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.

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.

Ghosts of The Plains of Abraham

The Plains of Abraham in Québec City is famous for hosting one of the most important battles in Canadian history. This battle took place on September 13th, 1759, and it was a battle which consisted of the French vs the English. Marquis of Montcalm was the commander on the French front, and James Wolfe was the commander on the English front. Both of these men died during the battle, as well as 658 English casualties and 650 French casualties, which comes up to over 1,000 perished souls in one day.

Lots of death and despair is sure to breed some creepy ghost stories, and The Plains of Abraham are no exception. Over the years people have claimed to witness ghost soldiers still in uniform (Louis Tessier, is that you?), and others have reported smelling smoke, specifically, canon smoke. I didn’t know that smells could be creepy, but here we are. These incidents also tend to happen around September 13th, on the anniversary of the battle. I visited this location in August of 2020 which is possibly why I didn’t see, hear, or smell anything.

However, this is not to say that I didn’t feel anything. While the grounds are peaceful with perfectly manicured grass and large trees, the air feels heavy. You can feel the tragedy that once gripped this place, and it is not surprising to me that some souls may linger out of confusion or anger. One can assume many of the men who died on these grounds were young and had a whole life ahead of them that was ripped away within seconds.

As opposed to my last few posts, these ghosts are far less specific. Which is a shame, I enjoy knowing the history of the particular ghouls that haunt the premises. Alas, we have to content ourselves with vague wartime ghosts from another lifetime. Perhaps one day we can learn some of their names, and some of their stories. Until then, though, their lives before their tragic end remain a mystery.

What do you think? Do you think the souls of fallen soldiers still linger here? Let me know in the comments down below.

Ghost of The Holy Trinity Cathedral

Built in 1800, The Holy Trinity Cathedral is an Anglican Church located in Québec City and was established as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1989. Being over 250 years old, it is no surprise that this church has a few ghost stories attached to it. While there are a few ghost stories associated with this location, they all center around the ghost of a woman.

To keep with the creepy ghost lady theme, this spectre has been said to negatively affect the organ players while they play, and some have said that they’ve even heard a female crying while they’re playing. Even Queen Elizabeth II claims that she saw this ghostly woman back when she visited the church in 1964!

As to who this ghost woman is…no one really knows. One theory is that she was a nun at the church who had a baby (which is a big no-no), but her baby died (possibly murdered, even) and was buried somewhere on the property in an unmarked grave and that she is looking over the soul of her deceased child. Others have said that the church was built over the body of a woman in 1799 while construction was going on.

We may never know the true story of the ghostly woman who wanders around this property and makes her presence known from time to time. Although we may never know the true story, we can still feel her soul lingering, and if you’re lucky, or unlucky, depending on how you look at it, she may even show herself to you. If the stories above are true, hopefully, one day her soul may rest easy and she won’t feel the need to linger amongst the living.

Do you have any creepy churches in your neighborhood? I’d love to hear about it down in the comments below!

Ghost of Château Frontenac

Château Frontenac is located in historic Québec City and it is a beautiful hotel that opened its doors back in 1893. Throughout its 127 years of existence it has encountered many travelling souls through its walls, and, turns out, some of those souls never checked out. Many guests have reported feeling a presence in their rooms, while others have claimed to see a full-bodied apparition.

This historic hotel even made a Forbes list in 2016 that listed “Spookiest Luxury Hotels in the World”, and that’s not for nothing. According to the author, many people, including the hotel’s director, have spotted a man sitting on a windowsill overlooking the city, only to suddenly vanish moments later. This is allegedly the spirit of Louis de Buade de Frontenac, the man that the hotel was named after. Born in May of 1622 in France, he eventually became the third and sixth Governor of New France. He died in 1698 at 76 years old, and he apparently had a flair for the dramatic, as he requested,

“…upon his death, his heart was to be sent in a decorative box to his fiancé in Europe. However, his distraught fiancé was too grief-stricken to accept the unique memento, and it was returned to Québec.”

Jeanne O’Brien Coffey, 2016

The legend goes that since his heart was never delivered to his fiancé, he wanders the halls of the hotel searching for her.

I had a chance to visit this historic location on August 8th, 2020. The building was as imposing as to be expected, and it was hauntingly beautiful.

View from the outside of the hotel

The image above is a statue situated right outside the hotel of our dear departed friend, Louis de Buade de Frontenac himself. His imposing presence is unavoidable, both because of the enormous statue, and because of his lingering soul that roams the halls.

I did not happen to stay overnight at the Château Frontenac on this trip, so I didn’t get a chance to stay in one of the rooms and experience Monsieur Frontenac’s spooky presence for myself. This is a Fairmount hotel after all, so it’s not cheap to rent a room (according to their website, it starts at 399$ CAD and can go up to 3,000$ CAD if you’re a real fancy pants). I would love to stay overnight one day, though, and share my experience with you all. Perhaps one day, and when that day comes, it will definitely be its own blog post.

View from the boardwalk along the water

What’s the creepiest hotel you ever stayed at? Share your experiences with me down in the comments!

Ghost of Montmorency Falls

When people think of waterfalls in Canada, Niagara Falls in Ontario comes to mind. However, there is an equally impressive waterfall located in Québec’s capital city. Montmorency Falls is a large waterfall located in Québec City on the Montmorency River. This waterfall measures an impressive 84m in height (276ft tall). However, we’re not here to discuss the logistics of this waterfall; that’s for another blog. We’re here to talk about ghosts.

There is a ghost that allegedly haunts the beautiful Montmorency Falls in Québec City. Dubbed as “The Lady in White”, or “La Dame Blanche” (her real name supposedly being Mathilde Robin) her story is a classic tale of love and heartbreak. The story goes that Mathilde and her lover, Louis Tessier, a humble farm boy, were in love and engaged to be married. Unfortunately, Louis was called off to fight in the Seven Years War against the British and perished in battle in 1759 (some have speculated that he died at The Plains of Abraham, another allegedly haunted location in Québec City). Utterly heartbroken, Mathilde would scream his name in the night, holding onto hope that he would one day come home to her.

That day never came.

Overcome with grief, one year later Mathilde put on her wedding gown that she never got a chance to wear, and threw herself into the falls. Her body has never been recovered.

Over 250 years later, people claim that they see her ghost through the mists of the Montmorency Falls. Whether this story is true or not, it is a chilling reminder of what could have been, and the horrors of war.

I had the chance to visit this location with my boyfriend on August 8th, 2020. I wanted to see the place for myself, and more importantly, I wanted to see how it felt. I know that may sound strange, but hear me out. The vibe and energy of the place can tell you a lot, and this place definitely had some spooky vibes. First stop was the suspension bridge which gives you a clear view of the river below.

View from the suspension bridge.

I may be slightly biased here since I am deathly afraid of heights, but I definitely got an uneasy feeling being on the bridge and looking at the 200-foot drop below. All I could think was Mathilde must truly have been heartbroken to take a look at that drop and decide that it was worth it.

View from a lookout point.
I unfortunately did not happen to catch a glimpse of our heartbroken Mathilde through the mists of the waterfall

The next stop at Montmorency Falls was the small forest on the right of the image above (okay “forest” might be a bit of a stretch – but there is a spooky cluster of trees).

I have to say, I am super glad that I wasn’t here at night, because even during the day I got an eerie feeling. While researching for this post, nobody mentioned the woods just adjacent to the waterfall and I find that strange. Naturally, Mathilde would have had to walk through this part to get to the waterfall itself, and one would assume that she stood there for a bit while contemplating her tragic end. To me, she could easily haunt the forest as well as the waterfall.

Although beautiful, the Montmorency Falls has a tragic tale attached to it. Hopefully one day Mathilde can rest easy and join her beloved Louis in the afterlife. For now, though, if you’re lucky, one may catch a glimpse of her in the trees or in the mists of the waterfall, mourning her fallen soldier.