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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Ghost Walks In Owen Sound

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

Billy Bishop Home & Museum is sharing tales of the city's most haunted sites.

Goosebumps and chills might not be what you'd expect to get in the middle of summer, but the Billy Bishop Home & Museum hopes to change all that.

The museum is offering Ghost Walks in Owen Sound every Sunday night in July and August.

Ghost Walk Leader Tessa Al, says they've offered the walks for a few years now and this year it explores ghosts, murders, shipwrecks and crimes, starting with the museum, "There was an actual seance that happened here" says Al, who notes there are a number of ghost stories associated with the Billy Bishop home.

Also on the walking tour, are haunting stories from the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, the Old Courthouse and Jail and Jason's Pub.

Of course, Owen Sound has its share of shipwreck tales, says Al "We have the Hibou shipwreck that we talk about and the SS Jane Miller."

The Bayshore Broadcasting building has a haunted history from its long ago days as a hotel. Across the street, the Roxy Theatre has a few spectres of the stage.

Al says the museum adds to the tour every year through research and stories told in the community, "It kind of grows and grows and gets better and better,"

Ghost Walks are set to take place every Sunday night in July and August beginning in the Bishop house at 9 p.m.

Al says its about a 2.5 km walk that takes roughly 60-70 minutes.

She notes the tour is scary and children below the age of 12 will not be permitted on the tour. She also says seniors may want to consider walking distance when deciding if they want to go.

She notes the tours will go on if there's light rain, but will be canceled if it's pouring.

Tickets are $5 a person and have to be bought in advance at the Billy Bishop Home & Museum at 948 3rd Avenue West, Owen Sound.  

Call 519-371-0031 for more information.

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