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Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush

The Fulton family has been making mouth-watering maple syrup for more than five generations.  Fulton’s Maple Syrup, Gourmet and Maple Luscious bath & body products are hand harvested and made in small batches on the family farm near Pakenham.  Guests can enjoy three walking trails, guided tours of aboriginal, pioneer and modern-day methods of sap to syrup and dine in the 120-seat cafeteria style restaurant where traditional pancakes, sausages, maple baked beans and more are served.

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 an avid supporter of the Maple Run Tour and this ‘sweet’ destination is another reason to come on out and enjoy the twists and turns of the tour route!

Travelling Quilt

The Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group (K.T.R.S.G.) is an ecumenical group that initially gathered together in 2009 with the hope of bringing education, awareness and support for reconciliation between First Nations and non-First Nation folk in the Peterborough area.

The group continues to meet once a month.  They host speakers, events and sponsored a tour of the film “Third World Canada”.   Each year, they sponsor an indigenous-themed film at the Peterborough documentary film festival — “Reframe”.  After hearing the experiences of several of the survivors of various Residential Schools, the members were shocked, saddened and grief-stricken.  How could their churches be a part of this?  How could the government allow this to happen?  How could it have happened and they did not know?

One of the leaders of the group, Alice Williams, a First Nations woman from the Red Lake area, who is herself a survivor of a Residential School, suggested the making of a quilt to create a lasting commemoration to those feelings and to provide a healing experience to process those emotions.

The quilt, now finished, has spent a good deal of time on display at the then St. Andrews United Church in Peterborough.  Since the handling down of the TRC Final Report, the quilt has been on the road visiting schools, churches, University Women’s Clubs, other service clubs and groups.  The stories of the blocks are as varied and powerful as the members of the group and the survivor stories – proof that once again a picture is worth a thousand words!

On Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd visitors on the Maple Run Tour are invited to view the travelling quilt which will be on display at St. Andrew’s United Church in Pakenham.  The ladies of the Church are also preparing sweet treats that you can nibble on as you enjoy this stop on the tour.  

Scheel’s

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.

On Friday March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd, Marc is opening his doors with an in-house Home Show No Tax Event.  Discover our new take away menu of frozen prepared foods, along with samples of our St. Albert’s cheese.

Maple Run Tour visitors are welcome to come into the store and enjoy cooking lessons on the new induction stoves and taste our Maple Glazed Meatballs that we will be showcasing for the Maple Run themed weekend.  See you there!

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.

 

St. Peter’s Celestine Roman Catholic Church and Rectory

The cornerstone of this grand structure which was laid in 1892, is one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County.  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.

On Saturday, April 1st at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 2nd at 1:30 p.m. visitors are welcome to visit the Church to take a most memorable tour.    Location:  139 Renfrew Street, Pakenham

Five-Span Bridge

As you wander this wonderful village, make sure to visit the five-span stone bridge at the ‘little falls’.  This bridge is a favourite with artists and is the only bridge of its kind in North America.  It is one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County.  An explanatory plaque at each end of the bridge provides more information.

Craviations

Craviations owners Carolynn and Mike Rancourt (www.craviations.ca), have spent their aviation careers looking at the structural parts that make up an aircraft, the insides that most people don’t get to see.  They know the strength of the parts and how cool they look.

Craviations furniture designs are bold, industrious and adventurous.  The design of the original part has been enhanced and re-purposed to become a lasting part of your lifestyle.  Each pieces is designed using a genuine helicopter part, removed from an aircraft that may have been used for news reporting, fire-fighting, or even as an air ambulance.  Each part will have a slight imperfection which had caused them to retire from service.  At Craviations, the imperfections are seen as character, making each design unique.

On Saturday, April 1st, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, we will be at the Bridges Bar & Grill in downtown Pakenham. 

Visit us outside the restaurant and see our Wonderful Flying Time Machine!  

Visit us inside the restaurant and discover our line of furniture…..all of which is for sale!