Parks Canada has developed the first stand-alone management plan for Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, to shape the future of the 80-year-old heritage site.
Green Gables has become famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic tale of fiction, Anne of Green Gables. This year will mark the author’s 150th birthday for which the heritage site will be commemorating throughout 2024.
The management plan outlines three main strategies for the next ten years that will guide the visitor experience, the management of natural and cultural resources, and continued collaboration of partners, stakeholders and first nation communities.
Some objectives over the next decade include improving the maintenance and interpretation of the house’s garden and upgrading barrier-free access for visitors with mobility challenges and other disabilities.
The plan was based on input from Mi’kmaw partners of P.E.I., the Indigenous community, stakeholder groups, tourism industry, nature and recreation groups, local residents and visitors.
In spring 2019, Green Gables Heritage Place underwent a site development project that included a new visitor centre, upgraded parking lot design, updated interpretive elements and a new gift shop and café. The new visitor centre was designed for energy efficiency and functionality that match the high levels of visitation of the site.
More information about the plan can be found here.