Canada is most well-known for its breathtaking vistas and for being a haven for nature lovers and city dwellers, making it a destination that holds the best of both worlds. What often goes untalked about amongst all of its beauty, though, are the destinations that hide a sinister and dark history. A place can be considered haunted for any number of reasons and in Canada, there are plenty of these destinations to go around. From mansions with eerie soundtracks played by no one to hotels that are said to be alive in more ways than one, Canada seems to have it all for paranormal oddities.


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Those who have visited these destinations have some interesting takeaways from their time spent there, and it's undeniable that Canada's spookiest haunts have a presence that goes far beyond their historic architecture.

The Fairmont Empress

In Victoria, British Columbia, the Fairmont Empress is one of the most renowned and well-known hotels in the area, and also the oldest. Its reputation precedes it as the hotel is known for its luxe accommodations and proper way of running things, which makes it a popular go-to for those who are first visiting the area.

What many people might not realize, however, is that there are a few ghost stories that exist within these walls... and they're not lighthearted tales to tell over high tea. The hotel was built in the early 1900s and it's said that any number of ghostly apparitions can be seen walking these halls, from a young child to an elderly woman and even a maid who was said to have worked in the hotel at one point. One of the most common sightings is that of a man who many have surmised to be the architect of the hotel himself.

The Fairmont Banff Springs

The Fairmont is one of the most well-known hotels in Banff and each year, hundreds of thousands of people come to Banff Springs to explore the park and take in the sights. The Fairmont, however, has a bit of a different vibe to it - while the surroundings are utterly stunning, inside the hotel, guests have reputed some strange goings-on during their stay there.

It's been reported that doors have seemingly opened on their own, elevators open and close without anyone inside or outside of them, and an apparition of a woman wandering the halls in a wedding dress has also been witnessed. The ghosts of the Fairmont have made such an impression that the hotel featured a 25-cent coin and a postage stamp with depictions of the Fairmont ghost bride on them.

Fort Garry Hotel

The Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg is also a National Historic Site, and its history has included some ghost stories that have led to its reputation as being the most haunted place in the country.

According to those who have stayed in the hotel, it's not entirely uncommon to witness ghostly figures roaming the halls, noises that are seemingly unexplainable, and a feeling as though you're not alone even when there's no one else in the room. In the common spaces of the hotel, it's said that one can hear a woman crying even though there's no one around, and some have even reported a dark substance dripping from the walls in one, particularly haunted room.

Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

Gibraltar Point Lighthouse in Ontario holds the title of being the oldest lighthouse on any of the Great Lakes, and it was built in 1908. The lighthouse itself is built quite simply which makes it unique on its own, with its construction being completely made up of stone. The interior of the lighthouse reflects this as well, and the view down from the stairs leading from the top looks like something out of a medieval castle.

With that being said, it's well-known that the lighthouse is allegedly haunted by its first lightkeeper, with strange noises coming from the tower and light appearing despite the fact that the lighthouse itself hasn't been in working order in decades. While there are many explanations that could support any number of these claims, it's still uncertain what goes on there at night.

Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle is one of the most visited tourist stops in Victoria and for a good reason. Not only is the architecture of this mansion, referred to as a castle, absolutely stunning, but the interior of this mansion certainly echos the claims made by those who have visited.

In all of its eerie and historic beauty lie some ghostly details, and people who visited have shared stories of a piano playing although no one was in the room, as well as the ghost of the wife of the mansion's first owner being seen in the windows of the mansion.

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