The Windermere & Area Community Archive is located at the Windermere Community Centre. The

Centre is located at 2416 Windermere Road in the Village of Windermere.


Public welcome by appointment or by chance


  • Archive
  • Documents
  • Photo Gallery
  • Postcards




This photo, circa 1900, shows the

construction of the dock and

boathouse for Mrs Timothy Eaton’s

private launch, the Wanda Three. 

Note Windermere House and

waterfront across the bay.







The purpose of the archive is to perpetuate local history by preserving our collection of

documents, photos and manuscripts on a database which can be made available to the public.

This is being done through the assistance of a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

A large part of our collection is our Tweedsmuir History. In the 1930’s the Governor-General's

wife, Lady Tweedsmuir, encouraged the Women’s Institute Branches to collect their local

histories. These are known as “Tweedsmuir Histories” and have been recognized as valuable

records of rural life.

The Windermere Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir History spans the period from the 1860’s  to

1990’s. with more information on file.

If you have family history or photos of this area of Muskoka that you are willing to have placed

in our Archive, please contact us at

If you have something that you would like us to have as a copy, we can scan it while you wait.

We are looking for historical pictures and documents from permament residents and cottagers.





The archive contains many interesting documents pertaining to the history of the Windermere

Area. The following are links to some of these documents:

1879 Township of Watt Map

Windermere Tweedsmuir

Dates for the Ice Breakup for Lake Rosseau

Ufford Tweedsmuir

Windermere Tweedsmuir Addendum

Editorial Letters From The Past


This selection of early photographs gives a visual display of the early years in the Windermere



WWII Tiger Moth Trainers - 1949/1950 c.



Barn Raising - Briese's Barn - Early 1900's - Now Taylor's Strawberry Farm - has been recently dismantled



Brackenrig School - Early 1900's



Cheese Factory At Nine Mile Corner - 1880's



Deebank School House - 1900's



Taking Ice From Lake Rosseau - Early 1950's



Ice Sailing On Lake Rosseau - 1930's



Overlooking Three Mile Lake - 1920's



The Sagamo At The Windermere Dock - 1900's



Shooting Match At Three Mile Lake - 1900's





The following old postcards are from days long past in the history of Muskoka. Yet, they give a

wonderful picture of what Muskoka was at that time.