Please be aware that with the arrival of warmer temperatures the ice conditions on both sides of the island have become unpredictable and unsafe. We recommend holding off any travel to the island unless you are absolutely sure conditions are safe.
Please contact Mike Cunnington or Kevin Schultz for crossing information.
Mike Cunnington - 705-783-5073
Kevin Schultz - 705-788-6500
Winter cannot make up it's mind to come or go this season, but we know we are likely to experience an artic blast soon. When winter does finally arrive, we have a few reminders to protect the golf course and keep you safe during the snowy months.
We would like everyone to refrain from using any golf course turf for sliding or skiing. At this time of year packing snow on the surface creates a dense icy layer that does not allow the grass to breathe. This will show up as dead or severely damaged grass
As inviting as the 6th and 18th tees appear please respect the golf club and its membership and refrain from use of these areas during the winter period
The ring road and airstrip are fair game for winter fun. Be aware of any other vehicles that may be using these areas
Please use extreme caution before venturing on to the ice when it forms. It is always a good idea to check with local experts, such as marina or fish hut operators about the ice conditions. Always be safe and don't put yourself at risk.
Please make any winter guests you may entertain aware of these precautions.
Staff have been periodically going across to the island to check on the ice conditions and do a general inspection of the property. As of January 18th there was approximately 8 inches of ice on the north side of the island, but the weather this week is not going to be favorable for ice conditions as we are expecting above 0 temperatures all week and at night.
We are not recommending crossing right now, but if and when you do decide to travel to the island always be sure to thoroughly investigate the ice conditions.
There is also the option of making arrangements with Mike Cunnington to take you over to the island from the Port Cunnington Marina. Round Trip Shuttle Service to the Island (weather permitting) will cost $40.00.
To make arrangements please call Mike directly at 705-783-5073
We would like to clarify the rules and regulations regarding the use of the common paths and trails on the island during the winter months.
While the use of snowmobiles is not permitted under your property license agreement, we recognize that responsible use of snowmobiles by our owners to access their properties is reasonable seasonal use. We simply ask that you send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the make and model of your snowmobile and the license #, along with proof of insurance; we appreciate your cooperation with this.
It is important to be aware that these are multi use trails and motorized vehicles must always yield to pedestrians. We also ask that posted speed limits be obeyed and that the trail permit rules outlined by the OFSC and Provincial Legislation be observed. Remember these trails are for the exclusive use of Bigwin Island Association Owners and we appreciate any assistance in reporting trespassers or people that drive off the trails.
We are planning for a busy barging season this spring! If your builder or service providers are planning any barging this season, please let Michael Haswell know as soon as you can.
He would be pleased to meet and discuss your needs for the season.
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The last day that the shuttle will be running from the Norway Point side is Sunday December 4th. Please make Jim Baumken aware of any travel plans you have for the weekend, so we can plan accordingly.
Contact Jim Baumken at 705-783-1659.
After December 4th, you can make arrangements with Mike Cunnington to take you over to the island from the Port Cunnington Marina. Round Trip Shuttle Service to the Island (weather permitting) will cost $40.00.
As Bigwin becomes more and more populated during the winter season, we want to send out a few reminders to make it a safe and happy place for everyone during the snowy months.
We would like people to refrain from using any golf course turf for sliding or skiing. At this time of year packing snow on the surface creates a dense icy layer that does not allow the grass to breathe. This will show up as dead or severely damaged grass
We are happy to introduce to our BIWA members a new full service section of the website dedicated just to them. This new Waterfront Association page includes:
We encourage everyone to check out the website and use the new forum section to keep in touch during this off season. Your log in information is the same username and password you use for the main Bigwin site. Please let Keyaira McQueen know if you have any trouble logging in, questions about the site, or suggestions to make it better!
This year we are working with Mike Cunnington to offer a more formalized cottage watch program for our cottagers. Please click on the link below to see the application form. We want to offer property owners a service that is provided by Mike Cunnington, but with the administrative duties taken care of by BIWA. That means weekly cottage reports, with costs charged to your Bigwin account, and peace of mind knowing your cottage is being watched over in the winter months.
Mike is also planning to offer a winter services package, through the Port Cunnington Marina, which will include parking and snowmobile transportation to and from Bigwin for those wishing to access their cottages in the winter months. If you think you may be interested, it would be helpful if you could let me know as soon as possible.
Please be aware that any bubbler lights or boat house lights being left on at your cottage must adhere to the Lake of Bays By-laws.
The light cannot be red in colour, strobe orflash, and must be pointed downwards. The light must also have a shield to prevent the light from being projected to the horizon.
Below you will find some pictures of acceptable lights for the cottage to help illustrate the by-law. Also please click here for a more detailed description of the Dark Sky By-Law.
We appreciate everyone on Bigwin Island being good neighbours!
Any questions or concerns can be directed to the BIWA Coordinator Keyaira McQueen at 705-783-0367 or email@example.com
Up Coming Board Meeting
On December 13th we are planning a meeting with the members of our BIWA Advisory Board. The agenda for this meeting will include a review of the services, budgets, and rules & policies for the coming season. We will also be addressing any of the other items that were identified at our property owner's meeting in September. If you have any specific item that you would like to see tabled or discussed when we meet, please feel free to contact one of the Board Members or Dave Smith.
Doug Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Axler - email@example.com
Sue Riedlinger - Sue@riedlinger.ca
Dan Elliott - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Smith - email@example.com
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It is that time of year again! Cart winterizing is an important part of cart maintenance, this year we will not be storing any carts at the clubhouse or in the back shop. We need to keep this area organized and clear of carts during the off season. Therefore we are offering cart protection covers with winterizing, so you can park your cart at the cottage and have it ready to go come spring time. The cost for a 4 seater with cover and winterizing is $200 XRT is $270 and a regular golf cart is $150. Please contact Tom if you are interested in having this service done, he will be on the island until November 4th.
He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-783-9669
Saturday to Thursday - 7 AM to 5 PM
Friday - 7 AM to 9 PM
To help facilitate your fall / winter transition at the cottage, we would like to provide our BIWA cottagers a special service on the barge this fall, once the golf course is closed. We are pleased to offer one complementary round trip on the barge, with your personal vehicle. This will allow you to more easily stock up for the winter or transfer personal items back to your home for the winter.
It is important that you book this ahead of time with Michael Haswell (705-349-1492) and that you use a vehicle the is appropriate for loading on the barge and traveling on the paths properly.
Hydro One has been on the island for the last 2 weeks completing forestry work for the island. This is routine maintenance for the hydro lines and service has not been interrupted. If you have any questions please contact Bruce Flowers at Ph 1 705 645 8894, cell 1 705 646 8237 email email@example.com