Situated on a peninsula at the most narrow part of Prince Edward Island is the thriving small city of Summerside, population 15,000.
As you enter Summerside’s harbour in Bedeque Bay, you’ll pass one of PEI’s many lighthouses. Indian Head Lighthouse is a unique octagonal structure that has been guiding ships to safety since 1930.
The colourful shops at the harbour’s marina, Spinnakers’ Landing, which is designed to look like a fishing village, will beckon you to enjoy a meal or pick up a tasteful memento of the visit.
Take in as much of the stunning waterfront as you can with a meandering walk along Summerside’s seven-kilometer boardwalk, The Baywalk. From here, you’ll enjoy the great views of the Indian Head Lighthouse and the Confederation Bridge. The Baywalk winds its way around the business area downtown, along a sandy beach, and through a cleared wooded area.
A self-guided walking tour is just right to explore the rich heritage and charm of the area, but you can also take a Segway Tour of the harbour or rent a bike to see the local sights. The downtown area will delight you with its beautiful historic homes. Admire the local art featured at Gallery 33. Visit the Wyatt Historic House Museum. Stop in to the MacNaught History Centre and Archives, and find out if your ancestors lived on Prince Edward Island.
Soak up some culture during your visit by popping into the Eptek Art and Culture Centre, which offers historical displays of all kinds and sells only Island-made gift items.
If you have time before boarding the ship for your next adventure, be sure to stop and chat with a local. That’s the best way to learn about this charming Maritime city.
With a gorgeous, accessible waterfront, multiple downtown shops and restaurants, and nearby excursions, Summerside won’t leave you bored.
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