Providence Bay Manitoulin's longest beach
At Providence Bay, the longest beach on Manitoulin waits to caress your feet with soft sand and clean water. Take a stroll on the boardwalk that runs along the lovely beach. It is wheelchair accessible and stretches from the pavilion across the Mindemoya River bridge to the campground at the east end. The east shore has rugged limestone ledges and clefts that are fun to explore. The sand dunes are fragile formations that are held down only by the grasses and shrubs that grow on them. Visitors should protect the dunes from erosion by not trampling the vegetation. The River Trail hiking path can be accessed from River Rd off Cranston Rd.
Camping is ideal directly next to the beach at Providence Bay Park where tent and trailer sites are well spaced among the forested dunes. The park also has secluded wilderness campsites. A cluster of intriguing megaliths dubbed the Sailor’s Grave makes a great hide and seek area for children.
The Harbour Centre Pavilion has a children’s playground, large picnic deck, washrooms and ice cream. It shows historical displays of fishing, lumbering and agriculture, local fossils and native artifacts. The pavilion also hosts entertainment and special events during summer. New adventure playground and fitness equipment for all ages are located beside the parking lot. Fishing is excellent at the Mindemoya River estuary where a fishing and observation deck features stream bank improvements and interpretive displays about the river ecology. The marina service building has boat dockage, a launch ramp and a fish cleaning station.