Are you interested in seeing ghosts? There are certain locations that people flock to, just to catch a glimpse of paranormal activity. Some of these places are very old and have been witness to many deaths and unfortunate accidents. Some of these places are so haunted, it’s almost impossible to believe there isn’t some type of spirit present. A lot of people think that ghosts are scary creatures that want to harm you, but this is not true. In fact, ghosts can be quite friendly and harmless. The following list takes a look at the ten most haunted locations in Canada.
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and the National Park were two of the most popular destinations in Alberta when they first opened 125 years ago. In fact, you could argue that Banff was more popular than Calgary was at the time, so bold a claim is that. Since opening, not only has The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel become a symbol of wealth and luxury, it’s also become a national historic landmark. Let me tell you why this hotel is so special.
Old Fort Erie
I recently made a visit to Old Fort Erie, a restored 19th-century military installation located in the town of Port Colborne. One of the oldest sites of continuous European-settler occupation within Canada, the fort was given protected heritage status in 1911. While visitors on the hour-long guided tours will see the usual suspects that are generally associated with forts and fortifications – cannons, musket mounts and period rooms – historians and archaeologists such as myself tend to be drawn to less conspicuous features.
Fort York was a star fort in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, one of the first and most important completed defences of British North America. Archaeological evidence shows the site was first fortified by the Champlain Iroquois in 1534, who abandoned it the next year due to an attack by Hurons. The French gradually re-established a presence only to abandon the site again in 1701 due to the War of Spanish Succession.
Fairmont Empress Hotel
The Fairmont Empress Hotel, often called the “Queen of Victoria,” has been an important part of Victoria’s history since 1908. Located in downtown Victoria on Government Street, the Fairmont Empress Hotel is often touted as one of Canada’s most haunted hotels. Visitors and employees alike have seen apparitions of former residents, such as the maid Mary Goodwin and Sir Joseph Flavelle, a tycoon who built much of Toronto.
The Halifax Citadel’s history started on the hill above the city where construction began on June 19, 1856. On that day, four years after the founding of Halifax in 1749, Major General Sir William Eyre arrived in the town and took up his appointment as Commander-in-Chief of British Forces. A white wooden staff with a Union Jack was set up to mark the occasion and became known as the “Union Jack Staff”.
National Vacuum Building
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Woodchester Mansion is a historic building in the UK that turned from a family home into a haunted attraction. You get a tour of the 18th Century style mansion, and see different rooms like the Music room, Medusa’s Chamber, The Orangery and Library…all with their own array of world class special effects, animations and theatrical scares. The Ghosts are ‘live’ and roam the house at night to keep you on your toes! So what are you waiting for? This is one fright night you will never forget!
The building of the current Craigdarroch Castle was managed by David P. MacKay (1840-1921), an American born architect who immigrated to Canada in 1867 and established his practice in Victoria, British Columbia. In 1890 Mr. MacKay moved his office to Vancouver where he spent the rest of his career until his death in 1921.
Fort Edmonton Park
Ever wanted to take a vacation that was also an educational experience? Fort Edmonton Park is the place for you. Located in beautiful Alberta, Canada, this park is fun for the whole family. Named after the original fort built by the Hudson’s Bay Company back in 1795, Fort Edmonton Park houses ten historic buildings as well as various temporary exhibits. The fort also has some of Canada’s finest remaining animal displays with over 50 different animals including wolves and moose. There are even daily parades put on by costumed characters; come witness Fort Edmonton Park yourself!
The S.S. Keewatin is a passenger ship that was operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway’s (CPR) Ocean Service from 1929 to 1967. Over her 40-year lifetime she underwent many refits and modifications, most notably in 1955 when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Marine Service Training Centre first opened on the vessel. However, the vessel’s playtime days were cut short on July 6, 1967 when she sank shortly after departing Port McNicoll with 479 passengers aboard to begin another summer of cruising the Great Lakes.