We just got back from a week in Prince Edward Island! We had a wonderful time enjoying the sand and sun, but one of our favourite memories is from our visit to Green Gables.
Green Gables is a National Park, and is THE place to visit for fans of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s series about Anne, a precocious red-headed orphan, who comes to live on the Island around the turn of the century (last century, not this one!).
We headed through the Express Lane, thanks to our Parks Canada Pass. This year’s pass is actually good for two years, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation! We skipped the Admissions Line, and headed right in.
Inside the reception area, a staff member greeted us and introduced us to the Parks Canada Xplorers’ program. Children receive an activity book to complete as they make their way around the National Park or Site. Once they’ve completed a certain number of activities, they’ll get a certificate and a collectible souvenir medallion!
We then moved into the theater where a 15 minute movie about Lucy Maud Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables provided an introduction to the area and the series. I did notice that the narrator was careful to point out that Anne Shirley, a heroine beloved by generations of children around the world, is actually a fictional character ;-).
After the video, we headed outside, through the barn and towards Green Gables. The park was quite busy and we waited in line for a few minutes before heading through the house.
Then we headed out on a few of the walking trails around the grounds: Lover’s Lane and through the Haunted Wood. It was a beautiful day, and we enjoyed stopping to read the signs along the way with quotes from Maud about the woods we were standing in.
There are several places around the grounds where you can enjoy a picnic lunch, and a small cafe is on site. While we were there, a lovely lady portraying Anne was also there to take pictures with. I’d suggest planning at least a couple of hours to really enjoy the exhibits and wander the grounds.
Green Gables was a wonderful place to spend the morning.
It’s an absolute must-see when you’re visiting Prince Edward Island!