The Academy

Haunted Walking Tours

Spend an evening on Vancouver’s haunted side when you take one of the Clark County Historical Museum‘s Haunted Walking Tours. This incredibly popular series, which is celebrating its 6th annual season, will be held every Friday and Saturday in October, starting Friday, Oct. 6. The spooktacular trips begin at 8 p.m. on each scheduled tour day and will meet at the museum, 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Tickets are $12 per person for the public and $10 for CCHM members. (Not a member? No problem! Call 360-993-5679.)

Centering on the strange and peculiar, the CCHM’s haunted excursions blend local myths, oral histories, and research on Vancouver’s sometimes sordid past. Buildings contain secrets, and CCHM tour guides will shine the light into their darkness. (The museum itself plays a role in several accounts of mysterious activities occurring in the research library.) All tours cover the same route. Afterward, tourtakers are free to explore downtown Vancouver’s eateries, taprooms, brewpubs, and cocktail lounges on their own (if they dare).

The tours are just right for curious people ages 13 years and older, and everyone should bring a flashlight and be prepared for some of the most authentic thrills around. Reservations are limited, go quickly, and pre-payment is required. Call the museum at 360-993-5679 or sign up by emailing the museum at

Above image: the entrance to The Academy, one of Vancouver’s most haunted places