Canada’s Haunted Places
Halloween is finally here and America can enjoy scaring themselves with tales of ghosts and things that go bump in the night.
For Canada it will be no different and our northern neighbors also have a number of haunted places to visit for a good fright.
Gibraltar Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1803 and is haunted by the ghost of a murdered lighthouse keeper.
The historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta has at least two ghosts including the tragic bride who fell down the staircase to her death and Sam the bellman who disappears when a guest asks for assistance. There is also the hidden mystery room which is inhabited by a ghostly family.
In Victoria there is the landmark Fairmont Empress Hotel with a number of spooky apparitions. Guests have seen a ghostly chambermaid and a missing woman. There is also the frightening spectre of a little girl and of a carpenter who committed suicide .
For decades there have been tales of the St. Loius ghost train in Saskatchewan and the phantom lights along the missing rail line. Believers think it is either a ghost train or the spirit of a headless conductor searching for his lost head.
- 1. The Old Spaghetti Factory, Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia
- If you are looking for eerie eating in Vancouver, check out the Old Spaghetti Factory in the Gastown neighborhood. You may hear stories of inexplicable cold drafts and moving table settings, shenanigans attributed to the ghost of a certain train conductor who met his end during a tragic collision on the underground railway track upon which the restaurant is built. Enjoy the delicious food, but watch that your cutlery doesn’t float off on you!
- 2. Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta
- A blocked off stairway, said to be haunted by a tragic bride, and a mystery missing room, rumored to be locked forever to contain the family of ghosts that inhabits it, give rise to multiple tales of hauntings and eerie events in this historic and beautiful chateau hotel.
- 3. St. Louis Ghost Train, St. Louis, Saskatchewan
- If you pass through the village of St. Louis, Saskatchewan, late at night, be on the lookout for the phantom lights out on the dirt road where the train tracks used to be. Whether these lights are a paranormal phenomenon or the perfectly natural occurrence, the curious appearance of these lights nearly every night has attracted curious onlookers for over thirty years. Some say the light is a ghost train, others the lantern held by the spirit of a conductor who lost his head on the tracks and searches eternally to find it. The realists claim that it is simply a refraction of headlights from the highway a few miles off.
- 4. Government House, Regina, Saskatchewan
- Howie, the affectionately named ghost of Regina’s Government House, has been credited with the opening and shutting of doors without aid of human hands, unaccounted-for footsteps on the stairs and the mysterious movement of items from one location to another. Some theories hold that “Howie” is actually the ghost of the former cook of Lieutenant-Governor McNab, who died in the house. However, others claim that there are more than one ghost inhabiting this historical mansion which once served as home to Lieutenant-Governors of the Northwest Territories.
- 5. Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba
- This castle-like hotel in Winnipeg is rumored to be haunted by a number of ghosts. Even a Canadian Member of Parliament was so convinced of a presence in her room that she fled from her room in the middle of the night.
- 6. Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Toronto Islands, Toronto, Ontario
- This historic site at Hanlan’s Point on Toronto’s beautiful Toronto Islands played host to some foul play in the nineteenth century when the lighthouse keeper at the time was murdered one evening. Accounts of exactly how the death occurred and who committed the crime have varied, but the mystery draws many intriguing stories about the former lighthouse keeper’s ghost.
- 7. HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Ontario
- What better place to find restless souls than in the halls and former cells of the Ottawa Jail Hostel, which once served as the Carleton County Gaol and housed the last working gallows in Canada! The hostel regularly celebrates its macabre past with “parties with the ghosts” on special occasions and is featured along the Haunted Tour of Ottawa.
- 8. Old Montreal, Quebec
- This historic area and popular tourist attraction in Montreal provides the setting to many of Montreal’s most famous ghost stories, from the ghosts of a prostitute looking for her head to the spirits of families lost in a great hotel fire. If you’re out in Old Montreal looking for a quaint boutique or an interesting restaurant, keep your eyes open also for the wandering reminders of the area’s history.
- 9. Miramichi, New Brunswick
- From a headless nun walking the French Fort Cove footbridge to the haunted St. Michael’s church, Miramichi is rich with phantom folklore, and is also, incidentally, a beautiful wharf city to visit on vacation.
- 10. St. Francis Xavier University, Mount St. Bernard College, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
- This university in Nova Scotia hosts tales of mysteriously moving objects, phantom elevators moving around with no passengers, inexplicable voices and shadows.