Providence Bay Arena Ice Shutdown Remainder of Season due to COVID-19

Monday, January 18, 2021

Please be advised that Council has passed a motion to close Providence Bay Arena Ice Surface for the remainder of the 2020/21 winter season. 

Motion made on January 14, 2021 Council meeting:

12-21 MOTION: Johnston and Diebolt That Council approves the Providence Bay Arena be closed for ice rentals and that the equipment be shut down for the remainder of the winter season due to reduced use caused by COVID-19 restrictions……………..carried.


Municipal Council has decided to close one arena ice surface now and consider the other ice surface for closure at the next Property meeting in February. The decision was based on financial considerations and that both arenas have been sitting mostly unused since December 9th, 2020.  

A discussion on closing Mindemoya Arena ice surface for the remainder of the winter season will take place at the next Property Committee meeting February 9th and Council February 11th. Both arenas have been closed to the public since December 9th, 2020 for two weeks when local cases of COVID-19 were announced. The province then announced a Provincial Shutdown commencing December 26th, which was to end on January 8th, 2021, but was extended until January 23rd, 2021. In the meantime, a Provincial stay at home order and a Provincial declaration of emergency have been declared with an end date of February 11th, 2021.  

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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