About the Tourism Industry & Explore Summerside

Explore Summerside is an industry collaborative that exists to facilitate and enhance Summerside, PEI, as a four-season visitor destination - for the benefit of its members, visitors and the community. The volunteer-driven Board of Directors works on behalf of the membership to pursue product development, marketing and industry education opportunities for Summerside.

About the City of Summerside

As the gateway to Prince Edward Island and the North Cape Coastal Drive, Summerside’s central location makes it easy to plan a visit. With surrounding amenities offering big-city services in a compact setting, Summerside is the ideal choice for your getaway.

The wharves of Historic Summerside reach out to meet the waters of Bedeque Bay on the south slope of a narrow land bridge that links our West with our East. We're bordered on the North by Malpeque Bay that spawned the world famous Malpeque oyster. Rich in history this 16,000-strong urban area is bordered by two of the great bay playgrounds of Prince Edward Island.

By bridge… Summerside is 28 km from the Confederation Bridge which links the Island to New Brunswick. This 13-km engineering marvel is a quick, convenient, dramatic way to arrive or depart the Island. The bridge is open all year round, 24 hours a day and takes approximately 12 minutes to cross.

By land… Summerside has direct access to the Island’s two major highways – Route 1A (Trans-Canada Highway) and Route 2.

By air… Summerside is only 40 minutes from Charlottetown Airport, 5 minutes from Slemon Park Airport and one hour away from Moncton International Airport, New Brunswick.

Explore Summerside Board of Directors & Staff



Don Quarles - President,
Executive Director, Indian River Music Festival

Gord Lapp - Vice-President
General Manager, Silver Fox Entertainment Complex

Robbie Rankin - Treasurer
Manager, Event and Corporate Service, City of Summerside

JP Desrosiers - Past-President
Director of Community Services, City of Summerside


Duke Cormier - Owner/Operator, Duke Foods Food Services 

David Groom - Owner/Operator, Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf  

Gordon MacFarlane - Director, HR & Legal Affairs, City of Summerside 

Todd Richard - Territory Manager, ADL Foods 

Janice Holmes - Owner/Operator, Summerside Motel & Family Cottages

Alex Clark - Owner/Operator, Open Eats and EVERMOORE Brewing

Barb Hunter - Owner/Operator, Deckhouse Pub

Anna MacNeil - Marketing Officer, Slemon Park Corporation


Rose Dennis - Executive Director, Explore Summerside