Providence Bay News and Notes

It was a rainy Sunday of the long weekend, but it was much needed. Sunday evening visitors to Providence Bay enjoyed a glorious sunset.

The Discovery Centre held a giant sand castle building contest that went really well with many kids helping out. Last wednesday’s fossil hunt has kids searching for over 100 fossils. Way to have some fun in the sand! See pictures on

The first Writers Camp in Providence Bay was a hit with all the writers leaving feeling inspired with their stay in Providence Bay. An additional one day writing workshop will be held at Gail Anderson-Dartz summer home on Sunday, August 16 in Providence Bay.

Congratulations to Dawn Dawnson who is now an ordained minister with the Community of Christ Church in Providencee Bay.

Fire Chief John Reid has filled the water barrels on the Government Road, so when passing by please use one of the watering cans provided to give our flowers a good drink.

The work-bee on Saturday at the Village/Civic square had to be canceled as more trees had to be cut down/away. Jeremy Gordon and Matt Young took down some more trees on Saturday and cleaned everything up nicely with the help of Charley Glanville. We’re hoping that everything is good to go for the earth moving/grading/and contouring. These all seems like a long process but were making headway and hope to have the schedule back on track. Thank you Mary-Jo for doing your best to keep the volunteer elements coordinated and happening.

Matt Young is continuing to receive lots of donated refundable bottles and cans from for the Village/Civic Square project. All monies are being used for the purchase of trees, shrubs, and other materials required for the project.

Anyone interested in volunteering will be greatly appreciated. To receive updates and schedule information, please contact Alex at or to call at 705-377-4755.

This Thursday morning, on August 6, the Coffee Club pancake breakfast will take place. You can enjoy pancakes, strip bacon and ham, scrambled eggs, home fries and fruit platters. All proceeds go towards the curling rink!

This Thursday evening on August 6 at 8 pm there will be live music featuring Manitoulin’s own Kevin Closs at 8 pm. Pay what you can for this sunset concert at the Huron Island Time ice cream shop. The past one with Ian Reid attracted over 60 people who enjoyed a great night.

The Discovery Centre is holding a week long photo Scavenger Hunt from August 3 to 9. Pick up your list from the students at the Discovery Centre. There will be a draw for a sweet prize each day!

The 26th Annual Lake Kagawong Bass Derby is taking place on Saturday, August 8 at the Spring Bay Club on Perivale East. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 9 at 2 pm with the fish fry to follow starting a 4 pm at the Providence Bay Centennial Hall. Everyone welcome.

On August 29 the Annual Providence Bay Salmon Derby will be held (weather date August 30) with the biggest grand prize ever! Don’t miss out! For further information, see Bonnie McFarlane at the fish and chips wagon at the marina.

Glen and Mona Bryan, Steve and Kerry (Cranston) Barclay are back for a few weeks. It’s always nice to have long time members of the community back for a visit.

Many people have been asking and writing in about the narrower beach level this year. The fact is that the water level in Lake Huron is at its highest is has been in over 17 years after the historic low of 2013. Due to many factors including the very cold winters we have had with complete ice coverage on the Lake Huron adding to the water level. This ice coverage also reduces the amount of evaporation over the winter and therefore changing the shorelines here and throughout Lake Huron. However, this is temporary since fall storms will erode into beaches and dunes and ‘reset’ beach conditions. If water levels stabilize and don’t increase further, people will notice wider beaches next summer. But dunes are nature’s No. 1 shore protection device, and continue to ensure that the water continues to be clear and that swimmers can enjoy a nice sandy bottom.

There have been questions about an invasive species called phragmites (a long reed) found in Providence Bay and other areas of the Island. There was recently a meeting between various stakeholders in Central Manitoulin, Manitoulin Streams and other stakeholders to come up with an action plan. They have applied for a permit to apply a pesticide to eradicate them and are waiting for approval. This must be done by a licenced professional. In the meanwhile, you can make sure to not spread them by not driving vehicles (ATVs) on the beach, as this spreads the loose (rhizomes) on the beach. Learn more by going to the Discovery Centre about the dynamic beach system including native and non-native species.

Janet and Peter Fathers would like to say a big thank you to Neil, Glen and Ken the Harbourmaster. One very warm day last week they went for a sail out to the lighthouse. Peter decided to have a swim from the boat, to cool off. Quickly refreshed, he tried to climb back into the boat, but the small ladder kept flipping under the boat each time. Janet made repeated efforts to help him but the rudder got knocked and dropped off the boat, sinking to the bottom of the lake. Well, a sailor needs a rudder to steer with, so Peter dove to the bottom several times, but was unable to bring the rudder up. Because of the kindness and skill of Neil, Glen and Ken the Harbourmaster, we are safe at home with no ill effects. So again, we want to express our gratitude for this willingness to help!

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