The Top 100 Haunted Places in Canada – 1-10

 

 

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Number Ten – Haunted Places in Canada

Winnipeg, Manitoba, WRHA Office (Former Winnipeg General Hospital)


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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  4.5

Status – Government Office

Investigation Ease – 2

 

History

The Winnipeg General Hospital was established in 1843 and was originally a wooden building. By the 20th Century it was replaced with stone buildings and was a fairly large campus – the picture below is it in 1910. It has now been replaced by a Winnipeg Regional Health Sciences Office but hauntings left over from the hospital still plague this site. It is highly likely that other structures that occupy the former grounds of the hospital also have paranormal activity.

The Misericordia Hospital became the General Hospital in 1916.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

Apparitions of of former staff and patients. Phantom footsteps have been heard both in the halls and in the rooms – footsteps that cease immediately once someone living enters the area they are in. There have been phantom phone calls from the phone in the old elevator yet no one is there when the call is answered and phone has been completely undisturbed and covered in dust. Unexplained bangs, crashes and other loud noises have been reported. Other activity: electronic disturbances, light anomalies and the feeling of being watched.

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Contact Information

Address: 189 Evanson St

Phone Number: (204) 940-6660

 

 

Number Nine – Haunted Places in Canada

Coquitlam, British Columbia, Riverview Hospital (BC Mental Health and Addiction Services)


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Chance of Paranormal Activity – 4.5

Status -Partially Functional Hospital, Public Land (Municipal Park)

Investigation Ease – 3

 

History

Opened in 1913 (although patients were housed previously in temporary structures) with 300 male patients housed in what is now called “West Lawn”. A farm was also run on site, mostly by patient labour. An arboretum, nursery and botanical garden was also created on the grounds for their therapeutic effect on the patients. In 1924 an Acute Psychopathic Unit “Centre Lawn” and in 1930 a female unit “East Lawn” were opened. This was followed by the opening in 1934 of a Veteran’s Unit “Crease Clinic” and in 1955 a Tuberculosis Clinic “North Lawn” were opened.  The 50′s marked the highest patient population at over 4,500.

In 1983 both West Lawn and the farm were closed due to cutbacks – a large portion of the farmland was later sold by the Province and became a residential housing development. In 1992 the Crease Clinic was closed followed by the East Lawn building in  2005 and North Lawn in 2007. The provincial government has since ruled there will no more housing developments built and the site is to be saved. Part of the site still functions as a psychiatric hospital with 256 beds. This site is patrolled by security 24/7.

This location has been featured in many movies and is called “the most filmed filmed site in all of Canada”.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

Apparitions of former patients and staff, shadow figures, the tunnels beneath the hospital are said to be so filled with energy they are nearly impossible to enter, feelings of being watched, general unease, not being wanted and being followed, phantom footsteps, disembodied voices, objects being moved on their own including doors and windows being opened and closed, touches, pokes and tugs by invisible presences and light anomalies.

Testimonial

From Caz

Thank you to Caz.

For some unknown reason I cannot email you back so I wanted to post a thank you here.

“Came across the site “Haunted North America” and it asked if I knew anyone or if I had any paranormal experiences in the place. I was an actor on a film there back in 2004. We shot in the west lawn building and crease clinic. When I was not needed in set, was exploring the entire building, sometimes just me, other times with a couple other cast members. I had more than one bad feeling, and two separate visual encounters.

Two out of five floors Were the ones that got me. The basement tunnels. And the 4th floor. In the basement, I saw didn’t physically see anything. but I felt cold rushes. Bad presences and it did feel like I was being watched. On the 4th floor however… This being between midnight
and 2 am over the period of six days… more than once after midnight at the same corridor on the 4th floor, the corridor would be completely dark, only the red glow of an EXIT sign at the far end of the hall. It would always If i would stand there long enough, I would see what appeared to be a transparent dog. running toward me, but disappearing into nothing before it got half way toward me. I didn’t believe it at first until I saw it three separate nights in the same corridor. I brought my camera everywhere and one night i took what appears to be a picture of a ghost. I said it probably just some kind of interference like maybe the movement of a camera, but the building liaison was on set while we were filming. I told him where I took
the picture and he said it was called the “Candy Lady Ghost” The first two pics attached are the ghost pictures I took.
All the lights in the entire building were out except on the first floor where we were filming. I’d had no luck shooting pics with the flash, so I turned the flash OFF to see if I’d come up with anything. this one room, I’d walked into was completely PITCH black. No light whatsoever. I felt COLD as soon as I stepped inside the doorway. I took a picture. and what I took was a completely black room but orange light EVERYWHERE and when i looked at the picture close up,it almost looks like you can see two eyes staring back at you. I have attached these pics for you to view. as well as some pics from inside the hospital. The last picture attached is of what the liaison called “The lady bug room” … this room scared the shit right out of me. the picture is nothing special as it just a picture of door from the corridor. but what you’ll notice about the door is there is NO DOORKNOB. The strangest thing about this room which was also on the
4th floor.. is that it was the only door in the entire building (And I checked em all) that was LOCKED. with no doorknob, I could not open the door, and the even weirder part.. is that it was the only room with the light ON. in the entire building. except for ON SET on the first floor. I couldn’t get my head around it. who knows how long that light has been on for. and with it being locked, and the building abandoned.. how was the light not burnt out? Looked in the keyhole.. could see a small part of the lit up room. nothing much. But more than once I swear I could hear breathing on the other side of the door freaked me out.
Before filming here, I’d never believed in ghosts. Now I do.”

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Ladybug Room

 

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Contact Information

2601 Lougheed Highway

Phone Number: (604) 524-7000

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Number Eight – Haunted Places in Canada

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Fort Mississauga


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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  5

Status – Heritage Property, Located on the edge of a golf course

Investigation Ease – 3

 

History

This all brick fort was built between 1814 – 1816 during the prolonged War of 1812 between the United States and British North America (what would later be called Canada). It was built to replace Fort George. It was built on a foundation of brick and stone salvaged from the rubble left over after American forces sacked the nearby town of Newark  (Niagara-On-The-Lake) in December of 1813. It was designed to help in the defense of Upper Canada in the following year as part of a regional defense network that included Fort George, Navy Hall and Butler’s Barracks. However, the fort would not be completed until after the war was over. The British Army was stationed at the fort from 1814 – 1855. They were then replaced by the Canadian Army who used it as a summer training ground beginning in 1870 and also it was used for both World Wars and the Korean War. Before the fort was built the site was used by at least three Native American Tribes: The Neutral (15th Century), the Seneca (late 17th Century) and the Mississauga (18th Century). In 1804 a lighthouse was erected at the site which became known as Mississauga Point. It was the first lighthouse ever built on the Great Lakes, but it was dismantled in 1814 to make way for Fort Mississauga which was also built partially by stone from the lighthouse. The Mississauga Point Lighthouse is today commemorated within the walls of Fort Mississauga by a plague erected by the Historic Sights and Monuments Board of Canada.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

Light anomalies, apparitions, disembodied voices, phantom sounds, magnetic energy, time slips, screams and bangs, object movement, feeling of being watched and not wanted and EVP saying “getout” and “leave now”.

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Location

On the shores of the Niagara-On-The-Lake Golf Club. Most easily accessible via a foot path from the corner of Simcoe and Front Street.

 

 

Number Seven – Haunted Places in Canada

Kamloops, British Columbia, Padova/Tranquille, Tranquille Sanatorium (Serenity Lake Sanatorium) (Padova City)


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Chance of Paranormal Activity – 5

Status -Partially Abandoned, Soon To Be Demolished

Investigation Ease – 4.5

 

History

This site was originally winter camping grounds for a Native American tribe. Then in 1857 gold was discovered in the Tranquille River and it became part of the British Columbia Gold Rush. A Tuberculosis Sanatorium was built in 1907 was operated until 1958 when legend states it was mysteriously abandoned in the winter with no sign of the staff or patients. Many people died from this horrible and incurable (at the time) disease during these years. In later years this facility would be used as a hospital and training site for the mentally handicapped. The site would completely close down in 1985 and was abandoned. In 1991 the land was purchased in an attempt to create Padova City – an Italian based theme park – but the owner was unable to make the mortgage payments. In 2000 the site was bought by British Columbia Wilderness Tours Inc and they are in the process of converting it a resort called Tranquille By The Lake.  This location was featured on episode of MTV’s Fear who called it Serenity Lake Sanatorium and made it out to be much more active than it really is. However, Tranquille has plenty to make a paranormal investigation worth the time.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

Many different types of light phenomena have been witnessed including orbs that travel in circles at the main entrance, lights going on and off on their own and figures seen in the windows of the abandoned buildings, cold breezes inside of buildings, general feeling of sadness and unease. Like most hospital complexes the buildings are connected by an underground tunnel system and.these tunnels are said to be how the staff moved the bodies in order to not upset the living patients. Disembodied voices and figures have been heard and seen in these tunnels. Phantom sounds of children playing in the children building. A nurse is said to have been murdered by a patient and she still wanders the grounds. Legend also says the site was mysteriously abandoned during one winter.

Testimonials

From  LM

"I was born on the grounds in 1966 June 24. Yes it haunted. But the one clip of the guys on bike.
Well that to me is impression....there was a building above the under ground structure. They
ripped it down before it fell down Then build a structure over one of the Tunnels. Yes tunnels w
ere used to transport people to an from cafeteria in winter and bad rainy days. 400 residents needed
to be moved to cafeteria to the living building, three times a day. They were used every day by all.
The kids of staff would ride our bikes in tunnels for fun. But imagine a story of being born and
raised at Tranquille.....i was very different...when I die look out for my spirit. Trust me I will not
allow anyone to bad mouth the people who care for the handicapped at Tranquille...it was an
excellent place with high standards of care. No dead bodies in tunnels...."
"The main building was always a hot spot....doctors house but no one who lived in the house
was scared. I hated going into building and walking by . ..once when i visited when it was close
swear I saw a teenage girl in upper windows. Organ music being played in main building.."

From DL

"I came across your site while searching for information on The Tranquille Hospital in Kamloops, B.C
.Canada. My grandfather (Dr. John Bower) was the medical superintendent there from 1968-78,
and he and his wife live on the property in what is popularly called "The Doctors House".
I lived there with them for some years in the early 1970's. I experienced a terrifying experience there
in June, 1973. My grandparents were out visiting their friend, Alex McIntosh, the head nurse who
also lived on the Tranquille property. I was alone watching television around 11:30 p.m. My
grandfather kept empty soda tins in bags in the kitchen entrance. I was startled to hear the bags of
cans being shaken up. I went to see what was causing the cans shaking, but by the time I got to the
room they were in, the shaking had stopped. I was getting a very scared feeling, but went back to
watch television. 30 seconds later, I heard the footsteps of someone with a club foot shuffling towards
 the TV room. As the footsteps got closer, I could hear heavy breathing. I became paralyzed with fear
at this point. The shuffling footsteps stopped just outside the door of the TV room, but the heavy
breathing continued. I sat in my chair silently, hardly daring to breath. After about 5 minutes, the
breathing noise slowly faded away. I was so scared, I stayed in my chair for almost an hour. I finally
got the nerve to investigate, and went through the entire house. All the doors were locked as well as
the windows being closed to keep the air conditioning in. There was absolutely no one else in the
house but me. My grandparents arrived back at around 1 a.m., and I told them what happened. My
grandfather thought I was imagining things, but my grandmother said the same type of occurrence
had happened to her at least twice since they moved in. There have been numerous reports of
mysterious glowing "orbs" spotted flying around the now abandoned hospital complex. This was
the most terrifying experience I have ever had, and the terror I felt that night is as fresh in my mind
as when it happened 39 years ago. There is a rumor that the first doctor to inhabit the house back in
1910 (Dr. Charles Fagan) wife had contracted TB (Tranquille was originally a TB hospital), and died in
the house. The rumor says Dr. Fagan put his wife's body in the dirt room in the basement for a week
before her reported her death. It is also rumored that Dr. Fagan cut off his wife's ring finger, and
embalmed it, and kept it with him for the rest of his life."

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This was taken during a night trip around Padova. the time and date are accurate. Nothing was seen or heard that night but a feeling made the photographer take this photo.

Don’t remember what building this is.

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Contact Information Directions Follow Tranquille Road out of Kamloops past Red Lake Road staying next to the lake.  Do not follow Red Lake Road away from the lake.  You will see a set of abandoned buildings on the right side of the road just before hitting a parking lot near the lake shore. Unable to get contact information of British Columbia Wilderness Tours (the owners).

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Number Six – Haunted Places in Canada

St Thomas, Ontario, Regional Mental Health (Ontario Hospital, St Thomas Psychiatric Hospital)


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Chance of Paranormal Activity – 5+

Status – Functional Forensic Psychiatric Facility, Former Psychiatric Facility/Hospital, Partially Abandoned

Investigation Ease – 4 Outside (2 Inside)

 

History

Construction was began on what was then known as the Ontario Hospital in 1937. It was built on land that had previously occupied 6 family farms. In April 1939 the first 32 patients were admitted and by august of that same year the facility’s population had swollen to 1,100.

Soon after the hospital open World War II broke out in September, 1939 and the patients were moved to other facilities while the province turned the facility over to the Department of National Defense to use as a training facility. When the war ended the site was returned to the province and became a psychiatric hospital again.

The hospital opened again in November of 1945 and was called “the most advanced in the Dominion” by its Superintendent in 1958 when its population peaked at 2,238 patients. During this time the facility operated its own farm which provided food for the entire hospital.

As the 1970′s began, as with most other psychiatric institutions of the time, emphasis began to change from institutionalization to moving patients back into society to lead productive lives with the help of  pharmaceuticals and ongoing care. The forensic mental health department also opened  at this time and can still be seen today – evident by the bars and wire on the windows.

In 2001 St Joesph’s Health Care took over the facility and changed its name to Regional Mental Health and the hospital became part of a family of healthcare institutions all over Southwestern Ontario.

In 2013 a new much smaller building was opened on the site and the original hospital was closed down. It is rumoured that a developer will be tearing down the old site and replacing it a commercial government property.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

Apparitions of former patients and staff. Lights going on and off on their own as well as unexplained lights seen inside buildings. Empathetic feelings of sadness, anger, hopelessness and loneliness as well as feelings of being watched, unease, not being wanted and not being alone. Curtains moving on their own; often times with a misty apparition seen. Unexplained bangs, cries and other noises. Disembodied voices and whispers. Light anomalies and unexplained mists.

Many urban legends have been spawned from this site but it does genuinely haunted.

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Number Five – Haunted Places in Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, The Old Ottawa Jail


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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  5

Status – Functional Hostel, Heritage Building

Investigation Ease -  4.5

 

From Bytown Paranormal

I have investigated this jail a couple of times. We have captured
a few EVPs and a door moving we could not debunk Groups
can rent the death row area on the top floor. It runs between
$200-300 for the evening. It is easy to arrange so I will
give that part a 5.  The negative side is there is now a Club
next door and a bar downstairs that play thumping music. On
top that, there are traffic sounds, sirens etc that must
be accounted for. It is worth a visit but contaminated
evidence must be taken into account

 

History

The Nicholas St Jail also known as the Carleton Jail was opened in at 75 Nicholas St right beside the court house in 1862. The jail inflicted inhumane conditions on it’s prisoners including forcing 150 prisoners into 60 small cells. Prisoners included men. women and children and could range from murderers to the mentally ill down to those arrested for drunk and disorderly. There are rumors of unmarked graves on the property although only 3 official hangings told place on the grounds. Rumors also abound of several unofficial hangings. After the jail closed in 1972 a bridge was built along side the jail and several bodies were found in unmarked graves. They may still be unmarked graves underneath the parking lot. After the jail was closed it was converted into a youth hostel which it remains to this day. The top floor was the former death row and has been restored to its original condition and is available for tours. In fact the jail has only been partially converted and guests of the hostel can spend a night in jail. The jail’s gallows are also still intact and can still be viewed.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

The most famous ghost is said to be that of Patrick Whelan who was hung for a crime he may not have committed. His body was supposed to be buried in his family plot in Montreal but a judge fearing riots in Montreal ordered the body buried in an unmarked grave on the property.

Phenomena experienced in the building and on the grounds include: disembodied voices, slamming doors and apparitions.

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Contact Information

Address: 75 Nicholas Street

Phone Number: (613) 235-2595

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Number Four – Haunted Places in Canada

Fort Qu’Apelle, Saskatchewan, Former Fort San TB Sanitarium (Echo Valley Conference Centre)


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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  5

Status -  Unclear Possibly Partially or fully Demolished

Investigation Ease -  3

 

History

Construction was began in 1911 on the sanitarium but halted in 1914 due to the outbreak of World War I. It did not officially open its doors until October of 1917 as 60 bed unit on 230 acres. By 1918 it had become a 260 bed facility as patients with tuberculosis began to increase rapidly. In 1919 a recreation hall and children’s pavilion was built (the children’s pavilion was torn down and a new one built in 1945). A school functioned on the site from 1922 to 1967 and a nurse’s residence was built in 1922. At its peak the sanitarium housed 368 patients and became entirely self-sufficient with a farm, post office, the aforementioned school and its own internal radio station.

By 1960 most of the beds were empty as the war against TB was being won. Even with the transfer of patients from the now closed Prince Albert Sanitarium  in 1961 much the facility was being used as School For The Arts. By 1971 the hospital portion of this site was closed and the facility was turned over completely to the Department of Public Works. Throughout the 80′s the site was used as a summer arts camp and convention centre. In 1992 the name was changed to the Echo Valley Conference Centre. In 2004 the site was closed and scheduled to be demolished.

During the hospital’s years in operation an average of 40 patients died per day. If no family could be found the bodies were buried in the back hills with no marker.

Update:  This site is currently being demolished.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

Apparition of a nurse nicknamed “nurse Jane” is still seen wandering the halls and grounds, disembodied voices, phantom footsteps, reports of hearing your name called, apparitions of former patients, ghosts seen staring out of mirrors, feelings of being watched and not wanted, light anomalies, phantom mists, feeling of being choked and the sounds of wheelchairs still rolling through the hallways.

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Location

on Fort San Road off of Highway 20 about an hour north of Regina.

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Number Three – Haunted Places in Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre (Edmonton General Hospital)


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Chance of Paranormal Activity –  5

Status – Former Hospital, Functional Long Term Care Facility

Investigation Ease –  1.5

 

History

The original hospital was opened in 1896 but has since been completely absorbed into the the current structure. The hospital is divided into 4 wings Y, A, B, C Wings.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

We have been advised that pretty much all of this building is para-normally active including the Y wing which was only constructed in the 1980′s when the facility converted into a long term care facility.

Ward 8b was once the pediatrics wing and the sound of crying children can still be heard. In fact, after the pediatrics department was moved the floor was used for Alzheimer patients but had to be closed because so many patients complained of hearing children crying. 6ab is the abandoned operating rooms and many reports have come from this area. A mother wanders both the 6th and 8th floors crying for her lost child, when approached she disappears but her cries still echo in the hallways. In the basement an electrician was killed while working and his ghost is still seen in the area where he died.

Reports given to us by a witness include: the phantom scream of a little girl in a stairway, unexplained breathing and hissing noises right in people’s ears and a picture fly off of a wall on its own. While on 5ab (right below the abandoned operating rooms) at night the sounds of water taps being turned on and off where heard as well as things moving around – all seemingly on their own as 6ab is completely abandoned.

Testimonials

From CD

“I worked at a day program for disabled adults, and the general from 4-11. One night the person who was supposed to show up and relieve me, didn`t. That person was supposed to supervise both 8Y and 9Y over night, with someone from another unit coming to relieve me for a break. Everything is quiet. I did my rounds. All are sleeping. It was about 2:30 when I heard someone crying. I couldn`t find anyone. So, back to reading my book and trying not to fall asleep. I looked up into the diningroom and saw a man standing back in the shadows with the long black jacket, top hat, bushy beard… the guy EVERYONE has seen, but is no longer with us.”

From a witness to the paranormal activity at this location

“ It started by during a dull quite moment in the early morning, my friend used the rest room. It was there that she heard very distinctly the sound of two children laughing. it was so bloody early in the morning and we also had friends on the 5th floor, so we knew there was no way any kids could be there. What more she described the laughter as being “demented” or kind of warped, and then muffled talk from an elderly man. Perturbed she told me this story as well as our co-works who have worked here for several years. This news came as no shock to them as they all tell us this place is haunted. they share stories: like this one time they were all sitting in the staff room chatting, and a cup in the middle gets thrown across the room. Strange children laughing, pictures moving, cold feelings, shadows and eerie feelings. She goes on to tell us a few years back a nurse hung herself in the nursing room. she stated she will NEVER work night shift again. She also informs me that a client used to work here on this very floor several years ago. apparently it used to be a children’s ward back when polio was big and incurable. They used to pull out veins and a number of different out dated treatments.”
From LC
“I work at the General out here in Edmonton and I work in the old “abandoned” operating rooms and I can tell you it is very creepy up there. Although it is used as a file room for other hospitals as an off site location I have not yet had any encounters of any kind with ghosts. (key word YET!!!) I remember when we first started working up there we heard a lot of scratching and banging coming from one of the heating vents that is located near the floor. But as of about a week ago it has stopped. It’s relatively quiet now. I can honestly say it is quite an experience working there.”

Contact Information

Address: 1111 Jasper Ave

Phone Number: (780) 342-8000

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Number Two – Haunted Places in Canada

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Fort George


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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  5+

Status – Heritage Property

Investigation Ease – 4

 

History

During the War Of 1812 Fort George was the headquarters of the Central British Army. The American Army occupied the Fort for a period of seven months during which it was used as a base for further attacks into Upper Canada. The Fort remained in British hands after being rebuilt but was finally abandoned in 1820 for the more strategic located Fort Mississauga (see below).

During the warm months ghost and historical tours are available at this location.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

Apparitiiton of ltle girl who follows the ghost tours around (she actually held the hand of one of the team members), apparition of an older lady who appears in a mirror, apparitions of an old man, a woman, a man in a red cloak just to name a few, phantom voices, bangs and knocks, mysterious mists (sometimes only captured on film).

American tourists have been pushed from the walls in the guard towers, feelings of being watched, nausea and overwhelming sadness near the former field hospital, being touched and pushed, feeling of an evil presence in the back tunnel, voices coming up from a well, strange winds, furniture moving and doors opening and closing.

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Contact Information

On the Niagara Parkway just outside of Niagara-On-The-Lake

Phone Number: (905) 466-6614

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Number One – Haunted Places in Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Citadel Hill


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Chance of Paranormal Activity -  5+

Status – Heritage Building

Investigation Ease – 4.5

 

History

Halifax was founded in June 1749 when Edward Cornwallis arrived in the bay with transports and a war sloop. Establishing a colony here was direct violation of England’s treaty with local Native American Tribe. Fortifications were immediately built on Citadel Hill to defend against almost constant raids by Native Americans, Acadians and French colonists.Cornwallis’ own son was killed in one of these raids.

During the French Indian War the fortifications on Citadel Hill (now known as Fort George) were attacked by three raids from Fort Louisburg. The British were heavily attacked all over what is now the province of Nova Scotia.

During the American Revolution the large blockhouse was constructed on the hill as well as a 14 gun battery. This provided the British with their most secure and well defended harbor in eastern North America. The Royal Navy used Halifax harbor to mount many attacks against what is now the eastern seaboard of the United States. There are many who claim that Citadel Hill was the major reason Nova Scotia remained loyal to the English crown and is not now the State of Nova Scotia.

The star shaped fortress that now dominates Citadel Hill was completed in 1856 after 28 years of construction. The Citadel in Quebec City is largely based on the Halifax’s fort (although it is much smaller). The British continued to use the fort until 1906 although it had become nearly obsolete with the invention and mass production of a new firearm simply called – the gun.

In 1906 the fort was turned over to the Canadian Army who used it as a training facility during both World War I and II due to its close proximity to Halifax Harbor – the major start off point for Canadian soldiers going to the battlefields of Europe. It was also the site of the city’s anti-aircraft defenses.

After the conclusion of World War II the Citadel was designated as a National Historic Site and turned over to Parks Canada. It was restored to its original condition when the star shaped fortress was first built. It now functions as a living museum with an army of reenactors and the ceremonial firing of the main gun at noon every day.

Ghost Tours are offered at the Citadel in both French and English.

Legends and Paranormal Activity

Apparitions of Native American, French, British and Canadian soldiers and family members. Touches, pushes and pulls by invisible presences, light anomalies, phantom footsteps, disembodied voices and other unexplained noises, shadow figures. feelings of being watched, not wanted, unease, fear and physical illness, objects moving on their own, objects disappearing inexplicably, doors opening and closing on their own, lights blinking on and off on their own, electrical disturbances, mysterious mists, time slips and pretty much any other paranormal activity that can thought of.

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Contact Information

Address: 5425 Sackville St

Phone Number: (902)  426-5080

Website

 

 

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