The best children’s books, the ones that become classics, are those that take us outside of our everyday lives and on a little journey of the imagination. Why not make that journey literal? After reading the stories, pack up the kids (and the books) and take an adventurous vacation to see behind the scenes of their favourite tales.
Canada - anne of green gables’ village
You don’t have to fly across the ocean to see this kid-friendly attraction. And there’s no better time to go: this year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of the novel, so Prince Edward Island is pulling out all the Anne stops through September.
The enchanting village of Avonlea in Cavendish on P.E.I. (avonlea.ca) is the setting that inspired author Lucy Maud Montgomery to create her tale of the red-haired orphan. The horse-and-buggy era comes alive in the village. Pre-packed picnics, pony rides, and multiple daily performances will keep the family busy all afternoon. And don’t forget to pick up a bottle of raspberry cordial, Anne’s favourite drink.
The Green Gables heritage site (pc.gc.ca) in Prince Edward Island National Park (once home of Montgomery’s elderly cousins) is like a time warp that truly makes Anne’s story come to life. Kids can walk through the magical Haunted Woods (following interpretive signs) and race down the cowpath known as Lover’s Lane in the book. After touring the visitor centre and taking in some short films about Green Gables and L.M. Montgomery, enjoy a picnic-s