Posted: 7/27/2017 11:45:57 AM

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911 Signs

An important reminder for all our property owners on the island that you must have a 911 address sign installed near or on your dock or boathouse that must be clearly visible from the water.  We can assist, if you do not have one or need advice on where to properly install it.

Dark Skies Bylaw

We want to remind everyone of the Dark Skies Bylaw with respect to outdoor lighting. Whether newly building your cottage or changing existing light fixtures, it is important that our entire Bigwin Community be aware of the by-law and refer to the guidelines when making lighting decisions. The image below provides a good visual to refer to when choosing outdoor lighting for your cottage. 

For further reference to the Lake of Bays Township Dark Skies Bylaws please click on the link below 


Construction Vehicles on the Ring Road

We are doing everything we can to minimize the construction traffic on the paths, and with the bunker project complete, there will be a significant reduction. We are continuing to have communications with the all the builders on the Island to try and minimize vehicular traffic and have deliveries escorted. We continue to appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation when it comes to construction.

Cart Parking Area at the Clubhouse

We are in the process of installing the fibre line to the Club House, which will require some trenching in the cart parking area, along the covered walkway over the next week or so. While doing this work, we will also try and correct some of the drainage issues in this area and will use this opportunity to grade the entire area. During this time, it would be appreciated, if you could limit any long term parking in this area.

New BIWA Website

We want to remind BIWA members that there is a portion of the Bigwin Island website dedicated just to them. On the website you can find important news updates, rules, BIWA bylaws, maps, and contact information. A new forum feature is also on the website, making it the go to place for our BIWA members to communicate.  Please log on and explore the website and let Keyaira know your feedback or anything else you would like to see on the website going forward.

If you don't know your log in please contact 
Keyaira at 


If you don't already subscribe please sign-up for the Lake of Bays Association Newsletter, it provides very useful information for all residents here on the Lake. Find a link to their most recent newsletter HERE

by Keyaira McQueen | 0 comments
Posted: 7/18/2017 11:02:49 AM

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Advisory Committee Recap

As many of you know the BIWA Advisory Committee met with the Club and Eagle Landing on July 12th to discuss the summer so far. Many important topics were brought up and we wanted to share with you the key action items that the committee has provided advice and direction on. 

Ring Road Maintenance 

Number one on the agenda was following up with an understanding of the beech tree clean up on the Ring Road, which was identified as one of the prime concerns.  This fall the plan is to continue to remove as many of the salvageable logs as possible, and then the plan will be to bring in an excavator mounted hydraulic mulcher that will deal with the remaining brush and branches that are with in a reasonable distance of the path edge. Please watch this video here for a visual.

The paths are continuing to be graded and repaired of washouts, which has been a challenge this season with all the heavy rains, but along with dealing with the tree clean up, the plan is to add some gravel in certain areas along the path as well.

We appreciate everyone's patience on dealing with the trees, which has caused some short term visual concerns, but has addressed the safety issues and set us on a course to seeing the areas naturally re-vegetated much quicker.

Cart Safety

It is important to all BIWA Members that safety be a number one priority for us on the island. This means that we need to make sure that everyone travelling on the Ring Road does so in a way that is safe for themselves and their neighbours. When operating a cart on the Ring Road, you are obligated to ensure your cart is insured and are reminded that you are liable and 100% responsible for anyone you allow to drive your cart. 
It has been brought to our attention as a serious concern by many of our BIWA members that more and more owners are allowing under-aged children to operate carts on the ring road. 

  • On the golf course, it is a very clear policy (that has been in place since day one) that you must be 16 years of age with a valid driver's licenseto drive a golf cart on golf course property.  BIWA`s view is that the rules for driving on the ring road WILL be the same as the golf  course.
  • While on a similar topic, we want to remind all owners that operating a golf cart or any motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a criminal offence, whether you are on private property or not. We encourage discretion and commonsense in this regard.

It is extremely important for all owners and users of the paths to understand that if there is ever an accident that warrants calling 911 or contacting emergency services, the police will be involved, which could result in consequences that will impact all of us.

As everyone knows, the paths are multi use and it is important to exercise care and caution when using them at all times.


Garbage Area

We are running into an issue on the runway/dumpster area with garbage not being put directly into a bin. Leaving garbage outside of a bin is strictly prohibited, it causes a mess and attracts unwanted animals. 
If you do have large items that need to be picked up please contact Keyaira McQueen to have it picked up. Alternatively if there is not room in the dumpsters on the runway please leave your garbage in your green cottage bins until the next pick up day. 

BIWA Cottage Watch 

We are working at developing a year round full time cottage watch program for Bigwin Island residents beginning this fall. It can come in a multi-tiered system so that each option fits the needs of a specific BIWA Member. We want to garner feedback from BIWA members now so that the program can be fully operational this fall.
We are proposing that the basic program be included in your annual dues, which could include things like generator checks, propane monitoring, bubbler monitoring, weekly property inspections, and property checks after each major storm. 
Please talk to your BIWA committee or Keyaira McQueen with regards to what you would like to see in a Cottage Watch program.

BIWA Committee Members 

We encourage all of our BIWA Members to get in touch with a committee member to provide us with feedback, questions, or concerns on any of the above issues. 

Doug Smith

Sue Riedlinger

Dr. Jeff Axler

Dan Elliott 

by Keyaira McQueen | 0 comments
Posted: 6/29/2017 7:40:11 AM

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Welcome to the Summer !


BIWA will supply the main dishes on the BBQ

Join us for a fun afternoon of lawn games, good food, and catch up with all your BIWA neighbours!


Cart Parking Procedures

As the season gears up we want to implement some practices to keep our cart parking area organized.

  • BIWA Members may only have ONE cart parked in the parking lot at any given time
  • Please back your cart in when parking it in the upper parking lot, this makes it easier for our staff to see your license plates and correctly identify your cart
  • If you plan on leaving your cart for longer than 5 days, please give the Pro Shop (705-635-2582) a call and have us shuttle you down to the dock and keep your cart at the cottage

Outdoor Burning Regulations 

Fire Danger Rating

Keep an eye out for the Fire Danger Rating located on designated signs while you are coming to the island. Currently it is set at LOW but you can call 1-877-847-1577 to get the Fire Danger Rating for our area. Also no daytime burning is permitted. 

Reminder About Construction on the Island 

There is still quite a bit of construction activity going on related to the bunker renovation, so we would just like to remind owners to make sure guests and kids are aware to be extra cautious when using the paths.  We have let the contractor know that the population of the island (especially with kids) will grow significantly now that summer is here and it is good for everyone to be alert.


Pets on the Island

With summer in full swing we know that your furry friends love the cottage just as much as you do. Please be aware of the following pet policies here at Bigwin.

  • Your pet must be on a leash at all times when they are not on your property.
  • Cottages with pets need to have an invisible fence installed in order to ensure your pet stays on your property.
  • Please be respectful to all of your neighbours and prevent your dog from excessive barking.

Fireworks on Bigwin Island 

With the approaching Canada Day, as tempting as it may be to light off some fireworks on your own property, it is something that we strongly discourage due to the topography and landscape of the island. We are pleased to advise that if you wish to take in some fireworks this weekend, our neighbours on the Island at the MCC#1 condos will be doing a small show over the water that can be viewed from the comfort of the Clubhouse promenade at dusk. 


If you wish to take in a larger show, there is also one taking place in Baysville at the Dam.

Visit Port Cunnington Marina

Come out and enjoy the new offerings at Port Cunnington Marina! We have merchandise from Hudson's Bay Company, Simply Cottage, Muskoka Roastery, and Bigwin Island. 

Don't forget to fuel up your boat and grab a Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream Cone, or if you are looking for a grocery delivery to stock up the cottage contact the marina, they can be delivered right to your fridge. All purchases at Port Cunnington Marina can also be charged right to your Bigwin account. Visit for full details!

Email or call 705-635-2758

Anyone on the island looking to get a visit from the Septic Truck please let me know by July 4th. Email or call 705-783-0367 

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Posted: 6/23/2017 10:36:33 AM

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Activities and Service Providers 

We are excited to show you all of the activities and service providers being offered for our Members in July and August. Please scroll down to see the complete list and click on each image for full details. 

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Posted: 6/23/2017 10:35:52 AM

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Welcome Rick Lloyd

BIWA is happy to welcome Rick Lloyd to our team. He will be available to all of our BIWA Members to provide Property Manager or Handy Man services for those odd jobs you need taken care of at your cottage.

He comes to us with over ten years of experience working in the cottage and resort maintenance industry along with five years of equipment maintenance work in Alberta and Manitoba.

Any questions about rates and scheduling please

Rick can be reached at  


Save The Date!

Bottle Shed Reminders

Thank you to everyone who has been utilizing our BIWA Bottle Shed for recycling, this program started last year and we want to keep making it successful. I just wanted to pass along a couple things to keep in mind when dropping items off.

  • ALL bottles must be dropped off in boxes, neatly organized to make removal from the island easier.
  • Only cans can be dropped off in clear recycling bags, all other items (wine bottles, spirit bottles, beer bottles) need to be in boxes
  • If you see the shed is full please alert Keyaira. If the shed is too full to drop off bottles kindly return them to your cottage or deposit them into the BIWA recycling bin next to the shed. Please do not over fill the shed. 
  • Thank you for your participation lets keep Bigwin clean together!

Emergency Contact Information 2017

The Emergency Contact information has been updated for 2017. Please print off the PDF and keep it in a visible spot in your cottage. 

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