18 episodes

Settle in and get cozy for spine-tingling stories of flying canoes, vicious pirates, phantom trains, mysterious creatures, tormented spirits, and swamp witches with a passion for real estate. Focused on both the storytelling and historical aspects of folklore, host David Williams will tell you a tale, then bring you on a deep dive into its history and cultural significance: the story behind the story.
Join David as he shares and explores the tall tales and ghost stories, classic legends and modern myths of a place called Canada.

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Settle in and get cozy for spine-tingling stories of flying canoes, vicious pirates, phantom trains, mysterious creatures, tormented spirits, and swamp witches with a passion for real estate. Focused on both the storytelling and historical aspects of folklore, host David Williams will tell you a tale, then bring you on a deep dive into its history and cultural significance: the story behind the story.
Join David as he shares and explores the tall tales and ghost stories, classic legends and modern myths of a place called Canada.

    The Demon of Sainte-Émélie

    The Demon of Sainte-Émélie

    The forgotten story of a fearsome flying demon from 1890s Quebec.

    • 38 min
    The Crucified Canadian

    The Crucified Canadian

    In April of 1915, the body of a Canadian soldier was found crucified near the city of Ypres...or so the legend goes.

    • 49 min
    The Old Hag of Newfoundland

    The Old Hag of Newfoundland

    A strange and terrifying phenomenon has been plaguing humans for millennia, walking into bedrooms at night, looming at bedsides and, in the worst cases, attempting to suffocate or strangle its paralyzed victims. It has many names throughout the world, but in Newfoundland they call it "The Old Hag," where it has connections to centuries-old beliefs about witchcraft and the occult. In this episode, we'll learn about the cultural phenomenon of "The Old Hag" and what Newfoundland folklore can teach us about the cause, the cure and the culture.

    • 49 min
    The Phantom Bell Ringers of PEI

    The Phantom Bell Ringers of PEI

    One chilly October morning, a church bell unexpectedly rang through the streets of Charlottetown, PEI, guided by the hands of four ghostly women. Hours later, a ship would sink halfway between Charlottetown and Pictou, Nova Scotia, killing four women. In this episode we'll explore this classic ghost story of PEI together with the historic account of a mostly-forgotten shipwreck. We'll learn how ghosts can foretell a disaster, how the truth can often be scarier than any legend, and how a ghost story can sometimes be a comfort in trying times.

    • 40 min
    The Pirate Edward Jordan – Part 1

    The Pirate Edward Jordan – Part 1

    Edward Jordan was the first person to be tried and executed for piracy on Canadian soil. That fact has made him something of a legend, with many imagining him cruising the Atlantic and plundering vessels before being captured. The truth is far less romantic, but still an intriguing story from Canadian history. Part 1 of 2.

    • 38 min
    The Curious Creature of Yale

    The Curious Creature of Yale

    One summer's day in the 1880s, a number of railroad workers stumbled upon a mysterious creature sleeping on the track. After a brief chase, they captured the beast and carried it to town, where it was examined by the local doctor and declared to be a new species of ape. That's the legend, at least. The story of Yale's "wild man" or "Jacko," as he would come to be called, caused a slight stir in 1880s British Columbia, but that would pale in comparison to its rediscovery in the late 20th century by cryptozoologists. Could this forgotten story be a powerful piece of evidence that proves the existence of the elusive Sasquatch or Bigfoot? And what are its connections to a local First Nation's chief and a famous American showman?

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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yasssquatch ,

Canadian folklore

This podcast is well researched and super interesting! If you’re curious about Canadian folklore this is the podcast for you.

MouthDork ,

An engrossing listen!

This podcast is wild and entertaining. Check out their Curious Creature of Yale episode to hear what I’m talking about. The conversations are engrossing and extremely well conveyed. You’ll have a good time here. Stop reading this review. Click subscribe. You’ll want to keep tabs on this show.

Potato Lady Bex ,

Take a seat by the fire

These spooky tales will captivate you. A touch of eerie sound effects, haunting stories, elements of audio drama. It’s all there. Plus, I am in no way familiar with Canadian folklore, so all these stories are brand new to me. Perfect for anyone who’s craving some new legends and stories.

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