Take a walk through Airdrie’s spooky past

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Ever wondered what Airdrie was like a 100 years ago? Airdrie’s Ghost Walk is giving Airdronians the chance to step back in time and hear spooky stories from the city’s past.

To add a lively element, local actors will tell historical stories at each stop on the tour. Tour founder Kim Cheel said, although the characters are fictional, the stories are true.

“These are people that could have existed,” she said of the characters portrayed by the actors.

Cheel is a performing artist in Airdrie and a self-admitted aficionado of history and said it’s important to not forget history in the face of progress.

“I’m a big advocate for arts and culture in Airdrie and having art tell our stories. So here I am, putting my money where my mouth is – so to speak – and creating those opportunities of an artistic storytelling of our culture and our past.”

One of the tours stops is the old hotel on the corner of Main Street and Centre Street, and according to Cheel it has a ton of stories to tell, but the particular one she chose takes place in 1819.

“If people are aware of the history just post World War I … they might be able to guess – but it had a place in something that occupied world history,” Cheel said.

She added as public support grows so will the event, as she hopes to add real people to the real stories told on the tour.

Airdrie resident Kim McKee said the tour surpassed her expectations and was well worth the $10 ticket.

“It was an entertaining night with beautiful weather. It was a real nice family event,” said McKee.

She said her family is even considering making it an annual tradition.

Each tour lasts approximately half an hour and covers three city blocks. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Airdrie’s Ghost Walk Facebook page. Participants who don’t have access to purchase advance tickets online can bring cash on tour day if they have RSVP’d to the event online.

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