8 Real-Life Haunted Places to Visit in Canada
Halloween is almost upon us. But that doesn't mean that the ghosts and goblins aren't with us year-round. In fact, there are several places across Canada that are well known for being haunted. Places where the ghosts don't wait until All Hallows' Eve to make their presence known.
Old Spaghetti Factory, Vancouver
The Old Spaghetti Factory, located in Vancouver's Gastown district is a popular spot with tourists. It's also popular with the ghost of a train conductor. Is it because the restaurant has an old trolley car in the middle of the dining room? Perhaps. According to legend, the conductor died in a terrible crash in the early 1900s. Today there are reports of him roaming around the restaurant and standing on the steps of the trolley. All aboard!
Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Toronto Islands, Toronto
Located on the Toronto Islands in Lake Ontario, Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes, dating back to 1808. The first keeper of the lighthouse, one Radan Muller, was murdered in 1815 in the most gruesome fashion. His killer or killers buried the dismembered body to hide their crime. Who did it and why? It was likely bootleggers, but no one knows for sure. What is known is that people claim to have seen Muller's ghost lurching around the lighthouse, moaning into the cold, damp night.
The Plains of Abraham, Quebec City
The historic battleground where the British and French fought for control of New France is said to be the most haunted place in Quebec. Hundreds of men, including the British and French commanders, died in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. The English were victorious and today the area is the site of The Battlefields Park. The tunnels and other fortifications around the park are said to be haunted by the ghosts of the dead soldiers. Visitors in the evening have reported bumping into soldiers that died in the 1759 battle.
Bytown Museum, Ottawa
The nation's capital is home to several haunted spots. So many that there is actually a tour. The Bytown Museum is one such spot. The museum is located in Ottawa's oldest stone building. The building was used as a storehouse and treasury during the building of the Rideau Canal. Today, it houses the history of Ottawa. But there's more. Over the years visitors and staff have reported lights flicking on and off, footsteps, the cries of nowhere-to-be-seen babies and items moving about on their own. Some people have claimed that they've been jostled and pushed around. Sounds a bit like Parliament.
Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg
Winnipeg's historic Fort Garry Hotel is another of Canada's grand railway hotels. Like some of the others, there are tales of spirits wandering the halls of the century-old building. Most stories focus on Room 202, where a woman reportedly was murdered. Or perhaps she took her own life. No one is quite sure. But guests have reported ghostly apparitions, strange lights and blood seeping from the walls. If Room 202 is booked, have no fear. Strange goings on have been witnessed on the entire second floor.
The Banff Springs Hotel, Banff
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is located in a stunning setting. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the hotel's history dates back to 1888. Tales of ghostly guests go back nearly as far. There are several apparitions that allegedly wander around the hotel. One is a young bride who died after falling down a staircase in her wedding gown. There have been sightings of her in a dining room where she's seen dancing before suddenly bursting into flames. There's a deceased bellhop who apparently remains on the job. Other reports include a ghostly bartender and a headless bagpiper. A paranormal researcher might just take a shine to this place.
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa
The Ottawa Jail Hostel is notable for its setting alone: a former prison. The hostel offers up a mix of shared and private cells for guests, plus several spirits thrown in for good measure. The jail used to house Ottawa's gallows and many men were put to their death here. The ghosts of some remain. Visitors have heard blood-curdling screams at night and claimed that their belongings have been scattered around. Is that room service knocking at the door? Are you sure?
St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS
St. Francis Xavier University is located in the pretty little town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. A long line of the politically famous have attended the school. But some that have walked the grounds have never left. Freshmen are regaled with tales of the other side. The unfortunate ones are sometimes pressured to have a one-on-one session with the phantoms. There's the Blue Nun, who committed suicide by jumping off a balcony. She's been seen roaming the halls of one of the residences. Another spirit is of a priest, rumoured to be the one who caused the nun to take her life.