The Great White North has a long and fabled legacy of supernatural legends and folklore. To celebrate our macabre history, Canada Post has issued a new series of stamps (on Friday The 13th, naturally).
Entitled “Haunted Canada“, the series of five stamps put the spotlight on some of Canada’s more infamous spooky stories, including:
- The Northumberland Strait: The tale has been told by residents for at least 200 years of a vision of a burning ship on the waters between New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. On several occasions, onlookers have tried to rescue the ship but as soon as rescuers come close, the ship disappears into the mist.
- Fairmont Le Château Frontenac: Legend has it that Count of Frontenac, for whom the hotel is named, has been spotted wandering the hotel halls, sitting on windowsills or floating through the ballroom, dressed in his 17th-century garb.
- Fort George: Due to battles of the War of 1812 and their aftermath, spirits are said to still be seen or heard wandering within its stone walls. Cold spots, crying, moaning and the sound of footsteps have all been reported. Tales are told of people having being poked or having their hair pulled, only to turn around and find no one there.
- St. Louis Ghost Train: There are tales of a ghostly glowing light, known as the “St. Louis Light,” in the Saskatchewan River Valley. Those who believe in the ghost train claim it’s the long-dead CNR conductor who literally lost his head back in the 1920s to a passing train while examining the track with his lantern.
- Ghost Bride of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel: Employees and guests have reported seeing a figure with a long, flowing dress descending the stairs. She is believed to be a bride who tripped and fell to her death on her wedding day.
If you’re looking to up the spook-factor on your correspondence, the series is now available for sale at the Canada Post Shop.