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Sample Images of Her Travels: Out West
Imagine the fifteen-year-old Maud Montgomery's excitement when her father invited her to come to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to visit--possibly to live permanently with--him and his new wife. The trip began with an amazing treat. Maud was traveling out West with her grandfather, Senator Montgomery. The Prime Minister, Sir John A., and Lady Macdonald were traveling the Island and made a special stop at the train station in Kensington to take his old friend the Senator and his granddaughter on board. Maud recorded the encounter in her journal and reverently preserved in her scrapbook the flower (below left) Lady Macdonald gave her. With such a beginning to a cross-country trip, Maud Montgomery had a rich introduction to the spirit and breadth of Canada. She had been born the year after Prince Edward Island joined Confederation (Canada) and had been brought up in a political family and atmosphere. Her trip across the country confirmed her belief in the beauty and power of her native land. All her life she was proud to be a Canadian.
Flower from Lady  Macdonald, a Prairie Sunflower, and a  Flower from Eglinton Villa
Maud wrote and published several patriotic pieces about her travels and all along the trip she collected memorabilia. She preserved a prairie sunflower (above middle) from Winnipeg and a pressed flower (above right) from her father's house, called Eglinton Villa (named after the Earl of Eglinton, from whose family the Montgomery's claimed descent). She collected Canadian Railway pictures (below), too, which she pasted into her scrapbook.
clipping about Laura Pritchard's wedding, JA Mustard's calling card,  glove calendar from Willie Pritchard

The year in Prince Albert was not a great success. Maud was enthralled with the wide-open spaces of the West, and loved seeing her father, but she did not get along with her stepmother and was terribly homesick for the Island. She made deep friendships with schoolmates Willie and Laura Pritchard and by a strange coincidence was taught by and proposed to by J.A. Mustard who was from a farm near Leaskdale, Ontario and would eventually become friends with the Macdonalds when they settled there after their marriage. She had the thrill of seeing her name in print for the first time when her poem "On Cape Le Force" was published in the Daily Patriot and was sent by mail to her father.

Maud did not return to Prince Albert until 1930, but that trip gave her an opportunity to see how much Canada had grown since her 1890 visit when Prince Albert was still part of the Territories.


Photography and Travel
Early Photography | L.M. Montgomery as a Photographer | L.M. Montgomery's Article on Photography | International Kodak Competition | Kunard's Article
Story of L.M. Montgomery's Travels | Sample Images of Her Travels: Out West : Boston : Wedding and Honeymoon

go to LM Montgomery Institute at UPEI Website go to University of Guelph Website go to Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace Website go to Virtual Museum of Canada Website go to Confederation Centre of the Arts Website go to National Library of Canada Website go to English Home Page go to French Homepage pressed flowers on card pressed flower on card pressed flowers on card souvenir railway photograph souvenir railway photograph wedding notice for Laura Pritchard calling card J. A. Mustard glove-shaped calendar