Graveyard Shift

Creepy Myths And Urban Legends From Canada  

Erin McCann
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Considering Canada's wide expanses of wild and uninhabited land, it's no wonder the country inspires a considerable amount of myths, ghost stories, and urban legends. Not to say creepy stories don't come out of Canada's major cities - Toronto and Montreal both feature supposed paranormal presences as well. From lake monsters to wolf people, traditional Inuit legends often mix with more recent stories to create some of the most terrifying tales in the world.

Like creepy myths and urban legends from across the globe, Canada possesses its own brand of scary stories. An infusion of French and Inuit culture gives Canada's urban legends a distinctly regional twist. The country has many ghost stories and legends about terrible beasts who may have slain people and wreaked havoc long ago. Canada's history includes some compelling UFO stories as well, due to its remote landscapes. It's known for its maple syrup, hockey, and moose, but you might be surprised by what creepy creatures and legends Canada might hold.

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Headless Ghosts And 'Titanic' Passengers Roam Old Montreal

The historic neighborhood of Old Montreal in Quebec's largest city draws numerous locals and tourists each year thanks to its history and old world charm. People believe Montreal is the most haunted city in Canada and many of Montreal's ghosts live in Old Montreal.

The city's oldest road, Saint-Paul Street, supposedly becomes a walkway for the paranormal at night. Visitors often report seeing ghostly horse-drawn carriages or an apparition of Marie-Joseph Angélique wearing the same white robe she had on when was terminated. The former lady of the evening Mary Gallagher is also reported to appear on William and Murray Streets every seven years - looking for her head, taken off by her onetime best friend.

Visitors can also find hotbeds of ghostly activity in Old Montreal's graveyards, especially in North America's largest intact cemetery, Mount Royal. People claim to see apparitions wandering around the plots at night and hear giggling, creaking, and other eerie noises. Ghosts supposedly include several people who perished on the Titanic and an often-seen Algonquin man who looks over the cliff to the city below.

Haunted graveyards in Old Montreal aren't limited to outside the city. Dorchester Square park lies above a grave said to hold around 70,000 skeletons who passed from cholera.

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A Mysterious Ghost Ship Burns In The Northumberland Strait

The Northumberland Strait lies between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia and has reportedly been home to a phantom ship for many years. Numerous people claim to have seen a vessel catch fire, burn for several minutes, and then mysteriously disappear. One woman said she saw crew onboard scrambling to douse the flames.

Entire groups of people have supposedly witnessed the burning ship when riding the ferry between the strait. Rescuers have tried approaching the phantom vessel, but find nothing there. One sailor even remembers sailing through flames before they mysteriously disappeared.

Divers have failed to find any wreckage in the area.

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A Man Was Burned By Radiation After A UFO Encounter In Manitoba

In 1967, Stefan Michalak ventured out into the woods around Falcon Lake near Winnipeg, Manitoba in search of silver and quartz. He was startled by a gaggle of geese, but then noticed two cigar-shaped crafts hovering in the air. One flew away, but the other landed.

Michalak waited half an hour before approaching. He heard mechanical whirring noises, smelled sulfur, and felt warm air as he got closer. He noticed an open door panel; coming from inside were colored lights and voices muffled by a constant humming.

Suddenly, the door panel closed, and a blast of gas from the craft knocked Michalak off his feet; his clothes were set ablaze. He managed to take them off and made his way back to town. He felt extremely sick, dizzy, and had burns on his stomach resembling a grid.

Doctors discovered Michalak's sickness was caused by radiation, and officials who checked the alleged encounter site discovered radioactive soil samples and metal melted into the rocks. Several government departments investigated the incident, but concluded the case would forever remain unexplained.

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A Lady In Red Haunts Toronto's Lower Bay Station

Below Toronto's Bay Station lies another subway station known as Lower Bay Station. The Toronto Transit Commission reportedly opened the station in 1966 while experimenting with routes, but soon realized if the route was ever delayed, it would slow down the entire subway system.  It was shut down only six months later.

They later built the current Bay Station on top, connecting the two platforms with a red door only accessible to employees. Workers and occasional movie productions still use the old station, but numerous workers claim to have seen a phantom Lady in Red wandering the tracks.

People say she has no legs and only black holes for eyes; her apparition only lingers for 30 seconds. Workers have felt cold spots and sensed drafts in areas where they shouldn't be present. Some think it's possible the Lady in Red fell or was pushed onto the tracks, but no records of any such accident exist. Others think it's more likely she was a former resident of Potter's Field, a cemetery for social outcasts and the poor, which the city attempted to relocate in 1855 to build the station.