Destination guide

Recharge in Windermere

Windermere is situated in the warm and welcoming heart of Muskoka, a picture-perfect district in Ontario. Set beside the lake amid sprawling forests and unspoiled landscapes, it's a haven for rest and recreation in equal measure. From tranquil woodland walks and calming cruises on the lake, to fishing, cross-country skiing and dogsledding, the area offers year-round activities for everyone. After an outdoorsy day, Windermere vacation rentals, which range from cottages to lavish lakeside digs, offer creature comforts aplenty.

Things to do

Windermere's Victorian gem

Windermere Marina is the epicenter of the community's water recreation. Situated on Lake Rosseau, it's the go-to for boat rentals and water taxis to surrounding islands, and features a gift shop and restaurant. For golfers, it doesn't get much better than the Windermere Golf and Country Club. Bordered by granite outcroppings and white pine trees, the 18-hole championship course should appeal to inexperienced and seasoned players alike. The community's historic jewel is Windermere House, a stately white Victorian pile nestled in mature lakeside grounds. Originally built as a boarding house, it now serves as a hotel and popular wedding venue.


Land and water fun in Windermere

There's plenty to do in Muskoka's lush surroundings throughout the year. By opting for a Windermere vacation rental, you'll be moments from the water's edge, allowing you to fill your days with boat cruises, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and even water skiing. On dry land, summer and fall offer an abundance of hiking and horseback riding opportunities, while winter's snow-powdered landscape lends itself to cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, ice fishing and dog sledding – and, if that wasn't enough, there's also a selection of ice skating trails too.


Scenic seasons in Windermere

Whenever you're booking your Windermere vacation rental, there are activities for every season. If you're here for snow-based fun, then Muskoka's bone-chillingly cold winters ensure there's plenty of snow on the ground. If you're here for the scenery, the region is probably most attractive during the fall, when its trees take on fiery bronze hues. Summer is often the most popular time for outdoorsy folk to visit, however - with average high temperatures reaching a very warm 77 in July.

Natural features

Be inspired by Windermere's breathtaking beauty

With its glinting lakes, rock-studded shores and sprawling undisturbed forests, Muskoka provides Windermere with a spectacular backyard – and it's little surprise that artists, photographers, nature lovers and birdwatchers all come to be inspired. Large swathes of its unspoiled landscape are contained within the region's 11 provincial parks, as well as its prized natural attraction - Georgian Bay Island National Park. Alongside the endless activities they offer, they provide a habitat for a menagerie of local creatures, from deer and moose to a variety of Canadian birds.

Where to stay around Windermere?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 273 vacation rentals near Windermere. From 67 Houses to 2 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Windermere for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Windermere?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Windermere. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Windermere Marina: 531 vacation rentals
  • Dee Bank Falls: 526 vacation rentals
  • Windermere Golf & Country Club: 527 vacation rentals
  • Muskoka Heritage Place: 317 vacation rentals
  • Muskoka Bay Golf Course: 403 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Windermere listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Windermere?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 67 Houses in Windermere. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Windermere include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2 rentals available
  • Villas: 7 rentals available
  • Cabins: 188 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Windermere?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 20 vacation rentals with pool available in Windermere. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.