If you happen to be planning a trip to Maritime OR Eastern Canada within the next couple of months, or weeks – or even years! – you might want to take note of these sites as being some particularly interesting places to visit. Especially if you are a fan of the Road to Avonlea or Anne of Green Gables series!
This is a replica of the Avonlea village described in L.M. Montgomery’s books, which opened in 1999. It is a combination of newly built stores representing small town PEI, with historical buildings moved to the site from their original spots. This includes the Belmont Schoolhouse where Lucy Maud taught and an old church her cousins once attended. Entertainment is included wtih admission, with appearances by Anne and Diana, and musical entertainment in the evenings.
The exterior of this hotel was used as the White Sands Hotel. It is situated at the east end of PEI, and is now a hotel and dining room that is sometimes rented for private functions. It was built in 1895 by Alexander MacDonald, a wealthy businessman and one-time president of Standard Oil Comapny with John D. Rockefeller. When once on vacation to Prince Edward Island with his family, he became so intrigued with the area that he contacted his agent and bought 120 acres of land on the north shore which included a variety of farmland and forested area. He named the property he purchased “Dalvay by the Sea”.
Scenes from all 3 Anne Films and Road to Avonlea were filmed in this pioneer village. Annually, this area also hosts an Anne of Green Gables Day, including an Anne Look-a-like Contest. The Jerseyville Railway Station here was used as the Bright River Station in Anne of Green Gables, and also where Sara Stanley, her Nanny and Andrew King first arrived in Avonlea in Road to Avonlea: Season 1. The General Store was used for the interior of Lawson’s Store, where Matthew bought Anne the “puffed-sleeves” dress for Anne.
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 of Green Gables films and Road to Avonlea.
Century Mills, Gormley Ontario
The bridge scene between Anne and Gilbert takes place in this area, in addition to the scene in which Anne pretends to be The Lily Maid. Unfortunately the bridge became unsafe and was replaced with a new bridge in the early 1990s. Fortunately the new bridge is identical to the one used in the movie.