Posted: 7/9/2018 9:42:36 AM

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Fire Danger Rating

Muskoka is now under a total fire ban. As of today the Fire Danger Rating in the area has been set to “extreme.” That means no fires of any kind are allowed, including for cooking or warmth, until further notice. That includes fireworks. We ask that all residents adhere to the total fire ban, and check in with the Lake of Bays fire rating (Lake of Bays 705-635-2272) regularly for any updates 

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Posted: 5/30/2018 11:15:57 AM

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Happy Victoria Day Weekend!

We are pleased to see our Owners, Members and Guests arriving back to Bigwin after the long winter.  We are looking forward to the first Holiday Weekend of the Season and are excited about the Summer of 2018!

Your BIWA Advisory Board will be meeting this weekend to review rules, budgets, services and other items that need to be updated for the coming season.  The plan is to provide a detailed communication from BWIA by the end of this month, with the information you need to know.

As you know, Spring arrived several weeks late, and it is important to realize that May 7th was the first day we were able to boat or barge over to the island.  While a great deal has been accomplished by our staff and trades in a very short period of time, there is still a great deal of work and cleanup to be done.  In fact half load restrictions will not be removed from the local roads until May please be patient!

Below are a few reminders to help make things run as smoothly as possible for you and our staff..

Current Fire Rating

Please be aware that the fire rating is set to extreme right now for Muskoka. That means we are in a firework ban and no daytime burning is allowed. Please click here for more information

Garbage & Recycling Protocols


  • Garbage/ Recycling collection is every Tuesday morning from Mid-May to November.
  • Only garbage inside your green cottage bin will be collected.
  • Please remember to not overfill your cottage bin or abuse the garbage collection program.
  • A cottage owner can bring their own bags to the garbage bins at the Island runway as long as bags are put in the correct bins and closed after use, also note that this area can be dangerous and you are at your own risk.

Dump Items

  • Construction waste, paint cans, appliances, mattresses, furniture, yard waste, large metal items, tires and barbecues require a phone call to Keyaira at 705-783-0367 so pickup arrangements can be made.
  • Dump items will be picked up directly from your cottage, do not put these items at the end of your driveway.
  • A minimum fee of $60 will apply.


  • A bag should weigh no more than 40lbs.
  • Non-bagged items will not be taken away.
  • Bins should always be closed and bags should never be left outside the bin.
  • Recycling should be kept separate from garbage.
  • Recycling should be separated into two bags, one containing fibers (ie. paper, cardboard, etc.) and the other containing metal, plastic and glass (ie. pop cans, bottles, etc.).
  • Recycling must be put into clear bags to distinguish what is inside
  • Cardboard can be placed in bins without being in a bag, as long as boxes are broken down and bundled
  • Any mess created by having an overfilled bin or an open bin will be cleaned up by the staff and charged to the appropriate cottage at the hourly labour rate.
  • A fee of $5 will apply for bags that are not tied tightly, ripped or overfilled. 

Bigwin Island Bottle Drop Off Program


We are pleased to be continuing with the initiative for our recycling program. Bigwin has a designated spot to drop off all of your empty beer bottles, cans, spirit bottles, and wine bottles. We want to make it easier for everyone on the island to recycle responsibly as well as stop the hassle of having to cart your empties off the island on your own. 

Empties may also be left in your garbage bins to be collected by our staff during regular garbage pickup. 


Here are a couple of tips to make this process run smoothly for everyone:

  • Beer Bottles - should be sorted by colour and placed back into their original packaging
  • Wine or Spirit Bottles - should be sorted by colour and placed into a box or clear blue recycling bag
  • Aluminum Cans - should be sorted separately from all other containers and placed in their original packaging or a clear blue recycling bag
  • Plastic Bottles & Tetra Packs - should be sorted separately from all other items and placed into a clear blue recycling bag

Cottage Care Services

With the recent and  unexpected departure of Rick Lloyd from BIWA we are pleased to announce that we have made an arrangement with  Sue Bell at Simply Clean Muskoka to offer assistance with odd job around the cottage this season. Her team works independently and we have been pleased with the level of service she provides.

Sue can be reached at
705-783-2439 or

Spring Cart Service


Tom Williams will be on the island again this season to handle all of your cart maintenance needs as well as overseeing all cart rentals.  If you have any questions or know of anything that needs to be done with your cart please contact: Tom at 705-783-9669 or


Cottage Deliveries

Delivery of furniture, appliances, and larger household items must be arranged with the Club in advance and take place during business hours, Monday through Friday 9am‐3pm in Summer Season and Mon‐Fri 8am‐4pm in the Shoulder season.  These deliveries will be made to the island via the barge or the bullnose, with the applicable fees being charged to the member’s account.
All other deliveries such as mail and small packages will be delivered directly to a members cottage at an annual fee of $50.00.
When having items mailed to the club please use the address below.

Your Name and Lot Number
1137-2 Old Highway 117
Baysville, ON, P0B 1A0


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

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Posted: 5/8/2018 8:52:11 AM

Shuttle Hours

We are happy to announce that the shuttle is now up and running! The hours are listed below. Any arrangements outside of regular shuttle hours must be made through: Mike Haswell or
Jim Baumken

May 8th - May 16th Hours

  • Mon - Thurs 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Fri 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Sat /Sun 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Golf Season Hours

  • Mon - Wed 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Thurs - Sun 5:00 AM to Midnight
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Posted: 5/8/2018 8:51:32 AM

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Barging Season 2018

The barge will be starting operation on Tuesday May 8th at 7:30 AM

There are currently half load restrictions in effect, please also be mindful of the island pathways as some areas and edges are soft. Damage to the pathways is the responsibility of the user.

Please contact Michael Haswell on the Barge at 705-349-1492 by voice or text or email at  at least 24 hours in advance to secure you spot on the barge and avoid disappointment or long waits.


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Posted: 5/3/2018 1:29:00 PM

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Spring Cleaning

The Window Guys will be on the Island from
May 14th – May 18th and May 22nd - May 25th . Please let me know what date within that timeline would suit you for booking your spring window cleaning. The cleaners will either need to be given access to your cottage (if you would like inside and outside done) or if you would only like the outsides done you can let me know. Also please let me know if you would like all out buildings included (bunkies, sheds, garages) with the window cleaning.
Email Keyaira to book your window cleaning service. 


Lake of Bays Landscaping Spring Clean Up

2018 Grounds Maintenance Services - $300.00
Spring Clean up Service Includes:

  • Leaf blow grounds, roof and gutters (where safety permits), all parking, decks, arrival, sitting areas, pathways and docks
  • Trim any broken tree limbs impeding path ways (as required)
  • Clean up any down branches and debris
  • Correct any small wash outs using shovels and rakes  (Correcting large wash outs and grading billed as an extra)
  • Identify and report any damaged trees that pose safety hazard (Corrective pruning and tree removals billed as an extra)
  • Secure floating docks (as required)
  • Create a list of recommendations with pricing

Bi-Weekly or Monthly Service

  • Can include but not limited to, general tidy up with leaf blower , garden maintenance, grass cutting, pressure washing
  • Hourly rates may apply depending on scope of work

To book this service for the spring call Dan Macevic at Lake of Bays Landscaping 705-205-1781 or

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