Here are the top 11 most haunted hotels Canada has to offer.
11. Banff Springs Hotel - Banff, AlbertaBook Now
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta has been welcoming guests from all over the world for over 125 years. Often referred to as the “Castle of the Rockies” due to its unique castle-like appearance and its position overlooking the chalets and log cabins of the area, the hotel is a luxurious place to get away from it all. Though it does hide a secret or two behind its doors!
Reports of apparitions are rife around the hotel, with one particularly strange story standing out from the rest. Many years ago there was a tragic murder in the hotel, inside room 873 which has since been bricked up and made to look like the rest of the wall in the hallway. Guests and staff have regularly spotted apparitions outside the room, with many believing it’s the ghosts of the family members murdered here.
There’s also the ghost of the burning bride. She is believed to have tragically died after catching her dress on the lit candles whilst walking up the staircase. Unable to put out the fire and in a panic the bride tripped and fell down the stairs breaking her neck. Her ghost has been seen dancing in the ballroom in full wedding gown in some reports people have seen flames coming from her dress as she dances. Other guests have witnessed her on the staircase where she lost her life.
10. James Bay Inn - Victoria, BCBook Now
Only the third oldest hotel in all Victoria, the James Bay Inn opened in 1911, just 3 years after the Empress (also on our list) and was designed by the architect, Charles Elwood Watkins.
It’s reported by many that the activity here is continuous, with paranormal incidences occurring regularly. The Inn’s main claim to fame is that it was the place where the famous Canadian painter, Emily Carr died. The room in which she died in is now the men’s room at the pub, not at all happy about this she’s believed to be the cause of most of the hauntings here. She’s reported to mess around with guests, phoning their rooms in the middle of the night with nobody on the end of the line, and standing watching them as they sleep.
9. Windermere House - Windermere, OntarioBook Now
Standing proudly overlooking Lake Rosseau, this delightful looking Victorian building has stood for over 150 years, having been built back in 1870. Commonly referred to by locals as the “Lady of the Lakes”, Windermere House is Muskoka’s premier hotel and resort. Though it’s not just the beautiful surroundings that entice guests, many a ghost hunter has enjoyed what lies within too!
According to many reports from past guests and staff members, the main culprit for all the hauntings is the original owner, Thomas Aitken. He is said to knock on hotel room doors, and moves items around the hotel that he believed should have been placed elsewhere.
As well as Thomas, the ghost of a little girl has been seen, often standing next to guest’s beds, only for her to suddenly vanish after she’s been seen.
8. Fairmont Empress - Victoria, BCBook Now
Listed as a National Historic Site of Canada, this luxurious hotel was the very first hotel to be built in Victoria. Built in 1908 it’s played host to many a distinguished guest, from world leaders to the pinnacle of showbiz. With such a long history, it’s little wonder that the hotel has a few ghost stories to tell.
A regular report from both guests and staff is the sighting of a man walking down the hall holding a cane, slender in appearance and sporting a mustache. He’s apparently the ghost of the architect, Francis Rattenbury, who helped build the hotel.
The hotel is also home to the ghost of a maid who’s continuing her daily routine, the apparition of a young girl, and the ghost of a worker who hung himself in 1960 in the buildings’ west tower.
7. Fairmont Château Laurier - Ottawa, OntarioBook Now
Château Laurier is a grand hotel with over 100 years of history seeping through its walls. The original owner Charles Melville Hays is believed to still haunt the hotel after he so tragically died before its grand opening on April 26, 1912. He was on his way home aboard the infamous Titanic from England after picking out some exquisite pieces of furniture for his hotel. It’s his ghost that is reported to break objects he doesn’t care for, and open and close doors when he pleases. With many staff believing him to be mean, is he just overprotective of his baby, wanting to keep an eye on the hotel he so dearly loved? You may be able to ask him yourself as he’s been known to appear in front of guests walking down the hallways.
It’s his ghost that is reported to break objects he doesn’t care for, and open and close doors when he pleases. With many staff believing him to be mean, is he just overprotective of his baby, wanting to keep an eye on the hotel he so dearly loved? You may be able to ask him yourself as he’s been known to appear in front of guests walking down the hallways.
6. Fort Garry Hotel - Winnipeg, ManitobaBook Now
Built in 1903 by the Grand Trunk Railway, the Fort Garry Hotel was originally set to be named The Selkirk, though it was later decided it should be named after Upper Fort Garry, which once stood at the cross-section of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Since its opening, the hotel has been a draw to many famous guests including Queen Elizabeth, King George VI, Laurence Olivier, Louis Armstrong, Liberace, and many more.
Infamous for its haunted room 202, where a woman apparently committed suicide, hanging herself in the closet. Terrifying reports emanate from this room with guests reporting blood dripping from the walls, and the ghost of a woman wearing a cloak hovering over the foot of their beds in the dead of night! Her ghost has even been known to get into bed with guests, as former Ontario Liberal MP, Brenda Chamberlain would attest to. Her ghost haunts the hotel lounge as well, having been witnessed by guests and staff alike crying in the corner. And she’s also been witnessed wearing a robe walking down the hallway.
5. La Boheme Restaurant Bed & Breakfast - Edmonton, AlbertaBook Now
Established in 1982, La Boheme is a provincially designated historic site, set in an old Edwardian apartment block which was built in 1912.
Legend has it that the original owner of the building murdered his wife and then hacked her body disposing of each piece in the furnace. Although this is just a local legend, the paranormal activity isn’t. Both guests and staff alike have heard strange noises and witnessed things being moved by unseen hands. In one very unnerving encounter, a staff member reported having been touched by something in the basement right where the furnace used to be.
4. Algonquin Resort - Saint-Andrews-by-the-Sea, New BrunswickCheck Availability
This impressive medieval-inspired hotel opened its doors in 1889, having been the brainchild of the St Andrews Land Company. It was under their ownership that the hotel thrived, enticing many visitors from the warmer climates in the US. Due to its ever-rising popularity, the hotel was purchased by the Canadian Pacific Railway, who together with other railway companies across North America, had a habit of building/opening grand hotels along their railway lines.
Believed to be the most haunted location in New Brunswick, the Algonquin is home to many ghosts. Perhaps the most infamous is the ghost of a jilted bride. Checking in to room 473 on her wedding day, she was later left at the altar and is believed to have died of a broken heart shortly after, though not at the hotel. Not long after her death, her spirit returned, and she has been moping about the place ever since. Her ghost is seen wandering the grounds and room 473 in the dead of night.
Other reports are of a former staffer who pranks staff by rearranging the silverware in the dining room. The apparition of a bellhop has been known to help guests to their rooms then disappears immediately after. A common occurrence reported throughout the hotel is of guests’ rooms doorknobs being rattled, and things going missing only to appear again in a completely different area.
3. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - Vancouver, BCSpend the Night
Built in 1939 by architects John S. Archibald and John Schofield, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a Vancouver landmark and is regularly spotted on lists of the country’s most haunted places. The “Lady in Red” is said to haunt the 14th floor of this hotel, with her apparition having been glimpsed by both guests and staff alike many times. She often messes with the elevator, mysteriously stopping it on the 14th floor. Believed to be in good intent, the hotel has embraced her and named a cocktail after her in the hotel lounge.
2. Fairmont Royal York - Toronto, OntarioBook a Room
Located in the center of downtown Toronto, the impressive Château-style Fairmont Royal York was built in 1929. Spanning 28 floors it was the tallest building in Toronto at the time and the tallest building in the British Empire, until the erection of the Canadian Bank of Commerce a year later.
It’s believed to house more than 4 ghosts in total, with sightings of a gray-haired man proving most common. He’s regularly seen walking the hallways and is believed to be the ghost of a former employee who hanged himself on a staircase.
1. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac - Quebec City, QuebecBook Now
Designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980, the Château Frontenac is Quebec City’s grandest hotel. Having been originally constructed in 1893, the hotel now spans more than 600 rooms over 18 floors. You may have caught a glimpse of it already, as it’s often referred to as the most photographed hotel in the world, due to its prominence in the skyline of the city.
If you spend a night at the Château Frontenac, then you may very well run into one of its two known ghosts. There is a ghost of a woman wearing a nightgown who’s been known to scare guests in their sleep. And there’s also the spirit of the 17th-century governor, Louis de Baude de Frontenac. He is believed to have died whilst he stayed at the previous Château that was on this site. He was waiting for there waiting for his fiancee who was on her way back from overseas to see him. His ghost is believed to haunt the halls of the Château to this day, still waiting for his long lost love.