2. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta
Thought the Bates Motel in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining were scary accommodations? Banff Springs Hotel may be one of Canada’s most picturesque hotels, but it’s also rumoured to be one of the most haunted. Built in 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, this hotel is the site of numerous terrifying ghost sightings, including a murdered family in room 873, a bride who died falling down the hotel’s marble staircase, and a retired head bellman named Sam McAuley who continues to haunt the hotel dressed in full uniform.
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3. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ont.
Business Tycoon Charles Melville Hays commissioned the Fairmount Château Laurier, but died tragically aboard the Titanic just days before the hotel’s grand opening in 1912. Hays’ spirit has since been rumoured to be seen roaming throughout the property. Had we invested our time and money into crafting the lavish Château, only to die mere days before its completion, we’d likely be inclined to return as well.
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4. The Old Spaghetti Factory, Vancouver, B.C.
It’s been said that the ghost of a train conductor still haunts this popular eatery built atop an old underground railway track. Inexplicable cold drafts and mysteriously rearranged table settings are the calling card of the deceased conductor. Making matters truly spine-tingling is a photograph of the 1950s-era, decommissioned electric trolley now featured in the restaurant’s dinning room. The photo depicts hints of a ghostly figure, believed to be the train conductor, standing on the steps of the trolley.
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