We would like to thank Michaela from Point Ellice House for giving us the honour of being able to investigate this amazing historical home and garden.
Built in 1861, Point Ellice House is a beautiful & original Victorian home found on the Gorge Waterway. It contains one of America’s largest collections of Victoriana and gorgeous gardens which is full of Hollyhocks and Roses. (http://www.pointellicehouse.ca)
From May to September and a limited time in November through December, they host tours, teas and special events. However, Point Ellice is also one of those local places which has many stories about it which include encounters with ghosts, mainly those of its previous residents/owners.
Of all the stories, none is more “famous” than that of the encounter with the “Lady in Blue”, believed to be Kathleen O’Reilly. Some visitors have mentioned a woman matching Kathleen’s description, dressed in a blue period dress, conducting tours of the house. (“Ghost Stories of British Columbia” – By Jo-Anne Christensen)
It is also very near the location of one of the worst disaster’s in BC and Transit history, the Point Ellice Bridge disaster. On May 26, 1896 a streetcar crowded with 143 holidaymakers on their way to attend celebrations of Queen Victoria’s birthday, crashed through Point Ellice Bridge into the Upper Harbour. 55 men, women and children were killed in the accident. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Ellice_Bridge_Disaster)
Who knows what other spirits may find safe harbour or wander the grounds.
Stay tuned for videos, photos and audio from our investigation at this fantastic location.
We also highly recommend visiting this high energy location for an amazing peek into history, for tea and a tour, a visit to its gardens and perhaps and a potential paranormal encounter.
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