FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
for the Auberge Inn
We are open from 9am – 9pm, 7 days a week. Call us 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. We do NOT HAVE A SMART PHONE , therefore it may take a few hours to respond to your email request! We will get back to you as soon as possible.
**The Chi-Cheemaun ferry from Tobermory (Bruce Penninsula) to South Baymouth (Manitoulin) runs Friday May 6 till October 16, 2016.
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. May 6 till October 16, 2016.
Driving directions from Southern Ontario from Toronto via the Chi-Cheemaun ferry from Tobermory.
- 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 on Manitoulin Island. This is a two-hour ferry crossing.
- 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.
- As you get off of the ferry, drive 4.3 km on highway 6 north.
- Turn left at 10th Sideroad for 6.6 km. (Stay on this road but it will change names a few times including Concession Rd 6 and 15th sideroad).
- Turn left onto Government Rd in the town of Tekhumah. Drive for 18 km.
- Turn right onto highway 551 for along the beach.
- Turn left to stay on highway 551;
- Turn right on the first street the corner where you see the Lake Huron Fish and Chips. This is McNevin Street and the hostel is at 71 (the 2nd house from the Fish and Chips restaurant.
- Approximately 30 minutes.
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 July and August. 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:
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: 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: 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: 10am
If you are staying a few days, we ask that guests vacate the Auberge Inn between noon and 3pm daily, so we can 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. You must be 18 years of age to stay, unless you are accompanied by your parents.
Where can I get cash on the Island?
In Mindemoya: Bank of Montreal and Espanola Credit Union in Mindemoya.
In Little Current: Td Canada Trust
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.
3) Huron Island Time-Ice cream and snack shop
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 Kayak and SUP rentals in Kagawong at North Wind Adventure.
Groceries close by?
In Mindemoya: Foodland Grocery Store, with a pharmacy and liquor store.
The Farmer`s Markets in the Mindemoya Arena, Saturdays from May 9am till 1pm until the Thanksgiving Weekend.
In Providence Bay there is a convenience store and there is a Canada Post Office where you can buy postcards and stamps at the Huron Sand Motel.
- Quiet hours: 11 pm to 7am
- We will supply sheets and blankets, no need to bring your own sleeping bag… we`ve got your covered!
- Self-serve breakfast is included and served from 8am-10am and includes organic, fair trade coffee, cereal, toast local jams, jellies and fruits.
- Each bunkbed in the Bunk room has a keyed locker for your convenience. A lost locker key, there is a $5 replacement cost. So hold onto your key!
- Please no food or drinks allowed on the upper floor in the bunkroom or private room.
- A BBQ is available for free, just ask us upon your check-in.
- Books to borrow on site, as well as board games so you are never “bored”.
Alcohol on premises: The age of majority in Ontario is 19 years old. Drinks in the common living room & kitchen, and you can store your beverages in the common fridge.
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.
Telephone: There is no cellular service in Providence Bay. We kind of like it that way, it keeps the stressful world at bay.
Internet: Connect to our WIFI for FREE.
Common rooms: We have a nice deck, a big yard and hammock for you to relax on site.
How is Auberge Inn eco friendly?
- We compost and encourage all of our guests to contribute any organics including fruit, vegetables, eggs shells & coffee grains.
- 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. Other materials like Styrofoam, and plastic bottles are not recycled on the Island. We encourage guests to try to avoid these types of products while here.
Paints used are Natura products or Aura which are VOC free and Ecologo certified.
Lighting in the house: Are compact fluorescent lights or Light Emitting Diodes (LED`s). We ask guests to turn off the lights when they leave the room.
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.
Are pets welcome?
We have an outdoor cat named Storm. We ask that you do not bring your furry friends with you to the Auberge Inn Hostel.
In Mindemoya: there are two laundromats; one at Wilson`s corner store and a one called the Island Laundromat
What is there to do in Providence Bay?
If you love kayaking, windsurfing or kitesurfing, swimming or bicycling then you’ve come to the right place. Providence Bay is a great place to play in the water.
We have the longest sandy beach that stretches for three kilometres so you are never crowded. At beach enjoy the 1km boardwalk and enjoy a breathtaking sunsets.
In the winter: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing (we have rentals), Learn to Curl, Ice fishing and skating and visiting breathtaking frozen falls.