Friday, March 16, 2012

Roche Percee Rugaroos

Roche Percee is a small village in southeast Saskatchewan. This village is rich in history ranging from ancient fossils, RCMP camps, underground mines and old towns.

Today Roche Percee still remains but after a massive flood in 2011 most of the town is gone, only flooded out houses remain and a few residents on higher ground. Driving around the area of Roche Percee the history from the past is still very evident especially the massive rocks that can be seen on the edge of town.

These rocks are from many many years ago when the valley was filled with water. The rocks were formed from the water rushing through them which is why some areas are like caves. Today these sandstone rocks are home to years of signatures being engraved into them. But these rocks are not only home to years of history and signatures, they are home to something else.

People believe that these rocks are home to "rugeroos." Rugeroos are believed to be ancient Indian spirits that change into animals, most commonly the coyote. These spirits are believed to be evil and will hurt you if you do not leave them be. Most people only see eyes (yellow or red) in the darkness but others have seen these spirits of people shift into animals. They do not speak but will growl and follow you until you leave.

These spirits have been documented for many years by locals and tourists alike. They are reported in various areas around Roche Percee but most commonly seen in the rocks at nightfall.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

St. Anthony's (Moose Jaw)

Moose Jaw is home to many haunted locations and no shortage of history.

St. Anthony's Home, formerly known as the Presbyterian College is a large old brick building that is situated at the top a hill overlooking Moose Jaw. The building was purchased by the Sisters of Providence and renovated into St. Anthony's Home. The Sisters also owned Providence hospital located in  Moose Jaw. Providence hospital was simply that, a hospital while St.Anthony's Home was opened simply to care for the elderly. Both buildings were closed in 1995 being replaced by the new Providence Place. Providence hospital was later demolished and St.Anthony's Home remains.

St. Anthony's home has many reports of the paranormal. There have been lights flickering on and off, doors unlocking and feelings of being watched or being grabbed. Stories of the paranormal are from the auditorium in the building as well as the top floor.

Most of the lights appear on the top floor of the building. It is said that if you drive by at night you can see the lights or glowing balls of light on the top floor.  I am not sure if this is still the case but it is said that the top floor of the building is no longer used.