Rosseau Lake College was established in 1967 on a rural property in northern Ontario about a 2½-hour drive north of Toronto. The school sits at the northern tip of Lake Rosseau on a wooded lot that includes 3,300 feet of lakefront and five kilometers of multi-use trails. It is within walking distance of the village of Rosseau.
The land on which Rosseau Lake College is situated has been territory of the Anishnaabek since time immemorial. Many communities are shared stewards of the land, including Wasauksing (Parry Island), Mnjikaning (Rama), Christian Island (Gchi Mnising), Georgina Island, Shawanaga, and, later, Moose Deer Point and the community of Wahta. These communities represent three nations: the Ojibweg, Bodewatomig, and Kanien'kehá ka.
Once home to a grand Edwardian estate, a retreat for the Eaton family, today, the campus has a traditional, modest feel, and the site is a prime resource for instruction and recreation. The campus architecture was designed to reflect a collaborative, active, outdoor environment. It feels like a home, as indeed it is for students and faculty, the majority of whom live on site. There are canoes, climbing walls, kayaks, sailboats, and a snowboard terrain park. Trails through the forest and along the shoreline are used for hiking in the warmer months and snowshoeing and skiing when there’s snow. In all seasons, in all weather, students spend a good portion of every day outdoors. There are outdoor classrooms, including a teepee and a natural amphitheatre by the water’s edge, which teachers make consistent use of. Windows line the indoor spaces, ensuring the natural environment is a constant presence in the student experience.