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Have you ever met Sam the Bellman? Or how about The Lady in Red? Or attended a ballroom party filled with ghosts?

If so, you’re not alone! Here are 7 hotels in Canada that have legendary haunted tales that are sure to make you quiver.

1. The “Lady in Red” at The Fairmont Hotel (Vancouver)

We start close to home, with the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown Vancouver. Since 1939, the chateau establishment has been home for visitors from all over the world. During the 1930’s and 1940’s, a lady by the name of Jennie Pearl Cox was a ballroom regular at the Fairmont, prior to her death in a car crash outside the hotel in 1944.

Since then, legend has it that the spirit of Cox, also known as “The Lady in Red”, can be seen roaming the halls of the 14th floor (or is it really the 13th?). To make matters even spookier, the hotel’s elevator is known to make stops on the 14th floor, without even being requested!

2. Sam the Bellman and The Blushing Bride at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Banff)

This Canadian landmark, which has been around since 1888, is home to two spooky residents.

The first is “Sam the Bellman”, a former employee of the hotel who retired in 1967. Sam promised to return to the hotel, but died a few years after his retirement. Legend has it, that Sam did indeed return to the hotel and can be seen today in his 1960’s classic hotel uniform. Sam is especially fond of late night arrivals and guests who lose their keys. So if you’re checking into this hotel, arrive in the afternoon and hold on tight to your room key!

The second guest is a blushing bride from the 1920’s. As she was descending down the grand stairwell of the hotel, her veil caught on fire from the candles that lined the staircase. As she began to panic, the bride fell down the long stairwell to her unfortunate death. Since then, guests have complained about odd noises coming from the bridal suite and she can often be seen a top of the stairwell in her wedding dress, before quickly vanishing away.

3. Emily Carr at The James Bay Inn (Victoria)

Famous Group of Seven painter, Emily Carr, is one of Canada’s most famous and recognized artists. On March 2, 1945, Carr died at the James Bay Inn in Victoria, British Columbia. Since that day, the hotel bar is said to be haunted by anyone who criticizes Carr’s artwork.

4. The Unwanted Guest in Room 202 at Fort Garry Hotel (Winnipeg)

If you’re looking to have your honeymoon in Winnipeg (and why wouldn’t you!), be sure to stay away from room 202 at the Fort Garry Hotel! According to the legend, there is a cloaked figure that stands at the foot of the bed in room 202. Also, hotel workers often complain about weird noises and disturbances throughout the second floor. Perhaps the 13th floor isn’t always the spookiest floor in the hotel!

5. Ghost Party at the Royal York Hotel (Toronto)

Looking for a good party while you’re in Toronto? The Penthouse suite at the Royal York Hotel is said to hold a Grand Crystal Ballroom, which often hosts loud and outrageous parties. The only catch: None of the party guests are actually alive.

The Ballroom has been permanently shutdown after failing to meet fire code regulations, however there are times when the service elevator still goes all the way up to this floor, even though it has been closed off. Guests who stay on the floor below the Penthouse often complain about noise, music, and talking coming from the above floor. Chandeliers are also known to shake, adding to the legend that the hotel guests are not alone.

6. Knock Knock at the Hotel Rialto (Victoria)

It’s generally rude practice to knock on someone’s door and then quickly run away. However, that’s exactly what happens at the Hotel Rialto. The hotel was built in 1911, and has become a staple in the downtown Victoria area.

 Behind the front desk, lies the only door that leads in and out of the basement of the hotel. On occasion, employees will hear a knock coming from inside. However, upon opening the door, they find that there is nobody there on the other side. To tie this haunted spook story into a nice little bow, the basement of the Hotel was once a morgue. Creepy enough for you?

7. Passengers from the Titanic at the Chateau Laurier (Ottawa)

In 1912, the Chateau Laurier became the first ever Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) hotel, and was commissioned by Charles Melville Hays. Prior to the opening of the hotel, Hays and some of his men travelled to Europe to pick out the furniture that would be used in the hotel.

On the way back, they hopped aboard the Titanic, and the rest is history. Since then, Hays is said to be seen throughout the hotel, as he has made the Chateau Laurier his new home. Guests and employees often time complain about rattling walls and moving objects, which legend believes are due to the ghosts of Hays’ men, who also died on the Titanic.


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