Many of the famous sites in the Anne of Green Gables films can be traced back to specific locations, not just in L.M. Montgomery’s mind, but on her most beloved Prince Edward Island.
The Lake of Shining Waters was not just pure imagination. Montgomery recorded in her journal, “‘The Lake of Shining Waters’ is generally supposed to be the Cavendish Pond. This is not so. The pond at Park Corner [pictured above] is the one I had in mind. But I suppose that a good many of the effects of light and shadow I have seen on the Cavendish pond figured unconsciously in my descriptions; and certainly the hill from which Anne caught her first glimpse of it was ‘Laird’s Hill’ where I have often stood at sunset, enraptured with the beautiful view of shining pond and crimson-brimmed harbor and dark blue sea.” The picture above shows the inspiration for the lake of shining waters, just outside the Campbell Homestead in Park Corner. Montgomery wrote to her pen pal, G.B. MacMillan, “I came over to Park Corner, where I am at present staying with an aunt. It is a beautiful spot here—a big farmhouse surrounded by orchards and beech woods with a splendid pond before the door.”