Canada’s most haunted places
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 places in Canada.
1. Simon McTavish’s Tomb
Ruthless 19th century businessman Simon McTavish is rumoured to haunt his tomb atop Mount Royal Cemetery. The mogul’s resting place was buried years ago using rubble from his demolished house. Even so, mean old McTavish has been spotted dancing by his grave and even tobogganing down the hill in his coffin. No word on whether or not he wore a “tuque.”
2. Fulford Place
This allegedly haunted mansion belonged to wealthy politician George Taylor Fulford, who made his millions on “Pink Pills for Pale People.” After George’s death, his wife Mary began holding regular seances. Fun fact: Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King was a regular attendee! Mary is said to haunt the manor, glaring down from portraits on the walls.
3. Firkins House
Fort Edmonton Park, Alberta
It’s said the Firkins House is haunted by not one, but three, ghosts. The first is a floating woman in a white dress. The second is a sickly little boy. The third, and possibly most terrifying, is a ventriloquist’s dummy that can mysteriously materialize inside cupboards and even move around on its own.
4. Waterfront Station
Vancouver, British Columbia
Of the thousands that pass through this historic train station each year, a few may be ghosts. Among them, a Jazz Age flapper that dances down hallways and harasses security guards, a headless brakeman who continues to make repairs, and the spirits of three little old ladies who sit waiting for a train that never arrives.
5. Baie des Chaleurs Phantom Ship
Bathurst, New Brunswick
This eerie ghost ship is said to appear as a glowing arc of light in the bay. Legend says it’s the spectre of a burning pirate ship. In some versions, the fire was punishment for abducting a lady. In others, it was the revenge of a murdered sailor. Though some speculate the apparition is really just natural gas.
6. King’s Playhouse
Georgetown, Prince Edward Island
The old theatre is believed to be haunted by Captain George, a (mostly) friendly ghost. The spirit is so well liked that the theatre reserves a front row seat for him at every performance. But sometimes George oversteps his welcome. He’s been known to grab people’s hands at shows and even crashed a wedding a few years ago.
7. Victoria Street
St. John’s, Newfoundland
This historic street may look quaint, but some accounts say it’s riddled with ghosts. People have seen ghostly cigarette smokers and spectral orbs and heard haunted knocking and blood-curdling screams. You name it. This colourful row of houses has more paranormal reports per block than anywhere else in the city.
8. Five Fishermen Restaurant
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Get your fish ’n chips with a side order of frights at this popular family eatery. Before it was a restaurant, the building was a funeral home for victims of the 1912 Titanic sinking and 1917 Halifax explosion. Now, diners and staff say the restaurant is home to pesky poltergeists who show up without reservations.
Do you have a favorite Halloween haunt in Canada that we didn’t cover in this list? Let us know in the comments section!