Helmcken Alley & Bastion Square
Victoria, BC Canada
Fort Victoria, on Vancouver Island in Canada, was built as a headquarters for the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1843. Its operations catered to fur traders in the Columbia District, which is now part of the province of British Columbia. Many people lived and died within the fort’s walls. Fort Victoria eventually became a British settlement, which is now known as the city of Victoria.
Remnants of the old fort can still be found near the current day Bastion Square Mall. The square is a popular and dynamic tourist attraction filled with eclectic stores, cafes, bistros, restaurants and bars but be aware, once darkness descends it is also one of the most haunted locations in Victoria.
Within the square are many purportedly haunted historic buildings, one of which is the former Supreme Court Building where many instances of corporal and capital punishment were dispensed. The first jail and gallows lie under the building’s foundation along with many of those unfortunate souls who died under the draconian law of the day. Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, known by the locals as the “Hanging Judge”, still wanders the hallways and staircases of the building along with many prisoners he condemned to an early death.
Should you find yourself wandering down Helmcken Alley when touring Bastian Square, don’t be surprised if a shackled man in prison attire follows you from out of the darkness. This restless wraith was in fact a prisoner from the past, beaten to death by a murderous guard he is destined to wander the place of his death for eternity. Many have witnessed his spirit or heard his heavy footfalls within the alley’s walls.
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