Pakenham, ON

Every year, I try to do something new for my birthday. Originally I had wanted to Gatineau Park: this year’s Winterlude festivities included a zipline and I was really excited about it.

Unfortunately, I forgot to check the times and dates for the event and, by the time I did, it was already too late and they’d closed up shop for the year. So, something else had to be arranged. Maybe I couldn’t do something as dramatic as ziplining, but I could definitely still have an outdoor adventure. Perhaps a Canadian adventure… a maple adventure?

This year, I decided to do the most Canadian thing of all: visit a maple farm.

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The Heritage Maple Path at Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush leads visitors through a forest filled with local wildlife and sugar maples.

My fiancé, T, and I decided to bundle up and take the hour-long drive out to Pakenham, Ontario, to visit Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush. It’s situated in Lanark County, the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario.

The food was delicious and was exactly what you’d expect from a pancake house. There were maple baked beans, maple sausages, maple bacon, pancakes and a slew of maple desserts. There was a 2L bottle of light maple syrup on every table. And, once you walked into the seating area, the room was filled with lovely, welcoming music, courtesy of a local musician.

With our bellies were full of maple-y goodness, we decided to explore the Heritage Maple Path. I’m not exactly sure which trail we took, but we ended up walking through the forest for a very long time. We saw found some old wolf tracks, heard woodpeckers, and nearly tripped over a giant hole in the ground. Someone had broken through the layers of snow and ice and reached the dirt – it was nearly a foot deep!

We followed the green arrows until we saw the parking lot again. And, after a brief stop at the maple gift shop, we started driving home.

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The Five Arch Stone Bridge is a historic bridge in Pakenham, Ontario.

We took a brief detour to climb under the Five Arch Stone Bridge and take a few photos of the flowing river. It’s been unseasonably warm lately, and it was nice to see the snow and ice melt away.

Winter in Canada really quite lovely but I enjoy watching it all disappear to reveal new life. I always associated spring with rebirth and I’m looking forward to seeing all of the animals and foliage again.

Next Stop: Québec City, QC

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