Lanark County pancake house meal a sweet treat for Rosebridge Manor residents

This was the first outing in some time for residents, due to the pandemic, notes LEC

Having pancakes with fresh maple syrup recently was sweet in more ways than one for Rosebridge Manor residents.

Residents from the Jasper, Ont. long-term care home went on an hour-long drive and enjoyed a meal at Wheelers Pancake House in Lanark County. It was the first outing in a long time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Kathy Barr, Rosebridge Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), told The OMNIway residents were looking forward to the trip.

“We’re reclaiming our previous enjoyments from 2019,” Kathy said about the return of pre-pandemic pleasures like live entertainment and outings.

“It’s quite a popular local place. They have a beautiful restaurant way back in the country. It’s a nice country road to drive up and they always treat us really well. They’re super to help” residents and staff get settled at their tables, she added.

A small group of residents went on the outing and Kathy hopes to bring along additional people in the future.

“It’s a start,” she said about once again venturing out into the community.

Wheelers Pancake House, as described on its website, is nestled in the centre of a 730-acre forest, built with huge windows “that allow a true sense of being in the woods.”

In the spring, when the sap is flowing, diners can watch from their table as the maple sap flows through a clear tube.

Owners Vernon and Judy Wheeler, who opened the sugarhouse in 1978, have had many visitors over the years to see how pure maple syrup is made.

After countless requests for pancakes, the couple built the pancake house and began serving pancakes with their own maple syrup in 1996.

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CUTLINE: Rosebridge Manor resident Cecil Ballance dines at Wheelers Pancake House in Lanark County.