Canada is well known for being a rather happy, beautiful, and calm place to visit. Their tourism industry is in full gear and you can see everything from a hotel made of ice to Canada’s Wonderland Amusement Park, and even a giant moose sculpture. They have yummy treats like Beaver Tails and maple syrup, and the weather really isn’t that bad…just make sure to bring a sweater, just in case. Canada is a happy place full of kind and generous people who are more than eager to welcome visitors.
They’re relentlessly proud of their heritage, country, and the interesting landmarks that can be found trailing from one end to the other. But most people would be pleasantly surprised to discover that the quiet country which rests above the States actually harbors horrifying legends of murder, suicide, and tragic deaths all wrapped up in bone-chilling locations that anyone can visit…if you’re brave enough. Everything from train collisions to dismembered lighthouse keepers can be found on this list.
So check out these destinations with gruesome legends attached, and start creating your Canada hit list for your next trip!
10. Blue Ghost Tunnel
Formally known as The Grand Truck Railway Tunnel, the historic site is located in Thorold, ON. It was built as a means for trains to travel and pass over the canal but only remained operational for 39 years. Why, you ask? Seems like a waste of effort and resources to build such a thing only to abandon it. Well, the answer lies in the gruesome tale of a fatal train crash in 1913. Tow speeding locomotives met head on in the tunnel. Thankfully, the conductors of both trains were unharmed, but the engineers were far from it. One, found pressed between two boilers, was so morbidly mangled that his limbs simply fell off when responders tried to remove him. The other engineer was found with over 90% of his body burned and melted away from a tipped boiler. The scene was horrific and the now historical site is home to tales of murder, suicide, and other ghost sightings.
9. Peggy’s Cove
Peggy’s Cove in a Canadian treasure. It’s home to cozy and quaint villages, tea houses, and some of the best seafood chowder you’ll ever taste. But it’s also the site of impending death as its rocky shores and rough waves claim the lives of careless onlookers every year. There are signs everywhere to caution visitors to stay away from the rough edges of the ocean. But one story anchors the site as a heartbreakingly haunted location. In the early 1800s, a man slipped and fell to his death. His wife, Margaret, committed suicide not long after, consumed by her grief. To this day, she can be seen standing on the dangerous shores with her blue dress blowing in the wind.
8. The Keg Mansion
Located in the heart of the city of Toronto, it’s well known as one of the original Keg Steakhouse locations. The Keg Mansion is a sight to behold and visitors come from all over to dine in the old world atmosphere. But before it was a popular restaurant, it was the home of industrialist Hart Massey and his family in the late 1800s-early 1900s. Massey had but one daughter, his beloved Lillian. She was a great woman who conquered the world of women’s rights and paved the way for future female industrialists. After her husband died, Lilian grew weak and soon succumbed to her death. One of her maids was so grief stricken by Lilian’s death that she threw up a noose and hung herself in the stairway. This was the reported story, but rumours state that the maid was having an affair with a Massey man and she feared it would be revealed.
7. Montgomery Falls
In the mid-1700s, a young couple who were madly in love just finished up planning their elaborate wedding. But before the two couple could tie the knot, he got called to war and fought during the Battle of Montgomery Falls. Sadly, he met his make during the fight and his fiancé lost herself in sorrow. She reportedly began to show signs of losing her mind and worried her friends and family. Then, one dark and rainy night, she suited up in her wedding gown and jumped off of the Montgomery Falls bridge where she fell to her death. Now this has spurred Canada’s own version of the Lady in White, a common ghost tale across the world. Often, she can be seen near the bridge, her tattered wedding dress puddling around her.
6. The Fairmont Springs Hotel
The grandeur hotel, located in the Rocky Mountains of Banff, AB, is one of Canada’s most haunted buildings. There are tons of reported incidences which have spurred ghost stories today, but one stands out amongst the rest because of how the hotel acts towards it. Back in the early 1900s, a family of four were staying in room 873. The details are fuzzy and note well documented, but one thing is for certain…the family was brutally murdered. After news of the incident calmed down, guests in that room began to experience horrible things. Screaming in your ears, being shaken awake, knocks from inside the closets, the list goes on. When the staff is asked about the room they deny anything of the sort. To top it all off, during a recent renovation of the hotel, room 873 was completely gutted and expanded to include room 875, ridding the hotel of 873 for good. It’s the only room in the massive structure to have been expanded that way, too. Sounds fishy, if you ask me.
5. Pointe Levis
Marie-Josephte Corriveau, aka La Corriveau, was a young woman who came to Canada and settled in Quebec back in the early 1700s. She married young, 16 to be exact, and apparently marriage just wasn’t for poor Marie. She unforgivingly murdered her husband and tried to blame the crime on her father. During a trial, he was excused and Marie was found guilty. Rather than carrying out the usual form of punishment, the French decided to make an example out of her. Marie was sentenced to death by hanging and afterward her limp body was cast in an iron body cage to be strung by Pointe Levis for the whole town to witness. For days, she hung there until citizens began to complain about the smell and graphic nature. Her body, along with the iron cage, was buried nearby. But there are regular sightings of Marie in the area, rattling the heavy cage as she drags her body towards you.
4. The Fairmont Chateau Laurier
The stunning structure that sits in the heart of Ottawa is one of Canada’s most lucrative hotels. And it’s probably the exact way the original owner wanted it to be. Major business tycoon Charles Melville began building the hotel with grandeur in mind. He wanted to attract a high class of guests and build a name for himself as a hotel entrepreneur. But, sadly, Charles was one of the poor souls aboard the Titanic and he died at sea with the vessel. But his obsession must have paired with his spirit because reports of his ghost can be seen lurking the grounds of the chateau all of the time. Poor guy, he had a dream. Can you blame him for wanting to see it through?
3. Citadel Hill
This one is a sad tale of love and loss, two key ingredients of any juicy ghost story. The Grey Lady is an entity that can be seen roaming the historical site of Citadel Hill in downtown Halifax, NS. Tours and event center around her story and you can be guided around the area in search of the sorrowful lady. Legend states that The Grey Lady committed suicide after losing her husband during the war. She’s often reported being seen with a flowing grey dress and a distinct aroma of roses can be found in the air.
2. Old Spaghetti Factory
This spunky restaurant was built above a section of an infamous underground railroad in Vancouver, BC. Guests say that you can feel cold updrafts from the floor, items on the table suddenly move, and figures can be seen in the windows at night after the restaurant has closed. The creepiest part of this haunting tale? An old railroad conductor apparently died in that section of the train tracks and it’s his ghost that lurks the building. There’s even a vintage photograph hung inside the restaurant as part of the décor. The image shows the end of a caboose and a small, metal stairway. If you look closely, you can see the faint image of a man, the conductor, standing on the stairs.
1. Gibraltar Lighthouse
Canada is well known for its lighthouses. As a country with a lot of coastal communities, it’s just natural that they have so many. But there’s one lighthouse in particular that draws attention from tourists. The Gibraltar Lighthouse on Lake Ontario near the Toronto Islands. The very first lighthouse keeper, Radan Miller was brutally murdered by a band of bootleggers. Not only did they kill the poor guy, they mangled his body and dismembered it before burying the pieces throughout the grounds. To this day, loud, wailing moans of pain can be heard coming from the empty structure. It was quite a while before they could find a replacement lighthouse keeper to stay longer than a few weeks. They all claimed to be haunted by Radan’s tortured ghost.