Canadian World Park - Hokkaido

Canadian World Park or simply Canadian World (カナディアンワールド) was a former theme park based on the world of “Anne of the Green Gables”. It is located at 731 Koganecho, Ashibetsu City in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Canadian World Park 

Canadian World Park details

Are you a fan of "Anne of Green Gables", the beloved novel published in 1908 by Canadian author Lucy Montgomery? Did you know that there is a private park, located in Ashibetsu City, Japan that is a replica of the fictional world of Anne, complete with recreations of buildings from the novel?

カナディアンワールド
Canadian World Park or simply Canadian World - Ashibetsu City, Hokkaido Prefecture

The story revolves around Anne, a red-haired, curious, and imaginative girl who becomes lifelong friends with Diana in Avonlea, a wild village. Visitors can step back in time and explore the homes of Anne and Diana, as well as the local church that played an important role in the story. Walking through these historic buildings is like entering the pages of the book, allowing you to visualize the story and experience the world of Anne.

Welcome to Canadian World

Before going into the park, you should avail of the parking ticket here. It's a self-service and honesty payment.

Canadian World Park Map

In its heyday in the 1990s, Canadian World Park attracted tens of thousands of visitors on a summer day. However, the park experienced a decline in visitors due to the geography of Ashibetsu and the Asian financial crisis in 1997. The park closed down in 1997 after which, the city adapted it and made it into a city park. Sadly, due to a lot of factors, some of the buildings are now in a state of disrepair. At present, the park is manned by volunteers and is open only from late April to late October. Despite this, Canadian World Park still maintains its charm and unique appeal, delighting visitors with its authentic replicas of the buildings from the novel.

Canadian World Park establishments

Kensington Station

Anne's Church

Orwell School

St. John Clock Tower

オルゴール館
Music Box Building (オルゴール館)

Interestingly, Ashibetsu also has a sister city relationship with Charlottetown, Canada, where Green Gables, the iconic setting of the book, is located. Green Gables was built to the same blueprints as the replica in Canadian World, and when the original Green Gables in Prince Edward Island burned down, it was rebuilt using the same Canadian blueprints. This connection between the two locations beautifully highlights the significance of "Anne of Green Gables," which has touched the hearts of people all around the world.

Canadian World Town Center




In addition, visitors can also enjoy the stunning natural landscapes of Canadian World Park, which is located in a scenic valley. The peaceful surroundings offer a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for taking a stroll and enjoying the scenery.

Team Nicerio visits Canadian World Park





My family and I visited Canadian World Park for the first time last September 10, 2022, as part of our September 9-11 Road Trip. It was my 313th day in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. I included Canadian World in our itinerary as I have seen several amazing pictures of it on the net. Sadly, it was one of those places that opened up the conversation about Expectation VS. Reality.

Canadian World Park Fees

Place the money inside the Honesty Box.

Generally, entrance to the park is FREE. However, you need to pay 500 yen to get a parking ticket. You should display this in your car if you wish to go around the park by car. Aside from that, if you wish to use it for photo shoots you need to pay some fees. You can check out the special fees at the official website using this 👉LINK👈.

Canadian World Operating Hours

Canadian World Park is open from April 22 - October 22. It cannot be accessed during the winter.

Business days are Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays only (Open on some weekdays only in August)

Business hours are 10 AM - 5 PM (Last entry 16:30). Heads up, you have to leave before 5 PM as they close the gates exactly at 5 PM. There are some instances that cars weren't able to exit. 

Why visit Canadian World Park?

Canadian World Park is a must-see destination for all "Anne of Green Gables" fans. Experience the charm of the replica of the town, and enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings. However, it’s a place to visit if you are a big fan of Anne of Green Gables because if not, then you would be disappointed.


Getting to Canadian World Park*

 

Unless you ride a taxi, there is no other public transportation that can bring you to the Canadian World.

If you’re driving, here is some information that you might want to know:

15 minutes by car from Ashibetsu Station via Route 452.

1 hour by car from Asahikawa City via Route 12 and Route 4

1 hour 58 minutes by car from Sapporo via the Hokkaido Expressway

2 hours 11 minutes by car from Chitose Airport via the Hokkaido Expressway


* Please come by car as there is no direct public transportation.

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Comments

  1. Seriously? A Canadian town in Hokkaido?! How cool is that?

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    1. Please visit Canadian World Park when you get the chance.

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