city in Prince Edward Island, Canada

Summerside is the second-largest city on Prince Edward Island.


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This article covers a large rural area comprising most of western PEI, centred on Summerside (pop 14,750) as the second-largest community on the island.

Summerside was host to a Royal Canadian Air Force base from 1942-1991; the land is now an industrial park and the airfield used only for general aviation.

Get inEdit

  • From the Trans-Canada Highway, take PEI Route 1A (near Borden-Carleton) for 22 km (14 mi) north-northwest to Route 11 and Summerside.
  • From Charlottetown, Summerside is 60 km (37 mi) west on Route 2.

Get aroundEdit


  • 1 Eptek Art and Culture Centre, 130 Heather Moyse Dr, +1 902 888-8373, fax: +1 902 888-8375. Tu-F 10AM-4PM, Su noon-4PM; Jul-Aug: open until 5PM. Regional history and art gallery, including permanent collection of paintings by late Island artist Georgie Read Barton.
  • 2 International Fox Museum, 33 Summer St. Jul-Aug: daily 10AM-4:45PM. Prince Edward Island fox farming history museum on the first level of the former Summerside Armoury (1911-1992) describes the growth, decline and legacy of the rare Silver Black Fox, once farmed commercially; Gallery 33 seasonal exhibit space upstairs. By donation.
  • 3 Wyatt Historic House Museum, 75 Spring St, +1 902 432-1296, fax: +1 902 432-1328. Jul-Aug: open daily. 1867 heritage house with thousands of artefacts collected and used by the Wyatt family.
  • 4 Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island (Le Musée acadien de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard), 23 Main Drive East, Highway 2, Miscouche (8 km west of Summerside), +1 902 432-2880. Jul Aug: daily 9:30AM-5PM; Sep-Jun: M-F 9:30AM-5PM, Su 1PM-4PM. Photographs, storyboards and a 15-min film that explain the history of Acadians in PEI. Adult $4.50, student $3.50, family $12.50.





Dinner theatreEdit


  • The Big Mug, 271 Water St, +1 902-724-5055. Open from noon; closes Su 8PM, M Tu midnight, W-Sa 2AM. Sports bar with pub food.





An Acadian village 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Summerside on Route 2 or 11.

  • Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island, Route 2, Miscouche, +1 902-432-2880. Sep-Jun: M-Sa 9:30AM-5PM, Su 1PM-4PM; Jul-Aug: daily 9:30AM-7PM. Historical museum with a genealogical research/documentation centre retracing Acadian history after 1720; art gallery adjacent. $5.25.


About 60 km (37 mi) northwest on Route 2, in the westernmost part of the province.

  • Canadian Potato Museum, 1 Heritage Lane, O’Leary, +1 902-859-2039. May 15-Oct 15: daily 09:30-17:30. Interactive Potato Hall of Fame and an array of farming tools and equipment on display; canteen menu includes potato maple-butter tarts, potato fudge and even a potato hot dog. $9.50.
  • West Point Lighthouse Museum, 364 Cedar Dunes Park Rd, West Point, +1 902-859-3605. Seasonal (Victoria Day-Thanksgiving). A formerly-manned light house (built in 1875, automated in 1963) serves as an observation platform, restaurant and inn at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park.


About 20 km (12 mi) west on Route 2.

  • Our Lady of Mont-Carmel church, Route 11, Wellington, +1 902-854-2208. Acadian brick church (1896) overlooking Northumberland Strait just east of Cap-Egmont.

Go nextEdit

Routes through Summerside
END  W   E  Borden-CarletonEND
END ← Tignish ←  W   E  KensingtonCharlottetown

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