Shining Waters Country Inn has been welcoming guests to the Island for over 70 years. The original part of the building, constructed in the 1850’s, was home to several generations of the MacNeill family, including Rachael MacNeill the cousin of author L.M. Montgomery. It is widely believed that Rachael Lynde in the novel Anne of Green Gables was taken from Rachael MacNeill.
The original building was moved from the National Park by horse and sleigh to its current site in 1942 and opened as an Inn by Mrs. Leta Andrew. Leta was one of the very first tourism operators on Prince Edward Island and her food and her hospitality were legendary. We treasure her memory and strive to maintain her exceptional standards of service and hospitality. We still keep the hand bell in our grand room that she used to call her guests for meals.
The original Inn building was added to by Leta Andrew and by later owner Barry Clarke. The current owners, the Wood family, added the beautiful gatehouse in 2004.
For a more complete history, including the story of the MacNeill’s adopted daughter, “Ellen” (who many believe was the inspiration for “Anne”) just click on the button below.