Ghost stories always have a scarier side when they take place near us! From Gothic hotels to horrific battlefields… here are frightening sites that are among the most haunted places in Quebec and Canada.
Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria
Built-in the 1890s for coalman Robert Dunsmuir and his family; this Victorian-era mansion has since been recognized as one of the most haunted places in Canada. Rumors have it that a piano is playing on its own every now and then; and that a woman dressed in white has been seen; Many people associate the castle’s supernaturality with Dunsmuir’s death a year before construction was completed.
Plains of Abraham, Quebec
In 1759, British forces under Major General James Wolfe staged a three-month siege of Quebec City, culminating in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.
Being the site of one of the most famous battles in Canadian history; it’s no wonder it’s one of the most haunted places in Quebec; with numerous recorded appearances of ghostly soldiers in the fields and tunnels.
James Wolfe and French General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm died in that clash – and it’s hard not to wonder if their spirits are still fighting today.
Tranquil Sanatorium, Kamloops, British Columbia
The eerie ruins of the sprawling Tranquille Sanatorium outside Kamloops, British Columbia, are emerging from a nightmare.
Built-in 1907 as a treatment center for tuberculosis patients it then served as a psychiatric institution before being abandoned in the early 1980s. Echoes from its former residents seem to remain, however, as witnesses report paranormal activity outside the hospital. common and strange moans.
Now you can visit this strange place – surely another of the most haunted places in Quebec. For the intrepid, there is even an escape game set in the dismal tunnels that connect the various buildings on the property.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta
Think the “Bates Motel” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or the “Overlook Hotel” in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining was scary places to stay? You haven’t seen anything! The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is arguably one of the best hotels in Canada, but it is also known to be a heavily haunted places in Quebec.
Built-in 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, many terrifying ghost sightings have been reported at this hotel. It would be common to spot a bride; who is believed to have died falling down the hotel’s marble staircase. Her husband, Sam McAuley, also continues to haunt the building in his suit.
Keg Mansion, Toronto
Today it’s one of the many locations in the Keg Steakhouse franchise, but the legendary Keg Mansion on Jarvis Street in Toronto was once the private home of industrialist Hart Massey and his family.
According to legend, in 1915; following the death of Massey’s only daughter Lillian; one of the maids was so sad that she hanged herself. Another side of the story is that this maid committed suicide for fear that her affair with Massey would come to light. Either way, the ghostly image of a maid hanging by her neck has been seen by more than one visitor to Keg Mansion over the years.
Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa
Business mogul Charles Melville Hays had; the Fairmount Chateau Laurier built just before he tragically died aboard the Titanic; just days before the hotel officially opened in 1912. Rumor has it that Hays’ spirit wanders now in the property.
After all, having invested time and money in making a sumptuous castle like this; only to die a few days before its inauguration; we too would probably be inclined to come back and live there for a while.
The Old Spaghetti Factory, Vancouver
This popular restaurant is built on top of an old underground railroad tracks in Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood. The ghost of a conductor still haunts the place and mysteriously has fun replacing the tables in the restaurant.
Cold drafts are still inexplicable, and a photograph of the disused 1950s electric wagon; now displayed in the restaurant’s dining room, gives goosebumps. In the photo, it is possible to see a ghostly figure standing on the steps of the wagon.
Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto
Before being Canada’s hockey sanctuary, this building was once a simple branch of the Bank of Montreal. Legend has it that a lonely cashier named Dorothy committed suicide after being denied her advances by the bank manager.
Dorothy’s ghost is now believed to inhabit the Hockey Hall of Fame; as some visitors report hearing inexplicable sounds throughout the building of a tearful woman.
West Point Lighthouse, O’Leary, PEI
Seeing a lighthouse in total darkness evokes all kinds of disturbing thoughts. For several years, rumors have circulated that Willie, the first lighthouse keeper; has haunted places in Quebec the West Point Lighthouse now managed by the Canadian Coast Guard.
Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Victoria
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, which was once the site of the city’s imprisonment and torture; is located in Victoria’s famous Bastion Square pedestrian mall.
Some say that if you look through the windows of the museum entrance, a dark; slender figure can be seen on the main staircase. Some people associate this mysterious appearance with the ghost of Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, Victoria’s infamous “Hanging Judge”.
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