The Community in and around Providence

Providence Community

Many international students studying at Providence say that making friends and meeting new people lessens the impact of cultural transition. Making friends will also help in your academic success at Providence. Here are some suggestions for meeting people at Providence:

Sports, Recreation, and Leisure

Providence has both varsity and intramural sports, so there is something for everyone who wants to participate in team or individual sports. It’s a great way to meet people and will help you to stay physically fit and healthy.

Touring Ensembles

All students are welcome to audition for a touring ensemble. There are both music and theatre ensembles.  Students may sign up for auditions but please remember that tours often go to the USA, therefore, depending on your citizenship, you may require an American visa.

Uniquely International

Maybe you are shy and you want to work on your English language skills before being more involved at Providence. Or maybe you want to observe and learn more about Canada before venturing out to join music and drama groups or joining a sports team. Gain your courage by trying these options (more focused toward international students):

  • Intercultural Connections: A program that connects a Canadian student to a new international student to help provide an enhanced orientation to Canada. Partners meet once per week to discuss culture over coffee, sports events, and trips into Winnipeg. Canadian hosts and hostesses will try to respond to specific requests by international students as it pertains to education in Canadian culture.

  • International Gym Night: An opportunity for international students to be the gym host and lead activities that interest you the most. In the past impromptu games of various sports get started and international students can enjoy a time of community among themselves.

  • Common Ground: A weekly chapel time designed specifically for the international student. Opportunities are given for student testimonials, devotions, messages and the event includes a worship time, game, and sometimes favorite ethnic foods. If you would like to be involved, see the International Student Services Coordinator.


Local Community

Providence University College and Seminary is located approximately 50 km, or 30 minutes, south of Winnipeg in the community of Otterburne, Manitoba. Read about some of the towns and cities around Providence, including church options:

Otterburne and St. Pierre-Jolys

Otterburne and St. Pierre-Jolys are sister communities 8 km apart. The combined population of these two towns and the farms between them is approximately 1200 people. Both Otterburne, where Providence is located, and St. Pierre-Jolys are traditionally French Canadian. There are local businesses to serve all your needs including banking, car repair, gas stations, restaurants, a grocery store, 2 schools (French speaking only), a hospital, a library, and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The Bigway Grocery store offers a grocery delivery service to the Providence campus. There are attractions that bring visitors to Otterburne and St. Pierre-Jolys besides Providence University College and Seminary. These include the Maple Syrup Festival held in April, and the St-Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies (a village fair held in August).


Paroisse de St. Pierre-Jolys — 448 Joubert St. • 433-7438
St. Pierre Bible Fellowship Church — 488 Lavoie Ave. • 433-7546       (Shuttle available from Providence)


Niverville is a town of 2500 people located 11 km north of Providence and is one of the fastest growing communities in Manitoba. This farming community has seen much growth with people moving from Winnipeg wanting to raise a family outside of the 'big city' influence. Niverville offers a full range of business services as well as an elementary and high school that offer instruction in English. Every year Niverville hosts the Niverville Olde Tyme Country Fair, held the second weekend of June.

Churches: Shuttle available from Providence to all Niverville churches

Chortitzer Mennonite Church— 99 1st St. S. • 388-4535
Fourth Avenue Bible Church — 62 4th Ave. S. • 388-4242
Maranatha Good News Centre — 99 Main St. • 388-4795
Niverville Community Fellowship — 116 3rd Ave. S. • 388-4645
Niverville United Church — 55 1st St. N. • 388-4634
Word of Life Mission Church — 233 3rd St. S. • 388-4800


Grunthal is located 23 km southeast of Providence and has a population of just less than 1000 people. Grunthal is known for its Centennial Raceway, a motocross track known to be one of the best in Manitoba with major races being held from July to September. The annual Grunthal Fairdays are held on the second weekend in August and includes a parade, rodeo and racing amongst other activities. Grunthal is a full service community that has two schools providing instruction from K-12.


Kleefeld is located just east of Providence and is referred to the land of milk and honey. It's a small community that includes a gas station, grocery store, school (K-9) and a Recreational Complex. Kleefeld is known for its dairy and honey production.  The Kleefeld Honey Festival occurs at the beginning of August each year.


Evangelical Mennonite Church — SE 32-6-5E • 377-4773
Kleefeld Christian Community — 32 Deerpath Dr. • 377-4231


Steinbach is located 30 km east of Providence and, with a population of 11,000, is the largest community and economic centre for southeast Manitoba. The Mennonite Heritage Village Museum, located in the city, provides a look at the life of the first Steinbach settlers. Steinbach offers all the services that many larger cities offer, from mall shopping, banking, vehicle service centres, restaurants, golfing, a library, and an aquatic centre. Steinbach is also known as the Automobile City and is a good place to shop for new and used vehicles.


Calvary Chapel — 30 McKenzie Ave. • 326-1095
Christ Our Saviour Catholic Parish — 365 Loewen Blvd. • 326-3411
Christian Fellowship Church — 417 Hanover St. • 326-2228
Church of God in Christ Mennonite — 280 Loewen Blvd. • 326-3681
Cornerstone Bible Church — 290 First St. • 326-3561
Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church — 360 McKenzie Ave. • 326-9865
Evangelical Fellowship Church — 100 Woodhaven Ave. • 326-9028
Evangelical Mennonite Church — 422 Main St. • 326-6572
First Baptist Church — 375 Loewen Blvd. • 326-5553
German Church of God — 450 McKenzie Ave. • 326-4132
Gospel Fellowship — PTH 52E • 326-3315
Grace Mennonite Church — 430 3rd. St. • 326-3707
Mennonite Brethren Church — 340 2nd St. • 326-3551
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church — 465 Henry St. • 326-3758
Shalom Family Worship Center — 24 Industrial Drive • 326-7520
Southland Community Church — 190 PTH 52 West • 326-9020
Springs Church — 179 Chapel Dr. • 326-3477
Steinbach Chortitzer Mennonite Church — 479 Hanover St. • 326-9506
Steinbach Mennonite Church — 345 Loewen Blvd. • 326-2293
Steinbach Sommerfeld Church — 420 Hespeler St. • 326-5374
Steinbach United Church — 541 Main St. • 326-3713
Stony Brook Fellowship — 320 Main St. • 346-9129


Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba and has a population of 675,000 people. It is located close to the geographical centre of North America and is 50km from the Providence campus. There are two major rivers, the Red and the Assiniboine Rivers, which join in Winnipeg at a place known as The Forks, a multicultural tourism attraction. Winnipeg is an important centre of commerce, industry, culture, finance, and government. The city is also home to several large festivals. The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is North America's second largest Fringe Festival, held every July. The Winnipeg International Writers Festival (THIN AIR) rivals similar festivals in Calgary and Vancouver. Other festivals include Folklorama, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Winnipeg Music Festival, the Red River Exhibition, and Le Festival du Voyageur.

Winnipeg is home to many different churches.  International churches are also available.  View a list of churches in Winnipeg.




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Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada, R0A 1G0
Phone: (204) 433-7488 or (800) 668-7768
Fax: (204) 433-7158
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