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.