Canada is known mostly for its multiculturalism, friendly locals, and, of course, poutine (thank you, Quebec). The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Canada isn't exactly its haunted locations. Surprisingly though, the 'Great White North' has quite a bit to offer those of you who enjoy a good paranormal adrenaline rush. That's why we have come up with a list of Canada's most haunted places that you can actually visit. They may not be as famous as maybe some of the haunted locations in California for instance, or other parts of the world, but they do have interesting backstories. Here they are!
11 10. The Fairmount Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, AB
Banff is a very popular city in Alberta, Canada, situated in the scenic Rocky Mountain region of southern Alberta. This four star hotel was built a little over 130 years ago and is said to be the home of a few guests that didn't get a chance to check out. The most famous spirit is that of a bride who unfortunately tripped in her wedding dress as she was walking down the stairs before her wedding could even happen. The reason she fell is actually unknown, but many guess that her heel caught in her dress, widowing her fiancé before they could even marry.
10 9. Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Toronto, ON
The Great Lakes, located near Toronto, Ontario have always been a popular tourist attraction, but for those who like to add a paranormal factor to their experience, we recommend visiting the Gibraltar Lighthouse. Built in 1808, the lighthouse is most known for being the site that a lighthouse keeper, John Paul Radelmüller, was murdered by soldiers visiting the area. The soldiers were searching for some beer and unfortunately got so drunk that a fight ensued, taking the life of the keeper. In an attempt to cover their crime, the soldiers chopped and hid the remains, which were said to be found in later years.
9 8. The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, MB
The Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is one of Canada's many National Historical Sites (designated in 1981) and opened back in 1913. Now known for it's haunted room 202, people come from near and far, trying to get a glimpse of some sort of spirit.
Rumour has it that in the early 1920s, a newlywed couple stayed in room 202. While trying to find some pain medication to fix his new wife's headache, a man was struck by a carriage and unfortunately died. The hotel denies it, but people say that his wife hung herself in the room they were to stay. Of course, she sits and awaits his return even now.
8 7. The Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, ON
Another haunted hotel! This chateau was commissioned by a man named Charles Melville Hays in 1909. Hays was the president of the Grand Trunk Railway, and the hotel was supposed to be opened as a companion to the train station that would be opened just across the road. The building cost about $2 million dollars and took about 3 years to construct. Sadly, Hays passed away before he could see the opening of his masterpiece (just a few days before the grand opening, in fact). It is said that the sad owner still roams the halls, admiring the beautiful building.
7 6. Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria, BC
Another one of Canada's many National Historic Sites, this castle has been named 'Canada's Castle' since it is one of the most famous and well known - and one of the only. The castle was built for the Dunsmuir family in the 1890s, during Queen Victoria's reign, and was commissioned by the man of the family, Robert Dunsmuir. It is unfortunate that he never got to see the finished product. Just about a year before construction was completed, the husband and father died, leaving the house for his family. Now, the mansion is a museum and is known for mysterious piano music playing and the apparition of a woman in white.
6 5. The Plains of Abraham, Quebec City, QC
The Plains of Abraham is a flat area in the middle of Quebec City, Quebec, and is also the scene that The Battle of the Plains of Abraham took place in 1759. For those who are not familiar, Quebec is a French-Canadian province and is the only province whose first language is French.
In 1759, the British sieged the French army, led by Major General James Wolfe. The bloody battle ended in about 1,300 injured or dead men and some say that those who died still roam the field, reliving their death scene.
4 4. St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS
In the early 19th century, a Catholic girls school was opened and named Mount St. Bernard College. The nuns who worked, taught, and lived there are said to still walk the halls today. The exact building that served as the school for girls still stands, but is now a residence building at St. Francis Xavier. Even today, students report books being knocked over and elevators that seem to have a mind for themselves. Along with this, there have been sightings of an apparition that is guessed to belong to a nun who fell in love with a priest. Since this goes against her marriage to God, she killed herself out of guilt by jumping off the top of the building.
3 3. Tranquille Sanatorium, Kamloops, BC
We've all heard of how scary sanatoriums and mental hospitals can be when Hollywood gets its hands on them. Horror movies and documentaries have helped companies make millions of dollars, portraying these hospitals as haunted and deadly. Built in 1907, this psychiatric hospital is a typical 'insane asylum' story. When it was first opened, the building was meant to be a medical hospital, dedicated to helping patients get over a deadly disease: tuberculosis. In 1958, it was closed and reopened as a sanatorium. The building still stands, but the only use it has now is tourism, as tours are given of the inactive hospital, even showing tourists the small network of tunnels that run underneath.
2 2. West Point Lighthouse, O'Leary, PEI
Prince Edward Island, a small island province in Canada, is known for its beauty and quiet nature. The old island has a lot of history, though, especially when it comes to small fishing communities. A little, old, and beautiful lighthouse in O'Leary, PEI, is one of those sites.
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Located near an inn called the West Point Lighthouse Inn, the lighthouse is now a museum, but is mostly known as the home of the lighthouse's very first keeper, Willie. Willie is said to be seen walking around the inn, peacefully guarding the lighthouse and those who step foot inside.
1 1. Victoria Street, St. John's, Newfoundland
Newfoundland, another island province in Canada (not far from PEI, actually), is known as one of the most haunted places in North America. The old province was the last to join Canada in 1949, but has quite a history. The capital city, St. John's, is home to Victoria Street, which has been described as NL's most haunted street. Once it was reported that a female apparition was seen being pulled down the stairs by another female apparition while letting out blood curdling cries. Terrifying.