Muskoka Stories

10 Ways to Enjoy Winter in Muskoka at The Rosseau

By Lauren MacDermid.
January 2016, updated for 2017


At The Rosseau there is no shortage of snow when the white fluffy stuff begins to fly. The best way to get through the winter season is to get outside and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. Ready to enjoy the snow this winter? Read on for our top 10 tips.

1- Get your snowshoe on
No matter what your age or athletic skill level, enjoy the winter scenery in Muskoka without falling waist deep in snow, thanks to your trusty snowshoes! The countless trails, wildlife sightings, photography opportunities and guided nature hikes will keep you entertained for days around the resort.

2- Connect with nature
Harness your inner naturalist by learning about Muskoka's wildlife with a hands on pelt demonstration. Touch the real pelts of beavers, foxes, bears and minx and come away with a new found awe for their surrounding habitat.

3- Catch some speed with cross country skis
Experiment with a winter alternative to your morning jog by strapping on some cross country skis at Parry Sound Nordic Centre, Arrowhead Provincial Park or Bracebridge Resource Management Centre. Great for building stamina and endurance, the sport also lets you get outside and enjoy the natural elements.

4- Ice skate the day away
Once the cold temperatures swoop in, lace up those skates and spend a day skating on the Lakeview lawn with your significant other. Looking to explore? Stop in at the Johnston's Cranberry Marsh for some wine tasting and a skate around their 1.2 km ice trail. Work up your appetite for a night of guilt-free fine dining at Muskoka Chophouse or Teca “simply Italian”.

5- S’mores & snow – Winter bonfires
Who said bonfires are only for summer? Sit back and enjoy a s’more or two with friends as you warm by the fire. Nothing says quintessential Muskoka quite like a nighttime bonfire.

6- Horse drawn wagon rides
Add a little romance by cuddling up as you are pulled around the resort on a horse drawn wagon for a “winter wonderland” experience like none other during the family day and march break holiday.

7- Reel it in with ice fishing
Drill a hole in the ice and catch a big one as you ice fish on Lake Rosseau with the Prime Time Outdoors fishing pros. No need to be an expert, you can learn this skill at any age.

8- Mush! It’s dogsled time
Experience the traditional Canadian way to travel as you glide on a soft bed of snow with focused, hard-working Siberian Husky dogs pulling in tandem. Winterdance Dogsled Tours fill up fast, so be sure to register at guest reception to reserve your sled in advance.

9- Play in the snow
Harness your inner child and embrace waist deep snow by making snowmen, snow angels and snow forts with family and friends.

10- Get cozy! Snuggle up by fire
Equally fun as outdoor winter activities, is the warming up process of sipping on an overflowing marshmallow topped hot chocolate as you lounge indoor by the fire.