Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island
This is what you would expect when Disney World merges with Anne of Green Gables. The 'town' consists of a few blocks of buildings, only a few of which are from the period, which house stores, displays, etc. Throughout the day vignettes of the stories in the book are presented and there are red-haired "Annes" of different ages. Many of the characters in the book are also represented. You can talk to them as they remain in character. Other activities include attending a class in the schoolhouse, a buggy ride, a pig race, a sing along, etc. Foods, candies and drinks, especially "Raspberry Cordial", are sold. It makes for a nice day's activity, particularly for those acquainted with the series of books.
In summer, tourists flock to PEI because they are fans of Lucy Maud Montgomery's book Anne of Green Gables (which is set on the Island). Because Anne is so popular, the Island is filled with Anne-themed tourist activities during the summer.
Green Gables House in Cavendish is a popular tourist attraction. It is actually the house that inspired LM Mongtomery - it belonged to her relatives and she visited often. The objects and furniture in the house are antiques from the Cavendish area. There is also a barn with antique farm equipment, guided tours of the grounds, info on the author and her family, and walking trails in the woods. Also, on Sundays, there is a Sunday picnic where Anne and friends entertain the children and serve raspberry cordial and homemade ice cream. Green Gables house is fun for the whole family!
Avonlea Village in Cavendish is also a fun place for the whole family. It's a replica of the village of Avonlea from the Anne books, and you'll find Anne and friends entertaining the visitors.
There are two musical shows about Anne. There is Anne of Green Gables - The Musical which plays in Charlottetown at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. That one is basically a musical theatre version of the book. Anne and Gilbert plays at the Jubilee Theatre in Summerside and is about Anne's life as a young adult and her romance with Gilbert (who was her arch-nemesis as a child).
Pretty much every souvenir shop on PEI sells Anne-related souvenirs. Also, most touristy snack bars and ice cream places sell raspberry cordial.
This show made me so happy, and had me in an uplifting, energetic mood for days as I sang all the songs that were still in my head. Whether or not you read the books, Anne still
has a great, inspiring attitude about life. But the musical was much more than that.. it was entertaining for anyone, and performed extremely well. The actors had so much talent! I would highly recommend seeing this show; which is performed in Charlottetown at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Queen Street. (It shouldn't be hard to find, but if you have any trouble, just as any of the locals.. everyone knows where it is.) There are a series of shows and musicals that are performed here, but the Anne of Green Gables is very
interesting in the way it plays a large role in the culture here on P.E.I.
The tickets are obviously more expensive the closer to the stage you sit... my mom and I sat in the VERY back row, and we only payed $28.00 each (its a three hour performance.) The seats were a bit small, but sitting that high up didnt ruin it at all, we could still see perfectly. Visit the website below for any more info... you can find anything on there: map, event calender, audition info, Charlottetown festival, etc.
The Macneill farm, better known by Lucy Maud Montgomery's fans worldwide as Green Gables, was the real life inspiration for the setting of her classic novel "Anne of Green Gables". The farm was the home of Montgomery's cousins and she spent countless hours exploring the woods around it as a young girl growing up in Prince Edward Island. She later on immortalized some of the places she had discovered in her books and visitors at Green Gables are invited to go on guided walks through the "Haunted Wood" and "Lover's Lane", watch an informative video about the amazing life of Montgomery, and visit the house's rooms, which have been decorated according to the descriptions found in the Anne novels. Visit the Cavendish visitor information centre (corner of Route 6 and Route 13)to find out about special events at Green Gables!
A visit to Avonlea Village is like stepping right into the pages of Anne of Green Gables! All the main characters of the novel are there and all throughout the day, some of the key scenes from the novel are being reinacted in front of mermerized visitors. Make sure you don't miss Anne shattering her slate on Gilbert's head!
Those who have read the novel are the ones who will enjoy their visit the most but those who haven't will still enjoy walking through the historic buildings, some of which - like the school - are authentic, going to church concerts, visiting the chocolate factory and so on. There are numerous activities for kids and I highly recommend going for an afternoon tea at White Sands, the village's tea room. Yummy!
If you get there late during the day and miss some of the morning action, just keep your ticket and you will be allowed to go back to next day to see what you have missed. Visitors should also know that most activities are in English only.
Prince Edward Island is known all around the world as the land of Anne of Green Gables. Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of the Anne novels, wrote with such passion about the island that people will travel miles and miles to see the dunes of Cavendish beach and the enchanted forest surrounding Green Gables. Montgomery was born in 1874 in a small village that is now known as New London. The modest house still stands and for a small fee, visitors are allowed to walk through the rooms that witnessed the birth of one of Canada's greatest writers, while learning about the history of the Montgomery family. A great place to start your Anne of Green Gables tour!
Anyone who is a fan of Lucy Maude Montgomery's books about Anne of Green Gables, this is it. If you are a kindred spirit-you will be happy beyond belief. Land of shiny waters, red clay and flowers. Absolutely tranquility.
Anne of Green Gables! Your trip to P.E.I. wouldn't be complete without visiting Green Gables house.
Drive to Cavendish through the beautiful pastoral farmlands that L.M. Montgomery made so famous in her books. Your first stop will no doubt be Green Gables in Prince Edward Island National Park.
Here you will find preserved the gabled house that inspired the setting of Montgomery's story of the red-haired orphan. Allow lots of time to explore the house and grounds with the Haunted Woods, Lovers Lane, interpretive programs, films on L.M. Montgomery along with gift shops and a snack counter.
its a really nice place to walk i the house + there r some neat trails in the yard there, if u r a big "fan" ull have the time of ur life
This little forest was right behind Green Gables, and was the inspiriation for the haunted forest, mentioned in one of the "Anne of Green Gables" books.
Everybody knows "Anne of Green Gables". Well, here is Green Gables. It is on the north side of the island, and very well visited.
Anne of Green Gables-The Musical.
It's a great musical and something that should be seen to complete the whole 'Anne' experience!