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Adventures of a
Bigwin Inn Postmistress

by Maryleah Otto

soft cover, 6" x 9"
64 pages
18 b&w illustrations
ISBN 0-9734434-1-3
retail $14.95 Cdn



author and friends

Maryleah (left) and friends atop the Bigwin lookout tower, 1949. In the front cover picture, a view from the tower, can be seen Bigwin’s magnificent 10-sided dining halls.

At right, the Bigwin Inn Rotunda, which served as the reception hall and also contained splendid lounges, the post office, guest services, and administrative staff quarters.

Bigwin Inn postmistress cover

Bigwin Inn on Bigwin Island, Lake of Bays, was one of Canada’s most luxurious summer resort hotels when it opened in 1920. From lavish lake-side dining halls to its own golf course, it offered practically every amenity desired by its upper-class clientele.

In 1949 21-year-old Maryleah Otto, a student from Toronto, landed a summer job in Bigwin’s own post office. Her memories of that summer provide an intriguing inside look at the famous resort as she shares adventures, work, and social life with new friends. She had special reason never to forget that summer, for it was at Bigwin that she met the man she would marry.

Bigwin Inn Rotunda


Adventures of a Bigwin Inn Postmistress was designed and typeset by Fox Meadow Creations.


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