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.

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.

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.

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.