In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve asked our editors across the country to tell us the places in their cities that are rumoured to be haunted. From a municipal building that used to be a hanging locale to a mischievous monkey spirit, many cities also offer organized ghost walks that highlight some of the spookiest spots around their towns.
Discover Halifax’s spookier side with the Ghost Walk from Tattle Tours. Departing after dark from the Old Town Clock on Citadel Hill, the tour takes visitors to a cursed local bridge, the site of the city’s first murder, the grave of a Titanic victim and many other sites with a decidedly ghoulish bent.
Toronto is a city with more than 200 years of history, so it’s inevitable that among its many tales are a haunting or two. One of the city’s best known venues for ghost sightings is a Keg Steakhouse (515 Jarvis St, 416-964-6609) that happens to be located in a 19th-century mansion formerly occupied by members of the famed Massey family. Reputedly, the spirits of young children and domestic staff have been seen by unwitting waiters and diners alike.
If you’d rather not have dinner with your haunting, step into Toronto’s Old City Hall (60 Queen St W, 416-338-0338). It is rumoured that this building, now a municipal courthouse, is frequented by the ghosts of the last men condemned to hang in Canada.
Head to Fright Nights at Playland for creepy attractions, haunted houses and wandering ghosts, or you can catch a ride on the Stanley Park Hallowe’en Ghost Train–this year’s theme is “Alice in Nightmareland.”
You may catch a glimpse of something spooky while riding your bike around Lost Lake Park during the Halloween Mountain Bike Toonie Ride, October 28 at 5:30 pm.
Edmonton’s enchanting Old Strathcona district is home to a myriad of heritage buildings filled with spirits of the past. For a ghostly glance into Edmonton’s haunts, follow the award-winning tour guides at Edmonton Ghost Tours on their nighttime walks through Edmonton’s most bone-chilling locales.
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is a luxurious place to stay, eat or shop while in Banff, but is also known as one of the most haunted places in Canada. Eerie tales include a secret room, a tragic bride and the ghostly bellman Sam. Better yet, join historian Dave Moberg at the Whyte Museum, October 28 at 7 pm, to hear first hand tales of the hotel’s haunted legends.
Discover why Victoria is the most haunted city in B.C. with a Ghostly Walk, a fascinating 90-minute tour of the dark alleys, squares and private courtyards in Old Town, including Bastion Square, the ghostly heart of town, where public hangings took place in colonial days. In December you can learn about “the Ghosts of Christmas Past.”
There are many haunts in Calgary that are rumoured to be visited by unearthly beings–especially many of the city’s dining establishments. The Rose & Crown Pub off 17th Ave was formerly used as a funeral home, while former fire hall, the Hose & Hound in Inglewood has had sightings of a mischievous ghost monkey that likes to play with billiard balls, and The Deane House near Fort Calgary is thought to be one of the most haunted locals in the country and home to “supposed” tragic deaths in the past. You can hear (and maybe see) more during a Calgary Ghost Tour.
Learn about the seedy underbelly of the city during Haunted Walks of Ottawa. Offered nightly, these excursions include stops at the most eerie of places, including an old jail, death row, and the last working gallows in Canada’s history.