Welcome to Providence Bay, a delightful village community situated on Lake Huron on the south shore of beautiful Manitoulin Island.
Providence Bay is renowned for the best sandy beach on the island, with an extensive boardwalk and a children’s play area.
The Township of Assiginack is located on the eastern portion of Manitoulin Island.The main community, Manitowaning (the first European settlement on Manitoulin Island), is nestled in a picturesque bay.
Manitowaning offers a diverse number of attractions and unique landmarks including; the Assiginack Arena and Fair Grounds (with public tennis courts and ball diamond), Bay Street Marina (offering access to the North Channel and Great Lakes), an original lighthouse still in operation (built in 1878), the Rainbow Ridge Golf Course, swimming beaches and playgrounds, McLeans park that has year round access for hiking, biking snowshoeing and cross country skiing, St. Paul’s Anglican Church (the oldest Anglican church in Northern Ontario), Museum exhibit building with an adjacent original blacksmith shop, authentic log home and early century school house.
Located along Highway 6 on the south eastern shore of Manitoulin, Manitowaning was founded in 1836 as a centre of education for the Island’s First Nations people. This quaint town, which boasts a population of about 900, is part of the Assiginack Township, which encompasses Bass Creek, Bidwell, Clover Valley, Eagles Nest, Hilly Grove, The Slash, Squirrel Town, and Vanzant’s Point. Manitowaning is home to the well known De-Ba-Jeh-Mu-Jig Theatre group as well as the famous S.S. Norisle, which remains permanently docked in the harbour as a tourist attraction. The town and its surrounding areas have a grocery store, restaurants, a pharmacy, a bank, a medical clinic, resorts, a golf course, B&Bs, several campgrounds, a licensing depot, a motel, and other retail stores. It is the last stop en route to Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, and is home to the famous “Summer fest” festival held in July. This event features a “smash-up derby” and many other activities that are fun for the whole family.
We had an appointment in Sudbury. The road and time stretched ahead, the minutes piled up with the line of vehicles waiting to take a turn – road construction built up the flow of seconds.
In a pause of motion, an early bit of Fall colour waited at the road side for the season to catch up.
When I was younger, I was not as old, my travel bag carried fewer memories –
leaves turn red, now Fall –
at the side of the road waits
a moment recall’d.