Summerside is Prince Edward Island's second largest city. An excellent walking tour guidebook published by the city will take you down the tree-lined streets with stately century homes that show much about this community with its family-friendly neighborhoods, hospitable people and energetic lifestyle. In the downtown area, significant events in the town's past have been portrayed dramatically in large murals, monuments and museums.
Summerside may be a small city, but it has big ambitions and big opportunities. With a low-cost operating environment, aggressive incentive packages for businesses, and a highly skilled work force, Summerside has become the "city to watch" for investment and growth in Atlantic Canada. There are over 600 companies in business services, manufacturing, retail, transportation, trade, education and human service sectors.
Many attractions are present such as the Baywalk, a boardwalk along the ocean shore that offers stunning ocean views in every direction, the Harbourfront Theatre with events and festivals and world-class entertainers, the College of Piping where performers show off the Celtic roots in free mini-concerts each afternoon with displays of dancing as well as piping and drumming, the Shipyard Market on the site of a historic shipbuilding facility, Indian Head Lighthouse, Holman's Island, the walking and biking Confederation Trail, and more.
Spinnakers' Landing on the Summerside Waterfront. This modern and exciting waterfront marketplace next to the Summerside Yacht Club is a "must visit". Designed with a fishing village theme and maintaining a large portion of its shipbuilding heritage, the Landing offers unique shops featuring one of a kind gifts and souvenirs, jewelry, clothing, local art, antiques and Celtic items. Stop in food outlets for local seafood, snacks, authentic Thai cuisine, fresh baked goods, fudge, ice cream and treats. Relax on the deck and boardwalk and enjoy live entertainment by local performers.