The spooky, scary, and downright startling season of Halloween is finally upon us, and there’s no better way to get into the spirit than by checking out some seriously haunted spots.
Luckily enough for you (though not for a few murder victims-turned ghosts, if the stories are to be believed), Alberta is full of allegedly haunted places that only the truly brave would dare venture into.
If you’re looking to take on one or all of these haunts we’ve got you covered, as we’ve put them all into this handy list for you to check out.
Be safe out there, and remember to bring a flashlight!
At least three ghost stories are told about Deane House, perhaps the most haunted building in town. People have told of seeing a mysterious man with a pipe, an Indigenous man telling trespassers to leave the grounds, while others have heard laughter in the halls. Built for the Superintendent of Fort Calgary, the home has seen stabbings, suicides, and peculiar deadly accidents over the years.
It is said that the Bowman Arts Centre is haunted by a young girl who cries from the women’s restroom — though no one has confirmed if her name happens to be “Moaning Myrtle.”
Now located at Heritage Park, the Prince House is certainly the most haunted looking of the buildings on our list. Peter Prince’s home used to be located in Eau Claire (Prince’s Island) and while he was a flourishing businessman, his wives had a notorious habit of dying. He lost three wives in a decade, one of them being Emma Prince who died of tuberculosis and was confined to the attic.
From Fire Hall to community centre to fine dining restaurant, the Hose and Hound has seen many different uses over the years. One constant, however, are the ghosts that have been around since the very beginning, when the legendary Cappy Smart was Fire Chief here.
An old formal hotel is the perfect setting for all sorts of stories including apparitions that have reportedly been seen wandering the halls of the century-old Fairmont Palliser.
This classic sandstone building was once home to Senator James Alexander Lougheed. There are numerous ghost stories to be told about Lougheed House, a popular place for weddings. The most frequent sees patrons spotting a translucent couple dancing in the ballroom.
The Calgary Stampede is home to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, but is it also home to spirits not of this world? There have been reports of apparitions, strange noises, and hollow footsteps attributed to a construction worker that died during the facility’s construction.
There are multiple ghosts haunting the Banff Springs Hotel, if the stories are to be believed. From a bride in a full wedding gown – who died on her wedding day by breaking her neck in the hotel – to the retired bellhop, Sam Macauley, who haunts the floors in full uniform.
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The nearly 100-year-old building is apparently haunted by multiple ghosts, including a spirit of a teacher from the 1960s and Al Gersbach, who is said to haunt the Francis Frazier Constock Theatre Building and occasionally appear on random playbills.
– With files from Buzz Bishop