Tour Canada’s top 5 haunted landmarks using Street View

Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, B.C. Google Street View

Canadians can visit some of Canada’s spookiest spots, right from their desktops.

On the eve of Halloween, Google Canada has rounded up a Street View list of the country’s top five haunted landmarks, from B.C. to Quebec.

5th Place

 Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta: Hotel staff and visitors have reported plenty of ghostly experiences at the mountain town’s historic ‘castle’.

Spooks believed to haunt the hotel include a young bride who broke her neck and died on her wedding day, and wanders the hotel in her wedding dress.

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Some have also reported seeing the ghost of an elderly bellhop named Sam Macauley, who dons his full uniform.  He died right after announcing his retirement.

4th Place 

 Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario: This grand hotel next to Parliament Hill is reportedly haunted by the ghost of business tycoon Charles Melville Hays.

Hays commissioned the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, but never saw its opening in 1912 because days earlier, he died tragically on board the Titanic.

Some hotel employees and guests believe his spirit returned and never left, and has been responsible for strange noises and spooky sightings at the hotel every since.

3rd Place

 Plains of Abraham, Quebec City: Hundreds of soldiers were killed or wounded in the famous 1759 battle on this field in Quebec City.
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Since then, there have been many reported sightings of the spirits of soldiers on the Plains of Abraham.  Some have even said they smelled cannon smoke and heard ghostly echoes of the sounds of battle.

2nd Place

Keg Mansion House, Toronto, Ontario: It’s now a restaurant, but the Keg Mansion was once the home to the Massey family.

As the story goes, the family’s maid hung herself in the front foyer.

Restaurant goers describe spotting the ghost of the maid hanging from a rope, and hearing the pitter patter of children’s feet along the second floor.

1st Place

 Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria, B.C.: Google Street View ranks this National Historic Site as the number one spookiest landmark in Canada.
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Even from the outside, the 124-year old house looks like it could be the focus of a Hollywood horror flick. 

Craigdarroch Castle is perched on a hill over-looking the B.C. capital and once belonged to Robert Dunsmuir, a Canadian coal baron in the late 1800s.

Rumours of paranormal activity in the castle include sightings of a woman in white, objects that move on their own and ghostly piano-playing.  You can actually take a Street View tour of the castle.


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