Haunting of Saint-Mathias Cemetery

Before we dive into this spooky cemetery, I wanted to take a moment to thank all my readers and supporters for still checking up on my blog despite not having posted anything in nearly one year. Québec went through a lot with the pandemic, and there was even a curfew put into place for several months making checking out new places quite a challenge. Additionally, I changed jobs, graduated from university, and moved! Needless to say, it’s been a big year for everyone, and I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your patience.

Alright, on to the spooky stuff.

St-Mathias is a small town located in the South Shore region of Québec that was formed in 1855 (although first established in 1672) and currently holds a population of approximately 4,500 people. Despite its small population, this town was once extremely important for communication between Lower Canada and the United States for its location on the Richelieu River. The local church, which is also where the cemetery in question is located, was built in 1739. Since its construction 282 years ago it has undergone several name changes and expansions, and this is what it looks like today.

This town is located right next to Chambly, which has a fort that was used in battle that I mentioned in a previous blog post. Although no battles were fought in St-Mathias, it is not unreasonable to assume that some of the soldiers were from the surrounding towns, much like this town. This would suggest that some of the graves located in this cemetery are from fallen soldiers.

A large part of the grave markers are barely legible anymore because they date back to the 1800s, and many of the graves are graves of men.

After spending some time in this area, I felt a vibe that was a little bit off, however, it was not malicious. While there is no doubt in my mind that if an investigation were to occur here there would be plenty of evidence of a haunting, it doesn’t feel resentful or angry. It feels peaceful.

Do you have any haunted cemeteries in your town? Let me know in the comments down below.

Spooky Recommendation: Chambly Cemetery

October really is the best time of year. All the leaves have changed, the air is crisp and, on some days, there’s that creepy October feeling. On days like that, I highly recommend going for a walk in an eerie location. It’s honestly one of my favorite things to do this time of year.

For one of these walks, I went to Stephen’s Anglican Church and Cemetery in Chambly. Located near the Richelieu River, this church was established in 1820 to serve the Loyalist and English settlers in Chambly. Now, the church itself isn’t creepy. It’s well maintained, and from my understanding, it’s still an active church.

However, the cemetery located behind is the definition of creepy cemetery. Among the trees, there are rows and rows of gravestones, many of them dating back to the 19th century. I suspect many of them were soldiers.

There’s even a bridge located on the east side of the church among the trees, that crosses a small stream which opens up to even more graves. It sort of reminded me of that one scene in Pet Semetary…you know? (if you know, you know).

Seriously, I can’t even imagine the activity this place must get at night. Calling all ghost hunters, have I got the place for you. I haven’t been able to find anything about people investigating this location, so unfortunately, I haven’t read any allegations of this place being haunted, but I’m sure one investigation would straighten that out.

So, tell me. Are you brave enough to come here at night and conduct an investigation? Let me know in the comments down below.

Ghosts of Fort Chambly

Fort Chambly (formerly known as Fort St. Louis) is located on the Richelieu River and was built by the French in 1665. This historic landmark has seen many battles, including The Iroquois Wars, The Seven Years’ War, and The American Revolution. All of these battles and wars have left this site with many casualties which has surely left some restless souls behind. There are thousands of unnamed casualties that have marked this place, and as a result have left it with a heavy, uneasy feeling, especially at night. This post is going to be slightly more personal because I actually have a connection with this location!

Commemorative plaque to the fallen soldiers

I lived in Chambly throughout my teenage years, from 2010 to 2015. As a teen it was a fun place to go hang out with my friends and cause a bit of mischief (nothing too serious), however, there was always an uneasy feeling there at night. Right next to the fort, pictured below, there is a clearing with some trees, and I remember always feeling like someone was watching me through the trees. When I mentioned this to my friends at the time, they told me they felt the same way. At the time, I brushed this off as my friends and I feeling paranoid because we were out late when we weren’t necessarily supposed to be.

This was until I visited about a month ago. I took my pictures during the day to get nice, clear shots but I returned when the sun went down to see how it felt. The air was heavy and hit me like a ton of bricks, and that familiar feeling crept over me. It filled me with a sense of dread that only a few locations have been able to do, and I got out of there as fast as I could.

All this to say, I don’t think there’s one spirit in particular that haunts this location. I think it is a result of all the young men who died on these grounds, surely before their time, and their energy remains. It’s not angry energy, but very sorrowful energy that hits you right in the chest.  I suggest checking out the location for yourself once it’s dark and quiet to see what I mean.

Do you have any historical hauntings in your town? Let me know in the comments down below.

Ghosts of Auberge Saint-Gabriel

Auberge Saint-Gabriel is a restaurant/inn located in Old Montréal on 426 St-Gabriel St. Originally a home, it was built in 1688 by a French soldier named Étienne Trudeau and was eventually turned into an inn in 1703. It was also the first establishment under British rule in North America to obtain a liquor license in 1754, and the inn became popular amongst both locals and travellers. However, the popularity slowly began to decline because of other popular establishments in the area and it was converted back into a home in the 19th century. Finally, it was turned back into an inn in 1914.

The restaurant is allegedly haunted by the spirit of a young girl and her grandfather who met their end in a fire on the upper floor. Patrons have reportedly heard footsteps when no one else is around, and some have even claimed to hear the piano that’s located on the upper floor as well to play on its own. Employees have also heard disembodied voices when they were alone as if the rest wasn’t creepy enough.

With its rich history, it’s no wonder that locals have claimed it to be haunted. With the building being over 300 years old, there’s bound to be spirits that cannot rest and linger in the inn. If these walls could talk, they’d have lots to say about not only Montréal but all of Canada’s history.

Unfortunately, in my research, I was not able to pinpoint when exactly this infamous fire took place and who exactly this little ghost girl is. This is always disappointing to me. As my readers know, I like knowing specifics. I like knowing exactly, who, what, where, when, and how. The reality of the situation is, though, like with places that are over 300+ years old, we can’t always have that luxury. In a way, this only adds to the mystery of the location and makes it all the more intriguing to curious minds.

Do you have any historic inns in your neighborhood? Are they haunted? Let me know in the comments down below.

Haunted Pub l’Oncle Antoine

If you’re like me, there’s just about nothing better than going to the pub and grabbing a few drinks with some friends after a long work week. Sharing some food, some drinks, some laughs, and creating new memories. To end my trip to Québec City, I wanted to get a drink and have dinner at the oldest (old = spooky, it’s common knowledge) pub in the city. A quick Google search brought me to the doorsteps of Pub l’Oncle Antoine, located on 29 Rue Saint-Pierre in historical Québec City. Established in 1754, this little basement pub is perfectly spooky and delicious.

I wanted to have my meal inside to fully experience this historical pub. Unfortunately, that day it was well over 35 degrees Celsius, there is no air conditioning inside the building (which is to be expected considering its age) and there is a large wood-burning oven in the middle that is used to cook all the food. Needless to say, it was hot as hell in there, so I opted to eat on the terrace outside.

The food was delicious. I ordered the crab cakes and Croque Monsieur, and my boyfriend ordered the French onion soup and the smoked meat sandwich. They also make their own beer, which was also fabulous.

I didn’t see any ghosts, but I did have a lovely time at this historic establishment, and you should too! Perhaps I’ll go back during the winter where eating inside would be more appropriate, and I could fully experience the spooky basement pub atmosphere.

For now, though, this was a perfect way to end my trip.

What’s the oldest pub in your city? Have you ever been? And did you happen to spot any spooky spectres? Let me know in the comments down below.