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The last on Lucy Maud Montgomery

I drove towards Cabot Beach Provincial Park and after a hike, planned to stop at Thunder Cove. I needed to arrive early as after hiking in the park, it was important to arrive by midday when it was low tide to be able to walk along the shoreline to see Tea Cup Rock. Within ten kilometres of the Provincial Park, the road morphed into a muddy quagmire. It made no sense to attempt the precarious road especially as there were no other cars going the same route. On another road into the park, a second mushy road forced me to give up my dream of hiking by Malpeque Bay. This was a remote corner of the Prince Edward Island. There hadn’t even been one service station along the route or many other cars.

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Even today, Prince Edward Island’s Cavendish is a small community mostly made up of motels and cottages that are rented to tourists who come to take the Anne of Green Gables journey. There’s one general store, restaurants and a lot of tourist shops along Cavendish Road. Just off this road is a cluster of historical buildings in Avonlea.

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Green Gables Heritage Place

This site in PEI’s Cavendish was dedicated to Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables, one of Canada’s most famous authors. In 1911 before Lucy turned two, her mother died, and she lived with her maternal grandparents in Cavendish where she grew up. She completed a teaching degree in Charlottetown and later a literature course at Dalhousie University in Halifax while teaching. When her grandfather died, she gave up teaching and returned to Cavendish to care for her grandmother and help her run the post office.

(Featured photo: Anne of Green Gables in different languages)

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