Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world visit the site which inspired the setting for L.M. Montgomery to create her beloved tale of a red-haired orphan, Anne of Green Gables.
Located in the Prince Edward Island National Park, Green Gables is a popular tourist destination. You can’t visit PEI without visiting Green Gables in Cavendish, about a 30-minute drive from Charlottetown.
What did Anne of Green Gables house really look like?
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables is a classic novel written by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (published as L. M. Montgomery) in 1908. Many little girls growing up fell in love with Anne Shirley, the 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to help Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on their farm in Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. While they expected a boy, the novel recounts how Anne grows up with the Cuthberts, in school, and in Avonlea. The classic story quickly became beloved in schools and turned into films, TV shows, musicals and plays.
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
– L.M. Montgomery
The Green Gables farm was owned by the MacNeill family, who were cousins of Montgomery. Its name is derived from the rich dark green paint of the gables on the farmhouse.
Montgomery visited the farm as a young girl and based the location of her best-selling Anne series of books on the Green Gables farm. She drew romantic inspiration from the house, as well as the surrounding area, including the “Haunted Woods”, “Lovers’ Lane”, and “Balsam Hollow.”
When you visit Green Gables, you can enjoy a guided tour at the of the Heritage Place, take a walk in the Haunted Woods and stroll down Lover’s Lane. You might just bump into Anne Shirley herself! Here is a closer look of Green Gables.
The Haunted Wood Trail has a fun trail to explore, bridges to cross and woodland vistas to discover.
The trail is east of the house and connects the Heritage Place to the Site of Montgomery’s Cavendish Home. You must walk the trail, as it’s described in the Anne of Green Gables novel, and is the setting for many of Anne’s fictional adventures.
Don’t forget to stop in the Anne of Green Gables Store’s website, dedicated to the much-loved orphan Anne Shirley and her creator Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Green Gables is open May 1 through October 31.
In addition to the Green Gables House, several museums and sites invite visitors to learn more about Anne and Montgomery. A popular musical version of the story runs every summer at the Charlottetown Festival.
The Campbell home, that L.M. Montgomery called the “wonder castle of my childhood”, was built in 1872 by her Uncle John and Aunt Annie Campbell. The first Campbells settled here in 1776 and it is still in the Campbell family after over two hundred and thirty years.
Since you’re in Cavendish, a visit to Cavendish beach is also a must-see thing to do when visiting PEI.