Winking Rosebud Retreat is a wonderful place to get away from it all and relax. We offer something for every taste whether it be boating, shopping, fishing, golfing, hiking, bicycling, antiquing, swimming and much more. Come and visit us, it will be an experience to remember.

There is a wide variety of recreational opportunities. A little something for everyone Relax in the hot tub with a cold drink. Keep the kids engaged with water-skiing, wakeboarding, horseshoeing, foosball, croquet, or bring them out for a paddle in the canoe.


On Water

WaterfrontThe private dockThe bay has beautiful deep clean water excellent for swimming and fishing and a canoe available for your use. The Big Rideau Lake is famous for its bountiful supply of  Northern Pike, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Crappie, Walleye and Lake Trout. Catch dinner right off the dock!  No boat? Not a problem, there are several places where you can rent one.

On Land

activities on.landThere’s plenty to do on dry land as well. There are 80 acres of forest to explore, along with 6km of trails to hike, walk, 4-wheel, or cross-country ski.

There is a flea market on summer Saturdays in nearby Crosby (5 minutes away) where you can buy produce, baked goods, crafts, antiques, and all sorts of other things you can’t live without.

Golf on the wooded terrain of one of  several nearby golf courses.  Hike on our 80 acre private wildlife conservation area or the Rideau or Cataraqui Trails. Bicycle our backroads or trails. Spend a day antiquing at one of our many antique shops. Tour a museum and learn about some of the early history of the region.

Of course no visit would be complete without a visit to one of the Rideau Canal Waterway lockstations. The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the only such site in all of Ontario. The locks are operated by hand, just as they were when first opened in 1832. Visit the magnificent stone arch dam at Jones Falls. Take a break at the quiet solitude of Davis Lock. Visit the Locksmaster’s House Museum at Chaffeys Lock. See the wonderfully restored blockhouse at Newboro Lock. Ask the locksmaster at Narrows Lock why this lock is strangely located in the middle of a lake. The locks are operated by Parks Canada and are easily accessible by either vehicle or boat.

In Town

There are many lively towns along the Rideau Lakes. Visit these towns, by car or by boat, and you can take in golf, historic tours, boat tours, and festivals.

Considering how relatively isolated the Winking Rosebud is, the shopping in the area is incredible. For those of you who love to shop, Kilborne’s store in Newboro, and the Village Green in Westport, offer an incredible array of beautiful shoes, boots, clothes, outerwear, and fantastic country gifts. The nearby village of Westport offers a wide variety of quaint shops, ice cream parlours and restuarants.

Dine & Dance

In the nearby village of  Westport is a fabulous country inn called The Cove that offers casual and formal dining as well as evening entertainment year round, including the Blues on the Rideau series. Check their website at http://www.coveinn.com/

There are several other restaurants nearby as well, ranging from family restaurants to fine dining.

Area Recreational Opportunities

Rideau Tours

Cycling/Paddling/Hiking

Cycling: we've got several detailed cycling tours - see the Cycling Tours Page

Paddling: our many lakes provide a great paddling (canoe/kayak), see the Paddling Page

Hiking: there are several trails that run through the township, see the Trails Page.

Area Fishing Information

Friends of The Rideau

Winter is a great time in the Rideau Corridor, and especially on the Rideau itself...

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Friends of The Rideau

World Heritage Site

The lakes and rivers of the Rideau Waterway offer great fishing opportunities...

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World Heritage Site

Anglers Atlas

Our mission is to create a resource centre for online anglers by providing detailed maps and related local content...

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Anglers Atlas

Rideau Fish Species

On this page you will find a bit of information about the fish species that live in the Rideau System...

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Rideau Fish Species