For Islanders, the name Providence Bay is synonymous with ‘the beach’. Located on the south shore of Manitoulin and looking out upon a vast expanse of Lake Huron, the beach at Providence Bay is arguably the best in Northern Ontario. 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’ in an act of pious gratitude. It is with a sense of gratitude that visitors, too, will arrive in Providence Bay. Besides being home to the beach, the village is home to a number of interesting shops and restaurants, as well as charter fishing operations and campgrounds.