6. Haunted Hotels: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta
You won’t find information about hauntings on its website, but stories abound online of ghost sightings by both staff and visitors at the Fairmont Banff Springs. Banff travel guide taximike.com, for example, posts ghost-related stories and photos submitted by readers, including one recent story of an elevator mysteriously opening and closing its doors, accompanied by a photo of the elevator with a strange blue light on one side. And according to travel website Grumpy Traveller, the haunted hotel is haunted by former bellhop Sam Macauley, who retired unwillingly in 1978 and persists in helping guests with luggage and letting them into rooms.
7. Haunted Hotels: The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, BC
Best known for high tea and its imposing presence above Victoria’s Inner Harbour, the Empress is also said to be home to a number of ghosts. Local tour company Discover the Past includes this haunted hotel on one of its guided walks; Saturday evenings, join a tour to hear the story of chambermaid Lizzie McGrath, who died in 1909 after stepping out of her sixth-storey room to stand on the fire escape that she thought was there but had been removed for construction. Other reputed otherworldly residents include a a carpenter who hung himself during the hotel’s construction and Empress architect Sir Francis Rattenbury himself who was murdered in 1935 in his homeland of England by his chauffeur (and wife’s lover).
8. Haunted Hotels: 1859 Historic National Hotel, Jamestown, California
Go west to Gold Rush country and California’s National Hotel, which has been operating continuously since 1859. The haunted hotel’s resident ghost-some might even say mascot-is called “Flo,” short for Flora. The spectre is said to be friendly to visitors, though you might hear her sobbing at night or feel an icy wind going by as you walk down the hall. Flo has good reason to be upset: She arrived at the hotel in the late 1800s to get married, but her fiancé was shot and killed while walking down the stairs. Flo was found dead a few days later, sitting next to the window dressed in her wedding clothes-apparently killed by a broken heart.