Present Day City of Summerside
Summerside is Prince Edward Island’s second and smaller city with a population just under 15,000. It offers all the amenities of urban life while retaining the friendly feel of a large town connected to nature.
The city serves as the primary commercial, financial, professional, medical, and government centre for Prince County. The municipal government is forward thinking in the building and maintaining of an attractive, innovative, and affordable
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community, which people are proud to call home. It is a leader in green technology with its wind and solar farms, as well as a state-of-the-art waste water management facility.
The tree lined streets of the historic district shade heritage homes and churches that make an attractive streetscape. The northern end of the city now houses the major shopping centres, while historic Water Street has become the centre for banking, professional offices, and local businesses.
The cultural scene offers something for all interests. There is The Harbourfront Theatre, The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts, Eptek Art and Culture Centre, La Belle Alliance Acadian Cultural Centre, Inspired Learning Centre, Culture Summerside municipal museums, arts, cultural, and nature festivals, dinner theatre, Red Shores casino, segway tours, walking tour, graffiti display panels, outdoor murals and interpretative panels. The works of local artists, artisans, and musicians can be found at various city venues.
Summerside is a proud sports city. It has hosted numerous world class sporting events.
Credit Union Place is a state of the art recreational facility with a pool, two rinks, bowling lanes, walking track, gym, etc. There are tennis courts, soccer fields, ball fields, skate park, golf course, standardbred harness racing track and numerous parks for a variety of recreational activities. The 65 acre Rotary Friendship Park is filled with trails for walking, biking, cross country skiing, etc. The Island tip-to-tip Confederation Trail, perfect for walking and biking, runs through the heart of the city.
Summerside is twenty minutes west of the Confederation Bridge, and is the gateway to the North Cape Coastal Drive. It is central to many Island tourist destinations including Cavendish on the north shore and the beaches and villages of the south shore. It is a forty minute drive west from the capital of Charlottetown. The overnight accommodations in the city include hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns, and a nearby provincial camping park. Local cafes and restaurants serve the bounty of our food Island.
Summerside is a safe welcoming community. Plan to make it part of your Island holiday.
The harbour, which brought Summerside into existence, is still a focal point in the community today. Besides commercial shipping, fishery, and coast guard activity, yachts from around the globe sail into the sheltered yacht club and anchor for an Island visit. Locals and visitors enjoy walking the 7 km Baywalk Boardwalk that runs along the waterfront, and offers perfect viewing of speculator sunrises and sunsets, nature, oyster fishers, Indian Head Lighthouse, kayakers, and para-sailors. Holman’s Island, a Nature Conservancy of Canada site, sits off in the distance.
Summerside Boardwalk, Photo by Sara Zilke