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SS Bigwin Lake of Bays

1090 Main Street, Dorset, Lake of Bays, Ontario P0A 1E0, Canada
+1 705-380-2244
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One Hundred Year Old History Unfolds

The seating only accommodates 29 passengers so arrive early if you want a chair on the upper deck... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
pd32
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Toronto, Canada
Glide silently along the lake shore

This 100 yr old steam ship with rebuilt functioning steam engine actually uses an electric motor... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Skip-and-Chip
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Toronto, Canada
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1090 Main Street, Dorset, Lake of Bays, Ontario P0A 1E0, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The seating only accommodates 29 passengers so arrive early if you want a chair on the upper deck but even the 6 seats below in the aft allows for the same scenic views. The captains invite the passengers to take a photo op at the...More

Thank pd32
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

This 100 yr old steam ship with rebuilt functioning steam engine actually uses an electric motor instead so it is a quiet trip. After a decade of restoring this old beauty, my family were happy to take a trip along familiar shores seated on the...More

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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

I don't really write reviews at all. Last Sunday me and my wife we decided to take this trip over the lake We couldn't ask for better weather and more enjoyable time this year. Bottom line I will encourage anyone to take this boat trip...More

Thank Piotrprofesor
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

The Bigwin is a lovely boat inside and out, great way to see the lake. Our tour guide was very interesting and kept our interest. It was a rainy day, but it not infer with the tour we still enjoyed it. It was very interesting...More

Thank Bangor1
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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

My longing for a cruise on the S. S. Bigwin was finally realized this summer and it did not disappoint. I was impressed with how quietly the boat cruises due to the electric motor. Our guide was a very pleasant young man, raised in the...More

Thank curvyclassic
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Was fortunate enough to have a buddy with a membership and was invited to accompany him for round of golf at this fantastic golf course. Great greens, enjoyed immensely.

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Reviewed 30 May 2017

I was pleased to hear that the steamship is electric and therefore green! As such it is low impact on the environment and thus an excellent form of ecotourism!

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Bigwin Island was a special summer get-a-way for the rich and famous in the 20s and 30s. It was an excellent summer work facility for university students, many of whom found their true love and are still together today. The Bigwin boat was an icon...More

Thank Ben H
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

At this point I am unable to recall the date, but on a Saturday mid June 2016 my Son and Grandson accompanied my wife and I for a complimentary cruise around Trading Bay in Dorset. This event included a bbq of hotdogs and hamburgers raising...More

Thank Russ C
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Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

The SS Bigwin is one of the top attractions on the Lake of Bays. It's been restored almost to its 1920s condition. You travel from Dorset for an hour's cruise with a very informative introduction to the area by Chuck or another guide. We were...More

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