Summerside is a waterfront city on Prince Edward Island that was first settled by the MicMac Indians for hundreds of years. The site was settled later by the Acadians during the early 1700s before it was officially incorporated as a city in the late 19th century.
Summerside is located on the island’s southern shore facing the Northumberland Strait. The waters here on this side of the island are said to be warmer than on the other side, hence the name Summerside.
The community is Prince Edward Island’s second largest, and is characterized by stately wooden homes that were built in a bygone era when fox ranching flourished and residents were wealthier. The trading of fox pelts spurred the town’s growth during the WWI and WWII years. Prior to fox ranching, Summerside had been a major shipbuilding town during the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Today, visitors come to Summerside to see horse racing at the Summerside Raceway or play golf at the Summerside Golf & Country Club. The town really only has two tourist attractions: the Prince Edward Island Sports Hall of Fame, and the more notable International Fox Hall of Fame and Museum. The latter traces the history of the fox ranching industry, which hit its peak in the 1920s when a pair of silver foxes would fetch as much as $35,000.
Simpkins, Mary Ann. Canada. New York: Prentice Hall Travel, 1994. ISBN: 0671882783.
“Summerside, Prince Edward Island.” < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summerside%2C_Prince_Edward_Island>
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