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.