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Posted: 12/2/2016 10:32:43 AM
 

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Shuttle End Date

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. 

To make arrangements please call Mike directly at 705-783-5073

Winter will be Arriving Soon! 

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

  • 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.

Snowmobile Policies

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 kmcqueen@bigwinislandgc.com 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.

NEW BIWA Website 

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:

  • News & Bulletins
  • Community Maps
  • Important Documents
  • BIWA Forums
  • Emergency Information
  • Contacts for Trades and Service Providers

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! 

BIWA Cottage Watch

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.

Dark Sky By-Law

 

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 kmcqueen@bigwinislandgc.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 - dsmith@dmsmith.com
Jeff Axler - jaxler@rogers.com
Sue Riedlinger - Sue@riedlinger.ca
Dan Elliott - danelliott905@yahoo.com
Dave Smith - dave@prmc.ca

Click on this link to see a more details about the Meeting Agenda.

 

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by Keyaira McQueen | 0 comments
Posted: 10/25/2016 8:03:03 AM

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Memories of another great Summer!

Reminders

  • Garbage pick-up will continue on Tuesdays and run until October 25th. After that you may still use the dumpsters on the runway for garbage disposal 
  • Have any odd jobs you want done this fall? Contact Mark Butler with requests at 519-333-7735
 

Cart Winterizing

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: twilliams@bigwinislandgc.com  or 705-783-9669

Shuttle Service After Hours

Now that the golf course has closed for the season, it is important to please call ahead to Jim Baumken if you know your arrival time (especially when arriving at night) to the island. It helps our staff to be prepared for your arrival to ensure optimal service. 
Jim can be reached at: 705-783-1659

Shuttle Hours
Saturday to Thursday - 7 AM to 5 PM
Friday - 7 AM to 9 PM

 

BIWA Personal Barge Trip

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.

 

BIWA Cottage Watch

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.

Hydro Update

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 bruce.c.flowers@gmail.com

 

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by Keyaira McQueen | 0 comments
Posted: 10/7/2016 9:58:36 AM
Shuttle Hours
Saturday - Thursday 9 AM to 5PM
Friday - 9 AM to 9 AM

*Special hours for Oct 11 are 7 AM to 5 PM*
by Keyaira McQueen | 0 comments
Posted: 10/6/2016 12:49:25 PM
 

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Cart Winterizing

Its 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 can be reached at: twilliams@bigwinislandgc.com  or 705-783-9669

BIWA Personal Barge Trip

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.

 

Spring Window Washing

Anyone who would like to be added to our list for Spring Window Washing next May please email Keyaira atkmcqueen@bigwinislandgc.comor call 705-783-0367. It was a great success last year so don't miss out on having sparkling clean windows! 

 
 

Shuttle Service After Hours

With the golf course closure fast approaching, it is important to please call ahead to Jim Baumken if you know your arrival time (especially when arriving at night) to the island. It helps our staff to be prepared for your arrival to ensure optimal service. Jim can be reached at: 705-783-1659

 

We love getting constructive feedback from our members! Please click the link below to let us hear from you.  

by Keyaira McQueen | 0 comments
Posted: 9/21/2016 12:05:56 PM

BIWA Cottage Watch

As our community continues to grow on Bigwin, it is becoming clearer that a more organized version of Cottage Watch should be made available to our BIWA Members. We would like to gather some information from our cottagers on who they currently use for Cottage Watch, what kind of services are provided, the costs, and any other info you feel may assisit. 

With this in mind, I would greatly appreciate, if you could take a few minutes to email me or give me a call with any particulars you can regarding the services you use.  If you do not currently use a service, it would be helpful know if this is something you may be interested in the future.  Thanks!

Keyaira McQueen
kmcqueen@bigwinislandgc.com 
Cell: 705-783-0367

 

by Keyaira McQueen | 0 comments