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.