✈ De Travel Experiences aims to satisfy your curiosity and unique tastes by highlighting premium spots for fun, food, and relaxation through my eyes and your suggestions. Here now is my take on Summerside in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
While living in Prince Edward Island (PEI), I checked out quite a few of the top attractions despite a busy schedule. Among the places I happened to enjoy the most were some pretty cool spots in Summerside.
The second largest city in PEI, Summerside is a hot bed of cultural diversity and has rich history to back it up. Its seaside location also makes it ideal for a variety of activities, such as fishing, seafood festivals, and watersports. I wasn’t surprised to find out that Summerside was listed among the top 10 charming small towns in Canada (although it’s technically a city) by Expedia in 2016. With that said, here are my five favorite attractions in Summerside.
If you love shopping, you will love passing through Spinnakers’ Landing. Lining the waterfront, it consists of a bunch of shops where you can find everything from clothing and jewelry to unique gifts, artwork, and souvenirs. In addition, there are quite a number of restaurants and snack shops to make sure you never get hungry; plus you can learn a bit about the area – which was once a fishing and boatbuilding village – at the Spinnakers’ Landing boatshed.
For those of you who are entertainment buffs, the Harbourfront Theatre is where you want to be. A 520+ seat professional theater, something is always happening here, whether it’s a concert featuring your favorite entertainers, a fun play, or one of the many festivals that are held in Summerside yearly.
Just want to check out the scenery? The Baywalk Boardwalk along the Summerside waterfront is just what you’re looking for. It’s almost 7 km long and offers a walking and biking trail, as well as areas for picnics and sightseeing. What’s more, there are signs along the way that provide useful information about Summerside’s heritage and other historical information. Oh, the Baywalk Boardwalk offers the best sunset views in the city.
Silver Fox Complex
This is another cool spot if you’re seeking entertainment or just want somewhere to chill. The complex is made up of a restaurant and lounge where you can enjoy meals and drinks while checking out the view of Summerside Harbour below. On Friday and Saturday nights, you can even enjoy live entertainment. Also, if you’re the business type who’s looking for somewhere to have a function, there are meeting rooms here.
Wyatt Historic House Museum
The Wyatt Historic House Museum is actually one of several heritage sites where you can view artifacts and read stories about the area. Built in 1867 by the Wyatts (a wealthy family back in the day), it offers a guided, interactive tour that allows you to get a feel and knowledge of the way of life back then. If you love learning about the history and culture of places, you will want to visit here, as well as the MacNaught History Centre & Archives and the Bishop’s Machine Shop Museum & Historic Site.
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