Green Gables Heritage Place
Written by Island author L.M Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables has found its way into the hearts of millions of readers. Green Gables Heritage Place is best known as the fictional home of Anne Shirley – the spunky red-haired heroine. This place was once the home to cousins of the author. Its lanes and pathways, along with the surrounding countryside, served as inspiration for the setting of Montgomery’s famous novel. Now a protected place, the house has been lovingly decorated to depict Anne’s home. People come from around the world to Green Gables Heritage Place to immerse themselves in the story’s landscape, find the source of Montgomery’s inspiration, and fulfill a lifelong wish to see the place they’ve dreamed about firsthand. In 2020, Parks Canada completed a comprehensive site rehabilitation at Green Gables, which includes a new visitor centre with an exhibit hall, gift shop, and café as well as updated interpretive elements. The building is pursuing LEED Gold certification, with a particular emphasis on the use of local materials. The building will be completely powered by renewable energy, and targets an overall heating and cooling reduction of 41 percent. A list of programming includes guided visits, after-hours visits with Anne Shirley, and Sunday picnics.