FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
for the Auberge Inn
We are open from 9am – 9pm, 7 days a week.
Toll free 1.877.977.4392
Auberge Inn is open all year on Manitoulin Island to enjoy all the seasons!
Driving Directions to the AubergeInn?
Please note: there is only partial cell phone service on the Island. Therefore it is important to print off or get the driving directions for the Island prior to your arrival. GPS Units do work on the Island but can take you on backroads and longer routes. If it is your first time on the Island, we highly recommended for you to follow our detailed directions for the quickest way to travel to and from the Auberge Inn.
**The Chi cheemaun ferry from Tobermory (Bruce Penninsula) runs Friday May 5 till October 18, 2015.
The Island is accessible year round via highway 17 and highway 6 when the ferry is not in operation during the winter months.
Driving directions from the east or west via the Trans-Canada Highway 17 (Montréal, Ottawa, North Bay, Sudbury, Sault-Ste-Marie, Thunder Bay or Toronto from:
- From Highway 17 get to highway 6 intersection towards Espanola, that is 65 km west of Sudbury and 237 east of Sault-Ste-Marie.
- Drive through Espanola and 51.2 km on highway 6 to the legendary swinging bridge. You are now on the Island in Little Current.
- From Little Current to Providence Bay the approximate drive time is 40 minutes.
- From the Swing Drive continue on highway 6 down the hill and you will see a large stop sign. Turn left onto highway 540 and drive for 30 kms to town of M’Chigeeng.
- At M`Chigeeng (past Lillian’s Crafts & gift shop) you turn left when you see the gas station onto hwy 551 and drive 11.2 km to Mindemoya (Note: this is the last place to buy groceries before you get to Providence Bay).
- Once in Mindemoya at the Stop sign (in front you will see the Foodland grocery) turn right on Hwy 542 for 10.1 km.
- We will come to a Stop Sign (you will see the Hawberry House) turn left onto Hwy 551 for 5 Km into Providence Bay.
- Turn left onto the Street called Eliza Jane (you will see the Huron sands motel), the the stop is on McNevin (in front of the School House restaurant).
- Turn right and the Auberge Inn is located at 71 McNevin.
Driving directions from Southern Ontario when there is a ferry in service. (Please note new driving directions due to construction on Government Road closure )
- Take highway 6 up the scenic Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory.
- From there, you will board the Chi-Cheemaun ferry, which will take you across the Georgian Bay to South Baymouth. Consult their website for a detailed schedule and fees.
- Driving time is approximately 50 minutes from South Baymouth.
- As you get off of the ferry, drive on highway 6 north.
- Turn left at HWY 542 (signs says Mindemoya, Sandfield, Tekhummah,) drive 35.2 km past the town of Sandfield, Big Lake and Mindemoya.
- Stay on the main HWY until you come to your first STOP HWY 551 South
- Turn Left (you will see an orange house says Hawberry House) continue 4.7 kms
- Turn left Eliza Jane Street continue 1oo metres.
- Turn right on McNevin Street continue 200 metres
- Auberge Inn hostel is on our left at 71 McNevin
By Greyhound bus from Toronto:
From Toronto to Owen Sound there is Greyhound bus service. From Owen Sound you must take another bus company called First Student Canada to Tobermory. This only runs on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Monday during the summer season. Please check their schedule for more details as this service is seasonal in the summer only.
By Greyhound Bus from Sault Ste. Marie or Sudbury:
Take the Greyhound bus to Espanola. From Espanola, we can try and help you to arrange a ride via taxi or carpool. You can also cycle, if you like the adventure!
BY PARK BUS:
See their schedule of bus service directly from Toronto to the Chi-Cheemaun ferry terminal which runs in the Summer only.
Car rentals: If you do not have your own vehicle, you can rent a car. The closest rental car business is in Sudbury, where all major Canadian car rentals have an office.
Carpooling: There are many sites that currently exist where travelers across Canada can post rides. Try posting a ride on Kijiji or the Manitoulin Island Carpool & Rideshare site.
What are the Check-In and Check-out Times?
Check-in time is anytime after 3pm till 7 pm, if you will be arriving after 7 pm please call us to inform us of your time.
Check-out time is 10am for guests staying at the Auberge Inn. We ask that guests vacate the rooms between noon and 3pm daily, so we may clean.
Are you a youth hostel and is there an age limit?
We welcome people of all ages and there is absolutely no upper age limit. Our youngest guest was a 5 month old baby and our oldest (young at heart) guest was 95 years young. We welcome older adults, families and independent travellers of all ages. Basically, anybody looking for a relaxing place to visit and an experience away from the hussle and bussle of City life! You must however be 18 years of age to stay at our hostel, unless you are accompanied by your parents.
Where can I get cash on the Island?
There is an ATM is in Mindemoya (Bank of Montreal) and Espanola Credit Union.
and in Little Current (Td Canada Trust) machines where you can withdraw cash.
Where can I eat out in Providence Bay?
On our street you will find two great restaurants!
1) Lake Huron Fish and Chips – one of the island’s best! Open Thursday-Sunday in May and June. 7 days a week in July and August!
2) The School House restaurant – a fine dining restaurant, locally owned and operated for over 17 years.
We can also make great recommendations for other restaurants on the Island!
Stay at the Auberge Inn Hostel and receive a 10% off coupon to eat at Buoy’s Eatery in Gore Bay. Ask us for more details.
Stay at the Auberge Inn Hostel and receive a 10% off to go horseback riding at Kicking Mule Ranch.
Where can I get groceries and other services?
If you are coming from Little Current, then make sure you stop in Mindemoya for the Foodland Grocery Store before you come into Providence Bay. There is also a pharmacy and a liquor store next to the grocery store. You might also want to attend the Farmer`s Markets in the Mindemoya Arena, Saturdays from May 9am till 1pm until the Thanksgiving Weekend.
The Huron Sand motel in Providence Bay is a convenience store and there is a Canada Post Office where you can buy postcards and stamps.
Quiet hours: Out of respect for the other guests we ask that noise in or outside the house should be reduced by 11 pm.
Bunkroom and Private Room: We will supply sheets and blankets, no need to bring your own sleeping bag… we`ve got your covered!
Self-serve breakfast is included in the morning from 8am-10am and includes organic, fair trade coffee, cereal, toast local jams, jellies and fruits.
Each bunkbed has a keyed locker for your convenience.
A lost locker key, there is a $5 replacement cost. So hold onto your key!
Alcohol on premises: The age of majority in Ontario is 19 years old, you may have a drink in the common living room & kitchen, and you can store your beverages in the common fridge. There is no food or drinks of any kind allowed on the upper floor in the bunkroom or private room.
Use of Kitchen: We have a large kitchen that can be used for food preparation and to eat your snacks or meals. You may use the stove, microwave and common fridge. All dishes, pots and pans and utensils, cups are provided but must be cleaned and stored in their proper place after use. A BBQ is available for free, just ask us.
Telephone: There is no cellular service anywhere near Providence Bay. We kind of like it that way, it keeps the stressful world at bay. You can use the hostel phone for a limited duration of 15 minutes for $5. There is a payphone down the road at the corner store.
Internet: Connect onto our WIFI for FREE.
Common rooms: We have a nice deck, a big yard and hammock for you to relax on site. We encourage you to meet and exchange with the other guests while taking advantage of these activities.
Activities on site:
- There are books to borrow on site, as well as board games so you are never “bored”.
- We rent bicycles and kayaks in the summer to explore Providence Bay.
- In the winter we rent snowshoes on site as there are trails in proximity.
How is Auberge Inn eco friendly?
It`s the little things that make a difference!
We compost and encourage all of our guests to contribute any organics including fruit, vegetables, eggs shells & coffee grains.
Our cleaning products (dish soap, laundry soap, and household cleaners) are environmentally friendly. We trust Nature Clean Products to get our hostel clean which is Ecologo Certified.
We use a clothes line and the natural energy of sun and wind off of Providence Bay, therefore reducing our use of energy. Our washer and dryer and Energy Star High Efficiency which use 1/2 the water and less electricity.
Recycling: Recycling of paper, cardboard, aluminum and glass are done on the Island. However, many other materials like Styrofoam, and plastic bottles are not recycled on the Island. Therefore, we encourage guests to try to avoid these types of products while here.
Ultimately, we try to buy products that have the least amount of packaging and plastics, in order to minimize the waste on site. We encourage all of our guests to do the same.
Paints used are Natura products or Aura which are VOC free and Ecologo certified.
Lighting in the house: Throughout the house wherever possible there are compact fluorescent lights or Light Emitting Diodes (LED`s) in the bunkroom, they use a fraction of the electricity required by conventional bulbs. We encourage guests to turn off the lights when they leave the room.
Our brochures: are printed on 50% post- consumer recycled Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved paper. The FSC logo is your guarantee that the wood and paper products you purchase come from healthy forests and strong communities (Forest Stewardship Council). They were printed at Warren’s Waterless Printers which is eco-logo certified and proudly recognized by the Ministry of the Environment as one of Ontario’s Environmental Leaders in printing in Canada.
Electricity used in the house comes from 100% green Eco Logo certified sources including wind and small hydro supplied by Bullfrogpower.
We do NOT buy plastic water bottles and encourage our guests to drink our filtered well water that has a UV system. We SALE reusable water bottles and travel mugs for you to take on your travels and make a great souvenir!
Are pets welcome?
We have a Shed Cat and her name is Storm. She adopted us in May 2011 but she does not live in the hostel. We therefore ask that you do not bring your furry friends with you to the Auberge Inn Hostel. There is a Bed & Biscuit called the Happy Tails Bow-Wow Inn located in Mindemoya, where your pet can stay for only $20/night. We can help arrange their stay at the Bow-Wow Inn.
Where can I do my laundry?
In Mindemoya, there are two laundromats; one at Wilson`s corner store and a one called the Island Laundromat near the arena in Mindemoya.
What is there to do in Providence Bay?
If you love to kayak, wind surf or kite surf, swim, bicycle then you’ve come to the right place. The Bay is a great place to play in the water. If you’ve got some gear, let us know and we can store it for you in our secure shed.
We have the longest sandy beach that stretches for two kilometers so you are never crowded. You may also want to take a stroll on the boardwalk and enjoy a breathtaking sunset.
In the winter: cross-country ski, snowshoe (we have rentals), Learn to Curl, ice fish and skating, visiting breathtaking frozen falls.
Are you going to run any organized events?
Auberge Inn Hostel in Northern Ontario reguarlarly promotes and organizes retreats including our Outdoor Yoga Retreat Weekends in June and September.
Please see our Calendar of events or email us for more details! firstname.lastname@example.org