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Haunted tram tour returns

Trolley driver Chris Holland wears his Ghostbusters proton pack in preparation for the Haunted Heritage Tour. - Kevin Mills Photo
Trolley driver Chris Holland wears his Ghostbusters proton pack in preparation for the Haunted Heritage Tour.
— image credit: Kevin Mills Photo

The Nelson Paranormal League (NPL) is back and excited to announce the summer schedule of the Haunted Heritage Tour Streetcar #23.

For the two long weekends in August  (1 to 3 and 29 to 31) people are invited to enjoy a guided tour of Nelson’s paranormal side from the safety of the Nelson Electric Tramway Society’s (NETS) 108 year old Trolley Streetcar #23.

The haunted tour will take people on an hour long adventure on Nelson’s waterfront filled with stories about paranormal investigations, tales of intrigue, and a look into the haunted history of the Kootenays.

“The whole idea of what we’re doing here is that we are piloting a project with the trolley society to make it more exciting and do more fun things,” said trolley driver Chris Holland.

He called it a destination tourism project  allowing people who are having a “stay-cation” to do something fun and learn about where they live.

“And for vacationers, to give them something more exciting to do.”

Hauntings are a popular subject and Holland said this kind of tourism is growing in popularity.

“Ghost tourism is big.”

The tour begins in Lakeside Park with an introduction to the world of the paranormal and why Nelson is a hot bed for ghostly activity, you will then be treated to a variety of stories and first hand adventures as told by NPL founder Holland.

The NPL was founded back in 2004, with the mission to investigate and educate people about paranormal activities and the unknown.  They launched the league with a haunted heritage tour of Nelson and in 2006 filmed a documentary of their findings at a local hotel, Haunt at the Hume.

It was when the league started to uncover significant paranormal evidence that they realized they needed to be careful with their findings. Over time the league found many allies and contacts to help them with their paranormal adventures and they are excited to be back and ready to launch a new era of investigations and tours in Nelson.

Holland said the tour talks about the “truth” behind ghost stories and he shares plenty of funny tales as well. While the tour was not designed to be frightening, Holland said parents should decide for themselves if their kids will enjoy it.

“If they talk about ghosts and they talk about ghost stories, then that’s the appropriate age. But the topic matter we discuss are about ‘grave’ issues

Admission is $8 per person, the tour begins at 5:30 p.m. loading at Lakeside Park Station.  Tickets are available at the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce.  For more information or to purchase your tickets drop by the chamber office at 225 Hall St. or call 250-352-3433.  You can also check out NelsonStreetCar.org or NelsonParanormalLeague.blogspot.ca for updates.

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