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Anne of Green Gables Road Trip, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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Anne with an "e." 

Gilbert calling Anne "carrots." 

Poor Diana and the cooking sherry. 

Matthew's gift of a dress with puffed sleeves. 

Anne being accepted to Queens College. 

Even though it's been at least 18 years since I last read the Anne of Green Gables series, it seems as if all of the details are still pressed into my brain. My remembrance of the series has less to do with a stellar recognizance abilities and more to do with the fact that red-headed Anne and her adventures were in high rotation in my elementary school reading--right up there with the Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley Twins, and Dinotopia series. 

Much to my delight, my parents decided to take my sister and I on a road trip to Prince Edward Island so that we could see the places that inspired the writer of the Anne series, Lucy Maud Montgomery, to write down those beloved stories of mine. Thankfully, we didn't drive the entire way to Canada from South Carolina, but it was still quite a haul taking our rental car from New York City to PEI via New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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It's a good thing we all really love each other since we ended up spending two weeks a car together.

That trip solidified my love of all things Anne Shirley and, while I ended up reading most of what Montgomery wrote, nothing could touch the Anne of Green Gables series.

Thankfully, the books remain a staple of childhood literature, and if you haven't picked a copy of the series yet, I strongly encourage you to stop whatever you're reading and start them immediately.

No pressure.

And then, if you, too, want to go on your very own Anne jaunt, you should head up to Prince Edward Island to check out these places tied to the novels:

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1) Green Gables

Yes, the titular house actually exists! Located inside the PEI National Park, the house is laid out exactly as it is described in the book, so on your house tour, you'll get to see the kitchen, Anne's small room, and Matthew and Marilla's larger ones.

Once a favorite place of Montgomery's to visit as a child, the house is now run by the descendants of her cousins, the original owners. Don't forget to brave the Haunted Woods, which are just behind the house; access is included in the house admission fee.

8619 Cavendish Road, Cavendish.

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The Anne Museum
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2) The Anne Museum

Originally owned by Montgomery's aunt and uncle, this house was where she lived after her mother fell ill from tuberculosis and died when Lucy Maud was just a toddler (her dad left town and eventually remarried). Today, it's still owned by her aunt and uncle's descendants.

For fans of the novel, the Lake of Shining Waters on the property may inspire some to recreate Anne's reading of "The Lady of Shalott," though, hopefully, without the near drowning.

4542 Route 20, Park Corner.


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L.M. Montgomery's birthplace
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3) L.M. Montgomery's birthplace 

Although Montgomery didn't live in this house for long--only 21 months--it is still a major attraction among fans of her novels. Here, you can see a replica of her wedding gown, period furniture and household items, and scrapbooks of her college and teaching years. Intersection of Routes 6 and 20, New London.


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4) L.M. Montgomery's burial plot

Although Montgomery eventually left the island after she was married and did not return other than for occasional visits, her final wish was to be buried on Prince Edward Island, not far from where she'd grown up.  

She ended her own life at the age of 68 in 1942 after a long struggle with depression. You can find her grave and that of her husband (Reverend Ewin MacDonald) in Cavendish Cemetery, Cavendish. 


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5) Avonlea

In order to disguise Cavendish in her novels, she called it "Avonlea." You can now visit a recreation of the village described in the novels here, where there are shops, a general store, an old school house, and more. 

397 Capital Drive, Charlottetown. 


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Anne of Green Gables: The Musical
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6) Anne of Green Gables Musical


For the truly committed, there's an annual run of the Anne of Green Gables play in Charlottetown. From June to August each year, you can attend a musical interpretation of Montgomery's first novel, which is, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's longest running theatrical production.  

And if you need even more Anne on stage, you can catch Anne & Gilbert this summer as well. Confederation Centre for the Arts, Charlottetown. 


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Did you read the Anne series as a child? What literary landmarks have you visited? 


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