With snow on the ground, a nip in the air and more prematurely announced holiday events than we can even count, we find ourselves forgetting almost every other day that it’s still October! Spooky month is still alive and well if only in spirit, but in case you’re not feeling the black magic anymore, we thought we’d share 10 haunted places that you can actually visit in Alberta.
The Deane House, which was built in 1906, is now a tourist destination, wedding venue and restaurant. However, despite its cozy exterior, it has reportedly been the site of several suicides, murders and many deadly accidents. Only two deaths have been confirmed over the years, but guests and employees would beg to differ.
Where: 806 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Calgary’s Rose and Crown Pub really puts the “Boo” in booze. Before it was a popular Calgary happy hour destination, the building was actually a funeral home. They’ve obviously redecorated since the 1920s when it was first built, but according to staff a fresh coat of paint wasn’t enough to send the ghosties away.
Where: 1503 4 St. SW, Calgary
The Atlas Coal Mine in East Coulee Alberta was originally owned and operated by the Patrick family who tragically lost their son Billie – quite literally. As the story goes, Billie wandered off into the mine alone but never came back. Despite a mass search, the boy was never found. Since then, he has been seen by visitors and staff alike laughing and playing on the grounds.
Where: 110 Century Drive W, East Coulee, AB
Known as Alberta’s “Hospital of Horrors” Charles Camsell was originally founded in 1914 as an all-boys academy. In the years that followed, it was converted into a WWII as a base for American Army Engineers while they built the Alaska Highway, then most notably, a tuberculosis hospital where several indigenous people were sent and mistreated, or to put it more accurately, abused. After the slow of the deadly disease, the province recommissioned it as a general hospital of which it remained until 1993 when it was emptied out and abandoned.
Where: 12804 114 Avenue, Edmonton
Edmonton’s Princess Theatre – the oldest standing movie theatre- was originally designed and built for the vaudeville acts of 1915. It was successful for a year but then fell into an economic slump. In order to bring in revenue, the owners recommissioned the top few floors as an apartment building, many of which are now considered to be riddled with bad spirits and stories of betrayal and grief.
Where: 10337 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
Originally owned by Senator James Alexander Lougheed and his wife Lady Isabella Hardisty Lougheed, this Calgary destination is now a popular wedding and events venue. Over the years, staff and guests alike have reported seeing a phantom couple dancing through the ballroom, although no one is really sure who it may be or why they’re still there.
Where: 707 13 Ave SW, Calgary
Despite early warnings by other locals who refused to even camp in the area, the town now knowns as Frank Slide was built under what many had literally called “the mountain that moves.” Unfortunately, in 1903, due to a cold, wet winter and a mine that had been build into the unstable structure, the inevitable happened and nearly 90 residents were tragically lost to what is still considered the deadliest rockslide in Canadian history.
Where: AB-3, Crowsnest Pass, AB
Edmonton’s Concordia University was originally founded in 1921 as a college for young men. Though no one is really sure who it is, the school is said to be haunted by a previous professor who is often seen roaming the hallways. Many current students even report hearing a phantom choir in the boy’s dormitory.
Where: 7128 Ada Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB
Since it opened to the public in 1888, the Banff Springs Hotel has seen history, celebrity, and rebuilds, but it’s also seen tragedy. Millions of guests have checked in, but a few, have never checked out. Some even believe that they still roam the halls of the iconic concrete castle in the Rockies today.
Where: 405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB
The Prince House in Heritage Park is one of the few places in Alberta that honestly looks just as creepy on the outside as many claim it to be on the inside. The house, which has an unsettling appearance was actually located in Eau Claire before being moved to the park. Originally owned by Peter Prince, the home is said to be haunted by the 3 ghosts of his late wives – one of which died of tuberculosis after being confined to the attic.
Where: Heritage Park, Calgary, AB
Well, there you have it, ghouls. 10 haunted places that you can actually visit in Alberta. Hopefully, that helps you guys get back into the mood and ready to take on the next two weeks of frights, freaks, Halloween candy and horror movies.
Creep it real, friends!
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