A Cowichan Valley Ghost Story; Mount Tzouhalem

Cowichan Valley Ghost Story; Cannibal Spirits and Mount Tzouhalem

I enjoy ghost stories, especially when they’re based on local lore (or fact 😏). We sure have our share of scary stories and lore but I hadn’t heard the Cowichan valley ghost story about cannibal spirits before.

Well, that is until my daughter bought and was reading the book The Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn. I remember her talking about the book and at the time was curious. I forgot about it until recently, when she was excitedly telling me that Shanon Sinn is doing a book signing at Nanaimo Chapters on October 5, 2019, 12 to 4 pm.

It’s chock full of some creepy Van Isle ghost stories.  I decided to start with Cannibal Spirits and Mount Tzouhalem because it’s based right here in the valley.

Cowichan Valley Ghost Story in the book The Haunting of Vancouver Island

Fog; the Ideal Backdrop for a Cowichan Valley Ghost Story

It’s the perfect night for a ghost story in North Cowichan. The setting’s just right. It’s almost dark out on a chilly, rainy, and slightly foggy September evening. It’s the first night of the fall season. I have my red fleece blanket and I’m getting ready to curl up and hunker down with the book.  And, my dog Diva is close by for comfort just in case things get really scary.

I will check back in tomorrow to let you know how it goes.

Hunkering down on a foggy fall night reading The Haunting of Vancouver Island

Happy October Neighbours

So getting back to the blog post took longer than planned. But as it turns out, the timing is perfect. What better way to kick start the month of October than with a blog post about a couple of Cowichan Valley ghost stories?

Oh my, the story about Tzhouhalem and the uhh, cannibal spirits was pretty creepy.

It was interesting to read about the origins of the cross on Mount Tzouhalem. I’d completely forgotten about the big fallen cross debate a few years ago. I’m glad they put it back up.

Anyway, I really like Shanon’s writing style. It’s an intriguing combination of a journalist like reporting of historical facts interwoven with unnerving storytelling.

Happy October everyone! Thanks for stopping by the I Love Cowichan blog. Tonight, I’ll be kicking off the month by reading another Cowichan Valley ghost story from his book; The Headless Woman of Mount Sicker.

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