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.

Spirits of Carbide Willson Ruins

The Carbide Willson Ruins are a set of ruins located in Chelsea, Québec (about 20 minutes outside of Gatineau). These ruins are located in a forest that is now part of the Gatineau Park. What you see in the photo above is a glimpse of what remains of Thomas “Carbide” Leopold Willson’s laboratory and makeshift summer home.

In 1892, Mr Willson created the process by which we create calcium carbide, which is essential in steelmaking, amongst other things. Not satisfied with that invention, he purchased 460 acres of land in 1907 to give him space to conduct more experiments and invent new things. He built three structures deep in the woods as a result of his paranoia; he was convinced people were out to steal his inventions. Whether his worries were legitimate or not, he built this structure along with two others nearby to aid in his invention process. The three buildings were originally used for as an acid condensation tower, a dam, and a generating station. However, the tower was destroyed in a fire and was never repaired.

Unsurprisingly, this is quite expensive, and, after some time, Willson went bankrupt and the estate fell into disrepair. He died in 1915 in New York City as a result of a heart attack.

While the ruins are hauntingly beautiful, there is a sense of uneasiness in the air. The ruins are surrounded by waterfalls and streams, and for those who don’t know, attract spirits. Water conducts energy which spirits need to feed on to manifest themselves. This energy can be from running water, like at the ruins, electrical equipment, or even negative feelings and emotions if a haunting takes place at a residence.

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that this energy attracts bad spirits, but it does attract them nonetheless.

The surrounding woods are beautiful, yet eerie as well. So quiet you could probably hear a pin drop, and deathly still. Does this mean anything? Maybe not, but no one can deny the feeling they get as soon as they step into these woods. Mixed with the energy conducted by all the running water and the residual energy of a paranoid man, it’s the perfect recipe for a spectre.

What do you think? Do you think the ruins are haunted? 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.

Haunted Château Ramezay

Château Ramezay is a historical landmark located in Montréal and was built in 1705 for Claude de Ramezay, the Governor at the time. In 1895 it was established as the headquarters and museum of the Antiquarian and Numismatic Society of Montréal. For a small fee, visitors can enjoy a historical landmark right in their own city. However, they may get a little more than they bargained for.

According to an article published by The Gazette in 2014, a local man who has worked at the Château for 16 years (at the time the article was published) keeps a list of paranormal occurrences that have happened over the years. These occurrences include everything from footsteps, strange noises, and items moving on their own. He’s not the only employee who has witnessed these things; other staff members have reported similar incidents.

Plaque outside the Château itself

So, this leaves us with one question? Just who is this paranormal prankster?

Thankfully, there are two suspects. The first suspect being Anna O’Dowd, the caretaker up until her death in 1985. Rumour has it that she died in the bathtub, however, I tried finding more information on this woman, but unfortunately, I could not find any further information. Our second culprit is possibly a guard who goes by O’Leary. Upon doing some research the only O’Leary I could find associated with Château Ramezay is Thomas O’Leary, who wrote the Catalogue of the Château de Ramezay in 1903.

With a building being over 300 years old, it is no surprise to me that some spirits may linger here. You can feel the history as soon as you step foot on these grounds and its sort of a heavy feeling. The same feeling I got when I visited The Plains of Abraham. It’s unexplainable and one has to visit the Château to feel it for themselves.

Do you work in an old creepy building in your city? Have you had any paranormal experiences? 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 St Ann’s Church

St Ann’s Church when it was intact. Image courtesy of Images Montréal

St Ann’s Church was a church located in the borough of Griffintown, Montréal. It was built in 1854 and quickly became a community staple of the area and over 1300 Irish families attended this beloved church. As stated in my last post about Griffintown, this area of the city is known for being mostly populated with Irish immigrants at the beginning of the 19th century that continued well into the 1960s. However, during the 1960s the Irish population became more dispersed and as a result, the church was abandoned. Because of this fact, the church was demolished in the 1970s to make room for condos and modern buildings. Although the church is no longer there, you can still see some of the foundation peaking through the grounds of the peaceful park as a permanent reminder of what was once there.

Eerily, just because the building is no longer there doesn’t mean that local residents don’t hear the faint sound of church bells in the night (fun fact: churches don’t ring bells during the night, even when they’re not demolished. That’s probably a demon).

Cracked bench at the site

Churches serve many purposes, and St Ann’s was no exception when it was in use. Church service, funerals, weddings, Midnight Mass, charity events, the list goes on and on. In its over 100 years of being in use, one can only imagine how many funerals this church had seen. This would also suggest that some restless spirits remain. Many locals have reported seeing ghostly apparitions at night in the park where the church once stood.

Much like the ghosts at The Plains of Abraham, these ghouls are unspecific and none of my research points me to a name or story in particular. Nevertheless, the park is eerie enough on its own with the remains of the cracked foundation peaking through the grass.

A circle of rocks where demons probably have meetings during the night

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

Ghost of Mary Gallagher

Griffintown is a borough in the city of Montréal along the Lachine Canal. This area of the city is known for being mostly populated with Irish immigrants at the beginning of the 19th century that continued well into the 1960s. The name Griffintown comes from Mary Griffin, who illegally obtained the lease to the land from a business associate of Thomas McCord in 1799 (talk about a rough start). This historic neighborhood has many gruesome stories to tell, no doubt, but amongst the most infamous is the murder of Mary Gallagher.

Mary Gallagher was a prostitute in the 19th century working in Griffintown. On June 27th, 1879, the town was shocked to learn that Mary had not only been murdered but beheaded on the corner of William and Murray street. Even more shocking, her best friend, Susan Kennedy, a fellow sex worker herself, was tried for the murder and found guilty along with a “companion” of Mary who was also present at the time of the murder, Michael Flanagan. Susan Kennedy was sentenced to hang on December 5th, 1879. However, her death sentence was over-turned, and she was released from prison 16 years later. The records of her whereabouts stop after that.

What about Flanagan? Well, as an article published by Vice in 2017 states,

“In an extraordinary coincidence, on Dec. 5—the day Kennedy had been sentenced to hang—Flanagan was working aboard a boat in the Peel Basin when he missed his footing and fell into the water. He disappeared beneath the ice and drowned.”

Patrick Lejtenyi, 2017

That is quite the eerie coincidence, to say the least.

According to the same article by Vice, the town had not seen a murder in two years at that point, the last one being in 1877. Additionally, the brutality and the perpetrator of the crime have all had a hand in making this story infamous.

Since then, people in town claim that every 7 years on the anniversary of her death she makes an appearance. She is said to roam the streets, looking for her missing head.

Corner of William & Murray in Griffintown

Today, the corner of William and Murray looks a lot different than it used to when it was Ms Gallagher’s stomping grounds. The area has been gentrified and the house where Mary was murdered no longer stands, but that doesn’t mean that her presence no longer lingers.

Griffintown has undergone many changes since Mary’s time, but her story is still told and she is known locally to everyone in town. The last time she made an appearance was on the 140th anniversary of her death, which happened to be June 27th, 2019. Since she makes an appearance every 7 years, the next time she’ll be seen is June 27th, 2026.

Mark your calendars, folks.

Do you believe in the ghost of Mary Gallagher? Have you been lucky enough to spot her? Let me know in the comments down below.