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B.C. sisters explore province’s haunted history

Victoria Vancek and Gina Armstrong host local walking tours in June
The Haunted History BC team visited Likely Lodge to investigate the strange happenings at the property. Jen Blyth / West Coast Traveller photo

For two B.C. sisters, the journey of ghost hunting is about much more than documenting supernatural phenomena.

Victoria Vancek and Gina Armstrong also pride themselves on shining a light on the often little-known history behind many small B.C. communities.

And with their work getting more attention than ever before, the sisters now have a chance to share this heritage with national and even international readers.

“The integration of history with the haunted aspects of our exploration is a significant part of our work because it continues to engage people,” Armstrong says. “From the beginning, our goal with this venture was to highlight B.C. history and we feel we are accomplishing this goal.”

One of their more recent adventures had the local sisters heading up to the village of Likely, nestled in the Cariboo region of the province; it’s the farthest they’ve travelled for a case in the history of their company, Haunted History BC.

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They were invited by the owners of Likely Lodge, who discovered Haunted History BC during an online search for someone who could come out and investigate the strange paranormal happenings at the property, Vancek says.

Victoria Vancek and Gina Armstrong of Haunted History BC were recently invited to investigate the paranormal activity at Likely Lodge, in B.C.’s Cariboo.

“We discovered that Likely is a hidden gem with breathtaking views of Quesnel Lake and a perfect spooky atmosphere due to its remoteness,” she says.

She also mentioned that Likely contains many surprises for a small community of only 350 people.

“We went to visit the town’s pioneer cemetery which is about a 40-minute drive from the lodge. We followed a rugged logging road to get there. To our surprise, next to the cemetery is a free public library.”

But it was the lodge itself that provided some of the most memorable moments of the trip.

According to Vancek, the owners of Likely Lodge had reported many instances of CCTV cameras capturing movement throughout the pub during the middle of the night when no one was inside.

Spooky happenings also occurred for the sisters when they were given the chance to investigate the pub after hours.

“Some of our equipment was triggered during a Q&A session with a possible ghostly patron in the pub,” Vancek says.

Another highlight of the trip was just how much they were able to learn about the history surrounding the Gold Rush Trail.

“We visited some interesting places like Hope, Lytton, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Clinton and 100 Mile House. We even met the infamous haunted doll, Mandy, at the Quesnel Museum.”

A free public library is located across from the pioneer cemetery in Likely, B.C., where Victoria Vancek and Gina Armstrong of Haunted History BC were recently invited to investigate the paranormal activity at Likely Lodge.

With the added attention their company is getting, Armstrong is excited about having more opportunities to share local stories and promote the historical significance behind some of the province’s best hidden gems.

“One of the reasons our venture has gained attention is that people want to share their stories,” Armstrong says. “We want to document these stories to ensure they are not lost.”

“We can feel the pride people have in their communities when we sit down to listen to them. Often when we leave a place it’s like we’ve made new friends or added to our spooky family.”

But just because they’re getting bigger, doesn’t mean the sisters have forgotten about their hometowns.

They’re still busy doing various things around Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, including a new set of haunted walking tours in June.

The next tour will be in Kanaka Creek Regional Park on Sunday, June 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

This one-time event will give participants a chance to learn about local park history as well as the supernatural phenomena found throughout other Canadian parks and wildlife areas.

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The sisters have also released a brand-new book that includes some of their latest ghost-hunting adventures and the history behind many spooky B.C. buildings and objects.

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Brandon Tucker

About the Author: Brandon Tucker

I have been a journalist since 2013, with much of my career spent covering sports and entertainment stories in Alberta.
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