Ghost walks looking for Haliburton guides 0
Do you like a good ghost story? Can you tell one?
Organizers are looking for ghost walk leaders for the towns of Haliburton and Minden throughout the summer.
Going into their third year in Minden, the ghost walks are spreading to Haliburton for 2012.
"Last year was so successful in Minden that we decided to do some in Haliburton," says co-ordinator Christine Atrill.
Last year, 250 people took the walk through Minden, hearing the history and tall tales of those who came before and might still be haunting some downtown landmarks.
Narrators lead the groups in character and are expected to work about an hour and a half once or twice a week.
There is compensation.
The best part of the tours is learning about the community and getting to know the historic buildings of the town.
The organizers even found a tenuous connection between a ghost in Haliburton and one in Minden.
A stage coach driver, late to do his last run awoke in the boarding house, which is now Minden's Wild Orchid restaurant, and scrambled to get ready.
"On his last night, he must have gone out and stayed up a little too late . he woke up a little bit late. At 4 a.m. he jumped out of bed and in his haste fell down the stairs and broke his neck," Atrill says.
Meanwhile, at Haliburton's Heritage House Cafe, a female ghost paces the building waiting for her lover, a stage coach driver from Minden, who never arrives.
"That was an interesting connection. We didn't know that [the coach driver] had a woman in his life until we learned of a woman in Haliburton waiting for her lover."
In Haliburton, tours will start at the Heritage House Cafe and will move to the Haliburton Echo building and finish at McKecks restaurant.
Atrill says the group is still doing research on Haliburton ghosts and would be happy to hear from members of the public who have stories to share.
Tickets for the tours are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12 and are on sale at Cranberry Cottage and Minden's Whispers North. Tours in Haliburton will run Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and in Minden on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.
To be a narrator, share a ghost story or learn more, contact Atrill at 705-306-0307.