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Providence Bay Beach

Providence Bay Beach is an amazing 2 km sand beach on the Lake Huron coast that is open to the public and never crowded. Great little places to eat are within walking distance of the surf. Live music, long walks on the boardwalk at sunset, and a giant playground. Wide open skies, sand and sun, Providence Bay Beach is said to be the nicest beach in Northern Ontario.

Check out the mouth of the Mindemoya River at the fishing and viewing platforms. You may catch a glimpse of trout or salmon coming up stream to spawn!

The sand dune system supports unique ecosystems. Plants living on the dunes have adapted to grow in one of the harshest environments in Ontario. Take special care when on the dunes to help protect this sensitive environment.

Providence Bay Beach Sunset

  • Restaurant
  • Discovery Centre History and Nature Interpretive Centre (Seasonal)
  • Wheelchair accessible boardwalk
  • Dog designated area on the beach
  • Accessibility mats at the playground and down to the beach. Please note the mats do not go into the water.
  • Annie McNichol Playground
  • Adult exercise equipment
  • Public Washrooms/Changerooms (seasonal)
  • Picnic Area
  • Free Parking
  • Note there are no lifeguards on duty, use the beach at your own risk.

Leashed dogs are permitted on the boardwalk and a designated section of the Providence Bay Beach at the southeast end towards the marina.

Out of consideration to others and in accordance with By-Law 2021-07 no off leash dogs anywhere at the beach or boardwalk.  A fine of $200.00 may be issued for non-compliance. Please pick up your dogs waste.

Early native inhabitants of the area called the bay Bebekodawangog, which translates as “where the beach curves around the water”. In later years, after being shipwrecked offshore, survivors of the wreck reached the beach and called the bay ‘Providence’.

#1There are several places to eat near Providence Bay Beach! 

Just up from the beach

Huron Island Time
Jamaican and Caribbean food, plus ice cream at Providence Bay Beach.

24 Mutchmor Street Providence Bay, ON

Huron Sands Motel and Restaurant
Indian food, pizza and a breakfast buffet in the summer just up from the famous Providence Bay Beach.

5216 ON-551, Providence Bay, ON P0P 1T0
(705) 377-4544

Lake Huron Fish and Chips Co.
Enjoy some famous fish and chips this summer. The tastiest local whitefish and haddock, deep fried English-style in homemade beer batter. Served with perfectly crispy fries.

20 McNevin Street Providence Bay, ON

Peace Café
Nestled just inside the Mutchmor art gallery. The Peace Cafe offers specialty coffee, tea and a selection of freshly baked goods and local desserts.

5263 Hwy 551 Providence Bay, ON

Take a drive down the road

Clyde’s Cookhouse
Fast food on your way to Providence Bay. An assortment of burgers and sides along with deep fried options like cheese balls, onion rings and pickles. Try the Chicken McStack or the Barn Yard Beast!

4302 Hwy 551, Providence Bay, ON
(705) 377-7767

Huron Sands Motel 

Motel, restaurant and convenience store.
5216 Hwy 551
Providence Bay, ON

On the Bay B&B

12 Mutchmor Street
Providence Bay, ON

Providence Bay Trailer Park

Trailer park and camping
5466 Hwy 551
Providence Bay, ON

Riverside Cottage

5339 Hwy 551
P0P 1T0 Providence Bay, ON

The Mutchmor Lofts

5263 Hwy 551
Providence Bay, ON
Woodside Beach Cottages

121 Point Simcoe Rd.
Providence Bay, ON

Providence Bay Beach Rules and Regulations 

Some simple rules and regulations to keep the beach enjoyable for everyone!

  • No overnight camping
  • No littering
  • No fires
  • Dogs are to be on leash at all times. Dogs are permitted on leash on the boardwalk and the designated dog area on the beach.
  • No motorized vehicles on the beach or boardwalk, with the exception of mobility devices. 

Spanning the Mindemoya River and running for a considerable length of the Providence Bay Beach crossing dunes with elevated platforms, this wheelchair-accessible boardwalk is worth a stroll.

Leisurely stroll along the boardwalk or fish for salmon in the waters of Lake Huron. Families will enjoy the picturesque sunsets and the fireworks on Canada Day from the many different viewing platforms located on the boardwalk.

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