By SHANNON KELLY
Is anything better than a good ghost story? Have your own to tell after you spend a night at one of these hotels known for their paranormal activity. After hearing creepy tales of murders, hangings and ghosts snuggling up to guests in bed, you’ll be thankful if things merely go bump in the night. Happy Halloween!
1. Fairmont Algonquin
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick
The most haunted room in the 19th-century hotel is rumoured to be no. 473, where guests report seeing a weeping bride, the ghost of a woman who apparently took her own life in the room after being left at the altar. Guests have also recounted sightings of a ghostly bellhop roaming the halls. The hotel revels in its haunted history, telling campfire ghost stories and giving ghost tours. Book it.
2. Fort Garry Hotel
Guests claim to have seen ghosts at the end of their beds at this 1913 hotel. Most of these apparitions haven’t been traced to an individual, with the exception of the woman who haunts room 202, allegedly the ghost of a woman who took her own life at the hotel. Book it.
3. HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
As if sleeping in an old jail cell weren’t spooky enough, ghosts run rampant at this hostel. Guests says they’ve heard voices, been pushed, found strange orbs in their photos and seen and spoken with the bearded ghost of a former inmate, a hanged man convicted (wrongly, he claimed) for murder. Book it.
4. Fairmont Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Lady in Red, the ghost of elegant Jennie Pearl Cox, who frequented the hotel’s ballroom parties until her death in 1944, has been sighted in rooms and corridors at the Fairmont Vancouver. Book it.
5. Bessborough Hotel
A dapper, friendly ghost in a grey suit and a fedora has been sighted wandering the halls at this grand, early 20th-century railway hotel. Book it.
6. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Quebec City, Quebec
Fairmont has really cornered the market on haunted hotels. The namesake of this Quebec Fairmont property, the 17th-century governor general of New France, Louis de Buade de Frontenac, has been spotted throughout the hotel. Most alarmingly, however, are tales of a woman in white who has been known to get into bed with guests. Book it.
7. La Boheme Bed & Breakfast
One of the more gruesome (but unsubstantiated) ghost stories is that of a woman murdered by her husband, chopped into pieces and burned in the 1912 building that is now a pretty B&B with a French restaurant. Guests have been terrified by something touching them, strange noises or in one case by a bed reportedly being lifted off the ground. Book it.