It was built in the 1800s as a home for a wealthy family coal industrialist Robert Dunsmuir and his wife, Joan. Built in the late 1800’s by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, Craigdarroch is now a National Historic Site. Bastion Square and Helmcken Alley. One day in September of 1936, they arranged a meeting to discuss a reconciliation. She was given a proper burial, in order to appease her spirit and there have never been reports of her haunting. Rogers Chocolates, located on Government Street in Victoria, is a National Historic Site and Victoria’s oldest and most haunted chocolate shop. Piano music is also heard. Victoria locals say, often in a proud way, that their city is the most haunted in all British Columbia. The area in question was converted into luxury suites. Once, a customer who had thrown out a sample he did not like, felt it flung on the back of his head – yet nobody was behind him. Whatever the reason, Victoria’s spooky reputation has stuck around for years. Each store within the market has allegedly experienced poltergeist activity and sightings of various ghosts. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Considered the most haunted edifice in Bastion Square, the old Provincial Courthouse (Formerly the Maritime Museum Location) was built on the site of Victoria’s gallows. Helmcken Alley that leads onto Bastion Square, used to be the site of a jail, where those scheduled to be hanged were housed. OUR FULL Victoria COVERAGE The 1913 turn-of-the-century European-style building has seen some of the world’s greatest performances. The well-preserved Edwardian-style building and its beautifully manicured gardens has had roles in other blockbusters, too. Dora Leung. This might be the most beautiful place in Victoria... to rest in peace. Charles “Candy” Rogers moved from Massachusetts to Victoria in 1885 and set up a green grocery, across the street from the current shop location. Visitors have also heard the bell toll mysteriously and there was even a report of (the busy spectr!) Countless ghostly sightings of the couple have been reported at the castle, together with strange activities such as windows moving on their own. Detailed schedule on website. The location of the original Roger’s, where Charles and Leah Rogers started making chocolates in the back of their grocery store in 1885. However, Robert died, 17 months prior to construction on the Craigdarroch castle finished. It’s been populated with First Nations peoples, had the draw of thousands due to the gold rush, a vast influx of Chinese migrants that came to work on projects such as the railroad, and was host to … A pipe came loose and smashed him in the head, killing him instantly. Wicked Victoria (October 25, 2020) Wicked Victoria festival is one of the most popular Halloween events in the city and is held along Government St. between Yates and Humboldt. May 1 to October 31: every night. Nine sisters were buried at the onsite cemetery. After he passed away, she maintained his room just as he had left it. Built in 1852, Helmcken House is the original family home of Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, the first doctor in the city. Her husband had been suspected of murdering her, but his body was found there a month later. This stately house was built by British Columbia’s first self-made coal magnate, Robert Dunsmuir, father of James Dunsmuir who now haunts Hatley Castle. Victoria locals say, often in a proud way, that their city is the most haunted in all British Columbia. Eventually, the castle was turned into a naval military academy. 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A specter called “The Frenchman” appears outside on the corner of the street in October. Victoria, British Columbia 56.3 miles from Nanaimo, BC. Poltergeist activity, such as objects being moved, has also been reported. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. The house was home to the O’Reilly family for 125 years. Victoria locals say, often in a proud way, that their city is the most haunted in all British Columbia. With Victoria’s pre-eminent historian, John Adams (or one of his expert storytellers), as your guide, you will explore some of the city’s most haunted and fascinating neighborhoods. It is believed to be haunted by the O’Reilly’s, perhaps because of its proximity to water (conduit for paranormal activity), the noise and chaos of the industrial zone in which it now exists, or the tragic accident that happened right near its shore. Founded in 1858, the academy was originally a convent, but from 1863-1970’s also operated as a Residential School for First Nation girls. Legend has it that in 1858 a young First Nations boy was paid by a miner to retrieve a kettle he had dropped into the well. It was built in 1908, and the building’s architect, Francis Mawson Rattenbury, is said to still roam the halls with his cane and checking out his grand design – apparently not letting a little thing like being killed by a carpenter’s mallet get in the way of his work. At night the sound of the piano can still be heard and Dolly is sometimes seen floating past the attic windows. It is believed that the boy’s spirit was then released and can be seen walking and playing around the lobby, before disappearing into the well. Shortly after that, a woman with fair skin and long dark hair was seen standing on the same rock morning after morning, repeating the behavior of the woman from the 1970’s. Geelong Gaol2. The Queen Anne style home of the Pendray family is reported to be haunted by a father and son. Location: 2005 Sooke Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2, Canada, Open: Monday–Friday from 7 am to 7 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm. There’s a growing fascination in the paranormal and after doing a few ghostly walks, historical tours and visiting several museums our childhood interest in ghosts and hauntings was rekindled. Witnesses have reported dark figures lingering in the doorways of the convent or wandering through the grounds, as well as unexplained sounds like choral singing in the dead of night. His footsteps and the sound of cupboard doors opening and closing are often heard when no one is upstairs. Have you seen or experienced anything “paranormal” in any of these places? Many believe that Brady and Lady Churchill meet here again and again to relive their happy times together. Consider it sightseeing with a fun twist. Strange activity and feeling of being watched also occur in the basement. Craig's Hotel Ballarat3. The man, however, is said to still run down Fan Tan Alley, pushing people out of his way. Her severely beaten and shoeless body was found days later on the golf course by a caddie and showed signs of strangulation. People report a feeling of being watched, phones ringing at odd hours of the night, lights flickering, and a fire upstairs turning itself on. Hatley Castle is Victoria’s ‘movie star’, having stood in as X-Mansion in several X-Men films. They are thought to be the ghosts of a man named “Brady” and his companion “Lady Churchill” or “Charlotte” who dined here regularly, before Brady came to a violent end. As can be expected, most center around what was once Fort Victoria, the foundation of our town. Onyx is the inspiration for our Haunted History BC logo and she’s a regular who will keep you company while you drink your morning coffee. Almost every building in the downtown core has a ghost story. Visitors report feeling dizzy, pressure in their chest, and even somebody pushing them to leave. Flickering lights. Collect 10 stamps, get 1 reward* night. For those who didn’t know, Victoria is considered one of most haunted cities in British Columbia. Some say he now haunts the alley as a shadowy streak, still trying to evade his captors. She had spurned his advances, and in revenge he brutally killed her. 505 likes. The late couples’ hands-on approach is said to live on as candy and chocolate displays often get mysteriously rearranged. of Emily Carr. It was bustling with hotels, saloons, and shops that outfitted thousands of miners on their way to the Klondike gold fields. He is believed to have come back to the sites of his former glory days to get the recognition he did not find in England. Experience Victoria’s popular evening ghost tour, featuring murder, hangings, romance and hauntings! Pots have also been heard banging in the vacant kitchen, and a white figure has drifted by. Following a scandalous personal life that included a divorce, affair and apparent mistreatment of his former wife, the famous architect Francis Rattenbury escaped to England. Ghostly Walks has become an integral contributor in Victoria’s tourism industry due to the latter’s haunting reputation. You can now even take a Google street view tour of the interior of the castle and perhaps see something other eyes have missed! We are Regina Armstrong and Victoria Vancek, sisters who reside in BC’s lower mainland and we have an interest in all things haunted and historical. Hence the name Doppelganger, which is a German word for one’s double and considered to be a harbinger of death. © 2020 A division of Brenons Social Media, Thousands of British Columbians roll the dice with Trump/Biden online bets. Helmcken House, is one of the oldest residences in Victoria, and is believed to be haunted by Dr. Helmcken and his daughter. The urban legend goes that their spirits still roam the greens. Along with architect Francis Rattenbury iwalking the halls (See The Parliament Buildings above). He was captured but eventually hanged himself. When it was deactivated as a burial site and turned into a city park around 1908, the council simply removed dozens of stone markers, and the park’s manager at the time resigned after community anger. So, in anticipation of Halloween, we’ve compiled some of the most famous active locations of paranormal activity in the city. Bastion Square, in the heart of Victoria’s Old Town, is considered the most haunted part of the city. Haunted Victoria. She is thought to have been one such long-term resident who died of old age and then haunted her room. Moving chairs. Operating since 1911, between 1942-1945 the hotel was run as a priory by a Catholic order. The caretaker has arrived in the morning to hear mysterious noises and footsteps in the school but no trespassing alarms go off. Burial grounds are generally not believed to be as haunted as places where the people died. Rogers Chocolates, located on Government Street in Victoria, is a National Historic Site and Victoria’s oldest and most haunted chocolate shop. Almost every building around the historic square is believed to host some level of paranormal activity. Carriageways wind through lush groves and past marble and granite monuments that bear silent witness to many of Victoria’s notable figures. One of his sons also killed when he was thrown by a horse. People have heard children’s voices and described an eeriness in many parts of the complex. At one time the Empress, in order to generate income, rented its rooms to those looking for long-term accommodation, which often included the elderly. During the 1960’s, a construction worker saw a shadowy figure swinging from the ceiling, it turned out another worker had hanged himself there a year earlier. Judge Begbie (who has come to be called “The Hanging Judge”) presided over the hangings during the town’s Wild West days. The square is known to be a central haunt for numerous spirits, believed to be those of past fortune seekers. Employees have reported an mysterious knocking on the door, despite nobody being in the basement. You have a pick of ghosts in this grand old hotel. The first ghost sighting was by their daughter Eleanor, who saw a spirit of a young man in the Japanese garden, who she believed was her brother Jim Jr., who had died in battle. These range from ghostly sightings said to be of Miss Jane Wilson, elevators stopping at certain floors without anyone selecting them, and doors opening or closing on their own. The soap factory burned down the day it was set to open. He staggered out behind the pub and soon after died from his injury. Then, in November 1983, a body was found in a shallow grave under some bushes near the rock where the blonde woman had been. Secure and well lit, it became a popular rendezvous point for prostitutes and their clients. Prior to the provincial government buying the house, it was used as an arts centre. Hey everyone! © 2021 Hotels.com is an Expedia Group company. In today's video I discuss the top 5 most haunted places in Victoria (Australia). Each building and alleyway around historic Bastion Square has a ghost or two. A popular theater for plays and musicals, this Rockland building started life as the carriage house and barn of “The Laurels” – the home of the Robert Ward family, built in 1876. The Victoria Golf Courseon scenic Beach Drive beside the ocean in Oak Bay is haunted by Doris Gravlin who was strangled there by her husband in 1936. Almost every building in the downtown core has a ghost story. There may be more to Vancouver’s history than what meets the eye. As one of the longest running community theatres in Western Canada, Langham Court has presented thousands of stunning stage performances since 1929. When you’re looking for a nostalgic place to please your sweet tooth in the Old Town district of Victoria, you can drop into Rogers Chocolate on Government Street, which some consider a national treasure. I remember reading a book about haunted places and a few mentioned were in canada when I was younger (Please do not give any crap like "ghosts aren't real. James Bay’s Ogden Point is transformed into a haunted house full of real actors who’ll appear just when you least expect it. In 1978 while the buildings were being renovated, the well was uncovered and restored as a centerpiece. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Victoria's Most Haunted: Ghost Stories from BC's Historic Capital City. Hatley Castle is now home to Royal Roads University but in the 1900s it was owned by James Dunsmuir, a former lieutenant governor of British Columbia. The Victoria Golf Course on scenic Beach Drive is haunted by Doris Gravlin, strangled there by her husband in 1936. She painted in what is now the upstairs lobby and her portrait on the wall greets visitors. The former home of architect (and famous apparition) Francis Rattenbury is now the junior campus of Glenlyon Norfolk School. She looked like the woman who had been murdered and was the exact inverted image of the earlier apparition. Voices have also been heard. She leads those helping her toward the elevator. You can find this castle on Spook… I mean Sooke Road in Colwood. Haunted BC: 5 Places In Victoria With Stories That Will Give You Chills. The architect was laid to rest in an unmarked grave. Looking under its charming and elegant surface of stately Victorian landmarks and English gardens, we can unveil some spooky tales around haunted places in Victoria to send shivers down your spine. Hotels.com and the Hotels.com logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Hotels.com, LP in the United States and/ or other countries. Or perhaps the desecration of native burial sites released spirits that could not rest. Some say she’s the spirit of a stablehand who used to work at the former carriage house and barn there. She appears as a white figure on the fairways, running quickly toward people and sometimes passing right through cars. The old Supreme Court building is said to be the most haunted, as it was built on the site of the city's jail and first gallows. Some say they have seen the ghosts of nuns on the grounds, which may be due to the original graveyard. According to the legend, she haunts the popular hotel on West Georgia to this day. Originally, the couple did not make milk chocolate, which Charles loathed, but the company began to make it after their deaths. He, as well as former inmates, are believed to haunt the building. This map shows the most-decorated houses in Greater Victoria Bailey Parker Virgin Radio Victoria Published Tuesday, October 27, 2020 9:31AM PDT Last Updated Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:18PM PDT Another mysterious incident saw the unexplained appearance of a child’s handprint on the mirror in the a corner of the store. She appears in many forms, from wearing a simple brown suit in the afternoon, to a white apparition later at night. Despite the refurbishments, its late inhabitants still long for the cosiness of their ornate Victorian décor, the views through their stained-glass windows, and the walks down the many stairs of their castle. Formerly called Hotel Douglas, the building was constructed in 1911 by a Chinese merchant. Elsewhere in the city, you can discover more hauntings in the city’s castles, alleyways, shops, and old theatres. The chateau-like Empress Hotel has century-old guests who never check out properly. He then rebuilt a new factory on the same site, this time with pipes in the ceiling for sprinklers. This house is on the grounds of the Royal BC Museum. Phantom burning candles are often smelled, as this was the scent that Joan enjoyed. They’re closing out of an abundance of caution. That room, however, was demolished to make space for an elevator, leaving her lost in the hotel. A ¥500 redemption fee is charged for each reward night redeemed unless you redeem on our app. When he encountered financial woes, his new young wife began an affair with their teenage chauffeur, who then killed Rattenbury in a savage attack. There have been many sightings of her apparition, typically in March, and why she became the “April” ghost is a mystery. He had Doris’s shoes in his pocket. Poltergeist activity is said to have occurred. You can go ghost-hunting around British Columbia’s most haunted city right at the oldest hotel by the scenic Victoria Harbour. Restored over time, Craigdarroch Castle provides you with a glimpse into the privileged life in Victoria over a century ago. The sisters who had been buried at St. Ann’s before the new cemetery was established were finally moved to Ross Bay in 1974. Retrouvez Victoria's Most Haunted: Ghost Stories from BC's Historic Capital City et des millions de livres en stock sur Amazon.fr. If you’re looking for a hotel for your ghost-hunting trip in Victoria, you might as well start with the Empress Hotel. In the spirit of falling leaves and Halloween, I'm sure some of you guys like to being scared shitless. The Bent Mast is a James Bay restaurant and pub in a 1884 house. Chinatownhas many stories of ghosts and the supernatural. Achetez neuf ou d'occasion When BC joined Confederation in 1871 Victoria was promised a railway, but the terminus ended up in Vancouver instead. Strange activity and feeling of being watched, also occur in the basement. On  March 2, 1945, Emily died of another stroke. John Murchie established his blended teas in Canada’s west in the 1890’s. Victoria has a long standing history of hauntings. COVID-19 update as vaccines delayed. Consider it sightseeing with a fun twist. Robert Johnson, who slit his throat in a house across the street in the 1870s, can also occasionally be seen reenacting his death. Pioneer Square, aka the Old Burying Ground, is where, between 1855 and 1873, thousands of bodies were buried with tiny tombstones. Many of the cadets quickly reported being dragged by someone out of bed in the middle of the night. She sometimes plays havoc with motorists passing the golf course when she crosses the street and even enters their cars. Beautiful, charming Victoria is world renowned for its seaside attractions, flourishing gardens, and breathtaking ocean views. When he became gravelly ill, to comfort him, his daughter Dolly would play the piano late into the night. The mansion changed hands several times since Miss Wilson’s death in 1946, with strange incidents having been reported at what is now known as Chateau Victoria. Some think this was Mrs. Dunsmuir trying to prevent these young men from going to war, or perhaps she was searching for her departed soldier son. There’s a happy child, a cranky old man who hides things in the kitchen and harasses women, and an older, matronly figure on the main floor who gives the pub warmth. Nuns who passed away were buried on the grounds of St. Ann’s, until 1908, when a plot in the northeast corner of Ross Bay Cemetery was opened for them. Her room was where the men’s washrooms are now in the James Bay Inn Pub. A woman in a blue dress has been one such mystery tour guide –  Kathleen O’Reilly wore the same blue dress. Volunteers reported that every time they tried to hang exhibits up for a new show, the pieces would fly off the walls. Right behind Helmcken Alley, in the basement of the Rithet Building, is the site of the original Fort water well. Poltergeist activity has also been reported, such as items flying off shelves and lightbulbs exploding. People who stay in room 15 – the Gatsby Mansion’s honeymoon suite – are often terrified by a floating head disrupting their sleep. Revenue-wise Victoria is not like Savannah, Georgia where certain boutique properties like the Marshall House or 1790 have waiting lists mainly because of its history. 7 Haunted Places You Can Visit In BC Looking for a scream this Halloween? Joan, the wife of Robert Dunsmuir, is thought to be one of the apparitions that appear. The Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC, CA Caught on tape. This went on for many months. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, you’ll definitely want to know about these 10 haunted places in Vancouver. In the past, the basement was briefly used as a morgue. For the sake of this post, let’s take a look at a few of the more famous haunted places in Victoria. Hatley Castle was built in 1908 for Lieutenant Governor James Dunsmuir and his wife Laura. It closed in 2007, and after extensive renovations, reopened as Hotel Rialto in 2009. All rights reserved. There is an apparition called “The Lady in the Loft” which has been seen by both performers and patrons. Between 9:30pm and 10pm is the most common time to catch a glimpse of her. Location: 805 Langham Ct, Victoria, BC V8V 4J3, Canada. But many visitors feel this castle is also a hub of ghostly activity! There’ve been spooky movies made about ghostly nuns, and St. Ann’s Academy and Auditorium might’ve inspired many of them. 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