Skully’s journey to visit all of this year’s store locations, first takes him to B.C. He could visit the beautiful coast line, the soaring mountains, the relaxing beaches but no, on Skully’s first ever trip to the west coast, he insists on venturing to the province’s spookiest spots.
Skully starts with a bit of luxury, but that luxury comes at a haunting price. Right in the heart of Downtown stands The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, allegedly one of the city’s most haunted hotels. A woman, known as The Lady In Red, is said to glide through the 14th floor hallways. Some believe her to be Vancouver socialite Jennie Pearl Cox who was killed in a car accident right outside the hotel doors in 1944. The creepiest story surrounding this ghost is that a family, vacationing from Japan, called down to reception to ask if their 14th floor room had been double booked after they had been greeted by a lady in red at the door!
Ross Bay Cemetery
A quick ferry across the Salish Sea and Skully arrives on Vancouver Island. The Ross Bay Cemetery is more commonly known for its Victorian history, beautiful landscaping and stunning mountain views however, some darker things have been witnessed here. The cemetery is believed to have several resident ghosts. One is thought to be Isabella Rose, the first woman to own land in BC. Where was her land you ask? Take a guess. That’s right, where Ross Bay Cemetery stands today.
Back in Vancouver, Skully heads to the bright lights of Downtown’s Vogue Theatre. Two characters have been said to spook guests, staff and performers at the venue throughout the years, and no Skully isn’t one of them. Yet. Multiple staff and performers have claimed to see the two male ghosts throughout the years. None of them knew the building was meant to be haunted but all gave identical descriptions of the ghosts’ outfits. If several different people claim to have seen the same thing, is there truth behind this tale?
New Westminster Secondary School
Since watching Stranger Things, Skully has been desperate to find a school with some haunting stories. New Westminster Secondary School looks like a normal school however inside, there have been some not-so-normal sightings. In the 1970s a boy tragically lost his life drowning in the basement pool. Since then there have been sightings of what looks to be a young boy, floating in the water. Security guards have witnessed this in person and have also seen haunting images of another boy on security cameras. In the 1980s a boy died during a woodworking session and to this day, cameras have picked up faint images of a boy walking, in that very room.
Vancouver Police Museum
Regularly visited by the Vancouver Paranormal Society, Skully knows this museum must have a dark side. Four decades ago the building was the Coroner’s Court and autopsy facility. An autopsy room is already a scary sounding place but to make things even creepier, a strange energy, thought to be paranormal, has been picked up in this room. Can you hear Skully’s bones jitter with excitement?
Are there any other haunting experiences in B.C. Skully should visit? Let us know on Facebook or come and tell us in person in one of our six B.C. Halloween Alley stores that will be opening very soon. You’ll be able find us in Kamloops, Kelowna, Port Coquitlam, Prince George, South Surrey and Victoria.