Top 13 Haunted Houses (and Places) in Canada
13. The Old Spaghetti Factory, Vancouver
Do you love pasta? History states that a railroad conductor died in a collision on the underground railway track underneath where the eatery stands. He now haunts the trolley car inside the restaurant. Expect unexplained cold drafts. Possible changes in table settings.
12. West Point Lighthouse, O’Leary
First lit on May 21, 1876 and haunted by the first keeper of the lighthouse, Willie. He haunts the Inn not the lighthouse. Flaming ships off the coast thought to be a burning pirate schooner whose sailors are doomed to sail the seas forever. Do you really want to spend the night here?
11. St. Louis Ghost Train, Saskatchewan
Train tracks exits no more. Phantom lights from the train however have appeared for over thirty years. Some say the lights might be from the lantern held by the dead conductor who lost his head on the tracks. He is in search to reunite his head with his body.
10. Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal
Expect to see apparitions of former patients dating all the way back to the 1800s. Hear phantom footsteps down the hospital corridors. Buzzers go off in empty rooms. The dead passed away here, they just did not move on.
9. Old Montreal, Quebec
The most famous ghost in all of Montreal is Mary Gallagher. She and her best friend Susan Kennedy were both prostitutes. They took a man home one night, fought over him while he slept and Susan cut off Mary’s head. Mary’s ghost body looks for her head every seven years. There is 200 years of Hangings, torture and murder history in Old Montreal.
8. Government House, Regina
Doors open and close without human contact, babies cry at night, phantom footsteps heard up the stairs – making for a bad “B” movie or an awesome haunted playground for ghost. Employees reportedly see strange faces appear in mirrors.
7. Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg
Super huge hotel built in 1913. A member of parliament stayed at this hotel. What she did not know was the history of a woman who hung herself in the corner of the room. The eerie moaning had the parliament member scuttle out of the room in the middle of the night. Housekeepers have also noted objects flying off shelves.
6. Craigdarroch Castle, British Columbia
Constructed in the 1890s the owner died before the mansion was completed. The piano plays by itself after visiting hours. There have been sightings of a woman in white standing alone by a window. Is she the baroness’s wife? No one dares to ask.
5. St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
Would you believe nuns haunt this college? Elevators move up and down without occupants. Silhouettes watch students climb stairs. Footsteps heard in hallways when no one is there. This college is not for the faint hearted.
4. Plains of Abraham, Quebec City
The French and English battled here. Hundreds of soldiers died on both sides. Tunnels located near the battlefield park said to smell of cannon sulfur. By mid-evening, you may come face to face with one of the many soldiers who haunt the fields. This is the most haunted place in all of Quebec.
3. HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa
A cheap room for backpackers but it comes at a price. Jail was operational for a hundred years and had the last gallows in Ottawa. Many prisoners died here. Do not be surprised to hear crying and screaming at night. Your clothes may get scattered. Unlocked doors may lock.
2. Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta
Guests at the hotel claim to see a Bellman move luggage or unlock rooms. Voices heard down the hallway even though no one is there. Need an elevator, just call out for Sam. He worked as a Bellman at the hotel until he died in 1976. They say he forgot to “check out.”
1. Bytown Museum, Ottawa
Once a storage warehouse and treasury this is the oldest stone building in Ottawa. In the small cramped space on the first floor, visitors have been pushed, grabbed and tripped. Employees hear “Get out! Get Out!” as they work. Lights turn on and off, as do televisions. On the third floor, you will hear baby cries emanating from dolls on display who will wink at you!
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