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Canada's Biggest "Ghost Towns" Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine

*tumbleweed passes through*
Canada's Biggest "Ghost Towns" Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine

In Canada's 150 years as a country, it has been through some stuff, naturally. So, unfortunately, not every town that is established can withstand time.

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In case you didn't know, a "ghost town" is basically a town that has been completely abandoned. As in, no one lives there anymore. The houses and buildings, however, still remain intact so it basically looks like a town completely for ghosts. 

So, as you can probably imagine, they're creepy AF!

These towns are empty for many reasons. A couple of them include business closures, infrastructure breakdowns or a depletion of natural resources, not because the entire town actually got wiped out.

They're starting to be taken back by nature, but you can still see a little bit of the towns if you look closely. Check them out: 

Robsart, Saskatchewan 

It was originally established in 1910 when the Canadian Pacific Railway bought the land. It was closed in the 1930s because they couldn't keep businesses open during the Great Depression. There were also a ton of fires, droughts, and poor crop yields. Basically, they just didn't really stand a chance.

Bralorne, British Colombia

During the gold rush in the 1850s, this town was established. They produced $370,000,000 in gold. It was taken over in 1914 by another company that ran it dry. So, you know, as soon as the gold ran out, so did the use of the town.

Orion, Alberta

Once again, this town fell to the Great Depression of the 1930s. There used to be over 150 people when it was established in 1916. They had this huge main street with general stores, a bank and a blacksmith (at that time, that was crazy). But now, all you can find there is abandoned houses.

Kitsualt, British Colombia

This town actually isn't from 100 years ago. Kitsault was turned into a ghost town around 1983! So, if you want to know what it feels like to be stuck in the 80s, this is the place to check out! Originally built for 1,200 people, there are now hundreds of abandoned buildings, including 90 homes, 200 apartments, a hospital, shopping mall, restaurant, movie theatre, sports center, and bank. So, this one is really a whole town, completely empty.

Silver Islet, Ontario

The Montreal Mining Company jumped on this area when a silver vein was discovered and turned it into a small mining town. For years and years, it was a successful mining town, but by 1883 most of the silver was gone and the price of silver dropped drastically. So, no need for the town anymore. Some people have bought out the old homes and use them as cottages.

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Val-Jabert, Quebec

This town was founded in 1910, and you can actually visit the place now. Looking back at it now, I realized that I 100% went there with my family when I was little. The town is centered around the pulp and paper mill and it's right by two beautiful waterfalls. Thing is, the town wasn't able to withstand the Spanish Fly that hit the town's population around 1919.

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