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.
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!
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.
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.