The Hycroft Mansion, located in the uber upper class neighbourhood of Shaughnessy, is a 20,000 square foot well documented home for paranormal activity in Vancouver. Supposedly there are seven ghosts that peruse the halls of this 30 room abode, yes 30, that my friends is a real mansion.
The home is known for its many secret panels, which were believed to be used to by the family to store their valuable heirlooms. If you were to pass by this house on any given day you most likely would not be spooked. It definitely doesn’t give off the haunted house vibe that some of the more heritage style Vancouver homes do, especially on a dark, rainy Vancouver night (see Commercial Drive homes to see what I’m talking about).
Hycroft Mansion was built for politician and war hero General Alexander Duncan McRae in the early 1900’s and the house was routinely the host to many high society parties back in the day. Numerous sightings of an elderly man dressed in a World War I uniform have been reported over the years, which is believed to be the spirit of General McRae. Another ghostly figure is that of a lady, who is said to be the wife of the General.
That explains two of the seven reported ghost sightings. During World War II, the mansion was used as a veterans’ hospital. Apparitions of three veterans have been seen, in addition a ghostly figure, which is believed to be the head nurse. The final apparition is known simply as the “crying man” as sounds of a crying man have been heard by many people in one of the lower floor rooms.
The ghosts that reside at Hycroft Mansion seem to only appear when film crews are shooting on location, especially shows that focus on paranormal activity such as the X-Files. The paranormal activity stops when parties or receptions are held at the mansion as the ghosts are probably to be busy getting there groove on.
Today, the Hycroft Mansion is owned by the University Women’s Club of Vancouver. The house is open to the public on special occasions; we at Vancity Buzz will attempt to do some paranormal investigation soon or maybe not, we’re busy people, ha!