Headless Nun

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The Headless Nun is a ghost story associated with French Fort Cove in Nordin, now the City of Miramichi, New Brunswick.


According to the tale, which refers back to a very questionable source, a long-dead member of an unknown order of nuns guards a treasure, while bemoaning her lost head. This so-called legend has been adopted in order to promote tourism with an added "boo" factor. It has been questioned by the very chronicler of the tale Louise Manny herself.[1] Details of the story vary widely: in one version, a "mad trapper" cut off her head and ran into the woods with it.[1] In another, two sailors cut off her head after she refused to divulge the location of a treasure.[2] The story holds that Sister Marie's head was never found, resulting in her spirit forever roaming the area in search of it.[3] Today, "Headless Nun" tours are among the tourist attraction offerings at French Fort Cove.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b Underhill, Doug (1999). Miramichi Tales Tall & True. Neptune Publishing. pp. 20–25. 
  2. ^ DAVID GOSS (May 20, 2001). "Haunted holiday: Ghosts entertain visitors in N.B.". The Halifax Daily News. 
  3. ^ Tan, Antonio C., The Headless Nun, retrieved October 10, 2010 
  4. ^ Radcliffe Rogers, Barbara (2005). Canada's Atlantic Provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Iles de La Madeleine, Labrador. Hunter Publishing, Inc. p. 161. 
  5. ^ French Fort Cove, September 30, 2010, retrieved October 10, 2010