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From haunted houses and terrifying tombs to phantom ships and sinister streets, every province has its spooky spots. And while we don’t offer ghost insurance, we can tell you where to go to get goosebumps this Halloween. Read on, if you dare, and discover some of the most haunted and ghost places in Canada.

List of top 10 most haunted and ghost spots in Canada

1. Tranquille Sanatorium, Kamloops, B.C.

2. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta

3. Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Ontario

4. Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria

5. The Old Spaghetti Factory in Vancouver, BC

6. Keg Mansion, Toronto

7. St. Louis Ghost Train, Saskatchewan

8. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa

9. Plains of Abraham, Quebec City

10. HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel in Ottawa, Ontario

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What Are The Most Haunted Places In Canada?

1. Tranquille Sanatorium, Kamloops, B.C.

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Photo: InfoTel.ca

The foreboding ruins of the sprawling Tranquille Sanatorium outside Kamloops, B.C., are straight out of a nightmare. Originally built in 1907 as a treatment center for tuberculosis sufferers, it later served as a mental institution before ultimately being abandoned in the early ’80s. Echoes of its former residents seem to remain, however, as witnesses report off-the-charts paranormal activity, ranging from orbs to eerie disembodied moans. Before the pandemic derailed the 2020-2021 tourist seasons, you could tour the eerie location—surely one of the most haunted places in Canada—with a guide from Tranquille Farm Fresh, which now manages the site. For the truly fearless (or downright crazy), they even offered an escape room experience in the stygian tunnels that link the various buildings on the property.

2. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta

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This hotel was opened in 1888 and is known for its awesome views of the mountains and Banff National Park, but it's also a good place to look for ghosts! Some visitors and staff say they've seen a ghostly bride walking up and down one of the hotel's marble staircases. A couple of the rooms are supposed to have spirits that cause noises and otherwise make it hard for people to get a good sleep.

There's also said to be a more helpful ghost — Sam the Bellman, who loved his job so much that he sometimes returns to mysteriously assist guests with their luggage! The Banff ghosts are very famous — the Ghost Bride even got her own postage stamp and 25-cent coin in 2014!

3. Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Ontario

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Photo: Wikipedia

It’s the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes so of course, it has a ghost! Built of stone in 1908, the lighthouse kept watching from the Toronto Islands over Lake Ontario. It’s said to be haunted by its first lighthouse keeper. People have heard moaning noises coming from the lighthouse and seen a light there even though it’s been out of use for decades.

More logical people say that the noises are likely birds and that the light is just the moon reflecting off the glass at the top of the lighthouse, but those explanations really aren’t spooky at all.

4. Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria

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Photo: Pinterest

Built in the 1890s for coal miner Robert Dunsmuir and his family, this Victorian-era mansion has since become one of the most haunted places in Canada. Rumors of a piano that plays by itself and sightings of a ghostly woman in white have frequently been reported. Many attribute the castle’s supernatural proclivity to Dunsmuir’s untimely demise just a year before the building was completed.

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5. The Old Spaghetti Factory in Vancouver, BC

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Photo: Daily Hive

A hotspot in Gastown for families hungry for Italian favorites, this 1970’s building-turned-restaurant is said to be haunted by four ghosts. The most notable? The conductor of a trolley that’s part of the restaurant’s decor. He’s said to sit at the tables in the trolley, and employees report hearing other strange creaks and squeaks after hours too.

6. Keg Mansion, Toronto

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Photo: Wikipedia

Today, it’s one of many locations of the Keg steakhouse franchise, but the legendary Keg Mansion on Jarvis Street in Toronto was once the private residence of industrialist Hart Massey and his family. As legend has it, in 1915, after the death of Massey’s beloved only daughter, Lillian, one of the maids was so stricken by grief that she hung herself. Another version of the story involves the maid killing herself for fear her rumored affair with a Massey man would be revealed. Either way, the ghostly image of a maid hanging by her neck has been seen by more than one Keg visitor over the years.

7. St. Louis Ghost Train, Saskatchewan

Photo: Mike Sirota
Photo: Mike Sirota

Not all haunted spots are old buildings. In the village of St. Louis, Saskatchewan, an abandoned railroad track has been the site of some strange appearances. At night, a single light has been spotted traveling where the tracks used to be. Two high school students did a project on how the light may be a visual effect from a nearby highway. The girls won prizes at their science fair, but a lot of people still like to believe that the light is from a ghostly train following its lost tracks. The ghost train has its own spooky postage stamp too!

8. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa

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Photo: Agoda

Business Tycoon Charles Melville Hays commissioned the Fairmount Château Laurier but died tragically aboard the Titanic just days before the hotel’s grand opening in 1912. Hays’ spirit has since been rumored to be seen roaming throughout the property. Had we invested our time and money into crafting the lavish Château, only to die mere days before its completion, we’d likely be inclined to return as well?

9. Plains of Abraham, Quebec City

Photo: Richard Wong Photography
Photo: Richard Wong Photography

In 1759, British forces under Major General James Wolfe staged a three-month siege of Quebec City, culminating in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. Being the location of one of the most famous battles in Canadian history, it’s no wonder it’s no one of the most haunted places in Canada, with numerous sightings of ghostly soldiers appearing throughout the fields and tunnels. Both Wolfe and French Major General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm died in the battle—and we can’t help but wonder whether their spirits are still battling it out to this day.

10. HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel in Ottawa, Ontario

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Photo: Hostelling International

Would you ever choose to sleep in an old jail? Well, many people at this hostel do. If you’re keen to potentially get woken up by a ghost or sleep where criminals once did, this is your spot. Called one of the top 10 spookiest buildings in the world by Lonely Planet, it’s not surprising that there are several reports of ghostly figures and haunting noises here. Plus, the hostel plays it up by offering haunting tours for its guests. Check out Haunted Walk of Ottawa for more details.

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