If your trip to Windermere is all sorted out but your itinerary is looking a bit empty, let us give you a helping hand.Close to the city center, Dee Bank Falls is one attraction you might like to put on your to-do list. If you still have some space on that travel schedule, Windermere Golf & Country Club and Windermere Marina will keep you occupied too.
Discover the delights of nearby Parry Sound. What’s 30 miles when you’ve got a set of wheels? The drive there is half the fun! Explore the area starting with Oastler Lake Provincial Park, Parry Sound Mall and Charles W Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts. Locals will also probably point you toward Midland, 35 miles away. If you can only see one attraction here, make sure it’s Discovery Harbour. (But we’re also big fans of Midland Cultural Centre and Little Lake Park.)
Sure, it’s possible to head out and explore Windermere without wheels. But with so much to see, having one will definitely make your trip more memorable. If you’re excited to head out into the great outdoors, choose a vehicle with a bit of extra power. A full-size car or an SUV will do the job in style. A smaller car, like a mini or a compact, is a top choice if you’re only taking shorter trips.
Sometimes the journey is more significant than the destination, which makes your car choice important. If you’re about to embark on an epic road trip around Windermere, a roomy SUV could be a good choice. If you’re hoping for the cheapest possible price and plan on sticking mostly to the city, a budget compact is hard to beat. All you have to do is choose what will suit you best, pack up the car, and clock up those miles.
You’ll need to keep to the right when driving in Windermere. Not only that, exercise some extra caution if it’s your first time behind the wheel here. Once you’re familiar with local driving habits, relax and enjoy the scenery!
Finding a parking space in Windermere is a breeze. You won’t have to keep driving around the block in dense traffic here — and that’s what the locals love about it. There’s lots of on and off-street parking available.
While driving through the streets of Windermere, keep in mind that the speed limits generally range from 50km/h to 100km/h. Residential zones are 50km/h unless signed otherwise.
Usually, your chosen car rental company will bill the amount of the fine to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may forward your contact details to the relevant local law enforcement agency so they can issue a fine to you directly.
It is prohibited to use your cell phone while driving around Windermere, and you could also be hit with a fine for just handling a phone when you’re in control of a vehicle. However, the use of hands-free or Bluetooth functions is permitted, as long as your focus remains on the road.
In Windermere, it is a fineable offence to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content) in excess of 0.05%. If you’re planning to have a few drinks with dinner, it’s a good idea to leave the rental car at your hotel.
Road rules in Windermere permit drivers at a red light to turn into the direction of traffic nearest to them without having to wait for it to turn green. Before making the maneuver, the car must fully stop and the driver must be certain that the way is clear before continuing on.
Subject to a few exceptions, seat belts are mandatory in Muskoka Lakes.