Lake of Shining Waters
Address: Route 20, Park Corner
“They had driven over the crest of a hill. Below them was a pond, looking almost like a river so long and winding was it. A bridge spanned it midway and from there to its lower end, where an amber-hued belt of sand-hills shut it in from the dark blue gulf beyond, the water was a glory of many shifting hues–the most spiritual shadings of crocus and rose and ethereal green, with other elusive tintings for which no name has ever been found. Above the bridge the pond ran up into fringing groves of fir and maple and lay all darkly translucent in their wavering shadows. Here and there a wild plum leaned out from the bank like a white-clad girl tip-toeing to her own reflection. From the marsh at the head of the pond came the clear, mournfully-sweet chorus of the frogs. There was a little gray house peering around a white apple orchard on a slope beyond and, although it was not yet quite dark, a light was shining from one of its windows.” — Anne of Green Gables, ch.ii
“The Lake of Shining Waters” is generally supposed to be Cavendish Pond. This is not so. The pond I had in mind is the one at Park Corner, below Uncle John Campbell’s house. But I suppose that a good many of the effects of light and shadow I had seen on the Cavendish pond figured unconsciously in my descriptions.” — The Selected Journals of L. M. Montgomery, v.1*
The Lake of Shining Waters at Park Corner is located near the Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silver Bush, home of L. M. Montgomery’s Campbell cousins, and The L. M. Montgomery Heritage Museum, her paternal grandfather Sen. Donald Montgomery’s home. Route 20 bridges over the Lake of Shining Waters.
L. M. Montgomery enjoyed many visits to Park Corner as a child. She stayed with her relatives at Park Corner when she visited P.E.I. after her marriage. During a visit in 1920, she signed a note verifying “The Lake of Shining Waters is based on the pond at Park Corner,” because Cavendish locals and Park Corner locals disputed over who laid claim to the immortal pond.**
During my personal visit in August 2004, the waters verily sparkled in the sunlight. It is an oblong shaped pond with its north end stretching to sand dunes that border the sea. The pond can be accessed via a woodland trail called “The Alpine Path” at the L. M. Montgomery Heritage Museum.
Montgomery certified that the Lake of Shining Waters is the pond at Park Corner, across the road from where her cousins lived at Silver Bush.
A woodland path also leads from the L. M. Montgomery Heritage Museum to the Lake of Shining Waters.
Pond at Park Corner, known as Lake of Shining Waters in Anne of Green Gables, photo by L. M. Montgomery c. 1890s (http://images.ourontario.ca/uoguelph/details.asp?ID=26711), colourized 1920s (http://images.ourontario.ca/uoguelph/details.asp?ID=27222)
Lake of Shining Waters, photo by L. M. Montgomery c. 1890s, colourized 1920s (http://images.ourontario.ca/uoguelph/details.asp?ID=27223)
Corner of the Lake of Shining Waters, photo by L. M. Montgomery c.1910
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photos by lmm-anne.net 2004
Home of Amanda Macneill above the Cavendish Pond. Amanda Macneill and Montgomery were inseparable childhood friends, who nicknamed each other “Mollie” and “Pollie.” Although Montgomery and Amanda’s friendship had faded by the time she wrote Green Gables, I wonder if Montgomery may have had “Mollie’s” home in mind when she wrote of Orchard Slope?