|According to the friendly bartender, most ghost sightings|
occur in the upstairs bar, which was closed that night. But
I snapped pictures to see if anything showed up!
First stop was Dorchester Park. Beneath the beautiful expanse of grass lies the Sainte-Antoine Cholera Cemetery, containing over 70,000 skeletons, many in mass graves. Apparently during the 1832 epidemic, some victims were likely buried alive by accident due to heavy morphine administration.
We walked through the Quartier des Spectacles, which sits on the Old Red Light District, an area with quite a bit of haunting history. As Prohibition laws took effect in the US and Canada beginning in 1919, Quebec quickly abandoned the laws banning alcohol, and Montreal's Red Light District drew crowds of visitors seeking rowdy fun, legal liquor, and the entertainment that goes along with that. Murder, crime, and exploitation led to many stories of hauntings that still persist today.
|One of the beautiful trails through Mount Royal|
We also walked through Old Port and along St. Catherine Street, and our final stop was Hurley's Irish Pub. The pub is situated in a former tenement building in what was once the slums, which dates back to 1865. Dangerous conditions and crowding were problems, and over the years, many fires broke out and trapped tenants inside. Many sightings of "The Burning Lady" have been reported, but all we encountered was very cool old architecture, great food, and a fun atmosphere. A wonderful way to cap off a long day!
|Tired and sweaty!|
|More photos I took as I snuck around the quiet parts of Hurley's!|
For more posts on haunted places I've visited, check out:
Historic Mt. Washington Hotel, NH
The Old Jail in Barnstable Village, MA
Historic Buildings of Barnstable Village, MA
The Dakota Building in NYC, NY
The Catacombs beneath Paris, France
The Abandoned Glendale TB Hospital, MD
And if you enjoy spooky ghost mysteries, try one of my books! My latest is The Haunting of Hillwood Farm...and most reviewers advise reading it during the daylight hours!
|We earned out poutine and beers!|