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Green Gables Heritage Place Review: Fun Family Experience

Green Gables Heritage Place is the setting for the beloved 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It’s the story about the adventures of an 11-year-old orphan girl, Anne Shirley, living in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. She was mistakenly sent to two middle-aged siblings; Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, whom originally intending to adopt a boy to help them on their farm. 

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Anne Gables Farm House

The original green-gabled farmhouse has been carefully restored over the years to reflect the era, including the furnishings in the rooms. This house was owned by the cousins that L.M. Montgomery visited as a child. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s home is located nearby and is part of a site called L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site.

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Anne Gables: Inside the Farm House

Green Gables Heritage Place, PEI

Green Gables Heritage Place is located in Prince Edward Island National Park near sandy beaches and farmland on the north shore of Prince Edward Island in Cavendish. In 1937, Green Gables became part of Prince Edward Island National Park and her relatives stayed at the house for another nine years.

1. Things to do at Green Gables Heritage Place

There is plenty to see and do with the family while visiting the Green Gables Heritage Place including:

  • Touring of the farmhouse where guides are on hand to answer questions.
  • Guided tours during July and August.
  • Meeting Anne herself, portrayed by an actress wearing red braids and her “bosom friend” Diana Barry, the girl living next door.
  • A short presentation on the history of the site and its connections to Lucy Maud Montgomery.
  • 2 outdoor trails lead you into the surrounding woodlands.
  • Regular demonstrations evoke farm life more than a century ago such as learning to make ice cream, take part is potato sack races or take in some great music and even try them out yourself.
  • Following along with Anne’s favourite teacher, Miss Stacy, on one of her most famous field days.
  • Sitting alongside an old time Cavendish resident as they share stories from L.M. Montgomery’s famous Anne of Green Gables.
  • Exploring exhibits on the cultural history of late 19th century Cavendish.
  • Dressing up in Victorian clothing and posing for a photo!
  • Enjoying a picnic with Anne
  • and many more

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The site is open from May to October and only 40 kilometres from PEI’s capital, Charlottetown. July to August are the most popular months to visit and the busiest times are between 11am and 3pm. If you like to avoid the crowds, consider coming outside these hours.

2. Trails

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Anne Gables Lover’s Lane

At Green Gables, they have two trails for you to explore: the Haunted Wood Trail and the Balsam Hollow Trail, which begins as Lover’s Lane. Interpretive signage are located along the trails that highlight the inspirational sources for Montgomery’s writing.

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Anne Gables Balsam Hollow Trail Sign

Balsam Hollow Trail

Length: 0.8 km return
Difficulty: Easy

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Balsam Hollow Trail

This trail begins with Lover’s Lane and wanders through woodlands and follows a brook.

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Green Gables Haunted Wood Trail Sign

Haunted Wood Trail

Length: 0.9 km return
Difficulty: Easy

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Woodpecker on a tree at the Anne Gables Haunted Wood Trail

This wooded area served as the inspiration for the Haunted Wood that appeared in the book Anne of Green Gables. It passes near the Cavendish Cemetery, resting place of L.M. Montgomery, and connects to the site of L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish Home (separate entry fee or combination pass required).

3. Hours of operations

Full site open daily May 1 to October 31 from 9 AM to 5 PM.

4. Fees

You can purchase:

 Adult$ 7.80
 Senior$ 6.55
 Youth 17 and underfree in 2018

5. Map

Download your own copy of their detailed map.

6. Parking

Free parking is available in the parking lot.

7. Gift Shop

The Green Gables Gift Shop is offers a varied selection of souvenirs, crafts, books and mementoes of your visit.

8.Butter Churn Cafe

The Butter Churn Cafe offers a varied selection of hot and soft drinks, baked goods, Island-made ice cream, and more. Enjoy a raspberry cordial or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, a raspberry cordial float!

9. More for the Kids

Parks Canada Xplorers is a new program featuring exploration activities for children 6 to 11 years old and their families.

When you arrive at Green Gables Heritage Place, please ask our staff at the Visitor Centre for an Xplorers’ booklet filled with fun activities that will guide your children’s discovery of the site. When they complete the requested number of activities they will be recognized as an official Xplorer with a certificate and a special souvenir!

The activities vary from one location to another, and so does the souvenir. This way children will enjoy discovering national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas and they can collect a souvenir from each location they visit.

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Green Gables Scavenger Hunt Sheet to dowload

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10. Geocaching at Green Gables

They have hidden four geocaches for you to find and make your experience even more enjoyable!

1. Green Gables Heritage Place

N 46° 29.376 W 063° 22.574

Clue: Medium size evergreen

2. Balsam Hollow Trail

N 46° 29.097 W 063° 22.894

Clue: Below where one would ascend

3. Haunted Woods Trail

N 46° 29.260 W 063° 22.767

Clue: Below one of the big pine trees just past the golf course

4. National Treasure

N 46° 29.376 W 063° 22.574

Clue: Tall double stump, ground level

Green Gables is one of the most recognized literary landmarks in Canada. It’s a fun and educational visit for the entire family and a tourist boom for Canada’s smallest province. Canada’s literary history comes alive at Green Gables Heritage Place!
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Balsam Hallow Trail

For more information on Green Gables Heritage Place you can visit their website, and connect with Parks Canada on their FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages!

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Green Gables Heritage Place: Fun Family Experience

Disclaimer: I received a yearly pass from Parks Canada to write this review. The views I share are my own.

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. So amazing! It has a been dream of mine since I was a young kid watching Anne of Green Gables to visit PEI and Green Gables. Maybe one day.. Thank you for sharing! I love it.


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