Eskasoni Ghosts: Haunted Woods – ‘Tall Man in Black’

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Location: Eskasoni (First Nation Community),  Nova ScotiaCanada

Paranormal report by Mare:

“I was about 16 years old at the time, I am 31 now. Anyways, me and my boyfriend at the time were at the Castle Bay ballfield with some of our friends on a Friday night during the summer.

We were going to meet up with some more of our friends on Beach Road; we had to take a trail through the woods (this is no longer there as there is now a school).

It was about 93010ish in the evening. My boyfriend had a Bic lighter. I didn’t have a lighter, so a close friend of mine let me use his Zippo, allowing me to see walking through the woods.

As we got a little ways into the trail through the woods, we noticed a very dark shadow in the woods, you could even hear branches of the trees breaking.

Assuming this shadow was one of the boys trying to scare me, we approached it and said, “Gday boys, taliaq (what’s up).” But they didn’t answer back.

We said it again, “Gday boys, taliaq?” Still nothing.

I got the most eeriest feeling I’ve ever felt in my life. I immediately asked my boyfriend, “Who is that? Why isn’t it saying anything, why isn’t it moving?”

I got so scared, the most scared I’ve ever felt.

I turned on the Zippo to see who this person was. When I looked up, I didn’t see a face, I didn’t see hair. All I saw was a tall, black shadow, wearing a trench style coat and a top hat of some sort.

I prayed in my head for this thing in the woods not to bother or harm us and to just leave us alone.

My boyfriend said in Mi’kmaq, “Jikali (go away), pu’naje’ou” (leave us alone). The shadow suddenly just turned around, didn’t say nothing, and walked away.

We turned on the Zippo again and we could see the footprints walking away from us, as though someone was stepping on the grass.

When we got out of the woods and onto the main road on Beach Road, I asked my boyfriend, what the heck was that?

He told me, “You know those stories about the tall man in black that walks around, especially at night?” I said, “Yes”. He said, “Babe, that was him.”

I screamed and just thanked the creator for helping us get out of the trail safely. I haven’t gone through that trail during the evening ever again.”

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Phantom Ship of Northumberland Strait – Haunted Nova Scotia Database

Location: Northumberland Strait, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Type: three-masted ship
Built: n/a

NOTE: Michelle McKay, the founder of Cold Spot Paranormal Research, has a special interest in this ghost ship. Her grandmother saw it in Nova Scotia, she will add her testimony to this page shortly. 

This phantom ship has been a very popular sighting along the Northumberland Strait ever since 1786. The Northumberland Strait flows through Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.

Descriptions of the ghost ship vary, but most agree that the ship is a three-masted square rigger with “burning flames leaping from the mast”.

The ship has also been sighted during the winter when the Strait is completely frozen over.

Some believe that Jean Pierre de Roma watched the burning ship from Brudenell Point and that he concluded that it was indeed a ghost ship and that the ship most likely belonged to pirates at one time…

Although nobody knows for certain who the ship belonged to or which ship it was, some say it belonged to an English Admiral. After looting the Roma settlement, he ordered his crew to take the prettiest girl they could find. Once they captured the girl and destroyed the settlement, the crew moved to the outskirts of Georgetown and anchored the vessel at Boughton Island. Supposedly, the Admiral attempted to seduce the frightened young women, and a struggle ensued. A lamp was knocked over spilling oil on the floor causing a huge fire. The crew cut the ship away from the other two ships it was tied up beside. Eventually, the ship floated away and sank off the coast of Pictou Island and the image of the burning ship is that of the English warship.

Also see the Chaleur Bay ghost ship in New Brunswick which might be the same ship.


“It was October of 2005. I was almost 15 years old.

We had a family vacation in PEI coming up and were staying in Pictou, Nova Scotia before boarding the ferry. I vividly recall the moon rising over the calm waters of the Northumberland Strait. It was about 10 to 11 at night.

I was outside taking in the chilly, fresh sea air cutting through the winds when I noticed something in the distance. I’ve always loved ships since I was a young boy and have been fascinated in the sinkings of World War I and II ships, as well as the Olympic Class Sisters, The Olympic, Titanic, and Britannic.

I saw a beautiful three-masted schooner coming in, as one would put “hot” or fast, for those who don’t know what that means. I ran back in to get my grandfather’s binoculars. He came out with me and I pointed out the ship in the distance; the unfurled sails taking in the winds, though there was nary a breeze blowing.

I peered through the binoculars, watching helplessly as the ship suddenly caught ablaze. My grandfather, who stood in awe, watched with me. He knew what it was; the stories he had heard while he was serving in the Royal Canadian Navy.

Time seemed to slow down as some others in the hotel we were staying at witnessed it. Some believed they were dreaming, others didn’t know what to make of it. Some called Emergency services to report a ship on fire in the Strait.

Before we knew it, 45 minutes had passed and she went down by the head, vanishing from sight without a trace. I vividly remember the winds suddenly picking up, blowing hard across the land and sea.

It’s been 12 years now and this is the first time I’ve opened up about it. After confirming from multiple friends who lived there that they too have seen it. I dismissed it as a dream for a long time but always heard whispers on the winds about it from mariners here in Halifax.

I’ve always had a paranormal sense. I’ve seen ghosts across the fields of Flanders, the old battlefields of World War I and II, in houses abandoned, and of family and friends in my own.

But the fact I witnessed the legendary ghost ship of the Northumberland strait still baffles me to this day.”

If you have seen this ghost ship, or any ghost ship anywhere else in the world, please tell us about it here


Churchill Mansion Inn – Haunted Nova Scotia Database

Location: Yarmouth (Darling Lake), Nova Scotia, Canada
Type: inn
Built: circa 1890

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During the spring of 2004, Cold Spot Paranormal Research™ was called out to Nova Scotia to investigate Churchill Mansion. We were the very first investigation team to ever conduct an official paranormal investigation at this mansion. We were also fortunate enough to have the mansion to ourselves for three days. We experienced several oddities during our stay:

In the first sitting room on the main floor, by the guest book area, the temperature rose from 17 degrees to 20.4 degrees in just three and a half minutes. This in itself might not be so impressive, considering that the furnace could have simply come on without us realizing it. Until everybody on the team started reporting feeling ‘cold spots’ around them! When temperature rises, one should be feeling warmer – not colder! And one investigator on the team reported being ‘grabbed’ on the leg by an unseen force during this time. Than, the temperature suddenly shot back down to 17 degrees in even less time!

Later, while in the main floor sitting room, we heard a ‘bang’ that sounded exactly like it came from the room directly above us; which was Room 1. We immediately went upstairs and conducted a thorough inspection of Room 1. We could not find anything that had fallen. Room 1 used to be Lottie’s bedroom (see her photo above).

On a separate occasion, Michelle McKay, founder of Cold Spot Paranormal Research™, walked out of Room 1 and locked the door to Room 1 with the key. She then proceeded to head down the hallway and stopped in front of the door of Room 2 because she felt a ‘cold spot’ enter into the hallway. She then heard what sounded like ‘loud heavy footsteps’ coming from Room 1. She went back to Room 1, unlocked the door, and found the room to be empty just like she left it.

Later, one of the investigators on the team was sitting in the leather chair in the sitting room nearest the main entrance. He reported feeling an unknown presence “reach in through his chest and squeeze his lung”. The rest of the team heard him moaning in pain, and saw him wriggling in his chair. It took a few days until the pain completely subsided.

Another time, Michelle was sitting on the bed in Room 1 when suddenly she experienced what she says felt like “unseen fingers grab the top of her leg”.

We also made a curious note that flies seemed to be attracted to, and limited to, only Room 1 and the attic. There is likely nothing to this, nonetheless, we are noting it for the record.

Room 1 used to be Lottie’s bedroom. And Room 3 used to be Aaron Churchill’s bedroom.

(cont’d) See page 2 for reports from previous guests at the mansion

WARNING: Do not trespass! Permission from the location owner must be granted to investigate this location!

If you have experienced any activity at Churchill Mansion, or at any other location anywhere else in the world , please tell us about it here

The Old Cellar Bar and Grill in Bedford – Haunted Nova Scotia Database

Location: Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada
Type: restaurant
Built: n/a

Compiled by Michelle McKay (founder of Cold Spot Paranormal Research™) on Jan 16, 2005:

(Update: This restaurant has since moved to Halifax. However, the property that it used to sit on at 1516 Bedford Highway in Bedford is where the hauntings occurred.)

The property is said to be a farm that used to be owned by the honorable James Butler of Halifax in the 1800’s. Although it is believed that a woman named Elizabeth was murdered on this property in 1809 while it was still a farm, the activity began just 20 years ago when a body was found in a bag washed up on the shore behind the building before it was the Cellar Bar and Grill. It is said that the smell of the body came through the restaurant. Nobody knows whose body it was.

Staff members of the old restaurant when this property housed The Cellar Bar and Grill reported “severe” temperature drops before seeing the “misty” figure of a human. Furniture was found out of place, adding machines operating on their own even when turned off, the smell of cigar or pipe smoke, phantom footsteps, cutlery and glasses found to be moved around when the tables were set the night before, and water taps “surging” on their own.

Sometimes staff would see somebody walking into the back dining room, but upon investigation nobody is there. The chef said that he would also find his cooking utensils missing, then later on find them in the same spot it was left.

WARNING: Do not trespass! Permission from the location owner must be granted to investigate this location!

If you have experienced any activity at this location, or at any other location anywhere else in the world, please tell us about it here