Canada post continues harrowing journey to some of Canada’s most frightening locations with the issue of Haunted Canada stamps.
The five illustrated stamps focuses on a different supernatural site in Canada.
The stamps depict the Headless Brakemen from Vancouver’s Gastown, an ox cart apparition passing down a Manitoba pathway, the grieving Grey Lady of the Halifax Citadel, Quebec’s Marie-Josephte Corriveau, whose ghost wandered the woods after she was executed for killing her husband and the strange spirits inhabiting a Yukon hotel.
This souvenir sheet contains all five stamps of the Haunted Canada series, each depicting a hair-raising tale of otherworldly activity from across our country.
On the lower left of the sheet, a sinister raven coated in rain drops perches on a branch in a dark, misty wood.
Haunted Canada stamps
On the west coast of British Columbia, one of several neighbourhood haunts in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district has been home to countless sightings of dancing ghosts, phantom passengers and, in particular, the headless spirit of a brakeman who was decapitated by a train nearly a century ago.
On the Red River trails in Manitoba, scary stories abound, including one of a night sentry at Fort Garry who saw a Métis couple driving an ox cart disappear into thin air when he called for them to halt.
In Lévis, Quebec, the tortured soul of Marie-Josephte Corriveau still roams the roads and forests. After being arrested, tried and executed on charges of killing her husband, the reputed “murderess of New France” was placed in an iron cage and her dead body left hanging in a tree.
There’s also Bessie Gideon, one of the many owners of the gold rush-era Caribou Hotel in Carcross, Yukon.
She is a hospitable spirit who refuses to leave the premises and has been known to knock on doors, add bubbles to baths and peer out the window with her parrot, Polly.
The tragic tale of the Grey Lady of the Halifax Citadel who, according to security guards, strolls the second floor of the fortress at night, clad in a 19th century dress and smelling of roses.
The tormented spectre is thought to be of Cassie Allan, the fiancée of a young sergeant who shot himself dead at his barracks when he was expected at the altar.
Title: Haunted Canada stamps
Date of Issue: 14 September 2015
Denominations: Permanent™ (domestic rate) x 5
Source: Canada Post