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Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables novels put Prince Edward Island — and Canada — on the map as a place of evocative place names.

Lover’s Lane, Willowmere, Violet Vale and the Lake of Shining Waters were just some of the names the spirited Anne Shirley gave her favourite spots around the Cuthbert farm.

Those place names were a product of the author’s imagination, but Canada has plenty of romantic place names that could be mistaken for something out of Montgomery's books.

Take, for example, the small towns dotting the coast along Route 80 in Newfoundland and Labrador; Heart’s Delight, Heart’s Desire and Heart’s Content are names that would have enchanted young Anne.

Many of the stories behind the names are just as romantic. According to one tale, Heart’s Delight was named by a weary traveller who was enraptured by the picturesque cove.

Other names hide less-than-romantic pasts. The name L’Anse Amour, which translates to “cove of love,” might have been a corruption of L’Anse aux Morts, or “cove the dead,” a name that could have come from the number of shipwrecks in the nearby waters.

Explore the map above to discover some of the most romantic names of towns, mountains and lakes across Canada.

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