The character of Anne in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books still lives in the hearts of children and adults who fell in love with this redheaded, mischievous little girl who came to Avonlea to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. She is just as popular 100 years later as she was when the books were first published. Millions of visitors flock to Prince Edward Island to visit the island described so vividly by Montgomery and to walk in the footsteps of Anne.
The first stop in your travels will undoubtedly be Green Gables itself. The house that Montgomery used as inspiration for her stories is perfectly preserved. Here you can explore the house to see Anne’s room, the kitchen and dining room and stroll through the farmland. Walk in the fictional footsteps of Anne and her friends through the Haunted Woods and Lovers’ Lane.
The Green Gables Heritage Place is located with Prince Edward Island National Park. There is more to this park than Green Gables itself, although it is the premier attraction. While in the park you can stroll the sand dunes, see rare plants and animals and visit the Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site, which is dedicated to the protection of the coastal areas of the province.
Take a tour of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s homestead in Cavendish to see where the author grew up. Relatives of her family still live in this centuries old home and offer guided tours for visitors. There is also a bookstore on this site where you can purchase copies of the Anne of Green Gables series and other souvenirs of your visit. At this venue, you will see Lucy Maud’s wedding dress and take a look at exhibits featuring her diary and scrapbooks.
At the Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silver Bush you will be able to walk in the footsteps of an older Anne – as a wife and mother. This is the home of the Campbell family, with whom Montgomery spent many days and used the house and its surroundings as the inspiration for her books about Anne as she grew up. Look out over the Lake of Shining Waters. Children will delight in taking a carriage ride and spending time on the playground. The scenery is spectacular and will hold your attention as you gaze around you in awe.
Continue on to Avonlea Village, which is a recreated version of the village depicted in the books. Lucy Maud Montgomery gives a very realistic impression of life as it was in Prince Edward Island in the 19th century and you can see this for yourself in the village. Here there is something for young and old alike to enjoy as they learn about the history of the island and indeed, Atlantic Canada in the heritage buildings and the architectural styles of old.