Set on a partially-wooded, lakefront site, Big Bay Point is located in Innisfil, Ontario, about 60 kilometers northeast of Toronto. The design and vision for this resort community incorporates four main components: a mixed-use Marina Village of 172 acres, an Environmental Protection Zone preserving 209 acres of woodlands, a 188-acre golf course designed by Carrick & Associates, and a civic area on the southwest corner of the site. These components unite to form a single master plan, offering a picturesque contrast between the compact footprint of the marina village and the expanse of preserved open space.
The Marina Village will be an active urban waterfront, featuring a vibrant mix of residential, commercial and civic space. The lake’s edge serves as a focal point for the project, and the design of the marina itself drew inspiration from Port Grimand in southern France. A wide waterfront promenade curves along the lakefront, offering a gathering place for pedestrians and a place for visitors to enjoy the area’s scenery. The promenade is lined with mixed- use buildings fronting the lake, and is anchored by two waterfront plazas. In addition, two narrow islands, which are lined with townhouses and a boardwalk, extend into the lake itself, offering residents scenic, waterfront accommodation and direct interaction with the boats of the marina.