If you’re looking for the quintessential winter trail, the picturesque villages, town, and hamlets of Mississippi Mills have got you covered. From the snowy hillsides of Mount Pakenham to the rapids at Blakeney and the trails at Mill of Kintail Conservation area, natural beauty is around every corner.
Almonte, located just 20 minutes from Kanata, is the friendly town at the center of Mississippi Mills. The historic downtown core is bustling with unique shops and world-class dining experiences. After a wintery stroll along the Mississippi Riverwalk, why not head down Ottawa Street to enjoy a warm beverage or sweet treat?
Equator Coffee Roasters will warm you up with their Christmas blend and for an added experience, sign up on their website for one of the Saturday tours of their roastery. Then it’s over to Hummingbird Chocolate Maker for a specialty hot chocolate or chocolate tasting flight. From bean to bar, you can find everything to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Throughout the winter, you can stop by Dairy Distillery on Industrial Drive for a guided tour. Complete with samples and specialty spiked coffees and hot chocolates, learn all about their batch-making process and check out the latest Vodkow and lactose-free cream liqueur flavours.
Another key point of interest in Mississippi Mills is the village of Pakenham. Famous for a ski hill and the architectural marvel of the 5 Span bridge, it has a lot more to offer visitors. Although Maple season runs from mid-February to mid-April, a trip to Fulton’s Sugar Bush and Maple Shop can be a fun excursion all winter long. You can enjoy a coffee with maple sugar or a maple tea and why not try a maple butter tart. Nothing is more Canadian than a maple butter tart! If you are visiting after January 14th, you can enjoy 8kms of trails and do come back for Maple season to enjoy all the amenities and activities.
Some sure to be cold weather favourites like Egg Nog Lattes and Hot Apple Cider await you on County Rd 29 in Pakenham where Keepers Coffee Bar dazzles with classic winter flavours. Open Wednesday to Sunday, a stop here must include some of their delicious Gingerbread Loaf!
They may have to rename County Rd 29, the Tasty Trail, as 3 Apples Bakery is on your way as well. What’s unique about 3 Apples is that everything they make is magically gluten free! Open Friday to Sunday, they have everything you need to treat the gluten-free person in your life.
One of the hamlets of Mississippi Mills is home to a real-life Hallmark estate. Old Mill Manor on Old Mill Lane is your ultimate, luxurious winter get away. Accommodating up to 12 guests, you have the option of a private chef, an on-site heated saltwater pool and hot tub. You are conveniently located to enjoy all that Mississippi Mills has to offer during your winter weekend away.
Pack your skis and snowshoes, bring your reusable insulated mug, and be prepared to be wowed along the Sip & Savour trail through Mississippi Mills.
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