There was a time in the early 1900′s when the world’s elite travelled to the Muskoka Lakes in summertime. They traveled the lakes aboard majestic wooden steamships. The SS Bigwin is the last remaining steamship of the original fleet. It served as the ferry boat for vacationers to the famous Bigwin Island Resort – one of the most spectacular summer resorts in North America. With the decline of the resort half a century ago, the SS Bigwin fell into disrepair. After years of neglect, the boat sat partially submerged on the bottom of her slip at Bigwin Inn. 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.
The SS Bigwin offers regularly scheduled public cruises during the summer months and early fall. We also are available for private cruises, and host a variety of events that range from local beer tastings to a gourmet cruise & dine.
The Lake of Bays Marine Society and Museum, where the ship docks, is full of artifacts and history from the 1900s, encapsulating the period.