Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of Canada’s most prolific and cherished authors and her life has long been a fascination for fans. After her marriage, she spent almost half of her life outside of her beloved Prince Edward Island, in the province of Ontario and it was in Ontario that she passed away in April of 1942. Now, you can take a tour of the Ontario locations that held significance for her from the comfort of your home, and learn more about this important period in her life.
The Virtual Tour of L.M. Montgomery’s Ontario was created by Carolyn Strom Collins and Bernadeta Milewski and was conceived from an idea first suggested by Dr. Mary Rubio, a foremost authority on L. M. Montgomery.
“It was something that Dr. Mary Rubio had suggested a while ago to me,” Milewski said. “She had seen my PEI videos and thought it would be nice to have something for Ontario as well, since L.M. Montgomery wrote most of her books there and spent over 3 decades in Ontario. There are 2 wonderful places to visit - Bala and Leaskdale and Norval will have its own museum in the future. I've already discussed another video with Kathy Gastle from Norval, and we would like to create something that shows all the places, including movie locations at some point as well. I had done a virtual tour of PEI for the 2020 virtual LMM conference with Carolyn Collins before, so I chose to work with her again.”
The tour is just over 16 minutes long, and features narration, maps, photos of locations, and archival photographs from the Montgomery collection.
“The archival photos in the video are photos I took during my 3 visits at the University of Guelph Archives. During two of these visits Dr. Rubio was there with me and she also showed me the Barracloughs house and many other places in Ontario,” Milewski told us. “She has been supporting my research and work for quite a few years and this video would not have happened if it were not for her.”
We think this tour is an absolute must watch for fans of L.M. Montgomery. You can see it below.
In 2020, Milewski also created a virtual tour of the filming locations from Kevin Sullivan’sAnne of Green Gables films. The tour features photos by Milewski and Amy Brailey and is set to the iconic music composed by Hagood Hardy for Anne of Green Gables in 1985. Have a watch of the video below.
Have you ever visited any of the locations in either video? If not, make note for future adventures!
Looking to learn more about what inspired L.M. Montgomery, as well as about iconic film locations in PEI? The Spirit of Place set features our short documentary about L.M. Montgomery and the guide to Kevin Sullivan's filming locations.
Photos courtesy of Virtual Tour of L.M. Montgomery's Ontario.
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