Fall is cute and all, with the scarves, plaid, cute boots, and the ultimate seasonl drink – the PSL.
TL;DR Montreal and Quebec in general has a lot of historical sites. Some of these sites are visited frequently like McGill, others are not- like an abandoned asylum. What they do have in common is that all of them are haunted!
It's also that time of year when things start to get a bit spooky. Quebec especially has a long history of spooky and haunted places. There's more than one ghost story in this province. I don't know about you, but I certainly want to know where the creatures of the night are hanging out!
Here's a list of all the creepy and haunted places you can visit to get you in the mood for Halloween:
10. Cathedral Of The Holy Trinity, Quebec City
This church was built in the early 1800s and located in the historic Quebec City. Legend has it that there's a ghost who occassionally plays the organ, because, well, the cathedral was built over her body.
9. Mount Royal
Many Montrealers know this as the spot with the best view of the city. I bet you didn't know that because it's filled with history, it's also filled with ghosts? One in particular – Simon McTavish – a fur trader was found buried in the mountain. Rumour has it that he sometimes uses his coffin as a "sled" to ride down the mountain.
8. L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel, Montreal
This seemingly innocent spot isn't just home to a restaurant, nightclub, and inn. Apparently it also houses a ghost of a small girl, who haunts the place because she died in a devastating fire in the 19th century.
7. Le Cinq Nightclub, Montreal
This place might seem like all fun and games – partying with your friends, dancing, and taking shots. All great until you realize this place was formerly a funeral home! People claim to have seen a numer of ghosts. One in particular, a woman meandering around sans clothes, is a frequent visitor.
6. Griffintown, Montreal
A well-known neighbourhood famous for its industrial and eclectic vibe, Griffintown is rich in history and, consequentyly, also rich in ghosts. Multiple phantoms haunt the area, including the Irish refugees that died during the 1847 Famine.
5. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal
Located in downtown Montreal, this hotel is absolutely stunning and built above the Gare Centrale train station. This hotel has hosted some really spectacular moments. John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed their famous "sleep-in" here. But the creepiest thing about this place is that it also houses a mysterious woman in white who has been spotted by guests.
4. Plains Of Abraham, Quebec City
Apparently this whole area is haunted – yup an entire area, not a specific building. Many lives were lost in the 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham... and the ghosts want revenge. Mysterious canons going off and the scent of sulfur are just a few things people have claimed to have seen/smelled. Now that's creepy!
3. Grey Nuns Motherhouse, Montreal
Located in downtown Montreal, just a few steps from St. Catherine's Street, this immense building is stunning. But don't let looks fool you. Multiple ghosts this building. 38 orphans of them died tragically in a fire on Valentine's Day in 1918. Some say that the children still ask visitors to play.
The structure is now a Concordia student residence, but dozens of bodies are still buried in a basement crypt. Imagine sleeping on top of a graveyard.
2. Sainte Clotilde De Horton Asylum, Sainte-Coltide-De-Horton
Probably the creepiest place on this list. This place hosted clinical experiments on innocent victims and before most of the structure burnt down. It's been abandoned for awhile, but many claim to have heard and seen some really creepy things – how could you not?!
McGill is a world-renowned university home to many students from Montreal and International. Classes can be boring and dry sometimes, but did you know that James McGill (founder of the school) owned slaves and built the University using funds from their labour. Some say that the slaves are still after retribution.
James McGill is also buried right in front of the Arts Building... well, part of him. His remains were accidentally mixed with those of his lawyer (and possible gay lover). Legend has it that the pair will never be satisfied until their remains are complete.