The top 10 most haunted places in Canada

By: Jennifer Pretty Oct 30, 2012
  Editorial
Haunted Houses Canada

Fortunately, Halloween is tomorrow! Since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with idea of places being haunted. As I have gotten older, although I can see through a lot of the tricks, there are times when some occurrences still scare the heebie-jeebies out of me! I found this list on Reader’s Digest Canada of the top ten most haunted places in Canada and as we say good-bye to another ghoulish All Hollow’s Eve, I thought I’d leave you with this list to ponder.

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar Mansion in Toronto

Formerly the private home of industrialist Hart Massey and his family, legend has it that one of his maids hung herself. One version says it was because Lillian was overcome with grief following the sudden death of Mr. Massey’s daughter. Another version says that she lived in fear of the town learning about her alleged affair with the married man.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

How surprising is it that an area so cold, remote and sparsely populated would have its own haunted mansion? Built in 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is arguably one of the most charming and quaint hotels in Canada. However, if you stay there, don’t be surprised to be visited by someone who left but apparently never transitioned. If you have a particularly curious streak, do stay in room 873. Folklore has it that an entire family was murdered there.

Fairmont Château Laurier

Celebrating a little ahead of the hotel’s grand opening business tycoon Charles Melville died while cruising on the ill-fated Titanic. With a little unfinished business to tend to, rumour has it that Mr. Melville returns to the Ottawa hotel often to collect on his sizable investments.

The Old Spaghetti Factory

Imagine eating your meal in this popular Vancouver eatery and swearing that the fork that was on the left of your plate and the knife and spoon on the right mysteriously moved. While you ponder that, take a look at who the conductor is in the photograph depicting what is now a decommissioned electric trolley. Is it me, or is he a bit transparent?

Hockey Hall of Fame

We love our hockey, don’t we? Have you visited the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and thought something seemed a bit chilly? Back when it was the Bank of Montreal, supposedly one of the tellers had what might be described as a serious crush on the manager. Problem was, he just wasn’t that into her. Poor Dorothy took her own life and still walks the floors weeping loudly.

Craigdarroch Castle

Built in the 1890s for Rupert Dunsmuir (a coal miner) and his family, unfortunately Mr. Dunsmuir never saw his dream of living in the Victorian home because he died a year before it was completed. Make no mistake though, he still “lives” there and if you are really nice, he’ll play the piano for you – of course when you are least expecting it.

Plains of Abraham

Hotels and Restaurants don’t get to have all the fun! The site of one of Canada’s legendary battles between the French and the British is of course the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. Both sides lost many men during the three-month long skirmish, including [British] Major General James Wolfe and [French] Major General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm. Visitors to the historic site claim to have seen the two continuing their epic duel.

Maritime Museum

Innocent or guilty, when one has been sentenced to hanging by Victoria’s infamous “hanging judge,” one has a way of being pretty upset! Long before it was the Maritime Museum, this structure was once home to the city’s jails and gallows. Come for the maritime antiquities, but don’t be surprised to get a glimpse of Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie walking the main staircase muttering remorse for hanging so many prisoners.

Government House

Let me ask you this. Would you go someplace where there have been numerous reports of faces appearing in the mirrors, doors opening and closing on their own and the sound of feet shuffling with nobody in sight? Well, probably because the Government House is one of the most visited sites in Regina.

West Point Lighthouse

 Located in O’Leary, PEI is what might seem to be an ordinary (yet beautiful) lighthouse. However after the sun goes down, with no lights in the vicinity but the ones coming off the lighthouse itself, it seems the perfect location for a former keeper to return each night undetected. So undetected, scores of people have reported seeing him over the years.

 

Happy Halloween!

Until next time,

Peace love and vitamin C!

 

Jennifer Pretty began her career as the director of artist development for a well-known Canadian music label. Branching out on her own, she then started her own PR business “Pretty Media Management” planning and hosting various charity, entertainment and fashion events. As a dance and fitness class enthusiast Jennifer is a firm believer in the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. She also loves to cook, travel, spend time with family and friends and most importantly living life to the fullest!