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The Quaint Village on Lake Rosseau
Rejuvenating One's Soul in Rosseau
Rosseau: The Glorious Feel and Smell of the Past
The village of Rosseau has a quaintness and pace that makes it attractive to city people from all across Canada and the US who cottage in Muskoka. At the heart of the village since the late 19th century is a wonderful old General Store with the glorious feel and smell of the past and everything but a pot bellied stove. It may be tiny but it seems to have the variety of a WalMart as it carefully meets the needs of residents and cottagers all around the Lake and sternly resists yuppification. There's even a butcher in the back with some solid advice on good cuts.
Close by to this gem are the expected arts and crafts emporia showing off the owners tastes in knick knacks, and small furniture to make your cottages feel more "homely".
A walkabout to the bakery that makes glorious trickly oozy butter tarts, a stroll through the perfect Church gardens from a much kinder era, a browse of the antiques and odd cottage detritus that keep the folks coming in, a relaxing meal at Crossroads or an elegant dinner down the road at Windermere can time warp you to another time and a fog of nostalgia for the age of the wooden stove and kerosene lamp and a blessed absence of phones and Blackberries.
As you shake your head and reluctantly creep back to the present, you can amble into the General Store, breath deeply, and then buy all the urgently needed requirements for the dock parties. There is also the wine and liquor store where despite the Ontario Government's best efforts to make you feel like an immoral drunk for just coming in...was it ever a jail? The staff are smilers and, on some special days, might just give you a hint of what the celebrities and movie stars who cottage nearby recently bought or had their staff buy. Close by is a small bookstore where you can be the 10th person to own a most readable book when the Kindle gets too heavy.
Rosseau in Pictures - Proud Past and Promising FutureClick thumbnail to view full-size
Here's your map to Rosseau Ontario - Come and visit
See Rosseau's distance from Toronto.
This book offers many photos of things to do in Muskoka and in particular Rosseau with Windermere as one of the great features.
Read about the fun things to do in this area.
Rosseau is in Muskoka - Get this book to know more about Rosseau
Muskoka is Toronto's cottage country but this place has been popular to many Americans who want to summer in Canada. Read more about this cottage country in Canada.
A Piece of History
Rosseau: A Pre-Mall World
Squint your eyes almost shut and the whole village smells, feels and tastes like a piece of history, of a pre-mall world where you knew the shop keepers and they knew your grandpa...where the Churches are not doleful relics, but lively community places where you keep peeking to see if a tubby parson is about to bubble out with a welcome.
Wander downhill to the park and docks with a few old codgers fishing and a bush of edible blackberries and a stunning lake stretching out.
Rosseau on Videos - Rosseau Fun Things to Do
Some of the recent videos on Rosseau.
Rosseau in Summer - A Place to BeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Visits to Rosseau - Pull me back to another time
Somewhere in another time
Hard to find places like this nowadays. I suppose I'm happy that I live in a world of convenience and speed for much of the year...it's designed to fit our wretched lifestyle.
But each year...in the summer or autumn...my visits to Rousseau pull me back to another time in a world more Robert Frost than Bruce Willis.. where sitting, looking...thinking is not a guilty waste of time but a quiet celebration.
On the Road to Rosseau - Mr. Deer Welcomes You
The Rosseau Song - Rosseau Town
In Wikipedia, this song is featured about Rosseau. These words just capture what I want to say of this place.
Oh we'll sing a little song of Rosseau,
It's the best old town that I know
Oh you Rosseau, where the summer breezes blow,
Where the skies are the clearest and the girls that you meet are the fairest,
Oh you Rosseau, you're the best old town that I know.
As the steamboat departed at the end of the visitors' holiday, the visitors wistfully returned the favour by singing the Rosseau Song (departing song) to the townsfolk:
Rosseau Town-again it's time to say to Rosseau Town -Good-bye
When we came, we all were smiling, now we leave you with a sigh
But when summer comes once more
We'll return to you again
Oh Rosseau Town, again it's time to say to Rosseau Town-Good-by.
Visit the small Stores in Rosseau - Experience Small Town Service
Fridays in the Summer
Farmers Market in Rosseau
Every Friday, you will see the line up of cars on both sides of the street where the Rosseau Water Park is located. All cars lead to the Farmers Market which has grown to become a worthwhile destination. You should see the line up at the sausage place and the Alsace Creperie.
Competing as well is the Vietnamese place where you can have fried rice, spring rolls or dumplings with sauces such as Tamarind or Garlic. Try to find the Turkish delights, pepperettes, jams, baked goodies especially butter tarts and stuffed olives.
Aside from food, a good number of local artisans display their paintings, uniquely crafted jewelry, pottery, wood products and other crafts and artistic items delight your senses.
The Rosseau Farmers Market in Pictures - Be there earlyClick thumbnail to view full-size
Arts and Crafts Stores in Rosseau - Arts and Crafts for your cottage
Small crafty stores
Rosseau offers several stores full of uniquely crafted things for your cottage or as gifts when you get invited to visit your friends' cottages. There are treats as well from the bakery featuring the famous butter tarts that simply melt gloriously in your mouth.
Browsing around the stores give you a sense of beauty, lift your spirit up and inspire you to create and give way to your artistic inner self.
Crossroads in Rosseau
Have a Taste of Rosseau
Right in the center is Crossroads where you can get decent meals after filling up.
Try one of those famous summer treats, the butter tarts. The best is the one made here in Rosseau.
The Famous Rosseau Butter Tarts - Here's the Bakery
Find this bakery in Rosseau and indulge yourself with one of these heavenly tarts.
More Images of Rosseau - Recent PicturesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Dining in Rosseau's Old Lodges - Windermere House
But if you want a more formal celebration and a little upscale dining, head to the restaurants in the Old Lodges.
The one I like to recommend and it is not far from Rosseau is Windermere House where one can enjoy wine and the beautiful scenery before moving on to the formal dining area where one can look back to dining in the ages past.
Now, there is a take out there, too. A bit different as one can take out a plate of sushis from its latest restaurant, Wasabi.
The Rosseau Waterfront Park
More Waterfront Park Pictures - Fun in the ParkClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cruise Lake Rosseau - The Idyllwood
Every Friday in the summer, when people flock to the Rosseau Farmers' market, right where the market is you can take a short cruise to enjoy the lake and the life in it.