Welcome to Prince Edward Island, where picturesque landscapes and a timeless sense of wonder blend to create a place unlike any other. As you explore the nooks and crannies of our beautiful little Island, you’ll quickly discover that one name resonates deeply with locals and visitors alike: Anne Shirley, the beloved heroine of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s iconic novel, “Anne of Green Gables.” Anne’s lively spirit and endearing adventures have stolen the hearts of readers across Canada (and beyond) for over a century, leaving a permanent mark on PEI’s culture and inspiring countless visitors to seek out the magic of her world.
Your Anne adventures await! Read on for some of the best ways to experience the legacy of Anne in (and around) Charlottetown this summer…
Anne of Green Gables has become more than just a fictional character; she is a symbol of resilience, imagination, and the power of embracing one’s true self. Anne‘s story, set against the idyllic backdrop of Prince Edward Island, resonates with people of all ages. Through her vibrant personality, unwavering optimism, and relatable struggles, Anne teaches us valuable lessons about friendship, love, and the beauty of embracing our quirks and imperfections. She embodies the essence of childhood innocence and offers a nostalgic escape to a simpler time, reminding us of the importance of imagination, curiosity, and the pursuit of dreams.
1. See Anne & Gilbert: The Musical | 140 Weymouth Street
Anne of Green Gables is in love! Experience the award-winning songs, memorable comedy and drama that makes the storyline of Anne & Gilbert so unforgettable. Find more info & buy tickets here.
2. Shop at The Anne Of Green Gables Store | 72 Queen Street
Offering a wonderful collection of all things Anne. You’ll find dolls, books, posters, mugs, Anne hats, ornaments, and many more souvenir-style goodies!
3. Treat Your Sweet Tooth at Anne’s Chocolates | 100 Queen Street
Anne’s playful and precocious personality has inspired many products at Anne’s Chocolates. Indulge in handmade, locally sourced Island recipes ranging from the infamous COW Chips to decadent caramels to lobster gummies and everything in between!
4. Same Time, Next Year?
Starting in 2024 and coinciding with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 150th birthday, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, the Confederation Centre’s longest-running and beloved musical, will be playing at the Sobey Family Theatre every two years. Name a better excuse to come back to Charlottetown next year!
1. Visit The Iconic Green Gables Heritage Place | 8619 Cavendish Rd (40 mins from Charlottetown)
Immerse yourself in the landscape that inspired the setting of Anne of Green Gables. Part of L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site, Green Gables tells the story of both the author, L.M. Montgomery, and her most famous heroine, Anne Shirley. Explore the visitor centre, original house, 19th-century gardens, farmyard, walking trails – including the Haunted Wood and Lovers Lane – gift shop and The Cordial Café. In July and August, enjoy animated bilingual interpretive activities and meet Anne Shirley!
2. Save Your Appetite For Avonlea Village | 8779 Route 6 (40 mins from Charlottetown)
Walk & dine your way through this village full of historic building replicas based on scenes from the original Anne of Green Gables novel. Now a bustling hub full of food & drink spots, Avonlea Village has you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND dessert.
3. Visit The Anne Of Green Gables Museum | 4542 Route 20, Park Corner (1hr from Charlottetown)
A charming historic site that offers a glimpse into the life and inspiration of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of the Anne of Green Gables series. The museum is housed in the home where Montgomery’s Campbell relatives once lived. Inside, find a plethora of artifacts and exhibits showcasing Montgomery’s life and literary works. Outside, take in the serene surroundings that Montgomery drew inspiration from when writing Anne of Green Gables.
4. Learn More About Lucy Maud Montgomery
Delve deeper into the life of the astounding author of the world-famous Anne Of Green Gables novels.
Dive deep into the world of Anne while visiting our Island with the one-stop Anne of Green Gables Package! Includes tickets to five of the finest Anne attractions, starting at $69.99 plus taxes and fees.
Annnd there you have it! We’re ‘anne’-ticipating some delightful adventures on your horizon- happy exploring!
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