Nfld. & Labrador·Video

A spooky stroll through Corner Brook

The spooky side of Corner Brook's history is told during the Stage West Theatre Festival's Ghost Walk.

Spooky history told during the Stage West Theatre Festival's Ghost Walk

Corner Brook ghost walk 1:54

More than 40 people shuffle down West Street following a man dressed head to toe in black, carrying a cane.

This is a common summer scene in Corner Brook during the Stage West Theatre Festival's Ghost Walk.

For an hour-and-a-half, the audience follows actor Jacob Bradbury to certain areas in the downtown while he tells spooky stories wrapped in the history of the west coast city.

I've got goosebumps a bunch of times tonight. I will take my kids but it is eerie and a bit spooky.- Shelley Hicks

"Anybody from Newfoundland knows there are all kinds of ghost stories. I've heard stories growing up that my parents have told, but these are all new to me," said audience member Eloise Whalen.

"It was really interesting that way. And I am going to be looking a little more closely as I go around to places now."

People listen intently as Jacob Bradbury tells the spookier side of Corner Brook's history. (Colleen Connors/CBC)

The walk tells stories of the ghost of a young girl at the Glynmill Inn, a ghost bumming a cigarette outside a main hall, and a young dead woman paying a visit to a man in his bedroom after her coffin was moved to another graveyard.

Bradbury never breaks character as he strolls from spot to spot overlooking Corner Brook's landmarks.

"He is spooky when he's telling the stories and he makes it a lot of fun. He looks the part," said Janice Evans. 

Jacob Bradbury telling tales during the ghost walk. (Colleen Connors/CBC)

Many audience members get a fright as the animated Bradbury tells the stories on the dark stream trail.

"Like I've got goosebumps a bunch of times tonight. I will take my kids but it is eerie and a bit spooky. But its a lot of fun," said Shelley Hicks.

The Stage West Theater Festival offers the Corner Brook Ghost Walk Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through the month of August. The show starts at 8:20 p.m.at the O'Connell Centre.