Plains of Abraham. ©Department of Canadian Heritage/ National Battlefields of Canada

13 Days of Halloween, No. 3: The bloody Plains of Abraham

The Plains of Abraham have been the site of some seriously spooky happenings. (Photo courtesy of National Battlefieds of Canada)


Plains of Abraham in Quebec — One of the bloodiest battles in North American history took place in the middle of what is now known as Battlefields Park.

In 1759, thousands of soldiers shed blood on the Plains of Abraham in fierce fighting between Major-General James Wolfe on the British side and French troops led by Lieutenant-General, the Marquis de Montcalm.

Combine death and fighting and fierce rivalry and that leads to ghosts and hauntings.

For three hundred years from the 17th to the 19th centuries, the Plains had the reputation of being the scene of dastardly doings. Its remote location was well-hidden from view making it an ideal spot for prostitution, duels, crimes and even executions.

The apparitions of dead soldiers from 1759 are often heard here. But a more familiar ghost to many who hang around the Plains of Abraham these days is Marie-Josephte Corriveau, known as La Corriveau, who was hanged here.

Convicted of killing her second husband with a few blows to the head with a hatchet, La Corriveau testified that he mistreated her. Her execution on April 18, 1763 was particularly gruesome. Under British law, La Corriveau was ordered hanged and her body exposed in chains. Her body was kept on display for almost a month.

From now until October 31, the National Battlefields Commission is holding tours throughout Battlefields Park in Quebec including a family lantern tours and ghoulish guided lantern tours. Check out this site for details.

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