Monday, October 24, 2011

Haunted Muskoka

There are a number of ghostly spirits said to haunt locations across Muskoka. With Hallowe’en just around the corner, we thought we’d introduce you to some of them.

Strange things happen at Muskoka Heritage Place, Huntsville’s Pioneer Village. In the Hill House, ghostly footsteps echo upstairs, the bed looks as though someone had been sitting in it (despite being blocked from public access) and there are reports of people feeling that they were being watched. It’s thought that Reverend and Mrs. Hill still preside over their home despite both being long dead. Reverend Hill’s original homestead was on the shores of Peninsula Lake in Hillside which is, ahem, where Colonial Bay is. (No ghosts here, we promise.)

The Inn at the Falls in Bracebridge boasts several spirits, including Judge William C. Mahaffy and a trio of ghosts affectionately known as Charlie (who haunts the kitchen), Sarah (who occasionally inhabits the Carriage Room), and Bob (who frequents the upstairs corridors).

The RMS Segwun, a steamship on Lake Muskoka, is purported to have at least one ghost aboard.

The Bala Bay Inn’s original owner, E.B. Sutton, has been haunting the building for almost 95 years. Some people have reported seeing him staring out from the upper windows of the Inn.

You can learn more about Muskoka’s ghosts in the book Cottage Country Ghosts by local authors Maria da Silva and Andrew Hind.

We’re gearing up for the winter season. Are you planning to join us for some snowy fun? We hope so! You can view our availability here. Stay tuned for information on winter adventures in Muskoka.

The Howell Family

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