A Visit In Saint Andrews…

IMG_5097I just got back from an overnight trip to St. Andrews by the Sea…and although I was completly exhausted when I got back, it was a great trip!  It’s a cute little town situated in the Southwestern area of New Brunswick with lots of local shops and great places to eat.

I think that my favorite part of the trip was the time I spent at the hotel I stayed at.  It was the Fairmont Algonquin.  The staff there are VERY friendly and go out of their way to make you feel right at home, which for a large hotel you don’t see very often.  It was originally built in the late 1800’s and due to a fire in the early 1900’s it had to be rebuilt.  There is a lot of character to this hotel, which makes it quite unique.

The hotel is haunted, which I didn’t know at the time of booking, but just adds to the character of it!  There are many accounts of sightings and stories that the staff love to tell.  I was fortunate enough to add a new story to their list!  A new ghost visiting their property!

His name is Captain Timothy McGinnis and he decided to keep me up all night until I went downstairs to “tell them” as he said.  🙂

It started around 230am, I had just fallen asleep (I was up late reading a really good book!) and I woke up to feel a presence in my room.  At that time I didn’t know who was in my room, just that there was someone there.  I have to admit, this was a little freaky at the time.  After about 30 mins, and relaxing a bit, I was able to see who was there.  I had a chair in my room, and a man was sitting in the chair, dressed in a very old looking soldier uniform.  It’s colours were navy blue with a bit of red on it and brass buttons.  I was able to see his face a bit, although, it wasn’t that clear.

The first thing he told me was that he was a sea captain, and he repeated this a few times.  He then moved on to tell me to “tell them”, and repeated that a couple of times.  The other thing he repeated was his name which was McGinnis.  So, not a lot of information, but over the course of 3 hours he repeated the same information over and over.  He also decided to shake the door handle on the closet every 20 mins or so to make sure that I didn’t fall into a deep sleep.  It was fun. (note the sarcasm…)

At 530 am, I decided to give up.  I said aloud, “FINE! I will go down and tell them!”.  So, I got up, went downstairs and told a young lady my story at the front desk.  She was interested, but a bit freaked out as well.  At this point, I didn’t have much information about who the ghost was, but I told her the story as it happened.  I went back up to my room and decided to see if I could find any further information on this McGinnis ghost.

With the help of my husband, we did find out some interesting information, and are quite confident that it was Timothy McGinnis that visited me.  There is a lake about 1.5 hours away from where I was staying, called Lake George.  At this lake in 1755 there was a battle, in which, a Captain Timothy McGinnis fought and was killed.  I had also found out that St. Andrews was a huge British Navy port back in that time, where a lot of ships docked.  I also have a little bit of information, although not verified, that Timothy McGinnis was buried in St. Andrews.  So, I am quite convinced that this is the same person that decided to visit me in my room.

I went back downstairs after that and told this young lady the new information I had, which interested her quite a bit.  She had also done a bit of a search and came up with a bit of the same information I had, which was neat.

I only got about 3 hours of sleep after that little adventure, however, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed staying at this hotel!  The beds are very comfortable, even if I didn’t get a full night’s rest!


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8 Responses to “A Visit In Saint Andrews…”

  • This was totally awesome.

    Thank God for watching all those episodes of Paranormal State – and learning that “they” can’t really hurt you unless you let them. Otherwise you probably would have had a heart attack.

    You forgot to mention that when you Skype’d me to tell me this happened you didn’t tell me the name of the ghost, but I was able to intuitively pick-up that his last name started with “Mc_____”.

    I didn’t get “McGinnis” but I kept getting names that started with an “M” or a “Mc” something. When I helped you find Cptn. McGinnis on Google, I got an intuitive hit that it was in fact him.

    It would be so cool if another psychic went there and verified some of this info, just like on Paranormal State when they bring Chip Coffey in with no information and he reads the info.

    You should tell people which room you stayed in!

    I wonder if Chris Landry would be willing to go to that hotel and see what he picks up. Lol.

    Very cool!

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  • Bart:

    Interesting story Drea, I would of been freaking out if there was a ghost sitting on a chair talking to me..

    Nice images of the town looks great.

    • Drea:

      The good thing about “seeing” the ghosts is that they aren’t right out in front of me. I am seeing them in my mind, which works great for me!

      I think it might startle me a bit if I walked into the living room or somewhere and saw someone sitting there! Guess I would get used to that eventually! 🙂

  • Dawne:

    I loved this story, drea!! Very exciting experience! Great pictures too 🙂

  • @Bart: Watch 50+ episodes of “Paranormal State” and it won’t freak you out anymore. It’s the fear of the unknown that we have. After watching all those Paranormal State episodes we realize that “ghosts” aren’t that scary. It is really your fear of them that’s the worst part.

    However, having said that, when I see my first ghost I’ll probably crap my pants too as an initial reaction. 🙂

    .-= Paul Piotrowski´s last blog ..New Paulymathcom Blog Redesign Launched =-.

  • Drea:

    Another little story for you guys…

    I have moved into a basement suite and there is a door to a storage area that keeps opening up, when I’m not here of course. I make sure that every time I see it open, I close it shut tight. I double check that it is closed. And every time that I come back from being out, it is open! It was open again this morning when I got out of bed.

    I think someone is trying to get my attention!

  • LOL. Reminds me of an episode of Paranormal state I just saw the other day. They were in a haunted bed and breakfast and the psychic was sitting on a bed and she said “I dare you to pen that door over there…” and then she was looking around the room, and when she panned over to the door it was open.

    She freaked out in excitement and went over to the door to close it again, but this time she made sure the door was really tightly shut and not just shut but actually LOCKED, as in she couldn’t even open the door if she wanted to and as she was walking away she said “I dare you to do it again” and the door swung open.

    It was really cool, the only crappy thing is that the camera man didn’t catch it swinging open – he just panned to her and then back to the door and it was open. There was nobody in the room behind the door…I think it was like a bathroom or something.


    In the same episode they did some historical records checks and found that a young girl named Katie died in that bed and breakfast in room 37. Then they interviewed a girl who grew up in the bed and breakfast as her Mom owned it for a while, and they asked her if she saw anything out of the ordinary while living there and she said “No, nothing…I never saw anything out of the ordinary. I was young kid and nothing strange ever happened. About as strange as it got was that I had an imaginary friend named Katie that I used to play with…” and she described what she looked like, and then Ryan the investigator guy asked “What room did you guys play in?” and she said “37”.


    He then told her that her “imaginary friend” wasn’t so imaginary, and the girl started crying…she was actually really happy as if her feelings were validated… I guess she was told that her friend wasn’t real at some point by her mom, but deep down she knew better.

    At the time of the interview this girl was much older, I would say in her 20’s, so it was really cool to see the look on her face when she learned something new about her childhood.

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