Guys, it's about that time of year when things get just a little more spooky. Which is pretty great, TBH. (I mean, I know I don't need an excuse to dress up in my Nightmare Before Christmas getup and sing "This Is Halloween" all day erryday until 2017, but some of us do, and that's cool).
In the spirit of the season, I think this would be a pretty great time to let you know that Quebec is actually spooky AF, too. The province has such a rich history that more than a few ghost stories have popped up over the centuries... And a few "haunted" spots, as well. (Which, PS, you should only explore if you're allowed to. Trespassing ain't cool. The ghosts don't like it).
1. L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel, Montreal
Without a doubt, this is one of the chillest spots in the whole city. It's an inn, a restaurant, and a nightclub (downstairs)... and it also happens to be haunted. It's been around since the 1700s, making it the oldest inn in North America; and, according to legend, the spirit of a little girl who died in a fire in the 19th century haunts the auberge to this day.
2. Cathedral Of The Holy Trinity, Quebec City
This church is located in Quebec City, and it was built in the early 1800s, which actually makes it the oldest Anglican cathedral in the city. Legend says that when it was built, it was constructed over the body of a woman. She now haunts the cathedral - some people have even reported the organ playing all by itself. Spooky.
3. Auberge Willow, Hudson
The legend surrounding this inn focuses on a young servant girl, thought to be named Maude. She was murdered by a group of people who were planning a military uprising in the 1800s, and then buried in the basement. Apparently, her ghost still roams the inn, and can be found singing, knocing things over, and stacking things outside of room #8... Especially during the month of November.
4. Sainte Coltide De Horton Asylum, Sainte-Coltide-De-Horton
Oh Lordt. I can't even begin to explain to you guys how terrifying this spot is to me. Basically, it started off as an asylum, and morphed into many different institutions throughout the years. It was marred by clincial experiments, fires, and other super creepy things. It's been abandoned for a good while, but people to this day report paranomal AF happenings going down in the area. I'm sufficiently creeped out right now, guys.
4. Le Cinq Nightclub, Montreal
Back when this club was 1234, I used to come here all the time, and on more than one occasion I definitely felt like things were a little bit... off? I can't explain it. Back then I blamed it on the tequila shots, but I've since come to learn that this building was once a funeral home (!!), and it's claimed to be significantly haunted. People report feeling inexplicable feelings of dread, and some people even report seeing a naked woman wandering the building with a scar on her body.
5. 242 William Street, Montreal
TBH, this building is attached the one of the most popular Montreal legends: the story of Mary Gallagher. Mary Gallagher was a prostitute in the 1800s; she was decapitated at this spot in Griffintown, and legend has it she comes back to the borough to search for her missing head.
6. The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal
Although this hotel has got some serious history to it (including housing John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous "bed-in" peace protest in the 60s), one of the most notable attributes of this Montreal landmark? A mysterious woman in white, who apparently has been seen haunting the hotel's hallways by guests and visitors.
7. Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-De Lévy, Levis
Okay, I know this isn't a house, and I know the entire area isn't haunted - but hear me out. This is the area where one of the most chilling stories in Quebec's history took place: the story of La Corriveau. Legend has it that she was a young woman named Marie Joseph La Corriveau was tried for murdering her second husband (after her first husband died as well). For her crime, she was hung from a tree in an iron cage and left to die. According to some people, she still haunts the area to this day.
9. Plains Of Abraham, Quebec City
Again, not a house - but it's still a super notable spot, and it's one that's known to (possibly) be haunted AF. The hauntings all centre around the 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham, the famous battle between English and French soldiers that took place in that spot. Apparently, there were so many lives lost that soldiers still haunt the area to this day. People have even claimed smelling sulfur and hearing canons going off.