What to do and what to eat in Summerside, P.E.I.

colourful buildings on a dock elevated out of the water dot the Summerside waterfront (Prince Edward Island, Canada) Photo by Vadim.Petrov/Shutterstock

Conveniently situated in P.E.I’s western region (and only about 20 minutes from the Confederation Bridge), you’ll find the second largest city on the island. Summerside is home to great food, fun activities, and shopping for cottage visitors, residents, and tourists.

Before planning your next P.E.I. adventure, here are some places to eat, play, and shop when you visit Summerside.

Where to eat in Summerside

Summerside boasts many delicious opportunities, and it’s not hard to find local Island fare or a tasty treat when you are in the area.

For your next meal, stop at Deckhouse Pub and Eatery for a lobster roll or visit Brothers 2, a restaurant that has been serving Islanders for 50 years.

Coffee and tea lovers will be able to spend time at Samuel’s Coffee House sipping on their favourite beverage or enjoying a bite to eat.

If you are looking for a treat, Holman’s Ice Cream won’t disappoint with homemade flavours galore, or stop by Kool Breeze Ice Cream Barn for a sundae or cone.

If you are taking food back home or to your cottage, Water Street Bakery and Deli has sandwiches and pizza, as well as baked goods such as donuts, date squares, and pies. Be sure to stock up before you head out of town.

Where to shop

There are many local shops to check out, including Spinnakers’ Landing. Conveniently located right along the shore, this boardwalk-style shopping area is filled with local shops and places to eat, and from time-to-time, live music and entertainment.

Another great place to shop is the Summerside Farmers’ Market (seasonally, on Saturdays) for local food, produce, meat, cheese, and hand-crafted items.

What to do in Summerside

The city is home to historic sites and buildings with museums to visit and daily tours to take.

You can also visit the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, a celebration of P.E.I.’s sports history and achievements.

One of the newer additions to Summerside is The Knot Beach Bar and Rentals. Rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards for some on-the-water adventuring or rent their bikes to tour around. Afterwards, sit on their patio for a cold beverage by the beach front.

Get your tickets for the Harbourfront Theatre and one of their many upcoming musical shows, comedy acts, or special performances.

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