Perhaps you’ve visited one of these top tourist attractions in Canada. But did you know that each of these attractions have haunted tales to tell?
Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria, BC
Constructed in the 1890s to be the home for coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his family, Robert died before the castle was complete. His wife lived there until her death. There have been reports of the piano playing by itself after hours, objects moving by themselves and sightings of a woman in a white dress standing alone by a window.
Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, MB
Built in the 1913, room 202 of this luxury hotel is said to be haunted by a young woman who hung herself in the closet after hearing of her husband’s passing. Ghosts have been reported to hover over you while in bed, sightings of a woman in the hallway with a ballgown and a man seated in the dining room.
Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Peggy’s Cove, NS
The lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove has been said to be haunted by a woman named Margaret. Margaret often looked out into the Atlantic ocean, missing her children, who lived far away. In an attempt to cheer her up, her husband danced for her on the slippery rocks and fell to his death. It is said that Margaret disappeared close to the water shortly thereafter. There have been sightings of Margaret in a blue dress seen standing on the rocks, ready to jump, but when people try to help, she disappears.
Old Spaghetti Factory, Gastown, BC
There are several spirits said to be roaming the Old Spaghetti Factory but the most infamous is a ghostly conductor who can be seen sitting at the same table in an old trolley car “Number 53” that’s located inside the restaurant. He’s been known to rearrange tables and send unexplained cold chills through the building.
The Keg Mansion, Toronto, ON
Built in 1868, the home once belonged to the Massey family. Legend is that one of the family’s servants hung herself in the front foyer after the death of their daughter, Lillian. In 1976, the Keg bought the mansion to turn it into the Jarvis street staple that it is today. Apparitions have been seen around the main staircase and the second floor women’s washroom.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, AB
This historical hotel in the Canadian Rockies is said to be home to two ghostly figures. The first is a bellman named Sam, who worked at the hotel for over 40 years and has said he would haunt the hotel once he died. Guests have described a bellman that looks like Sam to hotel staff, yet there is no one employed at the hotel fits the description. There’s also the story of the doomed bride who fell down the hotel’s grand staircase to her death. There have been reports of a ghostly woman in a wedding dress walking down the stairs and dancing alone in the ballroom.
Plains of Abraham, Quebec City, QC
The site of the famous 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham is said to be haunted by the many soldiers who died in battle. Common stories include soldiers appearing out of nowhere on the field, near tunnels and the barracks. There have also been reports of the smell of canon sulphur over the fields at night.
Gibraltar Lighthouse, Toronto, ON
Completed in 1809, the Gibraltar Lighthouse is one of the oldest structures in Toronto. The first lighthouse keeper was JP Rademuller, who was murdered. His dismembered body parts were buried around the lighthouse. It is said that JP can be seen outside of the lighthouse as well as sightings of a man walking up the staircase to the beacon of the lighthouse. The lighthouse hasn’t been used since 1958.
Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto, ON
Once the site of a Bank of Montreal branch, the building is said to be haunted by a young teller named Dorothy who shot herself while at work. Stories have been recounted of lights flickering on and off, windows and doors opening and closing and eerie moans and screams heard throughout the building. Some have said to hear footsteps while working alone at night.
Fort Henry, Kingston, ON
A national historic site, Fort Henry is known for numerous unexplained events. There’s a rocking chair that rocks on its own, there’s the dry ditch that’s haunted by a dead soldier, objects moving around in the bakery and the cries of deceased soldiers echo the fort.
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