Haunted history: Take a ghost tour around southwestern Nova Scotia

Published on July 19, 2017

Fog rolls in over a field, creating a spooky scene.

©Philip Miner

Southwest Nova Scotia has a rich oral history, and part of that is the handing down of ghost stories.

This folklore has been passed through generations. Join us this week for a series of stories that look through our spooky past and take a ghost tour through our corner of Nova Scotia.

First stop, Clark’s Harbour, where we’re reminded to be careful what we wish for. Meet Myrtle.

Forerunners: A spooky indication of something to come. Glenda Bishop had an encounter in the middle of the night that signaled the death of a loved one. Our next stop on our ghost tour through Southwest Nova Scotia takes us to New Minas.

They say animals have a sixth sense, and black cats especially have been tied to otherworldly events for centuries. Read about this Yarmouth gravedigger’s encounter with one black cat that just wouldn’t go away in our third stop on our ghost tour.

We all know firefighters are dedicated to their jobs. Perhaps this one was a little too dedicated? Read about a haunted fire hall in Windsor in our fourth stop on our virtual ghost tour around Southwest Nova Scotia.

Many people, according to Hal Theriault and Stacey Doucette, feel the presence of a mysterious energy at the New France site.
Sara Ericcson

Invisible trains and fiery horsemen – it’s right out of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but it’s right here in Southwest Nova Scotia. In fact, New France, in Digby County, is quite a hotspot of paranormal activity. Join us for our fifth stop on our virtual ghost tour around Nova Scotia and hear the village turned ghost town.

From moving books to overheard conversations between spirits – and sometimes even spotting a spooky figure when no one else is in the building - the Queens County Museum staff know they’re not alone. And that’s OK by them. Check out the latest stop on our virtual ghost tour around Nova Scotia, where we learn about the multiple ghosts that roam the land.

Ebenezer Bishop leaves a legacy of love behind. He’s known as the Kings County man who trekked across the ice in the middle to winter to get to Parrsboro and propose to the girl he loves. His bones rest in the Old Burying Ground in Wolfville – but does he? Meet one of the ghosts that Jerome the Gravekeeper introduces Valley Ghost Walk participants to each week.

“Sometimes, people say they see her or hear her.” Miss Anderson – a bride of the sea, her husband and her own life taken by the ferocious Fundy Tides. Now she haunts the fish plant near where she lived.


The Mounce mansion was once filled with love and laughter, until untimely deaths cut that happiness short. Does Thomas Mounce still haunt the halls of this West Hants mansion? Read our next ghost story here


Did you know a couple that’s originally from Kings County now have a paranormal investigation business in Truro? They were recently at Randall House Museum in Wolfville. You might be surprised what they heard

David Sollows stands in front of the old Yarmouth jail, which is believed to be haunted. He says there are many ghostly tales in Yarmouth’s past.
Tina Comeau

There’s no shortage of ghost tales from Yarmouth – a foreboding knocking, a haunted ship and possible photo evidence of a ghost? Our ghost tour around Southwest Nova concludes today with this final offering. Click through to see the picture – do you believe it’s a ghost?