This trip is 6 weeks of discovery in cities and rural areas, encompassing history, art, cuisine, natural wilderness, lighthouses, craft beer, music, geology and much more. But if I am totally honest, it is about Anne of Green Gables.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would ever make it to Prince Edward Island – it is just so far away. However, when I realised that you might just be possible, I decided to create a trip which would include not only Anne of Green Gables but many other things of interest to us in the maritime provinces of Canada.
The last 2 days have been simply amazing and I still have to pinch myself to believe that it is true.
Yesterday we attended a matinee performance of ‘Anne of Green Gables – The Musical’ at the ‘Confederation Centre of the Arts’ in Charlottetown. This is the 52nd summer season of the production which has continued to evolve. I had booked our tickets (seats in the 5th row from the front) about 6 months ago but was a little unsure as to how I would feel about the adaptation from the novel. All my fears dissipated as soon as it started and we both enjoyed the show immensely.
Today we set out to visit the area of Cavendish where the ‘Anne of Green Gables’ story is set. There are 3 sites in the area which showcase various features and landmarks which would be very familiar to readers of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “Anne” novels. First we visited the Anne of Green Gables Museum which was owned by her Campbell relatives.
The property remains in the family and the house is open and is furnished as it was during the time L M Montgomery visited here. She was married in the parlour of this home. The most significant feature is the lake near the front of the property which was the inspiration for the ‘Lake of Shining Waters’, even though it is several miles from the site of ‘Green Gables’.
Next was the site of her home where she lived with her maternal grandparents after the death of her mother from tuberculosis before Lucy was 2 years old. Although the house is no longer standing the property is beautifully cared for by descendants of the family who still live on the property.
There are detailed signs which show the well, cellar of the house and well-marked walking trails which lead you through well-loved places such as the ‘Haunted Wood’ and ‘Lover’s Lane’.
At the end of the walking trail is the entrance to what many would regard as the absolute highlight, ‘Green Gables’.
We even met Anne.
At each location there were plenty of souvenirs and I opted to buy just one. It is a boxed set of 5 DVDs. I am looking forward to watching it and hopefully my granddaughters will come to enjoy it as they grow up, too.
I hope you have enjoyed sharing my ‘Anne’ adventure.