Summer is the best time to spend some time outdoors and your outdoor adventures can be as laid back or as elaborate as you want them to be. Summerside has many wonderful parks, trails, and green spaces that you can explore. It is also close to sandy beaches and campgrounds if you need to get away from the city. Have a great time and be sure to check out the outdoor activities in Summerside listed below.
Go on a Self-directed Tour of Summerside
A walking tour of Summerside’s tree-lined streets past stately heritage homes is a basic history lesson about this splendid community. Summerside’s Downtown area has large murals that tell the story of significant events in the town’s past. Make a stop at the boatshed at Spinnakers’ Landing on the Summerside Waterfront and learn more about Summerside’s boat building and fishing heritage.
205 Prince Street, Summerside
Holman’s Ice Cream Parlour
Cool off with traditional ice cream after an outdoor adventure with your family. Holman’s Ice Cream Parlour serves up traditional ice cream at the historic Holman Homestead. It is a popular option for ice cream and a jewel of Summerside.
286 Fitzroy Street, Summer
Linkletter Provincial Park
Gather up the family, pack up the camping gear, and get ready for some beach fun. There is also playground equipment for the kids, and fur babies are allowed as allowed at the park as long as they are kept on a leash. Linkletter Provincial Park is located on Bedeque Bay.
277 Church Street, Summerside
Sunny’s Dairy Bar
Take the family out for a refreshing, sweet treat at Sunny’s Dairy Bar. Sunny’s features a ‘soft-serve’ flavour of the week, multiple flavours of ‘hard’ ice cream, fresh Waffle Cones, milkshakes, banana splits and ‘Blenders’ made with frozen yogurt that can also be made lactose-free.
559 Water Street, Summerside
Baywalk Boardwalk Trail System
Take a stroll or go for a bike ride with the family on the 6.5km Baywalk Boardwalk Trail System. This scenic trail extends along the South Shore’s Bedeque Bay and meets up with the provincial Confederation Trail at various points. There is even an outdoor fitness centre on the MacKenzie Drive part of the trail that visitors can use.
MacKenzie Drive, Summerside
Kool Breeze Ice Cream Barn
A local family favorite, Kool Breeze Ice Cream Barn is the perfect place to enjoy frozen treats. Serving up soft and hard ice creams, old fashioned milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes, and more, there is something for everyone. They ever offer vegan soft serve, lactose-free ice cream, and gluten-free cones.
231 Read Drive, Summerside
Rotary Friendship Park
Home to nearly 5km of tree-lined gravel and clay trails, the Rotary Friendship Park offers a place to reconnect with nature. Enjoy the sound of birds singing while you pass farmers’ fields, old-growth forests, and wetlands.
599 Macewen Road, Summerside
Heather Moyse Heritage Park and Gardens
One of Summerside’s major community green spaces, the Heather Moyse Heritage Park is home a garden featuring PEI native trees and shrubs. The park is laid out for self-guided tours, so visitors can learn about the native plants.
135 Ottawa Street, Summerside
Green’s Shore Park
A dream on a hot summer day with 600 meters of shoreline, Green’s Shore Beach is on the western end of Water Street. The water is perfect for kayaking, kiteboarding, windsurfing, and swimming. If you prefer to stay dry, sandcastle building and beach volleyball are also popular options.
370 Water Street, Summerside
Crystal Beach Campground
Take a staycation while enjoying a night under the stars. The Crystal Beach Campground makes camping easy, whether you are roughing it in a tent or staying in a motorhome. Kids will love to splash around in the ocean and at the splash pad.
178 Crystal Drive, Summerside
A great option for older kids and kids at heart, Schurman Park is a popular location to shoot hoops and play soccer. The whole family can also relax outdoors at one of the benches or having a snack at the picnic tables.
Summer Street between Green St and Schurman Ave
Hilson Point Park
The perfect place for a picnic, Hilson Point Park offers a large green space for outdoor fun.
Corney Ave, Summerside
During the summer, kids love splashing around in the water feature, playing on the playground, and playing basketball at Centennial Park. There are also benches and picnic tables that people can use. The walking trail connects Tupper Drive to MacDonald Crescent.
Tupper Drive, Summerside
Blue Bell Park
A hidden green gem, Blue Bell Park is a popular spot for families to have a picnic. Explore the nature area or relax on the benches while the kids play on the swings.
Walker Avenue, Summerside
Bill Bridges Park
Formerly Notre Dame Park, the Billy Bridges Park is going under redevelopment. The park is one of the most visited parks and green spaces in Summerside. The redeveloped park includes a boundless playground structure and sensory activities and paved paths around the park.
Notre Dame Street, Summerside
The Paddle Shack
Get ready of an outdoor adventure with the Paddle Shack. Paddle, peddle or float your way around Summerside. They offer paddleboard, kayak, and bicycle rentals, as well as SUP yoga and kiteboarding lessons, so the outdoor adventures don’t have to stop.
368 Water Street, Summerside
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The best way of exploring Summerside’s boardwalk is with PEI Segway. Hop on a Segway and explore the boardwalk on your own or take a guided tour of the waterfront where you will see the Summerside Murals, the government wharf, the new boardwalk, the Summerside Yacht Club, The Indian Head lighthouse, and Green’s Shore..
433 Water Street, Summerside
High on the Hog Smokin’ BBQ Food Truck
If you like BBQ, then grab a bite from PEI’s newest family-owned, travelling food bus specializing in smoked meats. Look the bright red bus with smoke coming from the smoker for fresh BBQ.
The Galley by Chef Norman
Deep-fired oyster po’ boy sandwiches, and roasted pork sandwiches are to stamps of of this gourmet food truck. Located in the parking lot of the Holman Centre, The Gallery serves up amazing food, including sauces and bread made right in the truck.
250 Water Street, Summerside
Located at Kool Breeze Farms, Da Mama’s is the perfect place to enjoy a yummy meal or snack. Enjoy homemade burgers made from Atlantic Beef, fish burgers, loaded fries, along with other local favorites.
231 Read Drive, Summerside
Viva La Crepe
Sweet or Savoury that is question at this food truck. From smoked salmon with cream cheese, to apple cinnamon with caramel and ice cream crepes, there is something for the whole family. While Viva La Crepe is known for crepes, they also serve up fish and chips, steamed mussles, burgers and hummus.
150 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside
Union Corner Provincial Park
A short drive from Summerside and close by to Union Corner and Wellington, Union Corner Provincial Park is wonderful place for a beach day. Spend the day relaxing on the beach and cooling off in the ocean. The beach is unsupervised, so be careful when in the water.
Chelton Beach Provincial Park
Along the red shore is the lovely Chelton Beach. With its bright red sand and warm water, the beach is a popular spot. Watch for crabs and other sea life in the tidal pools during low tides. On clear days, you can see the Confederation Bridge from the beach.
16 Louis Ct. Albany
Indian Head Lighthouse
At the end of Route 112 is Indian Head Lighthouse. During low tide, it is possible to walk to the lighthouse, the breakwater is washed over at high tide. The tower is closed to the public as the lighthouse is still used by the Canadian Coast Guard.
Route 112, Summerside
Head out of Summerside of a beachfront camping adventure at Moonlight Camping. Set up camp, relax on the beach, or explore the forested park. Rough it in a tent, or pull up in an RV or motor home.
8 Campground Road, Wellington