Bigwin Island Golf Club Adds Twist to the Muskoka Cottage

By Bryan Dearsley


Canada’s leading waterfront golf course community has announced the launch of the next phase of its development with news of an exciting new real estate ownership opportunity. Located on beautiful Lake of Bays, Bigwin Island Golf Club’s Club Cabins are crafted to appeal to those looking for an alternative to the traditional family cottage.

One of the most significant factors in the design selection, says Smith, was to ensure that the Cabins would be constructed to ‘net zero’ specifications, with a goal of consuming only as much energy as the development is able to create on its own through renewable energy sources. To achieve this goal – and to ensure the Cabins would have a contemporary-Canadian cottage look – Bigwin hired Halifax-based Brian Mackay-LyonsSweetapple Architects Ltd to handle the project’s design.

“The fun part of the Club Cabins was doing a nationwide contest for an architect,” says Jack Wadsworth, the Club’s Founder. “The design that Brian and his team conceived used a series of modules that could be put together in a number of different ways, to not only incorporate a very exciting design idea, but to take into account the island’s rich history, as well as environmental considerations and the Muskoka aesthetic.”

The result is a brilliant design and placement of Cabins that will not compete with the golf course – rather, they will compliment the overall experience.


Central Village Hub


Just 40 luxury Club Cabins will be built in a classic ‘village hub’ style abutting the prestigious golf course’s 10th and 18th holes, each only a short distance from the Clubhouse and other amenities. Construction of the first of these elegantly designed and well-appointed units is already well underway, with three model units available for viewing (by appointment) early next spring.

In addition to having access to the same bespoke services available to Bigwin’s golf club members – the course is private and for members only during the peak summer months – owners will have the option to deposit their units in a rental program for others to enjoy.

“I think it is really going to help elevate the Club to the next level by having some truly unique luxury rental product here,” says Smith. “The market is ready for luxury vacation Cabins like these, and what could be better than having a cottage that you and your family can use personally when you wish, but also generates income during those times when you are not using it.”


Bespoke Features


Other unique features of Bigwin’s Club Cabins include:

  • Environmentally sensitive construction
  • Fully-furnished two-bedroom designs (1230sq ft to 1350sq ft)
  • Easy access, open concept single-floor designs
  • Designer décor
  • Personalized concierge services

“I think the future for Bigwin is about refinements,” adds Wadsworth. “We’re very fortunate to have achieved our objectives, and what’s left is just to make it better.”

The announcement of Bigwin Island Golf Club’s Club Cabin program follows hot on the heels of the completion of a $1.5 million project that saw the Doug Carrick designed course’s bunker extensively renovated to improve the playability, which included the installation of industry leading Pro Angle bunker sand.

To learn more, visit the Bigwin Island Golf Club website at


Bryan Dearsley is Editor-in-chief of Riley Media, a digital media company focusing on luxury experiences lifestyles, and travel.