Island Sightseeing Drive, Rustico Harbour, and the Anne of Green Gables House
Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
- Green Gables: It may not have been a real place, but you'll get to visit the places that inspired the creation of L.M. Montgomery's beloved character.
- Rustico Harbour: This traditional fishing village is home to one of Prince Edward Island's biggest fisheries, and you'll learn about its history as you visit its fleet and market.
- The Prince Edward Island Preserve Company: Home to a serenity garden, Butterfly House, and a shop selling their famous sweet treats, you'll have time to explore and purchase their famous preserves, jellies and other sweet treats to bring home with you.
About this Charlottetown tour
Anne Shirley came to love Prince Edward Island: its beautiful shoreline, charming villages, and amiable people. You may know her better as Anne of Green Gables, and that she's an entirely fictional character shouldn't matter an iota. After all, Lucy Maud Montgomery, the woman who brought Anne to life, based the entire story around the island, from its people to its landscapes, villages, and landmarks.
The Avonlea so beloved by Anne may not be real, but it was inspired by the places and experiences of the author's childhood on the island – Cavendish and New Glasgow among them. The Green Gables farmhouse is in Cavendish, also home to Avonlea Village and the site of L.M. Montgomery's house, where her descendants still live.
Just like her storied character, the author took many long walks on the island's coastal dunes. As you stroll along the boardwalk and watch the piping plovers pecking at the sand and taking flight above the shoreline, you may wonder if it's Anne that has entranced readers for over a hundred years, or the beautiful island she lived on.
If you have a bad childhood, make up a better one
Anne of Green Gables was an orphan, and her creator was a virtual one. Lucy Maud Montgomery's mother died of TB when she was still a toddler, so her father sent her to live with her maternal grandparents in Cavendish. They were strict and unforgiving – the opposite of the novel's fictional Cuthberts – leading Lucy to spend much of her lonely childhood creating fictional worlds that would eventually include Anne.
Please proceed to the Founders' Hall located at 6 Prince Street to meet our GoBe Rep. with the displayed logo sign.
This tour involves a minimal amount of walking with steps to climb. It is suitable for travelers with limited mobility, able to get on and off the bus without assistance. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Bus Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Shopping
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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