Lucy Maud Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables
L.M. Montgomery achieved international fame with the publication of her novel Anne of Green Gables, which is set in Prince Edward Island. When it was released in 1908, most readers were not even aware that Prince Edward Island was a real place. The book’s popularity helped put PEI on the map as millions of fans began to visit the magical setting of their favourite novel.
There are many places in PEI that are dedicated to Montgomery and her most well known character, Anne Shirley. You can even visit Green Gables House, the very site that inspired the book.
Montgomery published approximately 500 short stories and poems in addition to twenty novels. Nineteen of these novels are set in Prince Edward Island and beautifully incorporate the location as an essential character in each story’s plot.
Her writing has had an incredible impact on PEI’s tourism industry because it completely captures the charm and serenity that make the Island such a special place.
“You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island in a summer twilight when the dew is falling and the old stars are peeping out and the sea keeps its mighty tryst with the little land it loves.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery