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Welcome to Our City

Getting Here

By Bridge: Summerside is 28 km from the Confederation Bridge which links PEI to New Brunswick.

By Land: Summerside has direct access to the Island’s two major highways – Route 1A (Trans-Canada Highway) and Route 2.

By Bus: Check out Maritime Bus for all schedules to arrive and depart from our city.

By Air: Summerside is only 40 minutes from the Charlottetown Airport, and one hour and thirty minutes away from the Moncton International Airport, New Brunswick.

Weather

Summer offers the perfect season to stroll the baywalk, sit on a patio and enjoy the local seafood. Temperatures from 20°C to 30°C (70°F to 90°F).
Delight at the beautiful harvest colours as you pick local fare to take home with you. Temperatures from 8°C to 22°C (46°F to 72°F).
Adventures don’t stop – you just need to know how to dress for play. Temperatures from -3°C to -22°C (25°F to 11°F).
Spring offers the chance to explore and rejuvenate. Temperatures from 8°C to 22°C (46°F to 72°F).

Downtown

In addition to seaside adventures and arts and culture entertainment, you can stroll our downtown streets to discover cafes, local restaurants and entertainment. Our city offers the perfect rustic blend of historic brick buildings, heritage homes and seaside strolls.
 

Heritage

Our historic streets, lined with houses from the shipbuilding boom of the nineteenth and twentieth century and canopied by large trees, provide the perfect setting for a morning or afternoon stroll with a latte and a friend.

Wyatt Historic House Museum

Peek inside history, Summerside of 1867, through this restored museum in the heart of our city with interpretive tours offered throughout the year.

Bishop’s Machine Shop

If you like to tinker then check out Bishop’s Machine Shop, an old-fashioned and intact machine shop. Tours offered in July and August.

Silver Fox Trade

Summerside was a center of the Silver Fox Trade. Come discover this interesting and curious industry that shaped our city’s development. Tours offered in July and August.

Arts & Culture

Explore a city that provides an authentic Island experience and celebrates diverse cultural traditions.  Summerside will capture your imagination, awaken your soul and shape the stories you tell your friends when you go back home.

Harbourfront Theatre

Wanting to see one of the latest touring shows or theatre? Harbourfront Theatre is a driving force within the community to encourage and nurture live performing arts. Make sure to follow Harbourfront Theatre to grab tickets before you come to visit Summerside.

Eptek Art and Culture Centre

Don’t just take in the Eptek Art & Culture Centre on a rainy day. The Eptek updates its exhibitions on a regular basis and has programming and tours throughout the year with weekday art and craft demonstrations in the summer.

Summerside Farmers Market

Follow your nose and ears to the Summerside Farmers Market. This year-round market offers a sight into the locals and access to all the local fares and harvest you can fill in your basket. Come hungry and leave full and smiling.

Le Centre Belle-Alliance

Summerside is home to a strong and vibrant Acadian community. Le Centre Belle-Alliance brings together the Acadians of the region to provide cultural activities and events in French. A great place to spend an afternoon with programming throughout the year for all ages.

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada

Does the sound of bagpipes stir your Celtic soul? If you forgot to pack your kilt you will still love an afternoon or evening at The College of Piping. Their summer-long Celtic Festival attracts visitors from around the world to hear aspiring musicians and Island-talent take the stage.

Parks

Summerside’s lush canopy of green offers outdoor adventures at any speed, in any season. There are 24 parks woven throughout historic streets and neighbourhoods. What are you looking to do? Check Out Amenities below.
What are you looking to do? Check Out… Amenities
Walking/Cross-country skiing Heather Moyse Park

Picnic area

Benches

Washrooms

Trails

Parking

Hiking/Running/Cycling Rotary Friendship Park

Picnic area

Benches

Washrooms

Trails

Parking

Accessible trails

Reading/Picnic Memorial Square

Picnic area

Benches

Water feature

Lily pond

Walking/Cross-country skiing

Check Out… Heather Moyse Park

Picnic area

Benches

Washrooms

Trails

Parking

Hiking/Running/Cycling

Check Out… Rotary Friendship Park

Picnic area

Benches

Washrooms

Trails

Parking

Accessible trails

Reading/Picnic

Check Out… Memorial Square

Picnic area

Benches

Water feature

Lily pond

Beach & Ocean Fun

Green’s Shore Park

Summerside’s intercity beach, Green’s Shore Park, is an ideal place for getting your fill of seaside adventures. Come discover kayaking, beach volleyball, windsurfing, kiteboarding, sand castle building, or catching up on your summer reads, all within walking distance to our downtown core.

The fun doesn’t stop when the thermometer drops – during the winter, this beach is perfect for skating, hockey, and cross-country skiing.

Location: Green’s Shore Park is located on the western end of Water Street.

Amenities: Parking, picnic tables, benches, washrooms, dogs welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

Kitesurfing

Want to take to the skies and surf at the same time? Then you need to try kitesurfing.

Summerside is a hub for kiteboarding enthusiasts, as the Canadian freestyle champion for kiteboarding hales from just outside our city. You can kitesurf off our beach and in the surrounding water, but if you’re not up for strapping on the board, it’s also a great spectator sport along our Baywalk or off of Green’s Shore Park beach.

Baywalk

Who doesn’t want to stroll along the shore or feel the ocean breeze as you pedal along on your bike? The must-do walk is the Baywalk Boardwalk and Cycling Trail (6.5 km) which takes you along our city’s waterfront.

Pro tip: If you are looking to connect with the Confederation Trail you can do so at a number of points (plus it’s right by our downtown restaurants and bars if you need a break or to refuel).

Where to Park: The main parking lot is located by the Baywalk Sign on Water Street. There are also pedestrian/cycling entrances and a parking area located off Mackenzie Drive. Amenities include parking, picnic areas, benches, and washrooms. The trail is wheelchair accessible.

Green City

The last thing you need to worry about on your seaside escape is your impact on the environment – we’ve got you covered. Summerside is a green city and we don’t mind bragging about our record. The best part – we’re just getting started.
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62% of energy used in Summerside is from renewable sources

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50+ electric car charger stations within the city (find one here!)

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Clean, fresh drinking water from the tap

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Local, sustainable food and drinks

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Plastic bag ban