I lost myself in Vancouver’s beautiful landscape. I rented a bicycle, rode around Stanley Park and stopped to ponder the atrocities of historic Dead Man’s Island as I rode by. Eager to walk around this island… This island filled with souls of the dead, or perhaps the undead. The thrill of the undead and restless spirits made my heart beat fast. I wanted to feel what life-after-death felt like as it caressed my face. I wanted to walk past its unmarked graves. All I could do is picture the eerie silence a place like this could have. As luck would have it, Dead Man’s Island is closed to the public.
Dead Man’s Island
Dead Mans Island is a tiny Island of the coast of Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. It’s directly across a jogging trail in Stanley Park. There’s a bridge that connects the island to Stanley Park but its fenced off. To be completely honest, if the bridge wasn’t there you could probably swim to this island. It’s less than 50 meters away. It’s so close you can almost touch it.
This tiny island sits as a naval reserve base. You’ll hear rumors of restless souls trapped here.
Lets go back in history. The Squamish reported this island as cursed. They used this land as a burial site after a bloody battle.
In the 1800’s a smallpox epidemic infected many people in Vancouver. Many were dying and everyone was afraid. Vancouver’s solution was to put the infected on this tiny island until they died.
In 1886 an enormous fire swept through Vancouver destroying the majority of the city, causing lots of casualties. Caught in the middle of the Great Vancouver Fire was Dead Man’s Island.
People report hearing strange noises and a feeling of being watched. If any place in the world is haunted, its Dead Man’s Island.
I was hoping this little island was a tourist attraction or part of Stanley Park but it is not. I only got to see it from afar.
It took me three hours to ride around the entire 13 mile perimeter of Stanley Park. I stopped many times to take pictures, sit and just look. I took in the unimaginable beauty of Vancouver. It made me stop at each corner and walk the desolate paths that slithered deeper into the forest.