Phantom of the Canard returns for seventh year

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

For those who prefer an authentic fright this Halloween season, a local business is mixing history and horror with a one-of-a-kind canoe and walking tour.

“We have done extensive research into the River Canard area, including the 1812 war for our heritage tours and became aware of many creepy events that led to the creation of this tour,” said River Canard Canoe Co. owner Ron LaPointe.

The Phantom of the Canard tour features a number of historically accurate ghost stories along River Canard, based in 1812. They use a number of props to enhance their storytelling and authenticity, including period clothing and an authentic noose.

The tour lasts approximately two hours, which includes a walkabout and a canoe trip at night time.

Tour guide Heidi Lewis explained, the tour starts off with a solid recap of the War of 1812 for those who don’t remember from their history classes. It includes factually researched stories, which Lewis has done a lot of herself.
“We try to creep it up for Halloween so I did a lot of research to find real haunted stories, of which there are many,” explained Lewis. “The Tales of the Canard is essentially panic on the Canard. The Americans are coming, the war has begun, and we have to get to Fort Malden to safety before they blow us to bits with canons.”

The Phantom of the Canard tour features a number of historically accurate ghost stories along River Canard, based in 1812. They use a number of props to enhance their storytelling and authenticity, including period clothing and an authentic noose.

The tour includes reenactments, “selfies” near “the hanging tree,” a canoe ride down River Canard, under the bridge, and a walkabout, all ending with hot cider back at the River Canard Outpost General Store.

Tours run every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. for the month of October.

“Unlike other tours, which are set up as scare house, ours is authentic and you will experience River Canard and it’s present and past glory and dark times while paddling under a moonlit sky,” said LaPointe.

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