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7 of Canada’s most mysterious places

 

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Is there a creepy house at the end of your street? Do you live near a spooky abandoned factory? Well, you’re not alone. Canada’s dotted with mysterious locations. Here are seven of the spookiest and strangest sites in in the country.

Bayer Lake’s mystery walls

remnants of wall at Bayer's Lake

Photo courtesy HalifaxTrails.ca

Everything about these mystery walls are, we guess you could say, mysterious. Experts guess that they were built during the early settling of Halifax. This would place the construction in the late 1700s or early 1800s.  Their position on high ground with a good view of the area suggests a defensive fortification or training ground for soldiers. Wonder who they were trying to see coming?

L’Anse Aux Meadows Norse village

L'Anse aux meadows site

Photo courtesy of Geoff Whiteway

This UNESCO World Heritage Site in Newfoundland is believed to be a Norse village settled around the year 1000. It’s the most famous Viking settlement in North America and is connected to Leif Erikson’s Vinland colony. This colony would have been around at least 500 years before Columbus ever came to North America. The mystery remains as to why the Norse didn’t stay and populate the area - there’s lots of theories, but no real answers yet.

Crooked trees of Alticane 

crooked trees

Photo courtesy of John H Bowman

This grove of twisting aspen trees can be found just outside of Hafford, Saskatchewan. This spooky spot has inspired all kinds of paranormal explanations and folklore. However, scientists believe the scary shapes are the result of genetic mutations (think the X-Men, but without the cool superpowers). Although, they do look like you’d need Wolverine’s claws to prune them.

The tree on the lake

tree on the lake

Photo by Jan de Bree 

Vancouver Island has its own mysterious tree. A tiny Douglas fir floats on a stump in the middle of Fairy Lake near the town of Port Renfrew. Growing out of a dead log bobbing in the water, this tenacious sapling has inspired countless photographers and even featured in a Wildlife Photographer of the Year winning picture. Fairy Lake definitely lives up to its name. This would make the perfect tree house for fairy folk.

Screaming Tunnel and the Blue Ghost Tunnel

blue ghost tunnel

Photo courtesy of Brian Desrosiers

Who would have guessed that the Niagara Region of Ontario would be home to not one but two haunted train tunnels? Screaming Tunnel in Niagara Falls is a creepy limestone tunnel under a rail overpass. Local legend says that if you light a match in the middle of the tunnel, you'll hear an eerie scream. Yikes!

The Blue Ghost Tunnel, or Merritton Tunnel as it’s officially known, in Thorald is another limestone tunnel that is said to be haunted. Huh?!? Maybe they should build tunnels out of a less spooky substance. Locals say the tunnel is haunted by several ghosts. But you won’t hear any screams from this tunnel, it was sealed off years ago due to poor conditions.

The Oak Island money pit

oak island money pit

Photo courtesy Oak Island Treasure

In the mid-1800s, tales of Captain Kidd’s buried gold brought treasure hunters to this island off the south coast of Nova Scotia. After digging a few feet down through soil and rock, the first excavators found an impossibly deep hole studded with wooden pillars, platforms and stones covered in mysterious markings. It has inspired countless theories about who built it and what it’s for that cover everything from pirate treasure to a sunken Viking ship. If mom and dad ever say your house is a “money pit,” tell them they should check out the one on Oak Island.