Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vacation Post: Green Gables


This evening, I read a lovely piece in the New York Times travel section on Green Gables and it woke me from my blog slumber.

I have been meaning to share a few photos from our Atlantic Canada family vacation.  When I was 11 or so, my family visited Prince Edward Island. I read the Anne books when I was 10 and a huge fan.   The girls have not yet read the original stories, but  they do love the dramatic series with Meghan Follows so when an opportunity presented to visit the Maritimes at the beginning of August, I made sure we included a visit to Green Gables Heritage Place.



Above: Lover’s Lane

“Lover's Lane opened out below the orchard at Green Gables and stretched far up into the woods to the end of the Cuthbert farm. It was the way by which the cows were taken to the back pasture and the wood hauled home in winter. Anne had named it Lover's Lane before she had been a month at Green Gables.”  Anne of Green Gables

To reach the PEI, we drove from Nova Scotia up to Nova Scotia to the Confederation Bridge. When you reach PEI  there is a visitor centre called the “Gateway Village” and there is a shop that has Anne complete costumes for all sizes (just 3$ per person and you can take as many photos on your own camera or cameras as you wish to take). This is one of our family photos. 


Over the years, I have acquired a number of Green Gables post cards. Below is my first one from c.1982. I was able to pick up a few more at the Gateway Village shops. 



On my PEI flickr album, I have posted a number interior photos of Green Gables, so I will just post one of the sewing room.


The shops at the Gateway Village also had some Anne editions for early readers.  We picked up these two versions.


Prince Edward Island is absolutely beautiful.  The island is famous for its red sand.   This is photo was taken at the seaside village of Victoria-by-the-sea at low tide. The beach was treasure trove for the shell collector.



PEI is also famous for its Cows ice cream, some say it is the “world’s best”. I am not sure about that distinction (my family preferred Nova Scotia’s Farmer’s Dairy ice cream), but Cows certainly has cornered the merchandising - I thought the Cowtown Abbey shirt was pretty clever.

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At Cows, you can also pick up a six pack of Anne’s infamous raspberry cordial.


We had a wonderful and memorable visit.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit PEI, I highly recommend it.

I hope you are enjoying your summer,



  1. I remember reading Anne of Green Gables - wonderful stories!

  2. It's one of my favorite book series. I love your family photo in costume. What fun memories you made for the girls on this trip.

  3. This post brings back memories of my school friend and I reading this book together over the summer. I didn't realise it has associations with Canada until today. Thank you for sharing!

  4. who doesnt love Anne of Green Gables!? Love the pic of your family all dressed up! I have a friend that has a cottage in nova scotia. she takes lovely pictures of the views around there. Its quite a trip to get there I think she takes a long ferry ride if Im not mistaken. (Which I so could be... mistaken... lol!) anyways. looks like you had a nice trip. YOu always do the best things with your girls!
    Have a great weekend

  5. I would love to go there! I enjoyed seeing your pictures on Instagram. Now I am going to check out your flickr album since I extra love the interior photos.

  6. I have never read Anne of Green Gables, but would love to read with my daughter in the near future. Anne of Green Gables was mentioned recently on the Oliver + S blog:


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