If you’re looking to do more than just catch some rays and eat ice cream this summer, thrill yourself and bring some friends on a haunted adventure around the island. You’ll never guess what famous landmarks and hidden coves around P.E.I. are steeped in creepy stories of murder and revenge.
Gather a crew on a warm night and keep an eye out for burning ships sailing along the Northumberland Strait, or visit a historic haunted theatre and find out how courageous you truly are when the lights go down.
The Great Island Science & Adventure Park
Along Cavendish Road near Stanley Bridge between Summerside and Charlottetown lies an abandoned amusement park formerly known as The Great Island Science & Adventure park. The park shut down in 2009 but a creep skeleton of former spaceship rides and 3D Dome Theatres still remain to be explored!
The unsolved 1859 murder of Ann Beaton still haunts Goblin Hollow, where her ghost continues to appear along the Queen’s Road. Only a short distance from Orwell Corner Ann was beaten to death with a gardening hoe, and today visitors continue to visit the site hoping to catch a glimpse of her apparition.
It is said that this Georgetown Community Theatre – one of the oldest of its kind in Canada – is haunted by a ghost named Captain George, for whom the staff reserve a front row seat every performance. Patrons have reported being grabbed by a mystery hand during performances, and lighting or technical issues will occur at random that are thought to be triggered by the captain.
Ghost Ship of Northumberland Strait
Sightings of this massive ghostly schooner floating down the Northumberland Strait have been reported for the past 220 years – drive out and try and spot the flaming vessel for yourself! Apparently, the vessel has three to four masts and is typically spotted between September and November before a northeast wind. The first sighting dates back to 1786, and crews have even set out in the past to assist what so vividly appears to be a burning ship.
Over two hundred years ago Samuel Holland came to Canada from the Netherlands and was appointed the position of surveyor-general, making him responsible for dividing up the land on P.E.I. into lots. It is rumoured that his wife fell through the ice of Holland Cove, and her voice can still be heard calling out the name of her husband, while explorers report seeing her ghost dressed in a white robe roaming the area when the tide is high.
Rumour has it that visitors to this North Shore island have disappeared without a trace in the heavily forested region. Others have insisted on seeing a dangerous ghost named “Bubble Face” that roams the shore and haunts travellers.
Scotch Fort Cemetery
This historic Tracadie cemetery is said to be home to a fiery spirit which visitors have spotted illuminating graves as multiple different forms. Legend has it that in 1773 a sceptical Scotsman named Peter Macintyre set out to confront the fiery ghost in the middle of the night. The next morning, he was found dead, with a fork thrust through the tail of his jacket pinning him to a nearby grave.
West Point Lighthouse Inn
Tourists from all over the world flock to West Point’s famous black and white lighthouse, but what many don’t know is that the lighthouse’s original keeper William MacDonald haunts the grounds, spooking visitors and roaming the halls. Apparitions of flaming ships have also been spotted off the shores nearby.
This section of the Green Park Shipbuilding Museum in Port Hill is apparently haunted by a 200-year-old resident who watches over his former home and scares visitors. Areas of extreme cold and random echoing voices have been reported by those passing through the house.
This theme park is more family oriented than truly frightening, but local legend maintains that the former owner of this Tudor-style mansion converted his residence into a hotel over 100 years ago, from which very few visitors ever made it out alive. Today you can visit the mansion in Kensington and walk the creepy winding halls.