The fortress is without a doubt one of my favorite haunted locations to visit, whether it is a weekend trip or a day trip for meetings to plan investigations and events. The fortress is the largest reconstruction project in North America. The original settlementwas founded by the French in 1713 and quickly became a bustling center for fishing and trade. In 1744 however Britain and France went to war, and Louisbourg was attacked and conquered in 1745. After their loss to the British the French townspeople who had built Louisbourg were exiled back to France and four the next four years Louisbourg became a British garrison town.
In 1748 the terms of the Anglo-French truce allowed the French townspeople to return to Louisbourg in the following year of 1749. Almost immediately the trade and fishing returned in earnest, and the townspeople began to prosper again. It was not to last however as the short lived truce lasted a short time. In 1758 there was another siege, and the town and fortress were captured again, with the French townspeople again exiled to France. In 1760 the British had the fortifications destroyed, and the rest of the fortress crumbled over time.
The fortress is now a bustling tourist attraction, with hundreds of people touring it every day during the busy summer season. Parks Canada staff as well as The Fortress Association and period actors make sure that visitors truly get a historic experience when they visit the fortress. Because of the believable period actors on site common ghost stories from tourists are of following someone they thought to be a staff member, only to have the person vanish almost in front of them.
This will be our teams third year of investigating at the fortress of Louisbourg. We will be investigating the fortress as a private team the first night this year, and then hosting public ghost hunt events the next two nights so that members of the public can investigate and experience the fortress. To be able to explore the fortress in the evening and at night is an incredible experience - there are always different buildings and areas to explore and investigate, in which we have gotten some of our best evidence to date.
One of the best audio clips that we have gotten at this location was recorded in the Kings Bastion chapel. It is under this building that the remains of several bodies still lie to this day. Amanda was operating an ITC session using a digital recorded and an SB7 spirit box. As she walked through the chapel she began asking questions such as 'are you a soldier' 'when did you die' 'how did you die.' the response she got is embedded below and at 0:03 seconds you can hear a male voice respond 'we all were shot.' The SP7 was scanning in reverse at such a high rate of speed that it is impossible that this was radio clutter from a station in Sydney.
This was recorded the first year that we investigated the fortress. The following year we returned, and this time I decided to play around with an ITC app known as Echovox that can be downloaded to any smartphone or tablet. While I couldn't really make out very much at the time, when I returned home and began to analyze all of our data I was surprised that there were a couple of relevant words in the audio feed. One of the bodies buried underneath the chapel has a last name of Baptiste. I asked for the spirits name, and then asked if they had been shot. In the embedded clip below you hear a male voice saying 'Baptiste' and at 0:03 a quick stuttering of 'I don't think so.'
We have recorded responses and voices in both English and in French, and have had countless odd occurrences that we wouldn't explain. We have heard a woman crying in the upstairs area of the bakery, and have heard voices in buildings that were locked and empty. There is a staircase in the barracks that on one occasion made several members of our team (myself included) very uneasy as well as our guests when they were in the area the following night. The image below is of the staircase.
The video below was shot by Kim and Dana in the Chapel the first year that we investigated the fortress. While they were beginning their investigation of the room, Dana's flashlight started acting up at the same time that he started noticing EMF levels in the room were slowly rising.. When Kim came over to check the flashlight that she had left on a railing behind her suddenly turned on by itself.
During our visit to the fortress the second year Dana and Kim were in the barracks near the staircase that made several team members as well as guests uneasy. As they set up their equipment both of them began to feel watched, like someone else was in that area of the barracks with them. As they discuss this, at 1:45 of the clip embedded below you will see the flashlight turn on by itself while at the same time the K2 meter beside it lights into the orange and briefly into the red. This combination of evidence leads us to believe that something emitting an energy level interacted with the flashlight to communicate with the two investigators.
These audio and video clips are just a few of the examples that we have recorded while investigating at the fortress. We will be returning this summer to do two events, so if you would like to join us at the fortress I will be updating Haunted Nova Scotia as well as the blog and events section of the webpage as to what dates we will be hosting them!