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Cavendish is the most visited Island community outside Charlottetown, due to the heavy influx of visitors to Green Gables, Prince Edward Island National Park, and the variety of nearby amusement park-style attractions.
In 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874–1942) entered immortality as a beloved Canadian writer of fiction when her novel Anne of Green Gables was published. The novel's heroine, Anne Shirley, was described by Mark Twain as "the dearest and most lovable child in fiction since the immortal Alice [in Wonderland]," and the books in the series are enjoyed today by more fans than ever. Thousands flock to the Cavendish area every year to visit the homes associated with Montgomery and to explore the places described in the book.
There are amusement park-type attractions along Route 6 that include mini-golf, bumper-car rides, and waterslides (see the "Cavendish with Kids" box), as well as pristine sandy beaches.
Cavendish at a Glance
Elsewhere in Prince Edward Island
- Basin Head
- Bay Fortune
- Brackley Beach
- Greenwich (P.E.I. National Park)
- Malpeque Bay and around
- New London and Stanley Bridge
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