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The Island Drive & Anne of Green Gables

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The Island Drive & Anne of Green Gables

The maritime province of Prince Edward Island is the smallest in Canada, in both land area and population (excluding the territories). The island has a few other names: "Garden of the Gulf," referring to the pastoral scenery and lush agricultural lands throughout the province, and "Birthplace of Confederation," referring to the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, although Prince Edward Island did not join the Confederation itself until 1873 when it became the seventh Canadian province.

The island's landscape is pastoral. Rolling hills, woods, reddish-white sand beaches, ocean coves, and the famous red soil have given Prince Edward Island a reputation as a province of outstanding natural beauty. As you tour the North Shore area, brief photo stops will be made at quaint little villages, lighthouses, and the world-class Cavendish Beach. Fronting the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this broad natural sand beach stretches for five miles, from the entrance to New London Bay in the west, to the red sandstone cliffs at Cavendish East in the east. The entire beach is located in the Prince Edward Island National Park.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Anne of Green Gables House. Anne of Green Gables is a bestselling novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, published in 1908. Set in 1878, it was written as fiction for readers of all ages, but in recent decades has been considered a children's book. Montgomery found her inspiration for the book on an old piece of paper that she had written at a young age, describing a couple that was mistakenly sent an orphan girl instead of a boy, yet decided to keep her. Montgomery also drew upon her own childhood experiences in rural Prince Edward Island. As a result, the Green Gables farmhouse was designated a national historic site for its importance in literary history, and is one of the most visited historic sites in the country. The farmhouse exterior has not changed remarkably over time, and its interior decor and artifacts depict the late Victorian Period in rural Prince Edward Island. Various rooms in the house have been named according to the Anne of Green Gables story.

A stop will be made at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, located in one of Canada's prettiest villages. The company uses locally grown fruit to make delicious jams and marmalades.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard Group
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From
An approximately 5 minute walk from the pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also suggested.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 80 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsThe island driveJuly 26, 2019

Reviewer: Linda Sundve
This was a very excellent journey, seen several places (and had time to take pictures). Found the tour guide with great knowledge of history. Would take again.

5 StarsPrince Edward Island ToursJuly 15, 2019

Reviewer: Eden Kuhlenschmidt
Our tour guide, Dave Riley, was very knowledgeable about Prince Edward Island. He was also very entertaining when appropriate. It was obvious that he loved his Province and wanted to show as much off as possible. We would have wished for a little more time at the Green Gables stop. The preserves place was packed with 6 tour buses so we didn't really get to do much. We loved stopping at the National Park. It would have been nice to have had a little map showing where we were going, overall a good day and a good tour. I have also reviewed this tour on TripAdvisor.

5 StarsCity/country/seaside all in one excursionJuly 11, 2019

Reviewer: GINA HULL-ZANOLINI
Great tour overview of a beautiful slice of Prince Edward Island's history and geography. Tour was sprinkled with historical information, local points of interest, beautiful countryside, beaches, and the home that inspired Anne of Green Gables. Stops were well planned and informative

5 StarsGreat Introduction to PEIJune 14, 2019

Reviewer: Robert Carpenter
In addition to the fun visit to Green Gables we had a nice drive through PEI and Charlottetown in spite of the rain. Excellent guide with many corny jokes.

5 StarsThe Island Drive and Anne of Green GablesJune 10, 2019

Reviewer: Dominique Rutteman
Best tour guide ever. Dave Riley provided a comprehensive tour of the island. He was very knowledgeable about the island as well as Canada.

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