Sara Stanley inadvertently helps a con man skip town with the proceeds from a Magic Lantern Show that was to have raised funds for the school library. In an attempt to redeem herself, Sara launches a number of money raising schemes, including door-to-door solicitations.
Rachel Lynde takes her new job as a Sunday School Teacher and shaping the young minds of Avonlea very seriously. When Alexander Abraham’s hired boy Jimmy Spencer doesn’t show up for class, she marches right over to the Abraham house to find out why.
Marilla Cuthbert invents an old beau named Duncan McTavishin order to silence the wagging tongues of the local sewing circle who are gossiping about her years of spinsterhood. To their complete surprise, Marilla tells the women that she once had a marriage proposal from “Duncan McTavish” many years ago on a visit to New Brunswick.
Sara, Felicity, Felix and Cecily trespass onto the decrepit property of Margaret Lloyd, who is renowned as an eccentric hermit, and supposedly the wealthiest resident of Avonlea. Mischievous Felix throws a stone through a window and the children are quite shocked and frightened when Old Lady Lloyd comes out and chases them away.
Peter Craig can’t seem to stay out of trouble and is constantly tormented by the town children about his father, a petty-criminal. Sara Stanley, trying to help him fit in, convinces Peter to go to church even though he doesn’t want to.
Aunt Abigail, Janet King’s spinster sister, who has been living on her own for years and is very set in her ways, is visited by her former suitor, Malcolm MacEwan who has returned from the Yukon a wealthy man.
Felix doesn’t want to go to school because he is terrified of his Aunt Hetty and has difficulty with spelling. To make matters worse, Hetty makes Felix wear a dunce cap when he misspells a word while practicing for a Spelling Bee that his class is competing in. The thought of wearing the dunce cap again gives Felix terrible nightmares.
Judson Parker, a candidate for the provincial election is passing through Avonlea trying to win votes by offering incentives and smooth talking women to influence their husbands. Alec King sees through his tricks but others get caught up in his manipulation.
The King’s Aunt Arabella passes away and Alec and Janet receive a key to unlock a blue chest that has been in the attic for fifty years. Arabella put the chest there when she left Avonlea for good after her fiancé committed suicide the day before their wedding.
Blair Stanley, now acquitted of embezzlement, makes an unexpected visit to Avonlea to bring Sara back to Montreal immediately. Hetty still blames Blair for the death of Sara’s mother and adamantly refuses to let Sara go with him and suffer the same fate.
Sara struggles to cope after her father dies in an accident at Stanley imports. Peter invites Sara to a carnival where she meets a fortune teller, who claims to reunite the Story Girl with her father. When Sara discovers that the fortune teller is a con artist, she is kidnapped and held for ransom.
The Annual Cricket Match has everyone buzzing; even more so because Alec King is resident Cricket champion. However, the solidarity of the King family unit is threatened when young Felicity accidentally meets and develops a hopeless crush on the visiting team’s champion, the handsome young David Hawes.
When former Avonlea school teacher Miss Muriel Stacey is named Provincial Superintendent of Schools, Hetty King is hard pressed to curb her jealousy. Hetty attempts to compete with Muriel's teaching achievements by recruiting Gus Pike as a student for the Avonlea schoolhouse.
When Davey and Dora Keith are deposited at Green Gables in the care of Marilla Cuthbert and Rachel Lynde, the relationship between the two old friends is sorely tried. Compounding the difficulties is the fact that an infected tooth is responsible for so much pain that Rachel is beside herself with agony.
The inhabitants of Rose Cottage and Green Gables – Hetty, Olivia, Sara and Rachel – have been invited to attend the wedding of Alice Hardy, a member of a prominent local family. Expecting to enjoy a pleasurable social event on a beautiful summer’s day, no one is prepared for the unexpected appearance of Romney Penhallow, Hetty King’s old (and only) serious beau of her youth.
Many years ago, Olivia’s beau Edwin Clark was driven away by her sister Hetty who thought him an unsuitable match. But, when Edwin Clark returns, now a wealthy businessman still enamoured with Olivia, Hetty is determined to bring the two together and end Olivia’s budding romance with Jasper Dale.
Young Andrew King is ecstatic when his father, Roger King returns from his geological expedition in Brazil. At long last he will be able to return to Halifax and live with his father, whose success (and Hetty’s constant bragging about his accomplishments), has made him somewhat of a local celebrity.
Young Gus Pike has become good friends with the King children, regaling them with tales from his days as a cabin boy, sailing upon the high seas. Ezekiel Crane, a reclusive, retired sea captain who inhabits the old lighthouse, seeks out Gus and offers him a job and allows him to sleep on his floor.
Gold fever strikes in Avonlea. Sara Stanley finds a Spanish gold coin and throws everyone into a tizzy about finding treasure. Ezekiel Crane tells her “the Island’s full of buried pirate loot, you’ve just got to search for it”.
Jasper Dale’s new-found but fragile sense of self confidence is rattled when his latest invention, a flying machine, fails miserably. It is further shattered when he overhears the town gossip, Clara Potts, pronouncing that Olivia King is throwing her life away on a “dreamer”.
Sara's famous cousin Pigeon Plumbtree visits, and her eccentric mannerisms quickly become a headache for Hetty. Sara tries to help Pat Frewen court the admiring Theodora Dixon, but events turn for the worse when Pat believes Sara's intentions are to unite him with Pigeon Plumbtree.
Mother’s Own magazine announces an essay-writing contest to declare a “Mother of the Year” and Sara decides to write an essay about Hetty. However, Felicity and the vindictive Sally Potts laugh and tell Sara that she is ineligible because Hetty is not her mother, just her aunt.
Archie Gillis, the new owner of the Avonlea Sawmill and self-appointed coach of the Avonlea hockey team, is an arrogant bully who thinks he can run rough-shod over accepted codes of Avonlea behavior. His gruff manner and arbitrary rules begin to ruffle some villagers’ feathers, especially when he starts clear-cutting lumber within a mile of the village.
When Hetty catches Jasper and Olivia trying to elope, she takes full charge of their wedding arrangements. Jasper must come to terms with his nervousness around people and Olivia must endure Hetty's controlling nature. Panic ensues as Olivia's wedding dress is misplaced and the wedding appears to be in shambles.
When Alec buys a new horse and suggests their reliable old horse Blackie be sold, Felix objects. In order to keep Blackie, Alec allows Felix to start a delivery service to pay for the horse’s keep under the condition that his school work and other chores don’t suffer.
Sara befriends a petty thief named Jo Pitts, who looks exactly like her. When Hetty's disciplinarian nature becomes too much for Sara to tolerate, she switches places with Jo. While Hetty is trying to adjust to the new and crude look-alike, the real Sara departs with Gus Pike on a daring adventure to search for Captain Crane.
Sara is confused for Jo Pitts by a gang of pick-pockets, who expect her to steal to restore money Jo stole from the gang. Gus makes a deal with his infamous father, Abe Pike, in order to free Sara from their clutches. Jo Pitts continues to wreak havoc on the King Family and terrorizes Hetty to the point of hysteria.
As Sara reads from the latest dime novel, a mysterious woman named Amanda Stone runs across the dark cliffs, seeking refuge from her pursuer, the evil Robert Rutherford. Gus Pike becomes involved in the mystery and enamoured with beautiful Amanda when he helps her escape Rutherford’s grasp by giving her shelter in the lighthouse.
Janet arranges a day at the Markdale auction for the King and Ward women, as Alec arranges an ice-fishing weekend for Jasper Dale, Felix and himself. The weekend begins in high hopes of a good time, but the women’s outing quickly deteriorates when Janet and Abigail MacEwan start their incessant petty bickering.
Felicity “borrows” a comb, which Alec gave to Janet because it’s a precious family heirloom and loses it in a hay fight with Felix. Meanwhile, Janet thinks she has lost the comb, which she absolutely hates, but is under enormous pressure to wear it because it is considered a King Family treasure.
Jasper conducts scientific research on bats with a visiting colleague, Dr. Sydney Carver. Felix becomes suspicious that Jasper is a vampire and investigates the inventor's workshop. Olivia becomes jealous when Jasper and Sydney begin spending considerable time together.
Felicity is invited to apply for a full scholarship at Kingsport Ladies College in Nova Scotia. In an effort to impress her fellow Kingsport peers, Felicity claims that her real parents were dead and that she was the inheritor of a vast fortune. When the Kingsport committee requests to meet Alec and Janet, Felicity must tell her parents about the deception.
The traveling shoe salesman, Wally Higgins, comes to Avonlea and becomes enthralled by Hetty's shoe size. Wellington Campbell claims that he owns part of King property, which sparks an inevitable conflict with Hetty.
The sudden death of Marilla Cuthbert devastates Rachel Lynde and leaves her to look after Davey, Dora and Green Gables on her own. To make matters worse, Rachel learns that Green Gables is to be sold and that distant relations want to take away Dora, but not Davey Keith because he’s too much trouble.
When Jasper Dale’s eccentric relatives arrive in Avonlea for a family reunion, a very pregnant Olivia must house them with the King’s. The ensuing problems lead to a feud between the Dales and the Kings, with Olivia caught in the middle.
Hetty King is driving Olivia crazy with her rigid approach to child rearing, while Alec and the school board have their own problems trying to find a new teacher for Avonlea. On a bet with Olivia, Hetty writes a pulp novel that Olivia secretly submits to the Charlottetown newspaper under a pseudonym – H.E. Leroi.
Felix King wants a hunting rifle for his birthday but Alec says no because Felix isn’t old enough. Felix is bitterly disappointed when he receives a telescope instead and when his friends suggest going hunting, he takes his father’s rifle without permission.
When a fire breaks out at the blacksmith shop, the need for a volunteer fire department in Avonlea becomes obvious but who will be chief? Clive Pettibone and Alec King vie for the position but Clive wins the vote sparking a rivalry between Clive and Alec.
Alec King’s boyhood friend Emmett Grier returns to Avonlea with his young wife Evelyn and their baby daughter, Carrie. Soon after his arrival, Emmett is killed in a boat explosion while out fishing with Alec.
Janet and Alec King decide to spend a quiet, romantic evening of dinner and dancing at the White Sands Hotel, leaving Felicity in charge of the household. Felicity, however has plans of her own for a romantic evening – and they don’t include her siblings.
Felix King applies for a job at the White Sands hotel as Mr. Tremayne’s personal assistant to help in the preparations for the Founder’s Day Ball. At the hotel, Felix discovers that Mr. Tremayne has a dinner service with a royal crest on it, the same royal crest as the Duke of Arranagh, now visiting the Island.
Felicity King enjoys the romantic attentions of Gus Pike and Arthur Pettibone. After all, what other girl in Avonlea can claim two beaus? But life takes a serious twist when Arthur kisses Felicity and Gus finds out.
Sara Stanley worries about her future. With her trust keeping her financially secure, she is afraid that others will always take control of her life. She wants to prove that she can have a life of her own and pursue her dream of being a writer.
Hetty King and Jasper Dale team up to make a ‘home movie’ in the hopes of saving Avonlea from the entrepreneurial claws of American millionaire H.B. Dunn. Dunn arrives in Avonlea prepared to buy out everyone in order to build his new company town which he plans to call Dunnsville.
Eliza Ward returns and begins her usual clammoring, except this time it includes premonitions of death. Sara and Felix discover a bicycle that generates electricity in Jasper's workshop, which becomes a valuable device once the King lambs face death from the cold weather.
Felix King is caught between a rock and a hard place. His father gives him more chores around the farm to prepare him for the day he will take over, and Mr. Tremayne has assigned him to take special care of a particularly obnoxious guest, millionaire clothier Samuel Boddin.
The King family plan a surprise party to celebrate Hetty's 50th birthday. When Hetty's publishers terminate her contract, she retreats into the memories of her childhood and begins to question the worthiness of her life's accomplishments. The birthday plans go astray when Hetty falls deathly ill and must require surgery.
Jasper Dale has taken a responsible job as a bank teller but becomes increasingly depressed as it has stifled his passion to invent. Opportunity knocks however, when Hetty buys Mr. Dunn’s lobster cannery after she discovers he intends to turn it into a distillery.
Hetty and Sara watch the Keith twins while Rachel Lynde visits her son Billy in Kirksville. Davey's inability to read creates problems for Sara, who believes Davey is trying to cause trouble. Olivia discovers that Izzy is outgrowing her tom boy appearance and convinces Clive to buy his daughter a dress.
It’s the annual Drama competition and after losing 22 years in a row, Hetty finally has an ace up her sleeve; Muriel Stacey, who had the lead in Avonlea’s last winning entry, will play the lead. Hetty is so confident Avonlea will win that she wagers her secret family recipe for the famous King cranberry pie in a bet with arch rival Eleanor McHugh.
Fearing he will be injured, Janet King won’t allow Felix and his horse Prince to enter the Harvest Fair steeplechase. Undaunted, Felix sneakily enlists Mr. Tremayne to coach him. Alec is angry when he finds out, but Tremayne convinces him that Felix only did what Alec would have done at fourteen.
Alec discovers a stray in his barn by the name of Caleb Stokes. Caleb proves to be a valuable and trusted handyman for the King family. Alec considers making Caleb a permanent hired hand, but problems arise when a traveling salesman reveals the stranger's true identity.
Felix King is smitten with Adeline, the daughter of a visiting politician, John Hodgson who courts Alec to run for office. When things go missing at the hotel, including Aunt Hetty’s purse holding a ten dollar bill, everyone suspects the new impoverished waiter, Elbert, despite Adeline’s possession of a ten dollar bill.
The King family are devastated when Cecily contracts tuberculosis. Felicity and Muriel seek out a doctor to learn more about the disease. Alec and Janet must make a painful decision on whether to send Cecily to a sanitarium.
As penance for a careless accident he caused, Hetty orders Davey Keith to perform three good deeds, the first being directed towards Jasper Dale. Davey is the cause of yet another accident in Jasper’s laboratory, but one that helps create a new unbreakable ceramic-like material.
Gus Pike is promoted to assistant manager at the hotel, and with his new position and salary, asks Felicity King to marry him. Felicity has just been accepted to medical school, and wants to wait until she is finished her studies before they marry, but Gus feels he’s waited long enough already.
John Elliot becomes the new minister of Avonlea, but his style of preaching challenges the towns conventional expectations. The reverand's son, Booth, becomes interested in Sara and introduces her to rag time music. Sara deceives Hetty and goes to an Acadian celebration with Booth.
Janet befriends Viola Elliott, the minister’s wife, who the townsfolk feel is too eccentric for the position she holds. Things go from bad to worse when Viola gives Janet some of her “restorative tonic” which results in the two going for a drunken joy ride in Muriel Stacey’s car.
Felix is visiting Felicity when they spot Gus at a port in Halifax. Gus and Felicity reunite after a misunderstanding and encounter a mysterious woman. Believing that the woman is his mother, Gus takes the woman back to Avonlea in search for his past.
Great Aunt Eliza takes Daniel on a vacation, leaving time for a “second honeymoon” for Janet and Alec. However, Alec is busy tending the farm, and attending meetings of the secretive Loyal Order of the Knights of Prince Edward Island.
It’s a warm Avonlea reunion when Sara Stanley returns home to the Island with Nanny Louisa Banks. When Louisa promptly announces her plan to take Sara on a tour of Europe, Hetty is shocked as she has already planned to surprise Sara with a cross-Canada train trip.
Rachel Lynde is the victim of a sudden stroke and is sent out West to recover with her son, Robert. Left behind in Avonlea, Davey and Dora Keith are sent to live with Hetty at Rose Cottage but trouble erupts, as Davey becomes increasingly rebellious.
Hetty arranges a plan for Davey to work at the cannery in an effort to make him dislike work and appreciate school. Jasper relates to Davey's awkwardness and tries to build his confidence by providing him with several meaningful tasks.
Always searching for a new money-making scheme, Felix King, with the help of Izzy Pettibone, wants to start his own fox farm. Learning that he needs an adult co-signer for his bank loan, Felix shrugs aside his arrangement with Izzy to enlist Nat Lester as his new business partner.
Clive Pettibone and Muriel Stacey announce their marriage to Izzy and Arthur. Though fond of Muriel, Izzy becomes resentful of Muriel’s relationship with her father. When she makes her feelings known, Muriel postpones the wedding.
Now recovered from her stroke, Rachel Lynde travels to Avonlea from her son’s home in Saskatoon. But Rachel’s return to Avonlea is marred when she suffers a second debilitating stroke on the train ride home, leaving her unable to speak.
Countess Polenska has come to the White Sands Hotel to see her son married to a Canadian girl from a wealthy family. All of Avonlea is buzzing in anticipation of so noble a wedding when the indigent Maggie MacPhee arrives claiming to be the mother of Pierre La Pierre – the owner of the White Sands!
Felicity King, now in Avonlea, takes on an apprenticeship with Dr Snow. Following the doctor from one medical emergency to another, Felicity begins to see what the practice of medicine is really about; not just the virtuous curing of the sick, but also brutal treatments to often life threatening injuries.
The King Family is elated when they learn Cecily King’s tuberculosis is dormant and that she is well enough to come home. When Alec goes to pick Cecily up at the sanitarium, his joy is tempered by the doctor’s warning that the disease has not been eradicated forever.
Felicity sinks deeper into depression while stewing over the memory of Gus. Stuart McRae becomes the new town banker and arranges for the villagers to decide the future of the Lloyd estate. Stuart and Felicity help turn the run-down estate into an orphanage and their collaboration results in a romantic relationship.
Felix and Izzy's friendship is threatened when a rumour is spread that Felix kissed Izzy. Olivia believes that Jasper is discontented with their marriage and Eulalie gossips that they are getting a divorce.
Chaos ensues in Avonlea when Snibb’s Traveling Midway arrives just in time for the Fall Fair. Hetty King vows to keep Davey Keith away from the show, but the lure of Melusina the Mermaid is too strong and Davey becomes infatuated with the beautiful sideshow creature.
The Pettibones have a houseful when Morgan is expelled from the military academy and Arthur Pettibone returns from medical school. Izzy, feeling excluded from Clive and Muriel’s new relationship as husband and wife, contacts her eccentric and seemingly affluent aunt, Lillian Hepworth.
When Janet King’s sister Abigail MacEwan and her affluent husband Malcolm return to Avonlea, tension increases in the King family. Abigail’s constant criticizing of Janet’s family and their circumstances gets on everyone’s nerves… especially Cecily’s.
Hetty King and Simon Tremayne surprise everyone with their marriage plans, but when Clive Pettibone brings the district superintendent, Mr. Tumbridge, to the Avonlea school, Hetty becomes very distracted.
A famous Broadway song-writing team, Rudy and Betty Blaine, turn the White Sands upside down when they arrive for a brief holiday. Rudy is suffering from writers block and is hoping a change of scenery will get his creative juices flowing.
Abigail coerces Janet King into planning a huge party for Great Aunt Eliza’s 90th birthday. Aged cousin Winifred arrives for the party, bringing with her memories of Owen Briar, a lost love that both Eliza and Winifred had shared.
Archie Gillis and Eulalie Bugle support a plan for Avonlea to amalgamate with Carmody. Jasper Dale returns from England to find that Olivia has taken in poverty-stricken cannery worker Lottie Cooper and her baby girl.
There are three different episode lists for Road to Avonlea. The first is the order in which the episodes first aired on CBC. The second is the order in which the Disney Channel first aired them. The Sullivan Entertainment one is the one listed on the widescreen high definition DVDs.