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The Bigwin Galley

The iconic “Clayton’s” building is undergoing an exciting future development plan by it’s owners, The Lake of Bays Marine Museum and Navigation Society!

Opening on May 24, 2014, The Bigwin Galley ( formerly “O Buoy Take-out”) will continue to offer the favourite menu items with some new offerings to tempt you. All profits generated will go to the ongoing operations of the SS Bigwin and the future development plans for the property. The Lake of Bays Marine Museum and Navigation Society would like to thank the community for their support!

SS Bigwin Returns to Bigwin Island After 47 Years

SSBigwinReturns When Bigwin Island Resort closed its doors in 1966, the SS Bigwin ceased running also. Now, after a 47-year absence, she returned home to the island once more.

Toronto Star: SS Bigwin is Back

StarHeadlineThe old steamship used to ferry guests to the luxurious Bigwin Inn near Dorset, and sat neglected and rotting for years. It is now restored and back in action.

In those long-ago summers, the sturdy wooden steamship is said to have ferried Louis Armstrong, Greta Garbo and Clark Gable to the Bigwin Inn, a luxurious summer resort on an island in Lake of Bays.

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Bigwin BBQ And Cruise June 15th


Come and join us for a Community BBQ and Family Fun Day hosted on behalf of the SS Bigwin!

When: Saturday June 15th, 12-4pm
Where: Dorset docks by the bridge
Public Cruises:
We plan on having 3 Public cruises during the event. These cruises will take place
at approximately 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. To sign up for one of the cruises, please
email Carley Williamson at Please note that
since the weather has not been our friend the past few weeks, we can not guarantee
that these cruises will take place, however we are very hopeful!

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Bigwin back on Lake of Bays

On Saturday, for the first time in 40 years and 100 years to the day of its original launch, the S.S. Bigwin once again took to the waters of Lake of Bays.

SS Bigwin cruises Lake of Bays again

After several years of volunteer efforts, the SS Bigwin finally had its first voyage in more than 40 years. On Nov. 10 it was running on Lake of Bays, under the power of its new electric engine.

SS Bigwin continues to make waves

When Jeff Gabura and Kelvin Johnson started the new electric engine of the SS Bigwin and took the boat for a cruise on Trading Bay, all the effort spent on restoring the vessel became more than worth it.