An imposing structure that is no more. The house on the corner on Mary and Manitoba Streets in Bracebridge was torn down and a new mixed-use structure now stands. Still, reports from the original structure remain.
Built in the early 1900's, the house's name is from Dr. Peter McGibbon who was a former member of parliament. In the 1970's, the attic was the scene of the formative meetings of the Bracebridge Historical Society hosted by the noted columnist, Ted Currie, who lived, with his family, in the old and imposing home.
He and the houses previous occupants felt the home was haunted.
He wrote: "The apparent malevolent force at work seemed to be most preoccupied at relocating objects, knocking on walls, stomping up and down the back staircase providing a mischievous clatter most often in the wee hours."
"When I encountered my first ghostly image, I warily opened my mind to such supernatural activities."
He had about fifteen encounters with his resident "ghost" and even attempted to get evidence on film. He snapped a photo and was presented with something he described as, "...pretty boring and could have been a flare caused by a flaw in the camera lens."
He closed his note with, "I've never met a ghost I didn't like."
Thanks to William for helping us out by suggesting this report.
Data from A Sketch of Historic Bracebridge from the Muskoka Advance, October 31st, 1993 and faxes sent to John Robert Colombo in February of 1996 and used in the book Mysteries of Canada.