Tucked in amongst thick forest land, and perched on the edge of the sparkling clear Lake Rosseau; Windermere is a friendly small town that's the perfect rural escape. The shimmering lake is the main attraction, with wide open waters and dozens of tiny islands to be discovered and explored. In summer, you can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine from one of the secluded sandy beaches, and the winter brings thick snow and ice for cross country skiing and cold weather fun. Things to see
There's no better way to enjoy the serene lakes around Windermere than by taking your own boat out on the water, and at Windermere Marina you can rent boats of all sizes. Whether you want to zip along the water on a speedboat or jet ski, or would prefer a day of fishing and a family picnic on the back of a pontoon, there are all sorts of ways to explore. Popular spots to visit in Lake Rosseau include Tobin Island, which has winding trails through the dense, tall trees, where you'll be able to spot rare birds along the way. The island is very isolated and peaceful, with a few cottages, and secluded fishing spots where you can catch trout and cook them on your own campfire. Those experienced on the water will be able to explore further, finding many tiny islands that are little more than a few rocks, some of which are privately owned with homes right on the lake. Formosa Island belonged to former president Woodrow Wilson, and here you'll be able to find a quiet bay to dock your boat, while you climb the rocky trails or swim in the clear waters. Hotels in
There's a small selection of cozy Windermere hotels, many of which are just a short stroll from the lake, allowing you to wake up to the sight of the sunrise over the water. You'll find many grand historic homes that have been turned into peaceful lakeside resorts, with spas, outdoor pools, health clubs, and other relaxing retreats. Many local hotels also have tennis courts, areas of private beach, and gardens, so you can enjoy the fresh air during your vacation. If you're bringing your own boat, then you'll find hotels with their own jetties, or in close proximity to marinas, so it's easy to park up and go out on the lake as much as you like. Where to stay
Windermere is a charming small town, with a downtown area that's full of locally owned shops, cozy cafés, and places to buy boating equipment and supplies. The summer months bring tourists who want to enjoy the calm, clear waters of Lake Rosseau, whether it's taking a tip, finding a spot to sunbathe on one of the small, sandy beaches, or fishing for long, shiny trout. In the colder months, the Fall foliage brings a bright orange glow to the landscape, and when the lake starts to freeze then ice fishing and skating can be enjoyed. The town also has a modest, laid back winter sports scene, with cross country skiing, snowmobiles, and snowshoeing through the thick, powdery snow. How to get to Windermere
Toronto Pearson International Airport is just over 2 hours away by car, and you can pick up a rental vehicle, or book a private shuttle going up to the lake areas. There are flights arriving in Toronto from across the USA, Europe, and the rest of the world, so it's well connected wherever you're coming from. The town of Bracebridge, half an hour south of Windermere, is where you'll find the nearest Greyhound Canada station, connecting you to the rest of the network.