music, demonstrations and more on weekends and select dates throughout the season.  Fulton’s is anfultons pic for sponsor page on website 2018 avid supporter of the Pakenham Maple Run Tour and this ‘sweet’ destination is another reason to come on out and enjoy the twists and turns of the Tour route!


Steeped in a 70 year continuously-owned family history, Scheel’s Butcher and Furniture Store has been a landmark in the Pakenham area.

Starting with a horse and cart going door to door, Milton Scheel and his son Gary offered their butchery services to locals and then in the early 50’s, with his wife Lillian, built the present-day building located on the main street of Pakenham.  At a time when refrigerated lockers were the norm, the store offered fresh meat and storage.  Lockers were replaced with Frigidaire refrigerators and in the 70’s son Gary expanded into appliances and furniture.

Today, grandson Marc has taken over the reins.

Pictured above are Gary Scheel (Marc’s father), father Milton Scheel (founder of Scheels Butcher shop) and his father Les (three generations).



Walking Tour of Pakenham

The first settlers came to this area in 1823, to clear land and build shanties, potash works and mills.  This set the stage, circa 1840, for the establishment of the village of Pakenham.

A Walking Tour of the Village of Pakenham is a brochure that has been produced by the township of Mississippi Mills.  We encourage you to pick one up along the tour route and relive life from the 1800s as seen through the heritage buildings and structures that still stand today.