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Prince Edward Island Historic Sites

Ardgowan National Historic Site
Smell the roses blossoming along a circular carriage driveway, stroll 19th century gardens and an orchard on the grounds of the picturesque rural cottage set in the Victorian era of Ardgowan, former home to William Henry Pope, one of the Fathers of Confederation. Hear birdsong; imagine genteel ladies on the croquet lawn. Spread a picnic amid the tranquil past in an historic setting in Charlottetown.

Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site
Dalvay-by-the-Sea, once a summer home owned by a wealthy oil tycoon, is an exquisite Queen Anne Revival-style estate adorned with gables, dormers and bay windows. Dalvay-by-the-Sea overlooks Dalvay Lake and the ocean where seabirds spiral above waves and beaches. Explore the grand wood-panelled interior or settle into a chair in front of a sandstone fireplace. Cycle the shoreline, walk the grounds or simply relax in an Adirondack chair on the front lawn, taking in the coastal panorama.

L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site

L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site is a cultural landscape that embraces the landscape near Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, that author L. M. Montgomery knew so well and made famous in her “Anne of Green Gables” books. The designated area includes the Green Gables house, Montgomery’s Cavendish home, and several landscape features such as the Haunted Wood Trail, Balsam Hollow Trail and Lover’s Lane, dear to Montgomery and familiar to her readers.

The Site of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish Home

The Site of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish Home is the farm of Montgomery’s maternal grandparents where she lived for the first 37 years of her life. This farmscape incorporates the ruins of the house and farm buildings that existed in Montgomery’s time, as well as the wooded groves and pathways described in her stories.

Please note: This site is not included for free entry with the 2017 Discovery Pass.

Green Gables Heritage Place

The second area encompasses Green Gables, the neighbouring farmstead which inspired the setting of Montgomery’s most famous novel, “Anne of Green Gables” published in 1908. The site includes the house in its natural setting with surroundings that inspired both her imagination and her fiction including the Haunted Wood, the site of the schoolhouse, Lover’s Lane and the babbling brook.

Together these landscapes evoke both Montgomery’s real life and the fictional world she created.

Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site
Originally established by the French in 1720, Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst commemorates the first permanent European settlement on Île Saint-Jean (today Prince Edward Island). After falling to British forces in 1758 it became the site of a major deportation of French and Acadian settlers. The fort’s grassy ruins are still visible, and interpretive panels explore its rich history. The grounds also offer superb views of the surrounding countryside and Charlottetown Harbour.

Province House National Historic Site
The birthplace of Confederation and the seat of Prince Edward Island’s provincial legislature since 1847, Province House National Historic Site is a Charlottetown landmark. Stroll the grounds to experience the magnificent neo-classical architecture of this majestic building and learn about its fascinating history through interpretive panels and the official Province House App.

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