All About Summerside
Summerside Hotels offer outstanding opportunities for visitors to relax in comfort, and enjoy a peaceful, safe holiday. Summerside is a major tourist destination in eastern Canada and is a leading commercial centre in Prince Edward Island.
With a rich history, exciting events, and unparalleled hospitality, the city is a great place to visit. With premier sporting and culture events, first-class accommodations and attractions, and City-sponsored facilities and programs, our community takes pride in its "never a dull moment philosophy. We have listed a sample of Summerside Hotels in a format to help you quickly understand what is available.
Summerside, Prince Edward Island is one of the most beautiful and friendliest small cities in Canada. A seaside oasis known widely as the tourist and commercial hub of Western PEI, this centrally located city is only 20 minutes drive from Confederation Bridge and the perfect base for a Prince Edward Island vacation.
Rich in history, bustling with energy and world famous Island charm, Summerside features a picturesque harbour and the longest coastal eco-boardwalk of its kind in Canada. The cities quaint seaside village atmosphere, spectacular heritage architecture, stunning historic murals, and Island Celtic culture attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world each year. Whether you are traveling as a couple, as a family or in a group, Summerside offers a fabulous selection of things to do and see.
Beaches, boardwalks, inland trails, coastal hikes, boating, deep sea fishing, windsurfing, sailing, or just sitting by the water listening to some Island Celtic music, are just some of the fun and interesting ways to enjoy Summerside.
Summersides downtown harbourfront is a great place to shop, enjoy outdoor concerts, sip on a bowl of seafood chowder, feast on our world famous Malpeque Oysters, Mussels or grab some fresh lobster from the docks. Spinnakers Landing, The Loyalist Country Inn, Shipyard Market, The Eptek Art and Culture Centre, The Jubilee Theatre and The Waterfront Shopping Centre are all must see attractions in this unique and beautiful ocean setting.
One of Prince Edward Islands bestloved characters, Anne of Green Gables, comes to life this summer in the musical production Anne and Gilbert at the Jubilee Harbourfront Theatre. This show is just one of the many festive entertainment events this year in Summerside.
Junes Highland Games and Event in the Tent feature live music, Celtic competitions and piping contests. Hosted by The College of Piping, the only Celtic arts institute of its kind in the world, these events fill Summersides summer nights with music and dance.
Our new ecoboardwalk rings the Summerside harbour and offers hikers and cyclists an exhilarating opportunity to experience ocean vistas and nature up close like never before. Running more than four kilometers along stunning PEI red sandy beaches and some of the most breath taking oceanfront on the Island, visitors can enjoy the many herons, osprey and other sea birds that nest along Summersides spectacular coastline.
The new eco boardwalk is hikers haven and also serves as an important link to the downtown, connecting Water Street to GreenShorePark. The people of Summerside consider their harbour to be a national treasure. The new eco boardwalk enhances their local culture, natural habitats and connection with nature. Its a marvel for tourists to enjoy while on vacation.
The beautiful Summerside Murals adorn the city helping to honour and celebrate its rich culture and history. They tell the story of its heroes, forefathers and milestone eras through painted imagery crafted by Summersides own artists. From the economic boom of the golden age of wooden shipbuilding to the construction of the PEI railway, these stunning murals speak of the cities resilience through adversity and its rich military tradition.
From historic walking tours that wind through shady streets, to vibrant museums rich with artifacts from another time, Summerside is a cultural and historic mecca for those who would love to discover more about our Prince Edward Island history. Both the South Tour and the North Tour can be experienced separately or as one combined walk. Over thirty heritage buildings make up the tours including the Wyatt Heritage Properties, private residences and commercial buildings along the Water Street core.
The Wyatt Heritage properties are open daily and offer guided tours of several heritage residences including one owned by 19th century shipbuilder John Lefurgey.
From world famous golf courses to charming live theatre, from historic splendour to natural wonders, from spectacular beaches to fascinating Celtic concerts, Summerside has a little something special for everyone who comes our way.
Nearby you can be lounging or building sand castles on an isolated beach, strolling through a farmers fields, or walking the Confederation Trail.
If it is entertainment you want, The College of Piping has a lively evening ceilidh and offers wonderful behind the scenes glimpses into Celtic music and culture.
As you leave Summerside on Rte. 11, you enter la Region Evangeline, and its nearly 300-year tradition of Acadian cultural history, dance, songs, and stories.
Only a few minutes drive away, along the North Cape Coastal Drive, are two amazing sites to explore: the Atlantic Wind Test Site where visitors can walk right up to the spectacular wind mills that sit near the cliffs on the north tip of the Island, and PEIs North Cape, the longest natural reef in North America.
Without a doubt, Summerside is one of the best locations from which to launch a fabulous PEI vacation! It is the perfect tourism destination this summer or fall. We invite you to come play and stay in Summerside, PEI!