Deadman’s Island – haunted slash of rock in Vancouver earns sinister but befitting name

// November 8th, 2016 // Friendly Ghosts

Located just south of Stanley Park in Coal Harbor, Vancouver, it’s a tiny slash of rock just 7 ½ acres in size. Today a Canadian naval base is located on the island. Soldiers stationed on the base will attest the continuation of a dark sequence of events stretching back to pre-European settlement days that earned the island its sinister name – Deadman’s Island.

The island’s first recorded history began with the Coastal Salish Indian tribes who occupied the area since 600 AD. The Northern and Southern Salish tribes were embroiled in a bitter war when the Southern Salish initiated an incredibly evil deception. After kidnapping 200 women, children, and elders from the Northern tribe, the Southern Salish issued their demands – give us 200 of your best soldiers and we’ll release the hostages. The Northern Salish complied, turning over 200 of their finest soldiers only to be ruthlessly massacred by a hail of arrows and knives during the exchange.

Per legend, in the days following the massacre,


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