Providence Bay Beach

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Located on the south shore of Manitoulin and looking out upon Lake Huron, the beach at Providence Bay is said to be the best in Northern Ontario. Early native inhabitants of the area called the bay Bebekodawangog, which translates as “where the beach curves around the water”. In later years, after being shipwrecked offshore, survivors of the wreck reached the beach and called the bay ‘Providence’.

Beach amenities include:

  • The Harbour Centre - Restaurant, Discovery Centre, History Room and Washrooms (Seasonal)
  • Wheelchair accessible boardwalk
  • Accessibiliy mats (Mobi Mats) at the playground and down to the beach. Please note the mats do not go into the water.
  • Annie McNichol Playground
  • Adult exercise equipment
  • Public Washrooms/Changerooms (seasonal)
  • Picnic Area
  • Parking

Leisurely stroll along the boardwalk or fish for salmon in the waters of Lake Huron. Families will enjoy the playground for the children as well as the exercise equipment for adults, and everyone one will enjoy the relaxing island atmosphere.

Dog Permitted Areas 
Leashed dogs are permitted on the boardwalk and designated section of the beach at the southeast end across from Providence Bay Tent and Trailer Park only. 

Out of consideration to others and in accordance with By-Law 2021-07 no off leash dogs anywhere at the beach or boardwalk.  A fine of $200.00 may be issued for non-compliance. Please pick up your dogs waste.

No Overnight Camping, Littering or Fires on the Beach

Additionally, there is to be no overnight camping, littering or fires on the beach.

Thank you and enjoy beautiful Providence Bay. 

Article: South Coast Calling: Providence Bay’s great, big beach like a dream of summer come true by Isobel Harry

Providence Bay Beach Sand Play
Providence Bay Beach Lake Huron
Providence Bay Beach Playground
Providence Bay Beach Boardwalk
Almost 2 km long Sand Beach in Providence Bay
Providence Bay Beach View by Helicopter
Warm Sand at Providence Bay Beach

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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