Prince Edward Island, Halifax
Go to P.E.I. and visit Green Gables House
Why I wanted to go to P.E.I. was to see Green Gables and the house in Cavendish where Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of Green Gables lived. She was born in 1874 and lived in Cavendish from the age of two.
Green Gables House
On highway 6
Take the ferry from New Glasgow to Prince Edward Island.
This is the smallest and most densely populated province of Canada. The island is 224 kilometres long and at the narrowest part only 6 kilometres wide. There is no part of the island that is more than 15 kilometres from a bay or the sea. The island is flat with farms dotted around between fertile fields and woods. The most characteristic buildings are the lighthouses. Most of them are no longer manned and have been fully automated. It was the Mi’kmaq Indians that named the island “Abegweit” which means land at the start of the waves. Jacques Cartier discovered the island in 1534 and it was christened “île St. Jean” by Samuel de Champian in the 17th century. From 1720 French pioneers came and settled on the island at Port- La-Joye. You get an idea of the early settlement at Amherst National Historic Site near Charlottetown. The English were given the island in the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and they drove out the earlier inhabitants and the island was named St John. It was in that year that Charlotteville was built. It was named after King George III and was the capital of the province. From 1783 there was an enormous growth in the population thanks to the arrival of British loyalists escaping from the newly formed United States. In 1799 the island became known as it is today – Prince Edward Island. Named after Edward, Duke of Kent – the father of Queen Victoria.