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Top Haunted Places To Visit In Canada

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Halloween is around the corner, and with all the haunted hayrides and scary attractions popping up all around the country, you can’t help but be reminded of all the ghost stories our country has produced. Most cities in Canada have their own ghostly tales that might make you think twice before staying over night in a popular hotel or visiting a local attraction. Here are some of our favourites.

There’s something about the Plains of Abraham, in Quebec City that you just can’t quite put your finger on. Perhaps it is the sense of history, or the canon balls that can be found among the roots of the trees. As history writes it, British soldiers staged a three-month siege of the city against the French, with the Battle of the Plains of Abraham marking the end of it. It’s one of the most famous battles in Canadian history, so it’s not surprising that so many people have spotted ghostly soldiers in the area.

Castle’s always seem so romantic, and the older the castle, the more likely you will hear a ghost story about it. Craigdarroch Castle, in Victoria, B.C., is one such place. This tourist attraction was built in 1890 by a coal miner who died a year before the building was completed, and ever since them stories of a piano that suddenly plays by itself and a ghostly woman that walks the halls are often reported.

As you walk the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, keep your ears open for a crying woman that you just can’t seem to find. It’s a phenomenon that many have reported. The building was once a Bank of Montreal, and the story goes that a bank teller took her life in the building after being rejected by the bank’s manager and has been crying in the area ever since.

If you are a fan of ghost stories, you’ll know that hotels are often a favourite setting.  The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, in Banff, Alberta seems to be a real life Stephen King story come to life. Nestled in the Rockies, this building is said to be home to a ghostly murdered family in room 873, a creepy bride who fell down the stairs, a bellhop who just never wanted to go home even after he died, and many more.

And finally, one of Canada’s best well known and documented haunted buildings in Canada is the Grand Theatre, located in London, Ontario. It’s been featured on TV shows like Mystery Hunters, and it is said that the ghost of the original owner Ambrose Small roams the theatre. He disappeared mysteriously 18 years after the theatre opened, and the last person to spot him was a night watchman who swore he saw him enter the weeks after he vanished.

 



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