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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Halloween Extravaganza- Haunted Places in Canada



So, I didn't realize how many places are supposedly haunted in Canada. Way more than I thought, that's for sure. I found over 50 just searching around in a few minutes, and that's just the tip of the ice burg.

Here's some good ones I found:

(I did NOT write these, I copied and pasted the ones I found interesting. I'll give my thoughts underneath each Haunting!)

Alberta - Calgary - Abandoned schoolhouse - Go onto International avenue, off of 52nd street. Take a left at the first set of light's you see after passing the 68th street intersection. Go down that road about half way and keep looking to you're left. This is how the story goes. You will only find a half of this very historic schoolhouse. Back in the day there was a fire that started in a hallway, and it claimed the lives of three children. Witnesses report the sound of children playing, laughing, & a child fall down. But after their death's, they tried to tear the building down,(It was left standing for almost two years afterwards.) during their first attempt , almost half of the Calgary city workers fell awfully sick. There second attempt, they brought in a Wrecking ball, but the motor just up and died, they couldn't find the reason why. Although back at their construction site, it was in fine working condition once again. Third attempt, the wrecking ball actually fell off while the group was still looking at the plans to carry out.

My Thoughts: I love a good ghost story, and although the reason for the haunting is quite sad, I still find it very interesting. How they cannot tear down the school house no matter what they  tried, is sign enough, that is wants to stay where it is. I'd love to visit it one day. 

Calgary, Grace Hospital
A woman was seen cradling a child in her arms in a delivery room. She would bang pipes and open windows, but wasn't much of a threat to anyone. However, she did make it so that a woman in labor who was placed in that room would have a long and difficult labor, often ending in a caesarean section. The ghost is that of a woman named Maudine Riley. The Riley's owned the land, which the hospital is built on. Maudine Riley died in childbirth in one of the rooms of her house. The room she died in was almost in the exact position where the haunted delivery room is now located. Her child perished with her. It seems that she is afraid of letting women give birth in that room, because she thinks they might suffer her fate. Across the street from the hospital is Riley Park. There's a monument erected there in memory of Maudine and her child. 

My Thoughts: This is a very sad story. I feel sad for Maudine. I know she may feel that she is helping the woman in labor, but a difficult labor is still scary and very dangerous. I think I'd say away from that place if I was pregnant. 

Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

Gibraltar Point Lighthouse on Toronto Islands was first constructed in 1803 and was totally finished and operational by 1809. Local legend states it haunted by the first lighthouse keeper JP Radan Muller. Muller had been murder one misty night by drunken soldiers from Fort York looking for bootleg beer. The soldiers had cut Muller up and buried his body somewhere on the beach. The soldiers where charged but later acquitted. In 1893 a coffin was found buried on the beach with a jaw bone still inside it but it has never been known if it ever belong to Muller. The lighthouse since time is no longer on the shore line since the sand has built up, but lies 100 meters inland. Its not being used and is boarded up but people say on misty nights you can hear a mans voice moaning and even some people have reported ghostly figures roaming the grounds.

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My Thoughts: This story really interests me. I love when the place being haunted is from many years ago, and place was built in 1803. Imagine the history around that place. This is also a sad story. 
Another Good story is HERE.

History of Fort Henry

Over its history, there were actually 2 Fort Henry's built on the site. The first and original was constructed during the War of 1812, when the British colony of Canada was at war with the United
States of America. The location was chosen to protect the vital St. Lawrence seaway. After the war, a second fort was built on the site to fortify its position. This happened between 1832 and 1837, after the completion of the Rideau Canal made the site even more important. It was abandoned in 1870 by the British army and was eventually restored in 1936.

Read more at Suite101: Visit Old Fort Henry: A Popular Historic Site in Kingston, Ontario

Kingston's Haunted Fortress

By Michael Rappaport
"By day, Fort Henry, a 19th century fortress built on a hilltop overlooking Lake Ontario, is Kingston's most popular museum, where Canada's colonial military past is brought dramatically to life. The world famous Fort Henry Guard, comprised of about 100 university and college students, recreates the music, drills and artillery practices of the 1860s British garrison. By night, after the contingent of costumed interpreters have departed, the ghosts of the unfortunate souls who've met their tragic end here, rise to haunt their former abodes.
Visitors to Fort Henry may brush elbows with these troubled spirits if they take the Haunted Walks tour, The Ghosts of Fort Henry. By the flickering glow of a lantern light, a guide cloaked in black, takes visitors on a spooky tour of the Fort, regaling them with stories, which combine historical tidbits and haunted tales.
Haunted Walks was founded in 1995 by Glen Shackleton, Eastern Ontario's most respected ghost historian. As a history student at Queen's University in Kingston, he spent a term studying abroad in England. Inspired by a haunted tour of York while in England, he decided to start his own haunted tour when he returned to Kingston in the summer of 1995.
Originally the ghost tours were offered only in downtown Kingston. Initially, Glen received strange stares from the pubic and he even had a run in with the police.
"Once while taking a group to Skeleton Park in Kingston, so named because it used to be a graveyard, the cops pulled me over. They thought I was some sort of cult leader," Glen recalled.
Almost ten years later, Haunted Walks tours are a familiar institution in Kingston. Glen employs 50 tour guides, has five full time staff and offers ghost tours in both Kingston and Ottawa. He also has partnerships with the Old Carleton County Jail (now the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel), the Bytown Museum, the Fairmont Château Laurier, and Fort Henry, National Historic Site.
Haunted Walks began offering ghost tours of Fort Henry in 2001. Developing the ghost tour of the Fort, Glen dove into the archives and examined the records of those who've died there. He also interviewed staff who've had unusual encounters, such as hearing mysterious footsteps, doors slammed shut unexpectedly or objects falling off shelves.
"Night watchmen are some of my best sources," Glen revealed.
In order to establish the credibility of ghost stories, Glen insisted that each sighting have at least two separate witnesses for independent confirmation and that there existed a historical basis to back up the claim.
Many of the best leads come from customers who've asked Glen to investigate ghost sightings. Before calling Glen with a haunted query please note: He doesn't do exorcisms.
The Haunted Walks' Ghosts of Fort Henry tour begins late in the evening outside the front gate of the limestone fortress. Built on a hilltop in the 1830s to defend Kingston's naval harbour, Fort Henry was the largest and most costly fort constructed west of Quebec City.
Although the 19th century state of the art fortification was never attacked, it did serve as an internment camp after the Rebellion of 1837 and during WWI and WWII. And it was the site of a few daring escapes and quite a number of deaths by workplace accidents, military mishaps and the occasional hanging.
The Fort was abandoned by the British Army in 1870, but was garrisoned by Canadian troops until 1891. The Fort subsequently fell into disrepair. In 1936 it was restored under the direction of Ronald L. Way as a living history museum and reopened on the 1st of August 1938 by then Prime Minister Mackenzie King. In 2003, Fort Henry celebrated their 65th anniversary as a national historic site.
My haunted guide for the evening, Heather, rattled off a few of the more boneheaded deadly mishaps. The worst of which was the tale of the hapless artillery brigadier who didn't bother to wait until the cannon had cooled down before stuffing more gun powder down the barrel. Ignited by the heat, the powder exploded and the ram rod was blown straight through his head. Truly, an excellent candidate for the Darwin Awards.
Drunken and clumsy soldiers have met untimely ends in accidental falls in the dry ditch surrounding Fort Henry, which is 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep. During the tour, we descended down a stairwell and through a narrow tunnel to reach the reverse fire chamber. The chamber housed a "carronade," a specialized cannon which fired canister shot, metal balls, designed to ricochet off the walls of the dry ditch with deadly results.
During the tour we visited the tiny cell where Nils Von Schoultz was imprisoned for his role in the Rebellion of 1837. Acting as his defence counsel was none other than John A. Macdonald, who was to become Canada's first Prime Minister in 1867. Naturally, Nils went to the gallows. On clear nights, a figure wearing a tattered blue uniform can still be seen haunting the fort. Presumably, Nils is still miffed over his lawyer's bill.
A few of the Haunted Walks, ghost stories have even been featured on TV, such as the story of Deadman's Bay, which was profiled on the series, Creepy Canada on the Discovery Network. Deadman's Bay is the body of water which separates Kingston from Cedar Island and the site of countless shipwrecks.
Visitors to Fort Henry, should try to catch the Sunset Ceremonies held every Wednesday evenings during July and August. The hour and a half performance by the Fort Henry Guard Drums, Drill Squad and Artillery Detachment is a remarkable spectacle, which includes precisely choreographed military drills and marching bands topped off by a mock battle with rifle and cannon fire.
During the day, visitors can watch military training, the changing of the guard, artillery firing, the garrison parade and the music demo. Children are sure to enjoy the events geared for kids, such as the story telling, children sentry training, the fire engine demonstration and the mascot walkabout. David VIII, a white saanen goat, is the current mascot of the Fort, and the seventh in the line of goat mascots, most of whom are buried on the premises. (Ghostly goat sightings have yet to be confirmed.)
At night, after the Union Jack is lowered, the Fort Henry Guard departs and darkness falls, take a haunted tour of Fort Henry. If you dare!"

My Thoughts: I'd LOVE to visit Fort Henry. Next time I'm visiting Ontario, I'll be checking that place out for sure. 

So this is only a few places, I know I could find many even better places, but I'm just heading out the door for a bit, so I didn't so as much research as I wanted to for this post. I love a good ghost story, and if you do too, click HERE for my Ghost Hunters post, and check the show out!  And click HERE to read my Jackal Ghost post!

Know any haunted places in Canada?? Let me know!

Click HERE, for Roseys Haunted Places post!


Rosey said...

Creepy!!! Gave me the chills just reading your post!

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