Out and About

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.

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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.