Category Archive: Press News

Canada 150 – Community Infrastructure Program

The SS Bigwin is proud to announce that we have received funding from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program!

It is through great programs like this that the SS Bigwin is able to succeed and offer community residents and visitors  the chance to experience same of the areas rich history.

Click here for more details! (Coming soon)


Free Community BBQ

Celebrate the start of summer at the 3rd Annual SS Bigwin Community BBQ in the hamlet of Dorset (the Bigwin’s home port). The Moose FM street team will be on site with music and some awesome samples to giveaway!

Free BBQ ● Music ● Fluffy Feet Face Painting ● Complimentary Public Cruises Aboard the SS Bigwin

Click here for more details!



SS Bigwin Wins Award

The SS Bigwin is honoured to be selected as a WINNER of the 2016 Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards.

Thank you to our passengers for nominating the SS Bigwin for this prestigious award that recognizes and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the travel and tourism industry.

For those who haven’t sailed with us yet (or who want to join us again), the 2016 season starts on June 4th! or

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Dorset Waterfront Survey

We need your help to create a vision for Dorset’s waterfront. Click here to fill out the online public survey:

The survey is now closed. Click here to view the results.

Dorset Aerial - Photo by Muskoka UAV Fall 2015
Photo credit: Muskoka UAV

Dorset Waterfront Development Plan and Downtown Study

The Township of Lake of Bays in partnership with the Dorset Community Partnership (DCP), Lake of Bays Marine Museum & Navigation Society (SS Bigwin) and FedNor are pleased to announce the launch of a community-based planning strategy for Dorset’s waterfront and downtown area. urbanMetrics inc. and Dillon Consulting Limited have been retained to work with residents, businesses and other local stakeholders to create a vision for a dynamic, year-round waterfront and downtown experience.

The primary objective of this study is to establish a refined land use concept that considers the following overall objectives:

-to enhance pedestrian connections between public assets and attractions;
-to promote tourism, economic development and job creation;
-to ensure shoreline preservation;
-to improve public access and visitation from cottagers and tourists;
-to ensure that public and private assets are well-positioned to support enduring community-based partnerships; and
-to ensure the plan is financially sustainable for stakeholders, including taxpayers.

As we begin the process, we need your insight and ideas to help create a vision for our waterfront and most important community assets.


Your input and feedback will be an integral part of this study and there will be multiple opportunities for you to participate:

-Online survey public launch:
Survey responses will be collected from February 4, 2016 until February 29, 2016.

-Information booth at Snowball Winter Carnival – we encourage you to come speak with us to ask any questions and/or share your ideas and insights about the downtown and waterfront.
February 20, 2016 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm – Dorset Recreation Centre (1053 Main Street, Dorset)


-Meeting #1: Interactive Workshop – Everyone is Welcome!

  • Learn more about the results of our online survey; and
  • Provide additional insights that will help keep us on the right path toward success and sustainability
  • March 1st, 2016: Two Session Options,
    • Daytime: 2:00 PM, Dorset Recreation Centre, 1051 Main St, Dorset, or
    • Evening: 6:00 PM, Dorset Recreation Centre, 1051 Main St, Dorset
  • NOW AVAILABLE: Click here for a copy of the presentation and results from this workshop.

-Meeting #2: Draft Options Review – Everyone is Welcome!

  • Presentation by the project consultants to review and prioritize potential “Draft Options” for future consideration
  • March 22nd, 2016: Two Session Options,
    • Daytime: 2:00 PM, Dorset Recreation Centre, 1051 Main St, Dorset, or
    • Evening: 7:00 PM, Dorset Seniors Centre, 5025 Highway 117, Dorset
      **Please note the change in venue for the evening session**

For project updates, visit the Township of Lake of Bays website at:


Cruise and Dine at Bigwin Island

Enjoy an SS Bigwin cruise and the dining experience at Bigwin Island! (Golf optional.)

One day only – Friday September 25, 2015.

Click here for details.

Beer Tasting Cruise

Join us on Saturday August 15, 2015, for a cruise on the historical SS Bigwin while sampling local brews from Lake of Bays Brewing Company. *Must be of legal drinking age.

For more details and to book, go to

Spring Giveaway!

ss-bigwin-entryform-button-SPRING GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win 2 foursomes of golf at Bigwin Island Golf Club and a cruise for 8 on the SS Bigwin.

The winner will be notified by June 10, 2015. Prize redeemable Monday thru Wednesday in June, September or October 2015 (based on availability).

Brought to you Bigwin Island Golf Club and the SS Bigwin

Thank you to everyone who entered our Spring Giveaway contest, a partnership between Bigwin Island Golf Club and the SS Bigwin.

Congratulations to:
Warren Dehan from Baysville, ON
who won the prize of 2 foursomes of golf at Bigwin Island and a cruise for 8 on the SS Bigwin.

For those who are interested in experiencing our Golf, Cruise and Lunch/Dinner packages, they are available for purchase in June, September and October. See website for details.

SS Bigwin makes the cover!

SS Bigwin makes the cover of the 2015/2016 Visitor’s Guide from the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce.

Check out the full version at:


Father’s Day Beer Tasting Cruise

Enjoy a cruise on the historical SS Bigwin while sampling local brews from Lake of Bays Brewing Company.

Date: Saturday June 20th, 2015. (Subject to weather. Rain date: Sunday June 21st, 2015.)
Location: Departing from Baysville docks
Cruise duration: 1.25 hours
Cruise times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Includes: SS Bigwin cruise; four beer samples; one 12oz glass of beer; complimentary brewery tour.
*Must be of legal drinking age. Paternity test not required.

See for details.

Father’s Day Beer Tasting Cruise: Brought to you by Lake of Bays Brewing Company and the SS Bigwin


TVCogeco features the SS Bigwin

TV Cogeco came out to Dorset on October 2, 2014, to film a feature on the SS Bigwin.

The 5 minute clip highlights the SS Bigwin’s historical past and the resurrection made possible by the hard work of volunteers and generous donations of supporters.

Watch the video online.