The perfect location for a gathering of friends and family, or corporate retreats, the Winking Rosebud Retreat is a private magical getaway nestled in the trees overlooking the crystal clear waters of Big Rideau Lake. The property is located on the serene Murphy’s Bay and is situated on an enchanted 80-acre Private Wildlife Conservation Area with beautiful walking and biking trails. The Cataraqui all-season trail is only minutes away from the Winking Rosebud Retreat providing access for cross-country skiers and snowmobilers.>
The Winking Rosebud Retreat is located 72km southwest of Ottawa, only minutes away from the quaint summer vacation towns of Portland, Westport, and Newboro. Located on the Rideau Lake System, Big Rideau Lake sits at the top of the Rideau Canal offering navigable waters through a series of locks all the way to the Thousand Islands and Ottawa and Montreal. The Rideau Canal is a heritage site recognized by UNESCO and also rated #2 as an exceptional historic site destination by National Geographic.
Big Rideau Lake is a large and deep (300′) freshwater lake dotted with islands and shoals that make it a well known fishing destination, offering Lake Trout, Bass (large & small mouth), Pickerel, Pike, and more.
The nearby village of Portland hosts a terrific array of excellent services: The Galley; a super little restaurant on the water; a fantastic small grocery story; a post office managed by our wonderful postmaster (Mike); an LCBO managed by a team of amazing women; two terrific marinas, and a lovely library.
Listen to the haunting cry of the loons, watch the bald headed eagle soaring above you, and see deer, coyotes, mink, and hundreds of species of birds: red tailed hawk, bard owl, osprey, wild turkey, hummingbirds, to name just a few. Whether you’re looking for some excitement or just a quiet retreat from the city, the Winking Rosebud Retreat is your home away from home.