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Haunted Montreal Blog #33 – La Chasse-galerie

With the passing of the New Year, the fantastic legend of La-chasse galerie is still fresh in the minds of many Montrealers, if only for the fact that it is the most famous Québecois story set on New Year's Eve. According to local lore, those who hear a noise in the sky on New Year's Eve should look up because they just might spot a canoe flying through the air full of terrified lumberjacks on their unholy journey to Hell.

Haunted Montreal Blog #32 – The Cursed House

Gisèle then noticed a commotion on the bed. She looked over and saw that her frenzied mother was being viciously attacked by two small boys who were both ghostly and naked. Their bodies shook with soundless laughter as they pounded their fists into Denise’s bloody and bruised face. Gisèle immediately ran to the neighbor’s house, crying incoherently for help as she tried to explain what was happening. Unfortunately, the damage was already done. Her father was already dead and her mother was found to be in a coma. In a catatonic state, Denise was taken to hospital. The doctors were unable to awaken her from the coma and she died three months later.

Haunted Montreal Blog #31 – Paranormal Activity at the Hotel Bonaventure

Fearing this might be some kind of warning or preemptive signal, hotel management immediately contacted the police. Francois Lippe was the first police officer to arrive at the hotel. Baffled, he contacted his superiors and asked them to come and look for themselves at the object that was floating above the City of Montreal. The Chief of Police, Robert Masson, soon arrived at the scene and he immediately spotted the bizarre object in question.

Haunted Montreal Blog #29 – Haunted Nightclub at 1234 De La Montagne Street

In one frightening instance that occurred around 2005, a drunken girl was warned by staff not to go into the attic. Ignoring the warning, when staff had their backs turned, she went anyway. A few minutes later, people heard a loud, hysterical screaming. Hollering at the top of her lungs, the girl dove out of the attic window facing the street and then jumped off the balcony, in a state of complete terror. Luckily, the bouncers below were able to catch her. They tried to calm her down, but were unable to. The girl had to be taken away in an ambulance.

Haunted Montreal Blog #28 – McGill University Faculty Club

The McGill Faculty Club is the sort of place where things literally go bump in the night. Doors on the upper floors often slam on their own accord. The staff also reports that the elevator sometimes moves between floors, inexplicably, without any human passengers. In the billiard room, the balls are known to roll on their own, as though a game is being played by invisible spirits. Some servants are unnerved by the numerous portraits hanging on the walls, which they claim often follow them with their eyes. In 2010, Tony Austin, the Club’s longstanding maître d’hôtel, told the McGill Reporter: “I’ve never seen a ghost myself, but when you’re all alone in this house at the end of the night it can be a little creepy with all those portraits staring back at you.”

Haunted Montreal Blog #27 – Masion Pierre Du Calvet

Various sources suggest that the inn is haunted and that apparitions of both Marie-Louise Jusseaume and a card-shuffling man dressed in 19th century clothing have been seen on many different occasions. Some guests report hearing disembodied voices, including entire conversations. In another case, a deep imprint appeared on the just-made bed in Room 1, almost as though someone were sleeping there. Light anomalies have also been seen and photographed in the room.

Haunted Montreal Blog #26 – Haunted Fort on St. Helen’s Island

There are many reports of hauntings at the museum. Strange apparitions have been spotted lurking in the shadows. The sound of phantom boots can be sometimes be heard marching in unison, as though soldiers were marching in formation. Objects are also known to go missing and some visitors complain about feelings of malaise and shortness of breath. Add to this mysterious mists, strange lights, disembodied voices, and the unexplained smell of smoke, and it is easy to conclude that the fort is very haunted.

Haunted Montreal Blog #25 – The Ghostly Hitchhiker of Christophe Columb Avenue

The girl appeared relieved that he had stopped and she immediately climbed into his car's front passenger seat. She was tall and beautiful and had long dark hair. He estimated that she was in her mid-20s. The girl was obviously very cold because she was trembling. He asked her where she was going but, mysteriously, she did not reply. He assumed that she was unable to speak so he offered her a pen and paper. She wrote down a name and an address on Christophe Columb Avenue. Because she was still shivering, he offered her his leather jacket to warm up and she graciously accepted it. She put it on as they drove northwards in silence.

Haunted Montreal Blog #24 – Montreal’s Invisible Pets

In the early 1970s, the Grey family experienced an invisible cat in their home in Montreal. What was remarkable is that the feline could be heard and felt, but it was never seen. In another instance, a young boy in the Montreal suburb of Roxboro took on what his parents assumed was an imaginary friend named Duke. The boy would get upset if the parents tried to sit on the couch when "Duke" was there. While the parents humored him at first, they got the shock of their lives when a neighbor informed them that the previous owner has a dog of the same name before passing away with her beloved pet in a house fire. It would seem that invisible pets are part of the ghostly folklore of the city of Montreal. The only unanswered question is why.
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