About 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of Toronto, you’ll come across Lake Rosseau. At a width of 8.5 kilometres (5.3 miles), it isn’t the largest lake in the country but is large enough for people to enjoy it. Lake Rosseau flows out into the Indian River and includes various communities and settlements along its shores.
Lake Rosseau forms a connection with Lake Joseph through passages of cutting through Port Sinfield. In addition, Lake Rosseau also forms a connection with the Joseph River to link up with Lake Joseph.
While the lake itself offers opportunities for boating, there are a lot of things to explore around the lake as well. And that is exactly what we will be looking at in this post. Here are the best ways to explore the area all around the lake. While you’re at it, there’s a very good chance you might come across some hidden treasures as well!
Lake Rosseau: 7 Awesome Things to Know
1. Rosseau Waterfront Park
Rosseau Waterfront Park is a brilliant way to spend your day along the shores of the lake. The park is a very well maintained establishment which is equipped with most basic facilities as well. There’s a playground for kids, as well as benches and rides for the energetic young ones to run and play around on.
Coming to what might interest the adults, it is an amazing escapade from the noise of the city. Lake Rosseau presents a brilliant opportunity for unwinding and tuning out the white noise after a hectic week at work. Seating arrangements, while present, are rather limited. Hence, you should consider bringing along tools, foldable chairs or a blanket to sit on. Whichever is more convenient for you.
A great way to familiarize yourself with the waters of Lake Rosseau is to take the yacht ride that they offer at the park. You’ll be taken on a yacht that seats 12 people. It takes you out and about the lake, and the exploration lasts about an hour.
Apart from the yacht ride, there are amenities for boating on the lake, as mentioned earlier. Electric toys are also available for the kids to play around. Adding to the reasons why this place is a wonderland for kids, the playground is complete with a sand area for toddlers and a section of the lake which has shallow water so that nothing goes wrong with the kids.
Last but certainly not least, you can also have a dip in the waters of the lake yourself! That is, of course, if you have a taste for swimming.
2. Rosseau Market
The village of Rosseau just keeps on giving. If you ever find yourself in the area, then be sure to check out the Rosseau Market. Why? It’s because of the plethora of amazing things that you can find walking through the market and having a sight of the stores. We usually talk about quality and quantity in terms of having one but not the other, but this place does quality and quantity.
Some of the goods that you’re sure to have a sight of include jewellery, pottery, knitting, metalwork and clothing. While that is what the market is sure to offer, there are a lot of seasonal vendors that also open up shop. Take a minute to check out their website to have a look at the seasonal vendors and the goods that they sell.
That pretty much sums it up for the textiles, and now we come to something that everybody can agree on. Food. In particular, bakery products.
There are a number of different shops that sell bakery and offer incredible quality. The vendors are aware of the fact that humans eat with their eyes first. Hence, keeping that in mind, they make it a point to make the food look as artistic and appetizing as it can be.
In addition to bakery products, you’ll also come across a farmer’s market which sells the best of the produce gathered by local farmers. What you’ll find depends on the season, as common sense might dictate, but what can be guaranteed is the quality of the fruits and vegetables that you’ll find at the market.
The market is located along the lake, and you’ll be able to enjoy a great view while picking out the things that you’d like to take home.
3. Rosseau Falls
Rosseau Falls is the ultimate hidden treasure around the lake. To drive the point home, get this. Unlike Lake Rosseau, the Rosseau Falls is absolutely hidden. There are no signs to the waterfall. On top of that, the falls are not listed in the list of attractions either.
There are two sections of the falls. One is the upper section, and the other, the lower section. getting to the lower falls is a little difficult due to the high spring runoff. Hence, it is advisable that you don’t get the kids along while visiting the lower falls.
Since it is a rather secluded part of the attractions around Lake Rosseau, you can expect plenty of peace and quiet at the area. The best time to visit the Rosseau Falls is during spring. As you can assume, the falls freeze over during the winter months.
Although the surroundings get a bit slippery around the waterfall, the slight frost in the area and the sight of the frozen waterfall with bright, but weak sunlight really amplifies the beauty of the waterfall and the surrounding areas.
4. Rosseau General Store
Now, it is understandable that a market makes the list. But, a general store? Yes, A general store and so much more than that. One of the reasons why it makes the list is because it has been operating for a fair bit of time now. By that, I mean over a hundred years. The store has been welcoming customers since 1874.
One of the good people who visited the store called it a step back in time, and that says a lot about the decor and the aura of the place.
There is a great selection of groceries, lottery tickets, bakery goods, gifts, souvenirs, greeting cards and everything that it is that you can think of.
The staff is very friendly, like most of Canada, and will help you out with whatever it is that you need a hand with.
5. Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
The Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is right up there among the best things to do near Lake Rosseau. Their motive/purpose is to rehabilitate the wild animals and provide them with the necessary conditions for the continuation of their species. On top of that, they also make it a point to take the utmost care of animals that have been found injured or have been orphaned.
Some of the notable species that you’ll find at the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary include bears, moose, coyotes, racoons, foxes, porcupines and cats. Another brilliant thing is that they let you interact with the animals up close. Please make sure that you’re respectful towards the animals and that you do not do anything to bother them.
At the same time, make sure to take care of yourself and watch out should an animal get hostile. All the things that you need to know about the park and the species will be explained to you by the volunteers during the guided tour offered by the sanctuary.
The sanctuary also entertains group tours. However, you must make an appointment before you go.
6. Port Carling Wall
In the words of one of the residents of Port Carling, the wall is not spectacular, but it is unique. I could not agree more. A great way to enjoy the Port Carling Wall is to grab yourself an ice cream cone before you check out the wall.
From a distance, it looks extremely realistic and it feels like the steamboat is right there. But upon close inspection, you’ll find that the wall is made up of many, many small bricks with different images carved into them.
7. Muskoka Lakes Museum
The last entry on the list, but in all honesty, it is nothing lesser than the rest of the attractions around Lake Rosseau. The Muskoka Lakes Museum is an incredible effort at capturing the history and the culture of Muskoka. There are photos, books and postcards for visitors to enjoy. Some are even for purchase.
Be sure to check out the log cabin while you’re at the Muskoka Lakes Museum. It is one of the best attractions in the area. The museum is extremely well kept and will open your eyes to everything that you need to know about Muskoka and it’s days gone by.
While the interior is typical to most museum settings, the section on Muskoka Resorts will certainly catch your attention. The museum is a beautifully run establishment and is an amazing way to spend your time around Lake Rosseau.
Lake Rosseau, along with its surroundings, offers visitors a great opportunity to get away from the hush and bush of the city. There are a lot of other things that you can find out in the area, but it requires your presence in the village of Muskoka.
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