*Cover photo not in Quebec.
When people hear the words "ghost town", they often automatically associate haunted houses and Halloween. But nothing could be further from the truth, as the facination with these ghoulish villages is not really about how spooky they are (although some of them are creepy AF), but more their ability to take you on a trip back in time, giving us a glimpse of what life was like for the people who once lived there.
We actually have quite a few ghost-towns here in Quebec, and although some can be pretty difficult to reach, others have been turned into very accessible tourist attractions.
Here are 9 creepy but beautiful ghost towns in Quebec.
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By far the best-preserved ghost town in Canada. It actually became a tourist attraction in 1960 and over 70 of the original buildings are still standing today. The town was founded in 1901 but was abandoned after the pulp mill closed.
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Some ghost towns may have cool stories, but that's not the case for Boscobel, located in the village of Bethanie in the Canton de Valcourt. This town had 2 areas, one with a general store and one with a windmill. The villagers argued over where the church should go, because that would automatically become the main part of town. Boscobel lost their bid for the church so most of the homes in the area were abandoned.
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Crystal Falls was a community near St. Jovite. The village used to have a post office, a school, a cheese factory, a sawmill and a church. The only thing left standing is the church.
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Goose Village was commonly known as Victoriatown. After thousands of Irish immigrants died from disease in 1847, the town was bulldozed leaving only the fire station, the train station, and a Black Rock Memorial of the old community.
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Joutel is located near James Bay, and was originally built as a mining town. When the reserves were depleted in 1998, the village was later abandoned.
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This trading post went into operation in the early 1800s but closed down in the 1950s because of how remote it was and how difficult it was to actually get there.
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Rivière La Guerre
Here's a sad little story. A small town named Riviere La Guerre attracted a lot of immigrants interested in the wood trade, but when a construction accident nearby caused the canal to flood, the inhabitants were forced to abandon the town.
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Saint-Jean-Vianney was a village in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. It was abandoned after a landslide destroyed a huge part of town in the 1970s.
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This village was located in the Lower Saint-Laurent. There was a church, a school, a cemetery and a few scattered homes. It officially closed down in 1974 because it was supposed to be merged with a nearby municipality, but that only happened 10 years later in 1982. By then, most of the village had been abandoned.