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Top 11 Scariest Haunted Houses In Canada

1. Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Toronto, Ontario

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Gibraltar Point is a white hexagonal tower, 62 feet high, with an iron lantern, 8 feet 8 inches in diameter, containing 11 mammoth flat-wick lamps, and two 18-inch and nine 15-inch reflectors, and is a while fixed catoptric light, which can be seen 18 miles in clear weather.

In 1815, John Paul Radelmüller the first lighthouse keeper at the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse was murdered by some drunken soldiers from Fort York who came to him one night to “collect” bootlegged beer. Apparently, things didn’t go as planned and John was murdered because of beer. His spirit can to this day still be seen lurking around the lighthouse, looking for the perfect time to take his revenge.

2. Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria

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Located a short drive or a leisurely walk from the downtown harbour, just off Fort Street at 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC, Canada, Craigdarroch Castle is a beautiful historic Victorian-era mansion. It is now owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and almost totally funded by its 150,000 annual visitors.

Built in the 1890s for coal miner Robert Dunsmuir and his family, this Victorian-era mansion has since become one of most haunted places in Canada. Rumours 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.

3. The Marr Residence, Saskatoon, Sask

A small white home with a blue roof surrounded by trees and a white fence.

One of the ghosts in this haunted house is said to be an angry man. The man likes tormenting any women who visit the house!

No one is sure if this furious ghost used to live in the house or was a patient during its days as a field hospital in 1885.

Known as The Marr Residence, this is the oldest building that's still in its same location in all of Saskatoon. It was actually there before the city was even founded!

With a house that old, maybe it's no surprise that people say they've experienced ghosts there! Be careful if you go near this one. Do you think you'd even make it to the second floor?

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4. Keg Mansion, Toronto, Ontario

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 fears her rumoured 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.

5. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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Another iconic Vancouver haunted tale involves a ghostly apparition of a lady in red who allegedly appears at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

A woman, Jennie Pearl Cox, reportedly died in a car crash on Burrard and Georgia Streets in front of the hotel. Rumour has it Cox enjoyed lavish parties where she would wear elegant ballroom dresses.

According to the more widely circulated stories about Cox, she tends to enjoy hanging out on the 14th floor, wearing a beautiful red dress.

6. Knox United Church, Calgary

While Knox United Church in Calgary is known to be haunted, although evil spirits don’t inhabit it. In fact, the ghosts that roam this church have been spotted knitting and praying.

The most shocking ghost story from Knox United Church is that of an organist who reported having their hand slapped by a spirit for playing incorrectly.

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7. Tranquille Sanatorium, Kamloops, B.C.

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 centre 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.

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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. – Brett Walther

8. Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario

The Titanic isn’t just a tragic story of two lovers; the great ship that sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean is also the watery grave of a Canadian business tycoon, Charles Melville Hays. Before his death, Charles commissioned the Fairmont Château, but few days prior to the grand opening of the Château, with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, he died.

Since then there have been creepy rumors of Mr. Hays spirit roaming throughout the Fairmont property his ghost spooking unsuspecting visitors. Then again who wouldn’t be eternally attached to a property after an investment they never got to see?

9. Hatley Castle, Victoria, B.C.

A large building that resembles a castle. It has dark and light grey bricks with stairs leading up to the building. A fountain is in front of the stairs.

Imagine being in an empty study, and all of a sudden hearing a record play. That's what people say happens at this haunted house!

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There have also been reports of doors and windows opening and closing all on their own!

In 1910, Hatley Castle was the home of B.C.'s lieutenant-governor James Dunsmuir and his family. But in 1915, the Dunsmuir's son, who had joined the war, died in a sinking ship called the RMS Lusitania.

His parents never recovered from his death.

Today, it is said the Dunsmuir family is still at Hatley Castle, as ghosts! It's the Dunsmuir's son playing his favourite record in the study. When the castle was used as rooming for a military college, cadets used to see Laura, the mother. She would be in their rooms at night!

Although these haunted houses are open to the public, make sure to check if you need an appointment to visit!

10. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta

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We can’t exhaust the haunted house list without mentioning the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in western Canada. This Alberta hotel has several terrifying ghostly stories including a beautiful bride who died falling from the hotel’s marble staircase, a family that was killed in room 873 and Sam McAuley, a retired head bellman who still haunts the hotel till date. If you’re feeling particularly brave this Halloween season book your spooktacular stay at this haunted hotel.

11. The Old Spaghetti Factory, Vancouver, B.C

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When you experience unexplainable cold drafts and mysteriously rearranged table setting, it is certainly a sign of supernatural activity. The old spaghetti factory is a restaurant franchise that can be found all over Canada.

The one in Vancouver is built on the top of an old underground railway track, and is haunted by a dead conductor that likes to cause the strange table setting arrangement and the cold air present within this restaurant’s walls.

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