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The Quaint Village on Lake Rosseau

Updated on July 10, 2015

Rejuvenating One's Soul in Rosseau

Body and Soul in Rosseau
Body and Soul in Rosseau | Source

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 Future

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Here's the old grocery storeThe white house in the corner sells things for your cottageThe Wine Store in RosseauThe Quaint Church in Rosseau
Here's the old grocery store
Here's the old grocery store | Source
The white house in the corner sells things for your cottage
The white house in the corner sells things for your cottage | Source
The Wine Store in Rosseau
The Wine Store in Rosseau | Source
The Quaint Church in Rosseau
The Quaint Church in Rosseau | Source

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Muskoka II
Muskoka II

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

Store in Rosseau
Store in Rosseau | Source

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 Be

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Boat Slip in Rosseau
Boat Slip in Rosseau | Source
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Cottages in Rosseau | Source
Old House in Rosseau
Old House in Rosseau | Source
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Old Barn in Rosseau | Source
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Cottage in Rosseau | Source
Farm in Rosseau
Farm in Rosseau | Source
Boat Storage in Rosseau
Boat Storage in Rosseau | Source
Lake Rosseau
Lake Rosseau | Source

Visits to Rosseau - Pull me back to another time

A Church in Rosseau
A Church in Rosseau | Source

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's designed to fit our wretched lifestyle.

But each the summer or 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

Deers on the Road to Rosseau
Deers on the Road to Rosseau | Source

The Rosseau Song - Rosseau Town

The Idyllwood
The Idyllwood | Source

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

Rosseau Store
Rosseau Store | Source

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 early

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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

Crossroads Restaurant in Rosseau
Crossroads Restaurant in Rosseau | Source

Have a Taste of Rosseau

Just Different

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

The Bakery in Rosseau
The Bakery in Rosseau | Source

Find this bakery in Rosseau and indulge yourself with one of these heavenly tarts.

More Images of Rosseau - Recent Pictures

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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 Park

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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.

Lake Rosseau

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      Mary Norton 11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I do enjoy this little village which is about 20 minutes from us. The Friday Farmers Market is the draw.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      What a beautiful little village this is. Thank you for the tour. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      Derek 2 years ago

      Feel free to check out this Rosseau video to add to what you've described so well.


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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      What a lovely looking area this is. Squid Angel blessings.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, I could relax in that bedroom with the windows. This looks like a lovely spot for a retreat.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      This place looks so sweet. I would love to visit there.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I would love to visit this charming place. Your pictures are like travel posters.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      What a lovely land! I have pinned this onto my travel board: we are going to visit there sometime, you have inspired me. Blessed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great place! grew up there for seven years. my parents owned the general store back in the sixties. best memories of my life. population 232

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @limited279: Another summer over for us but next year, we will be there again. Hope you can visit your aunt. I am sorry about her cottage.

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      limited279 5 years ago

      Great lens, my aunt is from there but unfortunately her cottage burnt down last fall but they are re-building now!

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      The place looks charming.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Never been, but love your other travel lenses and this one too, you seem to be able to give the reader a feel, smell, experience of the place through your words and pictures. thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Never been to Rosseau... but sure do love the sights and smell of the place! :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @julieannbrady: Please visit but come in the summer.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @JenOfChicago LM: Thank you os much for the blessing. It is special.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Lake water is more peaceful and as it is not salty you can swim much longer.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Am enjoying this now on a holiday in Switzerland.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LiteraryMind: Visit in the summer when it springs back to life.

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      Ellen Gregory 6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This looks absolutely beautiful -- like a really worthwhile destination. Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love the simple and elegant life of hills and villages, they offer their own glorious culture and peaceful environment. I would love to settle and retire in such place someday.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love water in any form, so this would be a place I would enjoy visiting, thank you for making it possible for me to do a Squidoo visit there!

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      I really feel like I know Rosseau after reading this! Happy April Fool's Day! Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      You have shared some lovely pictures on Rosseau ... it truly looks like a fabulous place that I might want to visit ... someday.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I know that Ontario is beautiful country, but I haven't been to Rosseau. It looks like a great spot for a vacation. A lovely village, thanks for sharing this great place.

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      Rosseau looks like a place that we'd enjoy visiting as a family -- Windermere Lodge would be a lovely place to stay! I really like your way of writing!

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      poutine 7 years ago

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      poutine 7 years ago

      It looks like such a lovely place to visit in the summer.

      I love all your pictures, especially the small church.