The story of Anne of Green Gables was inspired by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s time in this region. Throughout the region, various sites played a role in L.M. Montgomery’s life and shaped her writing. You may visit her modest birthplace in New London, or one of the family summer homes at either the MacNeill homestead in Cavendish or Silver Bush in Park Corner. Most famous of all, of course, is Green Gables. This former farm belonging to LM Montgomery’s relatives is now part of the LM Montgomery National Historic Site as it was the inspiration for her most famous novel, Anne of Green Gables. While at this site, you may take part in a number of Parks Canada interpretative programs, take a stroll on one of the trails, or visit the author’s gravesite. Also in Cavendish, you can visit Avonlea Village to get a taste of what it was like to live in Anne’s time on PEI over 100 years ago.
The life of Anne Shirley is of a simpler time but it’s also complex with a richness, colourfulness, fragrance, and spirit that articulate both Anne’s personality and her physical surroundings. The books are like a love letter to Prince Edward Island with almost every page containing a lovingly descriptive passage about the scenery, food, houses, nature and the people of the province.
It is a time of line-dried sheets, homemade desserts, neighbours stopping by for a visit, and garden-fresh goodness. Treats are just that – treats. And they are rare and well deserved. It is not a life of excess but instead viewed that whatever you have in your life is a direct result of the amount of hard work you put into it. Life is full of sunshine, warm rain, picnics, apple blossoms, babbling brooks and the red dirt that is the foundation of the island. Anne embraces every moment in life with a curiosity and enthusiasm that seems almost as if this very day was her last.
We invite you to embrace a similar relationship with the people, places and landscape of our region.