Arts, Culture & Tourism in Central Manitoulin

Historically, the main industries in the Municipality of Central Manitoulin were farming, forestry, fishing and various mills. Tourism, dairy and beef farming were included as main economic drivers over the years. The area of Mindemoya served as a service centre for residents in the area and continues to maintain this role.

The Pioneer Park Museum, located in Mindemoya adjacent to the Central Manitoulin Welcome Centre, provides wonderful insight to life on Manitoulin from initial pioneer settlement to the last century.

Numerous beaches, lakes and natural wonders draw many visitors to the area. Since 1884, the Municipality of Central Manitoulin has hosted the Providence Bay Fall Fair during the third weekend of August and attracts more than 5,000 people during the event to enjoy the rides, games, food and other vendors. A visit to Providence Bay is not complete without going to the beach, boardwalk and Harbour Centre.

A Little About Central

The Municipality of Central Manitoulin is located in the centre of Manitoulin Island with an abundance of lakes, rivers, and beaches. The Municipality includes the villages and hamlets of Mindemoya, Providence Bay, Spring Bay, Sandfield and Big Lake. We offer diverse attractions and unique landmarks such as our sandy beach in Providence Bay or access to Lake Manitou, the largest lake on the island. We invite you to visit our community in the "heart" of Manitoulin Island. 

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