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FIELD TRIP: The Pakenham Fair on August 15

Frog racing at the Pakenham Fair.
Frog racing at the Pakenham Fair.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: We had great response to our article last week about Puppets Up! in Almonte, and you’ve told us that you’d like to hear about more fun events happening in our area, even if they aren’t right in Stittsville.  So, introducing our new Field Trip series, with recommendations for events just a short drive away.   Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Mount Pakenham opens for skiing this weekend

Above: Alex Weir adjusts the snow gun near the top of  a trail at Mount Pakenham. Hill workers have been busy preparing for this weekend’s opening of the ski season.

Mount Pakenham opens for skiing this weekend, 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Lift tickets are $18.  The ski resort is about a 30 minute drive west of Ottawa. Continue reading


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Stittsville resident is Kickstarting a microbrewery in Pakenham

Stittsville’s Hien Hoang (pictured above) is one of the organizers behind a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new microbrewery in Pakenham. We asked Hoang to tell us about the project.

Cartwright Springs Brewery is a micro brewery opening in Pakenham ON early 2015. The business was the brain child of Andre Rieux who has been home brewing for over 15 years. Rieux had recently bought a 77 acre property in Pakenham, where he discovered a natural spring. He decided to make beer with it and believes his beer has never tasted better.

Rieux had worked in the high tech industry for almost twenty years before being laid off just last year. Armed with a severance package and newly found spring water, he decided to partner up long time friends Eduardo Guerra and myself. We all share a passion for craft beer, and want to start a brewery.

We have laboured with our friends and family and construction of our brewery building is complete; our permits are filed and the brewery equipment is due to arrive soon.  Getting to this stage has required a lot of capital expense, and we’ve poured our life savings into this passion and dream.

>But due to unforeseen permit and licensing costs, we are short on funds required to make our retail space and tasting room into the comfortable and inviting space we envision for hosting our customers. So we decided to turn towards crowd funding via Kickstarter with the hopes of raising $12,000 to be able to create a space that will reflect our beer, our craft and our community.

Cartwright Springs Brewery will be the first every brewery to open in Mississippi Mills. Our dream is to launch a community-minded micro brewery, using 100% natural spring water collected from our property, to brew the most amazing beer.  And we want to share our fantastic product with everyone!

You can learn more about the project here…


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SUNDAY DRIVE: The Pakenham Five-Span Bridge

Pakenham Five Span Bridge. Photo by Barry Gray.
Pakenham Five Span Bridge. Photo by Barry Gray.

Do you have a favourite “Sunday Drive” near Stittsville? Let us know about it on the comments below or send an email to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


The Pakenham Five Span bridge was built in 1903 by Scottish Stone Masons over the Mississippi river and rapids at Pakenham in Lanark County, northwest of Stittsville.

The five-arch stone bridge is the only one in North America. It was original built to carry horses and carriages accross the Mississippi River to the mills in Pakenham.

It’s 268 feet long, 22 feet high and 25 feet wide. The largest stone
used in the construction weighs five tonnes.

Public pressure to preserve the bridge, rather than replacing it with a modern bridge, lead to the restoration of it in 1984 to make it suitable for truck and car traffic.  During the resoration, each stone was removed and labelled, and then placed back in its original location over reinforced concrete.

If you’re driving out to Pakenham and it’s a warm day, check out Scoop’s Ice Cream on Waba Road, right in the middle of town.

(Adapted from LanarkCounty.ca)