of "THE BURNABY WITCH PROJECT"
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legend tells of an evil witch woman that spread misery across the lower
mainland. Bringing death to her would not halt her evil ways, for
death would release her spirit to wander the land. The only alternative
was to trap her spirit within stone in the middle of the forest.
Doing so would limit the range of her evil deeds. The stone is
to exist today and can be identified by ugly pock marks etched into the
rock like acid stains -- each mark is representative of an act of black
magic performed by the evil witch woman.
keep people away from the evil spirit, the Gods brought together the
entities in the land and transformed them into trees. Much like
is transformed into ugliness, the good spirits were transformed into
of beauty. As humans are innately lured to beauty, the trees were
the most popular version of this story was told by Pauline Johnson
right). In her book "Legends of Vancouver" the legend of the evil
witch woman can be found in "THE
the stone has never officially been found, the Cathedral Trees (also
as the Seven Sisters) were a popular Stanley Park landmark until they
chopped down for safety reasons. In some versions of the legend,
the death of the protectors will lead people to the ugly rock and
release the witch woman. Those that venture too close to the
are said to be lured like a magnet soon loosing their way in the dense
forest. There have been several documented cases of lost hikers
tourists in Stanley Park which have been attributed to the lure of the
Johnson's version of "THE LURE" tells of how the witch woman was
It doesn't discuss her life. The witch was easily recognizable by
the garland of skunk tails she wore. And what few people realize
is that the Witch lived on the northern slopes of Burnaby
It is said that if she ever escapes her prison in Stanley Park she will
return to her home to create havoc and invoke despair to all people
dare to enter her domain.
the years Burnaby Mountain was logged, workers at the Pacific Lumber
claimed that they found remains of a homestead complete with a stone
Because no pioneers were known to have lived on the mountain
they considered the remains of what looked like a small version of a
longhouse to an abandoned aboriginal meeting place.
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