Are you planning a trip to Prince Edward Island or to Ontario? You may want to visit these sites!
Many, many, MANY thanks to Susanne Muller for all her research in helping me compile this page.
Things to see on Prince Edward Island
- View the scenic vistas of ocean, the beaches, and the "peculiar" red roads.
- Take a guided evening walk through the Haunted Wood and take a stroll down Lover's Lane.
- Spend an evening out at the theatre watching Anne of Green Gables: The Musical.
- PEI National Park (Cavendish): The Park highlights sand dunes, supervised beaches, sandstone cliffs, salt marshes, ponds, woodlands, wildlife as well as cultural landmarks including Green Gables and Dalvay-by-the-Sea. Activities for the outdoor enthusiast include camping, swimming, hiking, biking, picnicking, golf, tennis. A variety of food outlets, gift shops, roofed accommodations. Park activities offered in July/August include birdwatching, beach walks, cultural campfires.
- The Avonlea Village (Cavendish): This replica of the Avonlea village descibed in LMM books was opened in 1999. There is a combination of newly built stores to represent a small PEI village at the turn of the century, with historical buildings moved to the site from their original spots, including the Belmont schoolhouse where LMM taught and an old church her Campbell cousins once attended. Entertainment is included in the price of admission, with appearances by Anne and Diana, and musical entertainment in the evenings.
The Green Gables House (Cavendish): This house is the house LMM was thinking of when she wrote her famous book. It was where her MacNeill cousins lived. The Green Gables house used in the Anne movies was actually two distinct buildings, both privately owned and both located in Southern Ontario. The reason for choosing these houses (aside from their visual appeal) was because most of the principle filming was done in Southern Ontario, and since the Cavendish Green Gables is constantly in use as a tourist attraction, it was inaccessible to be used as a movie set.
Dalvay-By-The-Sea Country Inn and Restaurant (Grand Tracadie): The exterior of this Inn was used as the White Sands Hotel. Constructed in 1896-1899 by Alexander McDonald of Cincinnati, an American oil industrialist, it served as a summer house in Queen Anne revival style. Situated at the east end of PEI National Park on Dalvay Beach, it is now a hotel and dining room leased to a private business interest by Parks Canada. The Inn has 26 rooms (prices range from CDN$160-300/night), 3 dining rooms and a gift shop.
Orwell Corner Historic Village: Located just off of the TransCanada Highway, midway between Charlottetown and the Northumberland Ferries Terminal at Wood Islands. Some exterior shots of the barns and church were shot here.
Stanhope-by-the-Sea: Located on a scenic bluff at the tip of the Stanhope Peninsula, overlooking Covehead Bay and adjacent to the white sand beaches of Prince Edward Island National Park. This is the "original" White Sands Hotel, where Anne gives her recitation of "The Highwayman."
- For more information on Cavendish and/or PEI, visit the official PEI website.
Places to visit in Ontario
Westfield Heritage Village (Rockton): Just north of Highway 8, halfway between Dundas and Cambridge. Tel. 519-621-8851.
- Scenes from all 3 Anne films and Road to Avonlea have been filmed at this pioneer village. On special occasions during the Christmas season, some of the stars of Avonlea have made appearances. They also have an Anne of Green Gables Day, including an Anne-look-a-like contest.
- The Jerseyville Railway Station was used as the Bright River Station in both Anne of Green Gables (when Anne first arrives at Green Gables) and Road to Avonlea (The Journey Begins where Sara Stanley, her Nanny and Andrew King first arrive in Avonlea). The station was originally built in Jerseyville and was the first building moved to the Westfield Centre.
- In the first Anne film, the interior of the Hammond house was filmed in the D'Aubigney Inn, and most of the furnishings came from the Westfield artifact collection.
- The Sawmill was used as the Hammond sawmill in the scene where Mr. Hammond dies.
- The orphanage bedroom scene (arched windows in the background) where Anne finds out she's been adopted by a family in P.E.I was filmed in the second storey of the Dry Goods Store.
- The General Store was used for the interior of Lawson's store, where Matthew bought the "puffed-sleeves" dress for Anne.
- The Church, Boot & Harness Shop and other buildings formed the village back drop when Gilbert drives Anne home from the General Store.
- Matthew's funeral was filmed at the cemetery beside the Mountsberg Church.
- In the Avonlea episode entitled The Journey Begins, the moonlight scene (a very large light on top of a crane) in which Felix and Felicity try out the magic seeds and were found by the constable, was filmed in the church cemetery.
- In Strictly Melodrama the Church was used as the Avonlea Town Hall.
- The church in which Anne and Gilbert were married is also here.
- The road where Diana, in third movie, stops the car because of sheep blocking the way.
- In addition to filming on site at Westfield, artifacts from its collection have been used extensively to furnish the movie sets for the first two Anne films and Road to Avonlea. In particular, the Green Gables kitchen set is always furnished with the stove, dough box, and wood box from Westfield, and the Road to Avonlea General Store interior has many Westfield artifacts as well.
Doon Heritage Crossroads (Kitchener): Tel. 519-748-1914. Open May to December.
- Several of the buildings in this pioneer village were used in the filming of the first two Anne movies:
- The Sararas-Bricker Farm was the exterior of the Hammond house
- The Seibert House was Rachel Lynde's house in both films. The interior was also used in The Sequel.
- Both the interior and the exterior of The Post Office were used to represent the Avonlea Post Office.
- The General Store was used as Lawson's store in The Sequel, where Anne wins the Rollings Reliable Baking Powder story contest
- The village inside the park became Avonlea in The Sequel. The production company even set up a house front between the harness shop and the general store.
- The covered bridge seen in the first two Anne films is located at the end of the street.
Black Creek Pioneer Village (Toronto): 1000 Murray Ross Parkway (off Steeles Avenue West). Tel. 416-736-1733.
- The Tinsmith Shop was the exterior of Lawson's store in Anne of Green Gables. The scene in which Matthew looks in the window at the dress with puffed sleeves was filmed here.
- The back door of the Burwick House was used in the scene in which Matthew and the doctor enter Diana's house when Minnie May is sick. It was also used to represent Jasper Dale's house in the Road to Avonlea episode The Hope/Blue Chest of Arabella King.
- The Printing Office and Masonic Lodge were used as The Avonlea Chronicle office in the above mentioned episode.
- The Town Hall was the Markdale Town Hall in the Avonlea episode Heirs and Graces.
Century Mills (Gormley):
- This is a little mission station just down the road from Bruce's Mill. The scenes from both Anne films involving the footage over the Lake of Shining Waters was filmed here, including the scene in which Anne nearly drowns while pretending to be The Lily Maid.
- The bridge seen in the films is visible from the road. Although this is private property, the owner does not mind people visiting the site.
- Unfortunately the bridge became unsafe and was replaced with a new bridge in the early 1990's. Fortunately the new bridge is identical to the one used in the movie.
Bruce's Mill Conservation Area (Gormley):
- The exterior of Diana Barry's home is located just outside the entrance of the park, and although Bruce's Mill is open to the public, the house is a private residence on private property and cannot be toured.
- It was also used in the Road to Avonlea as the exterior of the manse in the 5th season episodes Enter Prince Charming and The Minister's Wife.
Scarborough Historic Museum (Scarborough):
- This museum is housed in 4 buildings: the Cornell House, the McGowan Log Cabin, the Hough Carriage Works, and the Kennedy Display Annex.
- The Cornell House was used during the filming of Anne of Green Gables. The kitchen was used in the scene in which Anne treats Minnie May Barry when she has the croup, where Anne apologized to Josephine Barry in the parlour, and one of the bedrooms was used during the sleepover scene.
Spadina Museum (Toronto): 1866 estate situated beside Casa Loma.
- Both the interiors and exteriors were used to represent Beechwood, the home of Josephine Barry in the first film.
- In Road to Avonlea, the scene in which Aunt Hetty and Sara play checkers in the episode Sara's Homecoming was filmed in the Palm Room.
- In the episode The Return of Gus Pike, this was the home of Captain Ames, and the exterior of the sanitarium in the episode Thursday's Child.
Victoria College (Toronto): accross the street from 110 Charles Street West.
- Part of the University of Toronto, this College became Queen's Academy in Anne of Green Gables.
Ontario Electric Railway Museum (Rockwood):
- This full-sized operating electric railway museum has a variety of historic streetcars, and is open weekends from May to October, and daily throughout the summer.
- In Anne, the scene in which Anne leaves on the train to go to college was filmed here.
Dundas Valley Conservation Area (Ancaster):
- This park consists of ski hills and hiking trails. The Trail Centre is inside a historic railway station which was used as the train station in the Anne of Green Gables publicity shots, but not actually used in the film.
- It was used as the Kingsport Station in The Sequel, the Bright River and Port Borden stations in Lantern Hill, and in the sixth season Avonlea episode Comings and Goings.
Martin's Road (Ancaster):
- This is the site of the autumn lane that Anne walks down, which is also the lane that Gil and Anne walk down discussing Averil's Atonement before Gilbert whips her.
The scenery is much different now because a big community center has been built beside it. But it is still a very pretty spot.
Simcoe County Museum (Minesing):
- This large museum has several pioneer buildings and a modern display centre. It is open throughout the year, although the outbuildings are closed during the winter months.
- The frame schoolhouse was used as the Avonlea schoolhouse in both Anne films.
- The lane where Anne and Diana were bombarded with berries is also here.
Pickering Museum Village (Pickering): Highway 7 at the village of Greenwood. This pioneer village consists of 13 historic buildings and is open daily from June to September. Tel. 905-693-8401.
- The Cole House was Moody Spurgeon's house in the first Anne film, where Anne walked the ridgepole, and the house where Jim Post lived and where Jane's friend Jody was mistreated in Lantern Hill. In both of these productions it was painted white with green trim. In the Avonlea episode Aunt Janet Rebels it was Angus and Mrs. McCorkadale's home. It was used as a farmhouse in Happy Christmas Miss King.
- The Log House was Mrs. MacGuire's home in Happy Christmas Miss King. It was visible in the scene where Alec King delivers a food basket and learns from Mrs. MacGuire the sad news about her boys.
- Collin's House was used in the Avonlea episode Aunt Janet Rebels as Bill MacNeil's home. It can also be seen in the scene from Happy Christmas Miss King when Alec is delivering the food basket to Mrs. MacGuire.
- The interior of the Oddfellows Hall was used in Anne as the Carmody Town Hall, where Anne attends her first ball at Christmas. The hall (both interior and exterior) was the Avonlea Town Hall in Happy Christmas Miss King as well as several Road to Avonlea episodes such as The Materializing of Ducan and Felicity's Challenge.
- The Bible Christian Church was used in Lantern Hill as the Bright River Schoolhouse, and appeared as the Avonlea Town Hall (interior and exterior) in several Avonlea episodes including Aunt Janet Rebels.
- The Blacksmith Shop depicted Moody Spurgeon's farm in Anne of Green Gables and can be seen in the background during Mr. Phillips' departure.
- The General Store was used as a police station in the Avonlea episode Aunt Janet Rebels, and both the interior and exterior were used as the Avonlea General Store in Happy Christmas Miss King.
Butternut Farm (Cedar Grove): Steeles Avenue (about a five minute drive from the Toronto zoo: turn right onto Steeles Ave as your driving away from the zoo)
- This huge farmhouse, built in 1850, was used as Green Gables in both Anne films as well as Road to Avonlea. It is white with a green roof, green shutter and gables like the one on P.E.I., but it is quite a bit larger, with a roomy verandah. Although the gables are not painted green, the front gable has an attractive green lattice frame. As it is a private residence, permission must be obtained before exploring the property. The verandah railing and the white picket fence were put up by Sullivan Films each time they used the house for filming and was taken down afterwards.
- The orchard belonging to the house has been used in several Avonlea episodes as the King Orchard.
- The lane to Green Gables in the movies is actually a long driveway just down the road from Butternut Farm.
- The muddy field where Anne chased Dolly, her Jersey cow, belongs to the farm and can be accessed by a sideroad.
Windmere House (Bracebridge):
- Overlooking Lake Rosseau, this hotel was used as the White Sands Hotel in the first Anne movie.
The White Way of Delight (Toronto):
- The beautiful scene where Anne and Matthew drive along a tree-lined path filled with blossoms on their way to Green Gables is actually an orchard just outside of Toronto. Sadly, the blossoms in the scene only lasted one day and then were washed away by rain.
Edward's Gardens (Toronto): 777 Lawrence Avenue East.
- This flower-filled public garden has a pond, rustic bridges and a civic garden centre. In The Sequel, the rustic log bridge and the gazebo were used in the scene in which Anne and Gilbert meet in Kingsport.
- The civic garden centre could be seen in the background when Captain Harris proposed to Anne.
De LaSalle House (Toronto): 131 Farnham Avenue. Tel. 416-969-8771.
- This mansion appeared as Maplehurst in The Sequel. Built in 1860 by Senator John Macdonald who was a business man and statesman, it is presently a private school for boys (Grades 9-13). It was designated as heritage building on both architectural and historical grounds. It is deemed to be an excellent example of high Victorian domestic architecture, complete in almost all of its details including its interior fittings.
Dundurn Castle (Hamilton):
- This 19th century mansion is open all year round. One of the drawing rooms was used as the Tea Room in Charlottetown where Josephine Barry took Anne and Diana in the first Anne film.
- Several of the rooms were used as interiors of Maplehurst in The Sequel.
Whitehern (downtown Hamilton): Open afternoons all year.
- This Georgian mansion's interior and exterior were used as Captian Harris' Boston home in The Sequel. The scene where Anne talks to him in the parlour was filmed here.
- The parlour was also used as Evelyn Morrow's bedroom in Lantern Hill.
- The dining room was used to represent the Morrow dining room in Lantern Hill.
- The scene in which Jane first meets Lillian was filmed here.
- The front hall and stairway were used in The Sequel and Lantern Hill.
Penryn Park (Port Hope):
- This is a golf and country club which is open to the public but the interiors of the buildings are not accessible.
- The interior and exterior of the old mansion were used as Kingsport Ladies College in The Sequel, and in the Avonlea episode High Society.
- The interior was also used as the inside of the old Lloyd house in the episode Old Lady Lloyd.
- Anne's classroom at the college was actually filmed inside an old house next to the college, which has since become a private residence.
- The shed in which Anne fell through the roof is actually located behind the building and not under Anne's window as is seemed in The Sequel. The production company built a prop shed beside the college to film this sequence.
Woodend (Ancaster): Mineral Springs Road.
- This historic mansion holds the headquarters of the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority.
- In The Sequel, the hayride scene ended here.
- This is also where Jen and Myra Pringle let the sheep escape.
Main Avonlea Set (Township of Uxbridge): Located on Concession 6 off Highway 21, just east of Coppins Corners
- King Farm (including the barn, pond and graveyard), Jasper and Olivia Dale's house, Mr. Pettibone's House (formerly Clemmie Ray's), The Pott's House, Peg Bowan's House, Rose Cottage
- The General Store, Biggins' Boarding House, Avonlea District Chronicle Office/ Post Office, Blacksmith Shop, Mr. Gillis' sawmill, The Cannery, The lighthouse, Avonlea flagstop
- The School House - the only building which has an interior used for filming. All other interior shots are filmed inside a studio in Scarborough, ON (just east of Toronto).
- Covered Bridge - the bridge is actually built on wheels and rolled away from the road to allow cars to pass with out having to drive through it, and is only in place when needed for a scene.
- The Pinegrove Church in Coppins Corners is east of the Avonlea site. It has been used in several Avonlea episodes as The Avonlea Presbyterian Church, including The Ties That Bind and Conversions. It is still actively used as a public church.
- All of the buildings built specifically for Road to Avonlea on the set in Uxbridge were taken down. The set was on land which belonged to a farming family. They still live on the property and their house and barn, which were used to depict the King house and barn, are still standing. The land is private property, but you can see the house and barn from the road.
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