Home to the iconic author of Anne and Green Gables from 1911 to 1926, Uxbridge is alive with the spirit of Lucy Maud Montgomery and her most renown character, Anne Shirley.
Each summer, you can enjoy the Maud of Leaskdale play at the Historical Leaskdale Church and this year, from September 9 to 17, get tickets to Rainbow Valley the musical, also at the Historical Leaskdale Church. See more details here.
What better place to start your day than the Leaskdale Manse National Historic site, the home where the author penned 11 books, while she raised her family. After a photo-op in the garden with the only full-size bronze statue of the beloved author, enjoy tea and scones on Maud’s own Limoges China dishes “Bridal Rose”. Children will be entertained during the tour with the manse’s brand new Cavendish cat and the art of old fashioned ice cream making! Before you leave, be sure to stop by the gift shop for a souvenir.
Outside Leaskdale there are a few places that are anxious to welcome you! To satisfy your thirst, visit Banjo Cider for a special glass of hand-crafted cider named after Maud herself. Book an appointment to visit Concession 6 Studio to discover some local art pieces including laser-engraved boards with L.M. Montgomery quotes. Call ahead to see a working pottery studio, Greenmantle Pottery, where Patricia Cherrie makes small batch organic pottery in a charming log cabin just down the road from Maud’s home in Leaskdale.
At the Uxbridge Historical Centre, you can ask for the “Lucy Maud Montgomery Tour” to learn about Maud’s connections to the museum’s historic buildings and a WWI exhibit that explores Maud’s involvement in local war efforts. There are also complimentary kids’ activities!
Next, head to downtown Uxbridge to see where Lucy Maud Montgomery walked and shopped. For lunch, you have a wide selection of restaurant options in the downtown Uxbridge area. You might prefer a sandwich from Jurgen’s Deli, a bison burger from Urban Pantry, or wide selection of plant-based dishes from fig kitchen and market. To top it all off , enjoy a latté with a slice of the TIN’s famous carrot cake, that even Anne would love!
Afterwards, stop by the beloved Blue Heron Books where you can write a letter to your kindred spirit with beautiful custom Anne stationery, try a game of hopscotch, or grab a FREE craft kit (available while supplies last). Don’t forget to gather all your bosom friends to take a picture at the Anne-themed photo booth with your Anne of Green Gables cookbook signed by L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter. Then, walk next door to The Bridge Social to try a glass of organic cold brew berry ice tea and a raspberry tart, inspired by Anne’s love of raspberry cordial. If you are a tea lover, make sure you stop in at Presents Presents Presents to pick up a specially priced loose-leaf tea infuser (while supplies last).
Take a few hours to explore the Lucy Maud Montgomery Trail, a self-guided driving tour with podcast audio that tells the story of L.M. Montgomery’s time in the area, or if you don’t have the time, pick just a few sites to visit and come back again for the full experience.
A day in Uxbridge is only part of the Anne and Maud Experience. For more fun, make sure you plan an afternoon at the Pickering Museum Village to explore the Anne part of the Experience. With a world behind-the-camera tour of various ‘Anne’ productions, including the Anne with an “E” set location. Enjoy a picnic lunch, taste a scone as you blend your own tea, and listen to an audio tour with Anne recounting some of her favourite memories.
The Anne and Maud Experience is a perfect weekend outing! We look forward to welcoming you!
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