Providence Bay News and Notes

We were very pleased to hear that The Manitoulin Expositor decided to make a new category for the Harvest Glory Days event and that we were the very first winner of the Mid Sized Community category for the contest. Way to go to everyone that participated. It’s wonderful to see how everyone pulled together to earn us the highway sign about our fantastic community spirit. We always knew it, but now everyone else will as well.

The power outage on October 23 went according to plan. Numerous people took this as an opportunity to either spend time visiting friends and family, taking a scenic fall drive or to head off Island to shop and dine. The outage was to prepare the new distribution station in Little Current to improve reliability and increase capacity for the whole Island.

Don’t forget to get your tickets or to give a donation to the Providence Bay Halloween Dance. It’s coming up this Saturday, October 29 from 8 pm to 1 am at the Providence Bay Community Centennial Hall. The cost is $15 per person and this includes a late lunch and prizes for best costumes. The DJ is Kyd Chris from Sudbury. Proceeds go to: Manitoulin Streams, kids free skating the Food Bank and our Village Square. For tickets contact Buie’s, Ralf Island Truck Parts, Manitoulin Meats or call Matt Young 705-377-7149 or Ingrid Blay 705-377-7800

This coming Monday will be Halloween night. Make sure you’re prepared with goodies for the little trick-or-treaters that will be making their rounds.

The Providence Bay Curling Club is holding an open house between 1 and 3 pm for registration for this upcoming season. This will be for any new or seasoned curlers. If you’d like to curl but aren’t able to attend call Angus at 705-377-7404. Come on out and join up for some great curling fun.

The Curling Club and Cheeky Heifer Farms will also be hosting the annual Manitoulin Meat Spiel on November 11, 12 and 13. This is an open spiel. $180 per team, 3 games guaranteed and the blind Calcutta plus other fun prizes for the hog prize, take-out artist and the first team out. The first 16 teams will be accepted. The entry includes a delicious dinner on Saturday night. To register please contact David McDermid at 705-377-4668 or

The following came in from the former scribe of the Providence Bay News and Notes:

Nathalie, Alain and Léa would like to say a huge thank you to everybody in the community who supported the creation of the Auberge Inn hostel. For the past seven seasons, we hosted people from all over the word, we offered different retreats and want to say thanks to the Community of Christ Church that helped us when we hosted large groups like the Canada World Youth. Providence Bay should be proud that there is a hostel, the only one on the Island and the only one in Northeastern Ontario! (The newest just opened this year in Lion’s Head). Back in 2010, we were the only new business in Providence Bay and were able to do many things like sunset kayak tours, kayak and bike rentals including running the ice cream shop for three years! A huge thank you to all the ladies who came out to the Providence Bay yoga and beach yoga for the past three years! We will miss the community including the beautiful beach, crystal clear waters, the beguiling boardwalk for viewing monarch butterflies, the balmy breezes, spectacular sunsets and the community Curling Club in the winters. Léa will miss her huge playground and the community that welcomed her as the newest Providence Bay baby in 2014. Providence Bay is a true gem and we will be back for a visit next summer…

We wish the new owners much success. Serge and Heidi are coming at an exciting time in Providence Bay!


Nathalie, Alain and Léa

If there is anything that you would like to contribute to The Providence Bay News and Notes, we’d love to hear from you. You can email  or call Cheryl at 705-377-7511. All submissions are required by 3 pm on the Sunday before each Wednesday publication of the paper. Have a great week.