Having recently come across an article talking about abandoned towns/ghost towns in my area, I decided to pack up the car and head out to visit one of these said towns. The closest one to me was the town of Boscobel, Quebec. Boscobel is a tiny cluster of buildings that have been abandoned and is located in what is now known as the town of Bethanie in the Canton de Valcourt. We went into this trip with high hopes in being able to explore some abandoned buildings and get some really good shots, however upon arriving to the area (after driving around for what felt like forever) we were a bit underwhelmed to say the least.


Though there are multiple buildings still standing, including a creepy looking house, most of what used to be there has either been torn down or has simply fallen down on it’s own. Some of the only buildings still standing in the ‘town’ include two barns, a greenhouse, and two houses. Back in the day, the town of Boscobel was composed up of two different areas: one with a windmill and the other with the general store. There came to be a point where there was an argument over whether they should put the church in the area with the windmill (which was where Boscobel is) or in the area with the general store, and Boscobel ended up not being chosen. Because of this all the villagers flocked to the area with the church and since then Boscobel has been left abandoned. The town was first started in the late 1800’s and one of the first ever settlers of Boscobel was William Hackwell. He donated land to the town in 1872 in order to build a church and cemetery for the churchgoers. Though the church has since been torn down, the Boscobel cemetery still remains with numerous of the first settlers of the town buried here as well as William Hackwell and his family. The cemetery can be explored and is found just a few minutes from the main part of the abandoned village though it is quite small.


One of the downfalls of this place was the fact that we weren’t able to go inside the buildings. Bethanie has started to pick itself up quite a bit in the past few years and even though there is only a population of about 300 people, more and more  people have been in the area where Boscobel is. When we visited the town, we noticed that quite a few things had been upgraded on the houses that were abandoned and that there was scaffolding on one of the other houses. We decided to just take pictures of the buildings from the outside to avoid getting in trouble for trespassing, so that was definitely disappointing.

 Aside from that it was still interesting to see what was left of the town and to learn some of the history of it. Also, in visiting abandoned towns (that haven’t been turned into tourist attractions) it can be a bit tricky to find the place since there will be no signs pointing you in the right direction.. Boscobel was fairly simple to find using google maps for directions seeing as the gps brought up no results. There are however lots of winding dirt roads and dead ends before getting to the town but it’s still an interesting place to visit regardless of it’s size.  Here are some of the photos that I managed to get while visiting this ghost town.






  1. i checked out this town a few weeks back and like you said its one of the closest to me too so i thought id see if there was anything interesting ….i found the two houses next to each other thats also next to a garage looking building and a green house …i think there was also a silo like in your 12th picture….i unfortunately didn’t think about taking pictures but i did manage to be able … after making 100% sure there was no … no trespassing sign’s look in a building that looks about the same size of your 3rd to last picture but its a lot more *fallen apart now* and the house next to it ….again i was very careful to look for no trespassing sign’s and didn’t see any on the house so i thought id see if i could look inside …the main door was locked so i walked to the side of the house and i noticed another door that was open i didnt walk around very much though because there are hole all over the floor making it very easy to see the basement witch my guess was about a 5-7 foot drop …not to mention as soon as you walk in i had that *un easy* feeling like something bad could happen …so after about 5 minutes i turned around and walked out slowly there is also a window that goes to the basement that is open as long as a person doesn’t have a big stomach a person should fit fairly easily in that way …then i went to what i think is the main house next to the old green house i again looked for no trespassing sign’s and didn’t see any but i was able to see in the windows and i noticed stuff still in there …i knocked on the front door in case someone was in there and no one answered …because in my perspective i wasn’t 100% sure the house was vacant so i decided to walk away ….i noticed the silo a bit down over there ,,,next to another building …could be your 6th to bottom picture *not sure* but to me by looking from a bit of a distance while exploring it seemed to still be in fairly good shape so i didn’t want to take the chance and get to close in case it was still being used … im thinking about going back and this time take pictures.

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  2. Hello, my Copping ancestors were part of the building of Boscobel many years ago. My great grandfather Joseph, at the age of 16, walked from Rawdon with two older brothers to Boscobel. They built a sawmill among other businesses. The building in the first picture you show is being restored. The other white house has been inhabited for years. Most of the pictures you posted were on my ancestors’ property. The property is now Foundation H20. The building beside the silo has been made into a meeting hall of sorts.
    My grandfather’s home was on the other side of the river. It burned in 1970, I believe.

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    1. Hi there! From what I’ve gathered, there were two churches, one in Boscobel and another in a neighboring town. The citizens were to choose which church they wanted, which would then ultimately become the center for the town. The church in Boscobel wasn’t chosen and so the townspeople simply moved on.


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