DescriptionOften referred to as Prince Edward Island's western capital, Summerside lies on the narrow strip of land that connects Prince and Queens counties. Supposedly warmer than its neighboring towns on the north shore, the city is considered to be on the “summer side” of the island.
Summerside boasts neat residential streets lined with stately wood-frame houses that resemble châteaus. Murals on various buildings depict the town’s history, including a 400-square-foot mural at Fire Hall, 248 Fitzroy St., portraying the Great Fire of 1906. Its public wharf serves the large ocean-going vessels that carry Prince Edward Island potatoes to ports worldwide.
Summerside marks the beginning of the North Cape Coastal Drive, a 300-kilometre (186-mi.) scenic drive linking the communities of western Prince Edward Island. The drive shows off the most rugged portion of the island’s coastline, including red sandstone cliffs at the island's northern tip as well as the picturesque fishing villages and farm communities along the way.
The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada puts on the Highland Storm early July to mid-August on their Summerside campus. Performers include pipers, drummers and Highland and step dancers along with fiddlers and singers. Phone (902) 436-5377 or (877) 224-7473.
Visitor InfoSummerside Visitor Destination/Information Centre 124 Heather Moyse Dr. SUMMERSIDE, PE C1N 5Y8. Phone:(902)888-8364 or (877)734-2382Note: The center is in the lobby of the Harbourfront Theatre.
ShoppingSpinnakers Landing, on the waterfront at 150 Heather Moyse Dr., features several shops, boutiques, entertainment and eateries. Also on the waterfront are Waterfront Place, 98 Water St. and Summerside Mall, 454 Granville St. County Fair Mall is nearby at 475 Granville St.
Things to SeeBishop's Machine Shop Museum