Friends of the Bigwin

The restoration of the SS Bigwin was made possible by the hard work and generous donations of many. In addition the project has several key partners who've made it possible.

Trading Bay Grouse and Trout Club Bigwin Island Fednor Canada Ontario Trillium Foundation

Many individuals contributed to funding the restoration.

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SS Bigwin News

SSBigwin Returns to Bigwin Island After 47 Years

SSBigwin Returns to Bigwin Island After 47 Years

When Bigwin Island Resort closed its doors in 1966, the SS Bigwin...

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Toronto Star:  SS Bigwin is Back

Toronto Star: SS Bigwin is Back

The old steamship used to ferry guests to the luxurious Bigwin Inn...

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Bigwin BBQ And Cruise June 15th

Bigwin BBQ And Cruise June 15th

Come and join us for a Community BBQ and Family Fun Day hosted...

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Aboard The Bigwin



The SS Bigwin has regularly scheduled cruises, funded by your generous donations on the dock. The restoration is beautifully crafted with extraordinary attention to historical detail. Departing from its dock in Dorset Ontario, and cruising down majestic Trading Bay with its tall white pines and towering cliffs, you'll love seeing the beautiful Lake of Bays, as other observers did in the first half of the 1900's. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the splendour.

The SS Bigwin is also the perfect venue for a wedding party, corporate outing, special birthday or other private event. Cruises of up to four hours are possible for those who join the Lake of Bays Marine and Navigational Society.

100 Years of History

There was a time in the early 1900′s when the world’s elite travelled and experienced the beauty of Lake of Bays, Ontario Canada, aboard majestic wooden steamships. The SS Bigwin is the last of the original fleet of these steam boats. It ferried vacationers and golfers to the famous Bigwin Island Resort – one of the most spectacular summer resorts in North America. But with the decline of the resort half a century ago, the SS Bigwin fell into disrepair and was left to rot.

Over the past decade a coalition of Lake of Bays cottagers, residents and organizations conducted a massive fundraising and restoration project to return this precious part of lost heritage for residents and visitors to Lake of Bays.

On Saturday, November 17, 2012, at approximately 10:30 am, the SS Bigwin set sail on Lake of Bays and passed its preliminary engine tests. The ship will officially launch in July, 2013 available for everyone today and future generations tomorrow, to explore and enjoy the way its forebears did.

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