Note: For more information about this and other ghost lights, check out my book The True Ghost Stories Archive: Spooklights, available on Amazon in ebook and paperback. Below is a condensed version of the chapter in the book.
Location: Port Perry, Ontario
Appearance: White, yellow, or red ball of light that sometimes split in two. The light moved down the Ghost Road toward the observer before winking out or moving away. Some reported the light passing through their vehicle, or their car being gently rocked.
- The light is said to be the spirit of a young man on a motorcycle who was decapitated in an accident.
Other explanations: Perhaps car headlights.
Additional notes: At one point, the town erected a “Ghost Road” street sign, but it was stolen. In the late 2000s or early 2010s, a large amount of the vegetation around the road was pared back and the road was improved, making the adjoining roads much easier to see. It seems as though this may have done away with the ghost light.
“The ghost appears in a farmer’s field on Scugog Island. In the farm field at the bottom of the road, the ghost will appear as the headlight of a motorcycle bouncing over rough terrain. It will be moving towards you, which is to say north and east. Suddenly, the headlight will “seem” to go out, you will see the flash of a red tail-light, and that will be it. The apparition comes and goes in about 60 seconds.” – Michael, December 1998
“I was teaching a Native Studies course at a Durham Regional high school recently and our students were given the opportunity to correspond with a group of high school students on Baffin Island. Part of their assignment was to relate “legends” with which they were familiar. Of a total of 14 students, I had at least 5 retellings of the “Scugog road ghost”. – Jan, April 1999
“It’s a weird light as it doesn’t look like a car headlight, but a pale, bright light without the brightness if you know what i mean.” – Anonymous
“I have a direct ancestor who was born on Skugog Island, there is a notation with our family research that no one was ever able to explain until now. My ancestor was born in the 1850’s, and there is a handwritten notation with the family group sheets, that she was born on “…the island of the “devil” lights.” No other mention was ever made, nor has any ever been found as to who made the notation or when the original notation was made, possibly in the late 1800’s?” – Anonymous, July 1999
“I too have seen the phenomenon on several occasions over the past couple of years. The likeliest explanation? There is a road on the mainland that forms the same “line” with the “haunted” road. Although they are separated by a field (and water? I haven’t looked at a map recently), they are parallel and in line with each other. Although I haven’t conducted any real investigative work, I imagine that the light is in fact traffic as it moves along the other road.” – Steve
“Scugog Town Council, located in the community of Port Perry, actually named “ghost road” located off of the 1st concession south of Blue Heron Casino, as “Ghost Road”. When they put up the street sign, people took off with it as a souvenir. The town gave up due to the expense of replacing it.” – Kevin, December 1999