In Providence Bay there is the Harbour Centre located at the beach. It is open from the end of June until the end of August. Inside is a restaurant, Interpretive Centre, and public washrooms.
There are two public use tennis courts and a skateboard park located behind the Municipality of Central Manitoulin municipal office on highway 542 in Mindemoya (approx. 20 minutes away from our vacation rental cottages)
One day on his morning walk in the forested area behind our Manitoulin Island cottage Larry came across a low tree branch with tons of porcupine needles sticking straight up in the air, but no sign of a naked porcupine.
We looked it up on the Internet and it’s not ununusual for a porcupine to fall out of a tree. They are a little greedy, and don’t know their own weight, so they will climb right out on the far edges of a tree to get the more tender leaves. Sometimes the tree limb can no longer support them and they fall.
Since then we have seen porcupines up in trees (mostly in the late fall when the trees are bare).
Safety Note: unlike the old wive’s tale, porcupines can’t actually shoot thier quills. You have to touch the animal for it’s quills to release, so don’t try to pet one!! They are not agressive animals and will usually wander away from you.
Stay in Canmore or Banff?? … a totally biased opinion
We own a rental condo in Canmore and therefore we suggest you stay in Canmore vs Banff… but, there are legitimate reasons. Canmore is a beautiful mountain town just outside the gates of Banff National Park. It has many restaurants, grocery stores and shops. There are also some worthy trails right in the town.
There are several trails that start just 5 minutes from our condo and are a nice way to spend an afternoon. Many are not very difficult but the view is breath-taking!
I do suggest you visit the town of Banff but it’s unlikely that you would spend your entire vacation just in the town limits. The Canadian Rocky Mountains have so much more than just Banff to offer including the Kananaskis area, Columbia Ice Fields, Jasper, Lake Moraine, Lake Peyto, Lake Louise and many, many, more. It’s likely that you are going to be driving around during your vacation as the area is vast – there is a highway that runs right through the area and it is well kept.
So why not stay in Canmore where the condos are newer and offer more updated amenities for your money?