Back in the 1800s, Summerside was known for shipbuilding and for having the world’s finest silver fox furs. As a centre of trade in the region, we were also home to the largest department store in Atlantic Canada. Today, we’re the second-largest city on the island, an award-winning leader in green energy innovation, and proud to share our coastal culture and heritage with you.
Top Things to Do in Summerside, Prince County and Prince Edward Island
Watch Us Harness the Wind
Visit the Wind Energy Institute of Canada, have lunch at the Wind & Reef Restaurant, and see the longest natural sedimentary rock reef in North America, where the Strait meets the Gulf on your tour of North Cape Coastal Drive.
Visitors can walk the Black Marsh Nature Trail, a 5.5km return through wind-blown forest, along the red capes and under a giant whirring windmill. Take in the native flora and fauna while you breathe the rich salt air and witness the power of the wind.
Catch Some Excitement on Our Waterfront
Take in some local entertainment as you explore Spinnakers’ Landing, our colourful fishing village–themed destination filled with island-made gifts, arts, and crafts. Join chefs of the Shipyard Market overlooking our public beach in downtown Summerside and enjoy the bounties of land and sea, sampling a rich variety of local produce as you dine and learn on Canada’s Food Island. Then stroll along our 7-km boardwalk for a full waterfront experience — you can even roll it on a Segway or rent a kayak for the prettiest view of the shore.
Get In Step With Our Heritage
Take a walking tour of our Historic House District and learn the stories behind these stately buildings, many of which date back to our glorious shipbuilding days. Or take in a lively performances at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, where you can try your hand at the pipes and drums then dance a few steps with an expert instructor.
Step into la culture Acadienne de la région Évangéline. Make and taste our traditional cuisine then share a laugh at a feature dinner theatre production.
Walk through three fantasy-like buildings made of over 25,000 coloured glass bottles; admire the symphony of light and colour within. Take a souvenir picture in front of the giant-size 13 foot bottle, take a peaceful walk through the colorful gardens and enjoy the scent of thousands of flowers.
Find Yourself in the Land of Anne
Visit Green Gables and the Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada in Cavendish, just 40 minutes from Summerside.
As a visitor to PEI, you can do more than just witness the Island way of life. You can live it, too. Real experiences. Simple pleasures. Being active and relaxed at the same time. Any island is its own unique world. Stories, music, recipes, and skills are preserved and passed down for generations. But here you’re welcome to take part, and take home some of our traditions.