When Lucy Maud Montgomery published Anne of Green Gables in 1908, PEI’s lush landscape, beaches and of course, red dirt provided the perfect backdrop. Anne Shirley quickly became a beloved icon around the globe and readers sought to travel to the magical land of red cliffs, glistening seas and rainbow sunsets that she spoke of.
For over a hundred years people have identified with the spunky young red-head. Her independence and ability to rise above hardship has inspired millions around the globe. If you’re looking for that connection with Anne Shirley, there are endless ways to experience the Island through her eyes.
Need to know
- Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908.
- There are eight novels in the Anne of Green Gables series in total.
- More than 50 million copies of the novel have been sold worldwide.
Avonlea, the village in which Anne resides, is fictional. It is based on real-life Cavendish located on the North Shore of PEI.
- The novel has been translated into over 35 languages.
- Anne of Green Gables has been adapted into various plays, television series, movies and musicals, including the most recent adaptation, Anne, which will stream on Netflix globally.
- Anne of Green Gables – The Musical currently plays in Charlottetown PEI and holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running musical.
Where to experience the novel
- If you’re brave enough, traipse through the Haunted Woods to the Green Gables Heritage Place. Or if you’re looking for a more romantic excursion, stroll along Lover’s Lane admiring the natural beauty of PEI along the way.
- Of course, make sure to stop into the house itself! Stepping into the historic Green Gables house will whisk you back through the years to a time of puffed sleeves, oil lamps, and of course- raspberry cordial.
- Be sure to catch live local music at the church in Avonlea Village. Children’s shows play daily at 11:00AM, and local talent comes out at 7:30 for the Avonlea Village Ceilidh.
- Take in the Matthew’s Carriage Rides at the Anne of Green Gables Museum, where you’ll ride along a country path with the beautiful PEI North Shore on one side and the Lake of Shining Waters on the other.
- Experience the heart-warming story for yourself at the Anne of Green Gables – The Musical in Charlottetown at Confederation Centre of the Arts. After the show, head across the street to the Guild Theatre and see Anne fall in love at Anne and Gilbert.
- See for yourself where Lucy Maud Montgomery’s journey began! Take a visit to the author’s birthplace in New London, PEI for a look at the room she was born in and a replica of her wedding dress!
- Grab lunch at Avonlea Village for delicious local eats! Enjoy a hearty Island lobster roll from Dave’s Lobster paired with a loaded spud from Red Island Baked Potato for meal fit for a king. For dessert indulge in the world’s best ice cream with a scoop (or three!) of COWS ice cream.
All Things Anne:
- Indulge your inner chocoholic and witness chocolate making at Anne of Green Gables Chocolates at Avonlea Village!
The Anne of Green Gables Store in Cavendish is the perfect stop to pick up all things Anne, from a straw hat with braids, to your very own copy of the novel!
- Do you imagine yourself as a character from the novel? Dress up as the characters at Shop and Play at Gateway Village.
- Try Anne’s drink of choice- raspberry cordial! Just be sure to check the bottle first, to make sure it isn’t currant wine!
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Lucy Maud Montgomery (who went by Maud) was born on November 30th 1874 in New London Prince Edward Island. She was raised by her maternal grandparents in Cavendish, which she affectionately named her favourite place on Earth. Though she lived with her father in Saskatchewan for one year, she always thought of Cavendish as home. She studied at the Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, as well as at Dalhousie University. Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908, her first published novel. Maud married Ewen Macdonald in 1911 and the couple would have two children. She died April. 24 1942. Over her lifetime, Maud published 20 novels, more than 500 short stories, an autobiography, and a book of poetry.
Your Anne adventure awaits …see you soon!