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Believe it or not, Canada is home to several locations where spooky sightings and unexplainable encounters are known to take place. Whether the stories are silly or sinister, it’s hard not to question the unknown when similar tales of ghosts, spirits and mysterious objects are told consistently over time. Keep the lights on while reading about some of the creepiest and most haunted locales in Canada.
1. Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta
Stories of a ghostly bellman, guests pushed off their bed and pillows pulled out from under them are just a few of the creepy tales told about the Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta. Opened in 1888, this castle-like hotel is a popular tourist destination that has been the source of ghost stories for more than 100 years. One of the most popular stories features the Ghost Bride—whose wedding day turned tragic after she lost her footing on the staircase and fell to her death. Ever since, employees and guests have reported creepy sightings of a ghostly woman wearing a wedding dress on the staircase.
2. Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
Crashing waves and foggy days can make Peggy’s Point lighthouse in Nova Scotia an eerie sight to see on a regular day, nevermind if you spotted a ghostly lady in a blue dress standing on the edge of the rocks, about to jump into the icy waters. Stories say the woman’s name is Margaret and that she jumped into the sea after losing her children in a shipwreck and later her husband after he got too close to the edge of the rocks, slipping and falling to his death. Margaret followed, taking her own life by jumping into the water. Visiting guests have claimed seeing Margaret near the edge, disappearing from sight if they get too close.
3. Caribou Hotel, Carcross, Yukon
Don’t go to Carcross, Yukon without saying hello to the ghost of former hotel operator Mrs. Gideon at the Caribou Hotel. The current Caribou Hotel has been redesigned in an exact replica of the original hotel opened in 1910, so it’s no surprise Mrs. Gideon might feel right at home. Ever since her death in 1933, there have been reports of Bessie Gideon visiting guests in the night, knocking on doors and standing in the window with her pet parrot, Polly. If you’re too spooked to spend the night, stick to the hotel bar and learn more about its history as one of the oldest saloons.
4. The Dungarvon River, New Brunswick
While there’s more than one tale about how the legend of the Dungarvon Whooper came to be, the end of this ghost story is sure to feature spooky screams from a shallow grave. According to one story, the Dungarvon Whooper was a logging camp cook who was mysteriously murdered and buried near the Dungarvon River. After burying the body, loggers soon heard a whooping sound coming from the grave site. The sound haunted the loggers who left camp never to return. Some say the screams of the Dungarvon Whooper can still be heard today, haunting those who can hear him crying from the grave. This spooky story was recognized by Canada Post as one of Canada’s most well-known tales of terror when the Dungarvon Whooper was featured on a postage stamp in 2016.
5. Sutherland Place, St. John’s, Newfoundland
It’s not hard to imagine scary stories taking place behind the arched windows and Victorian Gothic peaks at Sutherland Place in St. John’s. According to Haunted Shores: True Ghost Stories of Newfoundland and Labrador, a ghost sighting was reported in 1998 when a tenant of the building woke up to find an old woman in black lurking at the foot of her bed. Another tenant later reported both friendly and fearful encounters at this haunted house, including lights being turned on as though someone was watching out for her and a similar spooky experience with a haunted presence in her bedroom. With history dating back to 1883, it’s no surprise one of Sutherland Place’s many residents could have returned with unfinished business.
6. Casino Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan
You can bet you’ll sense spooky vibes, if not spot a ghost, at Casino Regina in Saskatchewan. This former train station turned casino was built in 1912 and has been one of the busiest spots in the city ever since. After functioning as a train station for 80 years, the building reopened as a casino in 1996. The first spooky encounter recorded was in the 1930s when a photograph (now on display at the casino) was taken capturing a ghostly woman in an empty room. According to casino staff, ghosts have been seen in underground rooms and items disappear without explanation.
Have you had a spooky experience at one Canada’s haunted dwellings? Let us know in the comments.