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5 spooky Canadian hotels for autumn staycations

11.18.2014
Topic Canadian Travel

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In a country as vast as Canada, there are bound to be some spooky places to seek out.

It turns out many of these allegedly haunted spots happen to be hotels, and a significant portion of those spooky accommodations are in the Fairmont Hotel chain.

Get yourself a travel insurance policy and a bright flashlight, then book a stay in one of these creepy Canadian hotels.

1. Fairmont Algonquin Hotel in Saint Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick
The hotel opened in 1889 and has since been deemed a haunted establishment. Room 473 in particular has been the topic of many ghost stories - in fact, it's called the bride's room. Guests have reported hearing a woman crying, perhaps because she was left at the alter, Travel Squire magazine explained. It's also been said that an older woman sometimes rearranges the table settings in the dining room at night.

Some of the hotel's attractive features - besides the alleged supernatural qualities - are saltwater baths and the chance to hear Algonquin storytellers by an outdoor fire pit, according to Coastal Living magazine.

2. Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia
This spooky hotel, built in 1939, is known for its lady in red, a ghoulish woman who's been seen on the 14th floor. According to Where Canada, her name is Jennie Pearl Cox, a young lady who spent her evenings dancing at ballroom parties before her death in 1944. It's also been reported that the hotel elevator randomly stops on the 14th floor when that button hadn't been pushed. Or had it?

3. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Calgary, Alberta

With property large enough to accommodate almost 800 guest rooms, a therapy pool, a spa, tennis courts, a bowling alley and a golf course, it might not be surprising that Fairmont Banff Springs allegedly has two ghoulish residents. Sam the bellman has been spotted often over the years, whether he's helping carry bags or silently greeting guests. People have reported seeing an older Scottish man dressed in outdated clothes around the hotel, a description that fits the hotel employee who passed away in the 1970s.

It's also been said that there's a ghostly bride who dances around the Cascade Ballroom. The story goes that she fell to her death on the back staircase before her wedding banquet.

4. Fairmont La Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Quebec
This United Nations World Heritage Site sits inside the walls of Old Quebec, where it was built in the late 1800s. Two ghosts have been reported at Fairmont Frontenac, but you'll have to see for yourself.

The first is the spirit of Louis de Baude, a 17th-century governor of New France who died while waiting for his fiancee to join him at the hotel. Rumour has it, he still wanders around looking for her. There have also been claims of an elderly woman who has long hair and wears a nightgown spending time around guest rooms, even in the beds.

5. Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Columbia
Built in the beginning of the 20th century, the Fairmont Empress is now a National Historic Site of Canada. With two instances of remodeling and expansion during the first 30 years of the century, it's not surprising that one of the reported ghosts is a carpenter who remains dangling from the rafter where he took his own life.

The magnificent hotel is located on the inner harbour and is brimming with spirits, according to West Coast Living Canada. Check into a room and see if you're visited by Lizzie McGrath, a maid who allegedly fell to her death years ago but remains at the hotel to continue cleaning. There have also been reports of the ghost of Sir Francis Rattenbury, the hotel's architect, wandering about the grounds. This is an interesting observation, considering Rattenbury actually passed away across the pond in London, rather than on Empress soil.