What’s the scariest thing to do in Alberta? That’s a question a lot of us are probably asking this time of year. After all, Halloween is just a few days away!
For years, I had heard that the Atlas Coal Mines, outside of Drumheller, were both a ton of fun and very haunted. During the day, the national historic site provides an awesome experience of what life was like with that part of Alberta was teaming with miners, including tours of the actual mine, train and tipple tours. But for two weeks in October, the mine is swarmed with ghosts, ghosts and more ghosts!
Having heard so much about it, I thought it’d be fun to check it out. The Haunted Atlas Coal Mine offers up two options, one for younger kids and another called The Big Boo…for those a bit older and yes, braver.
I don’t know what I was thinking, but I ended up going to the mines by myself. I was lucky that I met up with a group who was kind enough to let me join them on this very scary tour. My new friends were very brave and kept yelling “No flashlights”, the flashlights are an option, but if you turn them off, you’ll be guided by some very dim glow sticks. If I hadn’t caved to peer pressure, I definitely would have kept my flashlight on!
Check out the video for small tease of the whole experience. It ended up taking about an hour, which is an incredible deal for only $15. Especially considering how much of a thrill the whole experience is. It’s all fun, definitely scary and easily worth the drive from Calgary.
-There is some stronger language in the video…nothing crazy, just your normal “Walking through a haunted mine in the pitch black by yourself” language.
-Also, lots of the video is really dark, because, well, it was really dark! I narrated as best I could.