Destination guide

Fresh seafood and Celtic music in Summerside

Summerside may be Prince Edward Island's 2nd-largest city, but it has lost none of its small-town charm. Filled with the amenities of a large city, it still retains its engaging appeal through beautifully painted murals, colorful buildings and stately heritage homes. Summerside vacation rentals are close to the bustling boardwalk, where you can watch live theater performances and fabulous displays of jaunty Celtic music, before dining on fresh seafood and watching the sun disappear over the horizon. A lively market provides stunning views of the harbor, iconic lighthouse and distant islands, and is a beautiful place to taste fresh local produce.

Things to do

Hockey history and amazing machines in Summerside

Lovers of history will find much to intrigue them in Summerside, with several exquisitely preserved historic homes, including the Wyatt Historic House Museum, that share the triumphs and tragedies of former owners. The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada is an incredible place to hear the traditional music of Prince Edward Island for free every summer afternoon. Summerside vacation rentals are close to the Prince Edward Island Hall of Fame, where sports fanatics can relive the glory days of boxers and hockey players down through the ages, and Bishop's Machine Shop, filled with astounding machines and tools.


Free concerts and inner tubing in Summerside

With a rich Celtic heritage and seafaring history, Summerside is a lively coastal city with an incredible array of activities for all ages and interests. Summerside vacation rentals are near riveting museums that share stories of colorful characters, trails that meander through town and across the whole island and free Celtic concerts, held every afternoon throughout the summer. In winter, the walking trails are given over to snowmobilers, for thrilling rides over snowy hills and through the woods, while nearby hills become perfect sled runs for inner tubing. Local ponds freeze over beautifully for fun afternoons of ice skating.


Sunny summers and snowy winters in Summerside

Nestled on the western coast of Prince Edward Island, Summerside is a charming Canadian port city that enjoys a mild climate thanks to the warm waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Winters are cold and snowy in Summerside, while summers are glorious, with temperatures ranging from 70 to 93, and warm water that makes the beaches of Summerside a haven for water-lovers. Consistent breezes off the water keep Summerside fresh and cool in summer. Winter is rather cold, and can receive over 100 inches of snow through the season.

Natural features

Foxes and lobsters in Summerside

The charming coastal city of Summerside looks out to the west across vast Northumberland Strait towards Nova Scotia, and to the east over the bay towards the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The west side of Summerside holds Linkletter Provincial Park, with tall pines, a red beach and sweeping views of the harbor, whose waters are home to majestic whales, scuttling lobsters and sleek seals. On land, dedicated birders may scan the skies and see owls, eagles, barn swallows and blue jays, while hikers can spot skunks ambling off through fallen leaves and fluffy foxes hunting for rodents beneath the snow.

How to get there

How to get to and around Summerside

The nearest airport is in Charlottetown, PEI (YYG), located 32.4 mi (52.2 km) from the city center.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Summerside?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Summerside. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Linkletter Provincial Park: 302 vacation rentals
  • Spinnaker's Landing: 341 vacation rentals
  • Consolidated Credit Union Place: 336 vacation rentals
  • Wyatt House Museum: 339 vacation rentals
  • Red Shores Racetrack and Casino: 335 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Summerside listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Summerside?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 85 Cottages in Summerside. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Summerside include:

  • Houses: 69 rentals available
  • Cabins: 85 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 85 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Summerside?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 11 vacation rentals with pool available in Summerside. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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