Ever since I was a little girl, it was my dream to go to Prince Edward Island.
Not for the food, not for the gorgeous ocean views (ok, maybe a little bit for that), but to visit the home of my favourite fictional character – Anne of Green Gables.
Yes, that imaginative redhead & I were always kindred spirits (in my daydreams anyways). It was always on my bucket list to walk the red sand beaches, take a stroll down Lover’s Lane, venture into the Haunted Wood and even take in the magic of the Lake of Shining Waters.
And it finally happened. I made it to Prince Edward Island! And to celebrate I created this illustrated map of my travels during the weekend!
My fiancé came up with the brilliant idea of taking a weekend trip to this beautiful province (it’s a three and a half hour drive from Halifax), to celebrate our anniversary a few weeks ago. Of course, I was beyond thrilled with the idea and went straight into research mode.
What we discovered though was that most of the “touristy” things that you would want to see were closing or closed for the season! That’s ok though, that wasn’t about to stop us from making the trip. Note that “the season” seems to typically begin around mid-May/June going until the end of September or mid-October.
We made sure to note the more important Green Gables landmarks (the house that inspired author Lucy Maud Montgomery, a few museums, Lake of Shining Waters) and a few more iconic places as well for our travel plans. Anything else that we wanted to see would have to be en route to those points.
And so, we began our drive (a very long drive it felt like) towards this small, but beautiful province.
Now, when we arrived in New Brunswick, we eventually started to see signs about heading towards Confederation Bridge. I had briefly heard about Confederation Bridge, but I don’t think that I was fully prepared for it. This bridge is MASSIVE. Or at least it felt like it to me. And it felt like we were driving on it forever – even though it was only 12.9 km long! Apparently though, at the speed limit, it should only take a car around 12 minutes to get from one end to the other (still felt like forever). And another thing to note, if you leave the province using the bridge, you will be charged a toll fee of $46.50.
This is where the magic happened. This is the very house that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery to write the stories about Anne and her beloved Green Gables. I actually started to tear up when I saw the house (yep I’m cheesy like that – full disclosure). This trip was that special to me. I can’t even explain the feeling to you, it just meant so much to actually see the places that were mentioned. Once I got myself together, we took a stroll down Lover’s Lane (as lovers do I suppose), and into the Haunted Wood. I had to pinch myself – was this for real? And because it was Canada’s 150th this year, entrance to the park (the house was located in the Prince Edward Island Heritage Park) was free!
After a day of exploring and walking around Anne’s old haunts, we ended up very hungry in an area called North Rustico. And again, as most places were either closed or closing for the season, it didn’t seem like we would find anything here. Until we spotted Pedro’s Island Eatery. From start to finish it was simply delicious. I started with a caesar salad, followed by a spicy shrimp pasta, and then we shared an incredible chocolate cake to finish out the meal. I overheard the owners saying that they usually don’t stay open this late into the season, but the great weather played a huge factor in the change of date!
What’s interesting about this landmark – the Anne of Green Gables Museum and the actual Green Gables house in the National Park is that Lucy Maud Montgomery actually lived in these places at some point throughout her life. The house/museum contains tons and tons of mementoes and keepsakes owned & written by Montgomery herself. She actually got married in the parlour of the house (what is now the museum)!
Passing by this notable landmark had me laughing – mostly because I was remembering the scene from the movie! It’s right across the road from the Anne of Green Gables Museum, so if you’re not interested in getting out, make sure to look for it as you drive towards the museum. You can’t miss it! There is another Lake of Shining Waters labelled on the map, but this lake at Parker Corner is the one that Montgomery had in mind while writing the Green Gables novels.
I kept noticing the red sand on all the roads we drove on while we were on Prince Edward Island. When we eventually got to Thunder Cove Beach, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was! The red sand, the red cliffs. If it had been a warm summer’s day, I probably wouldn’t have left until nightfall. It was such an amazing sight to see! Your imagination can really run wild in a place like that.
Charlottetown – Cow’s, Water St. Fish & Chips & Anne of Green Gables Chocolates
This was our last stop on the trip before heading home. I wasn’t sure what to expect of Charlottetown and I didn’t do much research about it. I wanted to be surprised! We mostly made this a pit stop on our trip by checking out the Anne of Green Gables Chocolate Shop & then the famous Cow’s for a scoop of ice cream (which was delicious). Dinner was at Water St. Fish & Chips, apparently they have some of the best fish & chips in Charlottetown. So obviously, I had to try the fish & chips! I also had their fish cakes too! No disappointment here! Another delicious meal on Prince Edward Island!
Well, that wrapped up my short, but memorable trip to Prince Edward Island. And I’m already making plans to hopefully visit again during next summer.
This girl has met her kindred spirit in Prince Edward Island and I can’t wait to return. For as long as I love Anne of Green Gables you won’t be able to keep me away from that place!
Have you ever been to PEI? Any must-visit spots I should see during my next trip? Let me know in the comments below!