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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.
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In 132 years, the popular Alberta vacation spot has allegedly set the scene for horrific murders, suicides, and terrible accidents. Rooms have been boarded up, and the paranormal are frequently recorded.
Some are skeptical, but many claim to have seen it with their own eyes. The bride of the Banff Springs is perhaps the most ‘active’ shadow of the hotel, even appearing on collector’s stamps and coins.
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Like many ghost stories, retold hundreds of times, the details have become embellished and no one is quite sure who or what happened to the elusive women in white.
The most popular theory, dating back to 1920, was that a bride had fallen down a flight of stairs after she tripped on the hem of her dress. She’s typically reported, veiled and dancing throughout the grand ballroom.
Other unexplained apparitions and heavy activity have been recorded in room 873. Unfortunately, for adrenaline junkies or Shining fans looking to get a 5-star spook, the room doesn’t actually exist anymore. Apparently, after years of people claiming that they were terrorized in the suite, the hotel decided to permanently seal the room.
Although hotel staff claims that no such crime ever took place, the room is believed to be the place where a man killed his wife and daughter before taking his own life.
Another spectre, much less sinister than the others is ‘Sam the Bellman.’ Said to be a helpful, cheery spirit, Sam is often mistaken for a live employee.
We’re not sure if we buy into any of these myths, stories, and legends, but we do get a bit of a funky shiver whenever we’re at the resort ourselves. It could be a chill from an open window or the presence of the lost and damned. Oooohhh, spooky.
Really though, if you’re ever in the area, check it out! You can view their website here. The food is excellent, the view is incredible and the spa is bomb-diggity. So what if the company is undead! In 2020, there’s no room for discrimination.
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Ghostly Tales of the Banff Springs Hotel
Alberta , Canada , Ghost Stories / March 10, 2021 by Hammerson Peters / Leave a Comment
The following is an article originally published on my personal website in 2015.
Some other alleged hotel spectres include a ghostly bartender who encourages inebriated patrons to go to bed, and a headless man who, despite his obvious handicap, somehow manages to play the bagpipes.
Here are some interesting personal stories from the original article:
The staircase you show is not where the tragedy happened. The hotel was renovated and the old staircase is gone. I worked at BSH in 1981-83. The staircase was inside the dining room and it ended at the ceiling. The stairs were closed off to the honeymoon suite after the tragedy. It was creepy in there at night, with that staircase ending at the ceiling of the dining room. Many people reported hearing laughter, crying, screaming from this area when I worked there. As employees we were told not to tell guests anaything about this “ghost” situation.
Hi….. Once or twice a year I stay at this hotel. When I was there about 3 months ago I saw this girl and and a lady walking in the hallway and when I looked at them agin they where not there. Also at night in the hall it was about 1:30 am I heard a man laughing and then it just stopped….. It was pretty creepy, but I always love going there it is a place to go its amazing but the halls are long and creepy.
Julie of Cardiff:
Stayed at this hotel 2006, new nothing about any ghost tales but woke while laying on the bed having an afternoon nap when the room felt cold and something grabbed my foot. Not experienced anything like this before or since. julie Davies
My dad worked at the Banff Springs in the mid to late 30s as a bell hop. He mentioned that a movie star staying the committed suicide by jumping off an outside balcony. Is this true or him making a story?
I stayed there last Christmas and i really enjoyed my stay there especially with all the ghosts around, Sam really likes to help with the elevators. I’m going again this year.
Dell Marie Lamb:
We stayed at the Banff Springs Hotel many times. One time, had a room with a fireplace, on a return trip, asked for that room and were told no rooms with fireplaces. I have our pic.s taken in front of the fireplace, but was told no their were no rooms with a fireplace. A ghost room…..
I was just at Fairmont a couple of days ago. We went for supper at Castelos (sorry if I spelt that wrong). After my family and I were taking pictures in the hall outside of the restaurant, during this I had felt something tugging on my dress but no one was behind me and it was not possible for it to be stuck there. So I don’t know if this could have been a ghost but I thought it was pretty cool!
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Room 873: Beware the Ghosts of Banff Springs Hotel
Legend has it that a man murdered his wife and young daughter, before committing suicide...
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The majestic Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada, was built in 1888 at the terminus of the railway, meant as a retreat for traveling businessmen. The picturesque surroundings and luxurious amenities earned it the nickname “the Castle of the Rockies.” Over its 128 years, the hotel has been host to distinguished guests such as Queen Elizabeth II, Helen Keller, and Marilyn Monroe.
But there are some other distinguished guests at Banff Springs who have never left.
Legend has it that a man murdered his wife and young daughter before committing suicide in Room 873. But if you’re hoping to reserve that room during your stay, you’re out of luck. Paranormal activity in Room 873 apparently reached such a fever pitch that the hotel decided to brick up the room—thus setting its otherworldly legend in stone.
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Guests who were lucky enough to stay in Room 873 before it was sealed claim that they were terrorized by horrible disembodied shrieks and screams in the middle of the night. Maids charged with cleaning the room were unable to remove bloody fingerprints from the bathroom mirror.
The Banff Springs Hotel in 1929
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Banff Springs Hotel representatives assert that the murder-suicide is merely a gory ghost story; no such crime occurred, and there is no blood-spattered room sealed behind a brick wall. Nevertheless, some enterprising guests have done their own detective work in an attempt to prove that Room 873 did in fact exist. On other floors, there are rooms ending in the numbers “73,” except on the eighth floor. The baseboard where Room 873 would be is cut, as if there were a door there, and there is a corresponding light on the ceiling. If you knock along the walls between each room, you’ll hear a sound tap-tap-tap. But knock where Room 873 is alleged to be, and instead you’ll hear a lighter, hollow-seeming sound.
Other guests claim that despite the hotel’s best efforts, the ghosts of Room 873 are still very much in residence at Banff Springs. Some have reported seeing the spirit of the young daughter standing outside her room, as if lost.
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The doomed family of Room 873 isn’t the only contingency of ghosts to haunt the illustrious hotel. Another infamous guest who is said to have met her death at Banff Springs is the Ghost Bride. Long ago, as she walked up the stairs in the main hall of the hotel to meet her groom, a bride lost her footing—some say she slipped, while others say her dress caught fire on one of the many candles adorning the stairwell. She tumbled forward and fell, breaking her neck. Guests have claimed to see the ghostly specter of the poor girl, dressed in her wedding gown, both on the staircase and in the ballroom. Some have even claimed that, on the back of her long dress, rising flames can be seen. The Ghost Bride of Banff Springs has become so famous that she even has her own Canadian postage stamp and collector coin .
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A friendlier spirit encountered by guests is the former Scottish bellman Sam McAuley, who loved the hotel so much that he said in death he would return to haunt its halls. Guests have claimed to receive the assistance of a very friendly bellhop with a Scottish accent before learning that no such person works at the hotel. Others, upon handing Sam a tip for his hard work, have seen him simply vanish right before their eyes.
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Though the hotel may not want to discuss the veracity of the reports surrounding Room 873, they’ve embraced their other ghosts with a family-friendly Halloween Heritage Ghost Tour. If you’re discreet, perhaps you can sneak off to the eighth floor for your very own ghost hunt.
Featured photo: Calgary Reviews / Flickr ( CC ); Additional photo: Brendan Bell / Flickr ( CC )
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The Ghosts of Fairmont Banff Springs
This 129-year-old hotel has more than a few residents who’ve checked in but never checked out.
With Halloween just around the corner, the more squeamish among you may decide to head to the hills to avoid a city crawling with dressed up ghouls and goblins. If ghosts also make you nervous, it is best to avoid the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel.
Here are just a few of the ghostly apparitions you might encounter at the Fairmont Banff Springs.
Probably the most famous of all the spectres residing in the Fairmont Banff Springs, (she’s even featured on her own stamp and coin ), the story of the Ghost Bride dates back to the late 1920s. The story goes that on the young couple’s wedding day, the bride, decked out in her wedding gown, descended one of the hotel’s marble staircases. Something startled her, causing her to slip and fall. Some say she caught her heel in the hem of her dress. Others say her dress brushed up against a candle’s flame. Whatever the cause, the end result is the bride died on those steps.
Since then, hotel staff and guests alike have reported seeing a veiled figure moving up and down the stairs, or seeing a figure in a wedding dress dancing in the ballroom upstairs, pining for the first dance with her husband that she never had.
Sam the Bellman
Stories of Sam McCAuley, a genial old Scotsman who was head bellman during the sixties and seventies, have been circulating around the hotel since his passing in 1975. Supposedly, Sam is a helpful sort of spirit, and most stories involving him mention some service he’s provided to staff or guests. One incident involved two elderly women calling the bell desk for assistance after they found their key would not work. The regular bellman was occupied with other duties and didn’t respond for 15 minutes. By the time he arrived at their door, it was unlocked. One of the women said an older bellman in a plaid jacket, matching Sam’s description exactly, had helped them. Other stories including guests seeing Sam haunting his old office (now a guest room) on the mezzanine floor as well as seeing apparitions and feeling cold spots on the sixth, seventh or ninth floors of the hotel.
While they’d rather not mention room numbers, there are specific rooms that staff say are haunted. Guests have reported having the pillows yanked out from under their heads while they slept or even being pushed off the bed by some unseen entity. Whatever spirits haunt this room, it’s safe to say that if they can’t rest in peace, they want to make sure you won’t either.
Another room that shall remain numberless has a story with many variations, but the gist of it is that an entire family was murdered there and ever since, guests in the room have reported being awakened by screaming. When they turned on the lights, they would see bloody hand prints on the mirror. Depending on who tells the story, the hand prints either disappeared before hotel staff had a chance to clean them or wouldn’t come off at all. In any case, if you visit the floor where the room should be, you’ll find it’s been completely covered and is inaccessible from the hallway, which is either to keep guests out of the supposedly haunted room, or due to renovations, depending on who you ask.
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The Ghosts of Banff Springs Hotel
by Ellie Zed, June 2021 – Updated July 2021
The town of Banff has been one of Canada’s most prominent mountain resorts for many years due to its breathtaking views and the splendidly designed Banff Springs Hotel. The historic hotel offers a window to the past that will make you scream like you’re on the set of The Shining . The Canadian Pacific Railway originally built the hotel in 1888, but in 1926 a devastating fire destroyed a large swath of the hotel, so they rebuilt it in 1928.
In its 133 years, the Banff Springs Hotel has developed a vibrant history in ghostly lore. Guests and hotel staff alike have made ghost sightings. These otherworldly encounters occur regularly and cause quite a stir amongst the community.
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The most notorious hauntings and ghost stories of the Banff Springs Hotel come from real-life events. Here are the top haunts of this magical hotel.
Missing Room 873
Arguably the most famous ghost story about the Banff Springs Hotel is about a family who met their end while staying in room 873. The story of a family of three—a man, his wife, and his daughter—ends with a murder-suicide. The husband killed his wife and daughter before killing himself. It is a sad and sickening crime, but one that is unfortunately all too common. But while the hotel says the story is simply a bloodstained myth, the paranormal activity surrounding this room is wild.
Guests and some hotel staff have reported several disturbing events highly suggestive of paranormal activity.
Early guests who stayed in the room reported that they heard loud shrieks and cries emanating from the room without an obvious source. Maids and cleaning staff, while cleaning the room, said that they experienced flickering lights and had seen ghostly handprints on the bathroom mirror. They said the print would somehow reappear no matter how hard or how often they scrubbed.
Legend has it the hotel received so many reports of paranormal activity in Room 873 that they decided to altogether “remove” the room by barricading it.
Interestingly, the hotel has rooms ending in “73” on each floor (for example, 673 and 773) except the eighth floor. Each room door in the hotel has lighting above the entryway.
On the eighth floor, there is suspiciously no room 873; it is barren. The area where a door would typically appear on the other floors is empty, but the light remains. Past sleuthing guests say the missing door sounds lighter and more hollow when knocked on.
Also, other guests have reported seeing a young girl wandering the hallways, looking lost, in front of missing Room 873.
Many people (both guests and hotel staff) have claimed that this story is a hoax and a publicity stunt pulled by the hotel, but the hotel reaffirms the story is simply a myth.
While some might be quick to refute the tale of the doomed family, the story of Bellman Sam at the Banff Springs Hotel is even more intriguing. Samuel “Sam” McCauley worked as a bellman until he died in 1976, but his memory forever lives on at Banff.
Sam, a beloved Scotsman, with a notable accent and pleasant disposition, worked as the head bellman for over 40 years through the late ’60s and ’70s. Before his death, they said Sam loved his job at the hotel so much that he promised he’d come back to haunt the hotel after he died.
Well, it sounds like he kept his promise. Both guests and hotel employees have reported receiving help over the years from a kind bellhop with a Scottish accent resembling Sam’s appearance.
In one instance, an elderly couple insisted that an older bellman helped them with their bags; they even provided a description very much like that of McCauley, wearing an old uniform. It stunned both the hotel manager and the couple, given that the hotel only had bellhops under 30 on staff.
Sam sounds like the kind of ghost you’d like to meet.
The Doomed Bride
The Banff Springs Hotel has long been known to guests from around the world for the tragic tale of the Doomed Bride. Reports of the ghost bride typically tell of a spectral bride dancing within Banff’s Cascade Ballroom or walking down the stairs.
The story dates back to the late 1920s and 30s; hotel historian David Moberg describes her unfortunate tale saying , “She fell down a curving stone staircase to her death before the beginning of her wedding banquet long ago.” The doomed bride is so well known that they even minted her on a coin in 2014.
While the story behind Room 873 might be a myth, the historic Banff Springs Hotel has welcomed its ghostly roots by featuring an annual Halloween Heritage Ghost Tour . This family-friendly tour of the hotel shares the tale of the legendary ghosts who may make regular appearances.
Can’t make the trip for a Halloween weekend? There are enough strange tales surrounding the majestic hotel that I’m sure you’ll find something out of the ordinary going on at the Banff Springs Hotel during your trip.
One of Canada's most famous hotels is apparently haunted
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is haunted, and its spooky history will have even the bravest guests jumping at every creak in the night.
Sitting majestically atop the alpine town of Banff, the Banff Springs Hotel is known affectionately as the "Castle of the Rockies."
The hotel first opened its doors in 1888, and it has welcomed thousands of guests since that time — some of whom allegedly never left.
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The Ghost Bride is the hotel's most famous resident; multiple guests have spotted the ghostly young woman floating around the Cascade Ballroom.
The spectre is said to be mourning her ill-fated wedding day, having died in the 1930s after she tripped on the circular marble stairs and accidentally tumbled to her demise.
The legend has gathered so much steam over the years that the Ghost Bride even appears on a commemorative coin .
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But it's not just the Ghost Bride that haunts the château; Sam the Bellman, a former hotel worker, reportedly likes to assist guests even 45 years after his death.
The helpful spectre allegedly helps guests that have been locked out of their rooms and mischievously shuffles luggage around.
Guests at the Banff Springs have also reported unusual noises and chilling drafts coming from room 692, which the hotel has trouble booking.
Other guests have sworn that they saw the reflection of a ghostly child in the window, heard a baby crying, or felt something crawling up the bed at night.
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But perhaps the creepiest part of the hotel is room 873 — or rather, the "missing room."
The eighth floor actually skips room 873 , and legend has it that the room was boarded up after a family was murdered in the room a few decades ago.
According to the rumours, guests that stayed in the room before it was boarded up were awoken by screams and bloody handprints in the middle of the night.
Hotel staff reportedly refuse to speak about the room, which only adds to its intrigue.
👻👻 Some say Banff Springs Hotel is home to the ghostly bride wandering the staircase, Room 692, Missing Room 873... 👻👻 cc @Emily_Mertz pic.twitter.com/1ZAKFPl49H — Google Canada (@googlecanada) October 24, 2017
Whether or not you believe the Banff Springs is truly haunted, it certainly does bear an uncanny resemblance to a spooky castle.
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THE BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL – “GHOST BRIDE STORY”
by Global Tour Specialists | Jul 17, 2014 | Blog | 0 comments
The “Castle of the Rockies” holds within it’s walls over one hundred twenty five years of history and with it, many strange tales of ghosts. The story that continues to fascinate most is what happened to a young bride from a wealthy family who died on her wedding day at the hotel in the early 1930’s. On the day she was married in the hotels Grand Ballroom her husband and her walked down the hotel’s marble staircase leading to the reception hall. It is said that she tripped falling down the long staircase and sadly she died from her fall. However, another version of this story has a twist that many believe caused the fall. It is said that the reason for her fall was that her dress brushed up against candles that illuminated the staircase and her gown ignited . When the Bride struggled to put the flames out she stumbled and fell to her death down the marble stairs.
Shortly after this tragic accident took place it is was documented that hotel guests who never heard the story of the “Ghost Bride”, reported seeing a woman in a white wedding dress walking down the stairs and disappearing into the air. Other guests also reported to hotel staff members that they saw a woman with a dress that appeared to be on fire standing on a staircase and then abruptly disappearing into thin air leaving a cold chill as she vanished. There have also been reports of a faint image at night of a bride seen dancing all alone in the ballroom in her wedding gown, and of staff hearing sobbing and noises from the bridal suite… when it is empty.
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The Banff Springs Hotel – Canada’s Iconic Haunted Hotel
Jul 21, 2022 | Articles , Conspiracy
The Banff Springs Hotel of Canada is home to a plethora of ghost stories. Locals often tell tales of entire family that was murdered in one of the rooms. Then there is the bride. Doormen who vanish into thin air. The handsome hotel is shrouded by the fir-dressed peaks of the Canadian Rockies. It has a perfect location for a vacation. With access to the iconic ski fields of Jasper and Banff, the hotel is at an ideal spot. But the mysterious ghost stories often repel guests. What are some of the most popular stories?
History of the Hotel
The hotel opened to the public in 1888, and since then, it has seen history, celebrities, and rebuilds. But also some tragedies. Millions of guests have checked in. Yet, a few have never checked out. In more than 130 years, the popular Alberta vacation spot has set the scene for some horrific murders, suicides, and terrible accidents. Some people even claim to have seen it with their own eyes. Like many ghost stories, retold hundreds of times, the details have become embellished and no one is quite sure what really happened.
The Mysterious Hotel Room 873
Here is a fun fact: the room doesn’t even exist anymore. According to a legend, there are multiple versions about how several people met their demise in this particular room.
Next famous story is about the Ghost Bride. It dates back to the late 1920s, just a year or two after the original structure was burned in fire. According to the story, on the young couple’s wedding day, the bride, decked out in her wedding dress, descended one of the hotel’s staircases. But something startled her, and she slip and fall. According to another story, the newlywed bride ascended the staircase as her future husband was waiting her at the top. But her wedding gown brushed against one of the candles that lined the staircase. She caught fire, and in the panic, she tripped over her wedding dress, fell down, broke her neck and died.
Sam the Bellman
Sam is another permanent resident of the halls of the hotel. Sam McCauleu or McAuley, was a beloved Scottish bellman. Before his death in the mid-late 1970s, he swore to posthumously return to the hotel and haunt his workplace. Since then, there have been incidents involving mysterious phantom lights, elevator doors opening and closing at random, and hotel guests being helped by an elderly Scottish bellman. Sam was the head bellman of the hotel during the sixties and seventies . He passed away in 1975. Here is a fun guest story. Two elderly women were calling the bell desk for assistance after they found out their key doesn’t work. The regular bellman was occupied and didn’t respond for 15 minutes. But by the time he arrived, the door was unlocked. One of the women said that an older bellman in a plain jacket had helped them.
Sam is a helpful ghost who is a former employee. But there is another ghost story about a former employee. That is the ghostly bartender. He encourages inebriated patrons to go to bed. Unlike Sam, little is known about this mysterious bartender.
While 873 is permanently closed, there are stories about other rooms. Even staff say that there are reports about haunted rooms. They do not mention specific numbers. Some of the reports are about pillows yanked out from under their heads while sleeping, being pushed off the bed by unseen entity, and more. Seeing bloody hand prints on the mirror, and so on. Whatever spirits haunt the room, many guests believe they cannot rest in peace.
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Ghost Stories of Canada’s Infamous Haunted Hotel – The Fairmont Banff Springs
Canada’s iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is known for its legendary haunted stories about the tragic end of a bride to be and a helpful staff, even after their deaths.
Two elderly women checked into the hotel and called the bell desk for assistance after their keys wouldn’t work. The bellman on duty had other things to do and wasn’t able to help them for another 15 minutes.
Another bellman in plaid jacked came and helped the two ladies inside, and when the bellman on duty finally managed to get to the two ladies, they had already unlocked the door. He asked them how they managed and the two ladies said that an old Scotsman in plaid had helped them. The bellman turned white as that description fit perfectly with Sam McCauley, the former head bellman in the sixties and seventies. Problem was though, he had been dead since 1975.
Step into the storied halls of The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and experience its mysterious history. The iconic establishment has been tantalizing travelers with tales of hauntings and long-forgotten ghost stories since 1888, making it one of Canada’s most interesting haunted hotspots.
Introducing the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is a historic hotel located in the Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Built in 1888 by railway magnate William Cornelius Van Horne and designed by architect Walter S. Painter, the grand chateau-style building has been a Canadian landmark for more than 130 years.
Its picturesque setting in the Canadian Rockies at 1414 meters altitude makes it perfect for an unforgettable stay.
History of the Hotel
With its long and fascinating history, it’s no surprise the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is rumored to be haunted. Built in 1888 for pioneering Canadian Railway chief William Cornelius Van Horne, the hotel was originally used as a grand chateau-style residence for railway employees before becoming a popular tourist destination.
The hotel has seen many events over the years, from royal visits to mysterious disappearances – all of which have contributed to its reputation as one of Canada’s top haunted locations.
There are more than one ghosts supposedly haunting the hotel, like Sam the bellman who is mostly spotted at the 9th floor, helping guests, but vanishing into thin air if you try to strike up a conversation or try to tip him.
The Bride of The Hotel
The most famous ghost of the hotel is the story of the Ghosts Bride. She even dates back to the 1920s and got so famous she even appeared on her own stamp and coin.
According to the legend, she was walking down the hotel’s marbled staircases on her wedding day. She was dressed up in her wedding gown, a long ting that dragged along the staircases. Some say she got her heel on the dress and slipped, some say she brushed up against a candle and burst into flames.
No matter what caused it, it ended in the same way, she died on those step before she were able to get married.
After her death, guests have claimed to have seen a ghostly figure ascending from the stairs, still trying to reach the last step. Others have claimed to have seen a woman wearing a wedding dress in the ballroom upstairs, dancing alone while she is still waiting for the first dance with her husband.
Watch Out for Room 873 – The Haunted Suite
The Fairmont Banff Springs is home to many haunted stories, but none quite as spine-tingling and mysterious as that of Room 873. According to local folklore and anecdotes from guests, the room’s occupants often experience strange noises, sudden temperature drops, and even the feeling of being touched in the night.
Some have reported seeing apparitions walking up and down the halls outside – though no one knows what the specter could be. Despite these eerie tales, visitors still flock to the hotel each year for a chance to encounter its legendary hauntings.
One of the theories about who is haunting the premise is the old legend that once an entire family was murdered inside.
Today the door is bricked up and looks like the rest of the wall in the hallway, but according to the stories, the ghosts of the murdered family still get out late at night.
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Banff Haunted Hotel – Mystery at the Banff Springs
“We are not going to see a ghost on a sunny afternoon,” huffs Hubby as we climb the hill from the parking lot to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. ” I can assure there is no Banff haunted hotel!”
Oh the scientific and logical thinking can really put a damper on such excursions.
“You may get quite the surprise when a Banff Springs hotel ghost pops up and offers to serve me tea.” I wink back at him, camera poised should the ghost bride appear before us.
Is the Banff Springs Hotel haunted?
Call them myths or legends, a wide variety of Banff Springs Hotel ghost stories exist. As with any good tale, over the decades the details flourish and evolve.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – Haunted or tall tale?
Banff Springs Hotel Room 873
Should you request room 873 Banff Springs Hotel you may be disappointed. It no longer exists. According to legend, and multiple versions exist, several people met their demise in this room.
The ghastly ghost tale involves a young family and a murder suicide scene. Of all the haunted Banff Springs hotel tales, this one is the most gruesome.
As the story goes, the spirits of the mother and daughter never left Banff Springs hotel 873. Guests who stayed in the room reported hearing shriek like cries in the middle of the night. Housekeeping staff insisted bloody fingerprints appeared on mirrors that would not come clean.
After dealing with such frightening reports, of Banff Springs hotel hauntings, management sealed all access to 873 forevermore.
So much for sleeping in a Banff Spring haunted room.
Considered one one of the ultimate places to stay in Banff
The ghost bride of Banff
A Banff Springs Hotel wedding is a magical dream for most brides. Marble staircases leading to luxurious ball rooms with the dazzling Canadian Rockies backdropping a dream come true wedding day.
However, for one bride in the early 1930’s, the day would end in disaster. As the Banff ghost folklore goes, the newlyweds arrive for their wedding dinner and reception at the Banff Springs Hotel.
Some say that while ascending a marble staircase to meet her groom, the bride caught her shoe in the hem of her wedding dress.
Other shocking reports tell of the Banff bride’s wedding dress touching a nearby candle flame. The distressed bride at seeing herself on fire, falls down the staircase.
In either scenario, the bride meets her end, breaking her neck on the marble floor.
A marble staircase within the Banff Springs Hotel
To this day, patrons, or those wishing to believe the Fairmont Banff haunted stories, insist they see the vision of a bride dancing in the Cascade ballroom. Others tell of a phantom bride floating down the staircase.
The Banff Springs Hotel ghost bride is the most famous of haunted hotel legends. In 2014 a collector coin and stamp were unveiled to commemorate this famous Banff hotel haunted tale.
The Bellman – a friendly ghost
Working at this famous hotel in Banff in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Scottish bellman Sam McCauley (or McAuley), is now a popular ghost visitor. According to Banff legends, Sam swore to his colleagues that he would return to the hotel after his passing in the mid 1970’s.
Guests claim this must be a Banff haunted hotel. What other explanation could there be for an elderly man, in an out-of-style uniform, helping them to find their room.
Others tell how an elderly Scottish gentleman provides assistance when they find themselves locked out of their room. When turning to tip the mysterious bellman, the helpful gentleman vanishes.
Whether Sam the bellman is a Banff Springs ghost still enjoying his helpful role at the Banff Fairmont hotel is unknown.
Banff Springs Hotel history
Banff Springs Hotel mystery of the ghosts
The Banff Springs Hotel rests majestically among Canada’s Rocky Mountains, in the heart of Banff National Park . Opened in 1888, by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), the ‘bastion of luxury’ was inspired by the visionary railway pioneer Sir William Cornelius Van Horne.
As the railways stretched westward, a stop over was needed for those travelling the new route. Van Horne understood that the astounding mountain scenery and natural thermal pools nearby, would create a world class destination. Today the national park is the busiest in Canada.
Vice President of the CPR, Van Horne made famous the line, “If we can’t export the scenery we’ll import the tourists.” The going rate in 1888 for a Banff Springs hotel room was a whopping $3.50.
Banff Haunted Hotel – Castle of the Rockies
The original famous hotel in Banff was a five story wood-framed structure designed by American architect Bruce Price. Drawing thermal water, from nearby natural springs, a pipe system filled pools in the luxurious structure. In 1926 a devastating fire burned the Banff Springs to the ground.
Is this Banff Fairmont hotel haunted?
After the tragic fire in 1926, the original wooden hotel was replaced with a steel structure clad in thick Rundle limestone blocks. Carved from nearby Mount Rundle, the origin of the rock provides a magnificent backdrop for this Castle of the Rockies.
Wandering inside and out, we marvel at the workmanship of the hundreds of Italian stone cutters and Scottish stone masons who rebuilt the Banff Springs Hotel.
Sadly not a single ghost makes me tea or even makes a fleeting appearance. Hubby kindly refrains from any I-told-you-so logical comments.
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The hotel is beautiful on the outside, I’m sure it’s equally beautiful inside! There must have been some really bad things happening for the hotel management to seal off that one room for good. Scary! The scenery there is fantastic, wow! ❤️🇨🇦❤️
John it is majestic inside and out. I found myself gawking about constantly at chandeliers, historical photos, figurines and of course the architecture. I agree there must have been a significant amount of complaining or unusual action in Room 873. An unsolved mystery I suppose.
Beautiful architecture amongst a stunning landscape. I’m always entertained by these stories. We once stayed at the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. It is considered haunted and they even give ghost tours.
Ingrid that’s fascinating. I’ve never heard of the hotel but it sounds like they have really embraced their ghosts and are happy to have them bring guests to visit. The Banff Springs is one of those buildings that once viewed leaves a unforgettable memory. Against those Canadian Rockies it has quite the backdrop.
Sue, you may have seen the Stanley Hotel on film if you’ve ever watched “The Shining.” As to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, it looks gorgeous–I’ve never hiked mountains that tall, but I’d love to give it a try! I’ve wanted to visit Banff ever since reading about it in high school, ages ago now. I swear I’ll get there someday. In the meantime, thanks for sharing the photos and stories!
Lovely to find you hear Leigh. How are things going for you? I have watched The Shining, at our drive in theatre on a rainy night no less. I think my nerves may still be frayed from the experience! The Banff Springs Hotel is a beauty and of course the setting is majestic. I hope you are able to visit one day soon.
What a magnificent hotel in the most gorgeous setting. Oh, that poor bride! Not a great thing to happen on your wedding day. 😳 Isn’t it strange how many of the most exciting and gripping stories have death and even murder as their main theme? We had a big old ‘haunted’ house in the village where I grew up. It was in large grounds behind a high wall, but everyone knew the story. My sister and I used to skuttle past that place as fast as our legs would carry us when we had to run an errand for our mom, which took us past it. 😅
Sylvia I am imagining you and your sister scurrying by that haunted house. I think I would have been in a hurry as well! Such a tragic story of the bride but as you say a gripping story. The hotel is an iconic landmark in Canada. The ghost stories definitely add to the intrigue.
Great post Sue! It is a fabulous hotel and we think it’s a highlight for anyone’s visit to Banff, especially sitting on the outside terrace for lunch overlooking the Bow river!
Another haunted hotel we have been to in San Diego is Hotel Del Coronado: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jordilippemcgraw/2018/02/28/secrets-hotel-del-coronado/?sh=4daddec219bc Both amazing places! Cheers!
We love San Diego and next time, these days one wonders if there will be a next time, we’ll have to check out this hotel. Such fascinating stories. The Banff Springs Hotel is a don not miss while visiting. Unfortunately the cost of staying there is very high but fun to stroll around or have a drink or bite to eat.
A beautiful and elegant hotel in such stunning surroundings. Did you stay overnight? I love ghost stories and I remember a fun “ghost tour” Brian and I took when we visited York. Sadly we did not spot any 🥺
Gilda the only time I have stayed overnight was at a work conference about 10 years ago. To be honest the hotel is very pricey. We are usually happy to have a drink or just stroll about. Who knows we might treat ourselves one day. Thanks for sharing your experience in York. Too bad no ghosts were spotted.
I’ve been to the haunted St. James Hotel in Cimmaron, New Mexico. One room is haunted by a cowboy who was killed in a gambling dispute and is closed to visitors. Other rooms are reported to be haunted as well. It has a real spooky feel to it. Amanda visits it in Amanda in New Mexico.
Darlene I recall Amanda visiting this spooky setting. My guess is she would very much like a tromp around the Banff Springs Hotel one day!
truly a majestic hotel nestled in a beautiful landscape, Sue. but if i get to stay there i’d have all the lights on at night! 🙂 🙂
The Banff Springs Hotel is a beauty. I might be tempted to leave a light on myself!
Maybe this hotel is related to The Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s The Shining!?? Very appropriate for Halloween!
I saw that movie at a drive in Theatre in my early 20’s. It was raining outside and I don’t think I’ve ever been so frightened.
Thank you so much for sharing these stories, Sue. Years ago, I stayed at the Banff Springs Hotel and greatly enjoyed it (although I don’t remember hearing about the ghost stories then). I would love to return there one day soon!
Donna that’s wonderful that you have stayed at the Banff Springs. I don’t think the hotel shares much about the ghost stories. Whereas some hotel market themselves that way, the Fairmont does not as far as I can tell.
I definitely wouldn’t ask to stay in Room 873 and, either way, what a ghastly story about that poor bride.
Yes a terrible tragedy for the poor Banff Springs bride. My guess is that room 873 became far more trouble than it was worth to keep it open.
I’m reading this post on Halloween. Perfectly spooky. That is quite an impressive hotel– ghosts or not. I’m so glad that rebuilt it in steel and limestone after the fire.
It seems that many towns took a hard lesson in fire in those early days. Brick and steel far more durable against the effects of fire. Whether the ghosts of Banff Springs exist or not I do like the stories, especially near Halloween.
You must have researched this/interviewed people for this post. Great stuff.
Well, there is a haunted law library in downtown Toronto in Canada’s oldest courthouse by Queen St. W., subway station.
I worked in the courthouse…no I didn’t experience anything. Just interesting stories. https://greatlibrary.blog/2017/10/24/ghost-stories/ I recommend visiting it. It’s free. Just need to go through security.
Jean thank you for sharing the article about the haunted library. Fascinating and now on the list for a future trip to Toronto. I did a fair amount of research on the Banff Springs ghosts and stories. Fun to learn more about the history of this iconic building.
What a fabulous place to visit Sue! Not sure I’ll ask for the room when I get to go there though 🙂 And such a beautiful looking place to stay.
I didn’t realize the Banff Springs had such ghostly tales! If I’ve ever been in a haunted hotel, I’ve never noticed the ghosts. Usually I’m haunted by much more prosaic things like noisy neighbours. 😉
Haha that sounds like my attitude Diane. Bring on the ghosts as long as they are quiet. My guess is the Banff Springs has made the decision not to publicize the fact that there may or may not be ghosts in the place. Not necessarily common knowledge. I may have let the ghost out of the bag!
The Banff Hotel has been on my list for years. We had a business retreat there a number of years back. At the last minute I was unable to attend. All of my business associates that did attend raved about the hotel and surrounding scenery!! Great post Sue!! (I think I fixed the avatar issue you brought to my attention….let me know…thanks!)
Kirt too bad you were unable to attend the conference. That is how I have stayed there myself. Understandably it is a high end hotel with a high end price. Still for a special occasion I would recommend it. I checked and the issue is fixed. Now easy to access your blog.
Great!! Glad it works like it should…
I’ve never been to a haunted hotel, Sue. Or anything haunted, actually. I’m open to the experience, however, and I enjoy reading stories about this kind of thing. An author friend of mine, JH Moncrieff focuses her blog around true mysteries, supernatural suspense, unsolved crimes, and haunted houses. I think the most eerie place I ever visited was a closed-down asylum in West Virginia, last year.
I believe I remember you writing about that experience Liesbet. Very eerie indeed. As a student nurse I did some training in an asylum that was closing. Thankfully most of my time was spent in the new facility. I still get shivers thinking about it. Your friend’s blog sounds fascinating, in a jump out of your seat kind of way.
Whoa! That hotel is quite Grand, isn’t it?!!
That it is GP. These railway hotels built in the early 1900’s were quite the undertaking.
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The Mysteries of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
July 27, 2017
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
By Dennis Begin
On my first visit to Banff National Park as a teenager, I was told a charming story of how the Banff Springs Hotel had lost a guest room. At that time, swimming in the Cave and Basin Hot Springs seemed far more interesting. With age comes an appreciation of history, as the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel has a very mysterious past.
CPR Hotel – Canada’s Castle in the Rockies
When the Canadian Pacific Railroad [CPR] was completed in 1885, the company needed to make the railroad profitable. William Cornelius Van Horne, the General Manager, realized that tourism was good business. Van Horne reasoned that “... since we can’t export the scenery, we’ll have to import the tourist”. His decision resulted in the construction of ten hotels across Canada, from the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City to the Empress in Victoria. Over the years, the Banff Springs Hotel has been redesigned, expanded, refurbished, renovated again and again, as well as winterized in 1968 to become a year-round resort. Today this stately hotel, or castle, has fifteen floors, 768 guest rooms, a golf course, eleven restaurants and 1,200 employees. It has an ambiance that can be best described as majestic, with a view of Mount Rundle and the Bow Valley. Over the years many celebrities have stayed at the hotel, including Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, numerous Prime Ministers and Queen Elizabeth II. For the record, the original hotel cost a mere $250,000 to build and a room cost only $3.50 a night. The hotel is now recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The Lost Room
There appears to be a number of versions of this story, but they all center on a missing guest room somewhere in the hotel. It is not as if the staff had an extra set of keys and were constantly looking for the lost room. When the hotel was opened in 1888, the contractor Bruce Price, appears to have misread the architectural plans and built the entire hotel facing backwards. It is therefore conceivable that the construction crew either built an extra room, which never had an outside window, or boarded up the room and never inserted the door. Embarrassed by the mistake, Price preferred to leave the room lost instead of admitting another mistake. Besides, the staff had 200 other rooms to keep them busy.
It would not be until the fire of 1926 that management discovered the lost room on the eighth floor, which of course never had a number. Over the years, conflicting details have emerged about the lost room from the hotel staff and visitors, along with paranormal events in other parts of the hotel.
With the passage of time and people passing through the hotel, many ghost stories have emerged, such as Sam McCauley-the Bellman, the Dancing Bride and Room 873. Sam the Bellman makes frequent appearances to help with the luggage, although he has been dead since 1975. The Dancing Bride fell down the spiral staircase on her wedding night and died, but her ghost has frequently been seen dancing alone in the Cascade Ballroom. Room 873 is the epitome of ghostly tales.
The mystery of Room 873 begins with that destructive fire in 1926 requiring extensive hotel renovations. Shortly after re-opening the hotel in 1928, a gruesome murder took place in Room 873, with the husband killing his wife and daughter. From that point on, the room produced strange sounds, screams and shadows, along with a repeating bloody handprint of the little girl on the mirror. As a result of the complaints from the guests, management finally had the room sealed and blended into the hallway. Hotel staff and visitors, however, continued to report apparitions walking the hallway. Room 873 was haunted!
There is plenty of evidence that Room 873 still exists behind the brick and drywall. There are rooms ending with 73 on both the 7 th and 9 th floors, but not on the 8 th floor. The baseboard in the hallway has been cut to fit the width of a door. Knocking on the wall produces a hollow sound behind the drywall. Lastly, the hallway light is still located where a door should be, but there is no Room 873!
The official position of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is that the Lost Room and Room 873 are one in the same and the mass murder never happened. During various renovations, smaller rooms were often enlarged with doors and lights relocated. The ghost stories connected with the Lost Room have become, over decades, an urban myth or legend. Hotel management does acknowledge other historical ghosts, such as the Dancing Bride, the Bellman, the Headless Piper, the Hallway of Mirrors and haunted bathrooms. Besides, a couple of good ghost stories are good for business. The hotel even offers Halloween Heritage Ghost Tour Packages as well as a Haunted Hotel Gala Affair, along with a night at the hotel. When you register, and if you have the nerve…ask for Room 873!
RV’ing in Banff
Banff is Canada’s First National Park, established in 1883. Situated 128 km from Calgary, one would expect to find a multitude of RV Parks and amenities. Not so. This is a national park where the mountain scenery and immersing oneself with nature takes precedence. There are fourteen RV Parks near Banff but read the fine print. Many are just that, campgrounds, with no showers, cable or Wifi. Do not expect to plug in your forty foot motorhome and watch the Blue Jays game. Some parks having limited facilities for RV’ers are Sundance Lodge, Tunnel Mountain, Two Jack Lakeside, Castle Mountain and Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court. These camping sites are open only from mid-May through to mid-September and may or may not take reservations.
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Eureka Springs man taken into custody after making bomb threats to Fayetteville High School, Crescent Hotel
Posted: January 4, 2024 | Last updated: January 4, 2024
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A Eureka Springs man has been arrested after making bomb threats to Fayetteville High School and the Crescent Hotel and Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs.
According to a press release from the Eureka Springs Police Department, around 10:05 a.m., it received a call from an unknown man calling in a bomb threat to Basin Park Hotel and the Crescent Hotel.
Police say the phone number was registered to a Twilio account.
Several officers from the Berryville Police Department, Green Forest Police Department, and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Basin Park Hotel and Crescent Hotel. They confirmed no bombs or explosive devices were present, according to the release.
Police say evacuation and safety protocols were activated throughout the city.
The release says the Fayetteville Police Department received a bomb threat for Fayetteville High School from an unknown number around 10:07 a.m. Police found the call came from a Twilio account.
The release says several officers responded to the bomb threat.
Sgt. Tony Murphy of the Fayetteville Police Department confirmed that officers responded to 1001 W. Bulldog Blvd about a bomb threat.
Alan Wilbourn with Fayetteville Public Schools said the school cooperated with an investigation by police and that officers were searching the perimeter of the high school. The school was put in lockdown as a precaution.
Eureka Springs police say no bombs or explosive devices were found.
Fayetteville police officers cleared the scene just before 11 a.m.
According to Wilbourn, the lockdown has been lifted and the school is back to normal procedures.
The release says around 10:22 a.m., Little Rock FBI contacted the Fayetteville Police Department saying a man had called and said there had been 10 people armed with guns and in masks at the Arvest Bank on the Fayetteville Square on 75 N. East Avenue.
According to the release, more officers responded to Arvest Bank and found no evidence of an armed robbery.
Police say the phone number of the last call belonged to a Eureka Springs man who the department says has been making calls and sending messages to both the Eureka Springs Police Department and the Fayetteville Police Department.
The Fayetteville Police Department confirmed the voice in the bomb threat call belonged to the Eureka Springs man and they used GPS to find his location.
When police arrived at 11:30 a.m., the man barricaded himself inside his residence and was speaking to officers through a window. The man eventually agreed to come outside and was taken into custody.
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The Eerie Town In Idaho With Insane Paranormal Activity
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Ghosts, paranormal activity, and eerie haunting legends are everywhere you turn in Idaho – most people are walking right on top of decades worth of spooky history as we speak. But sometimes… otherworldly activity seems to concentrate itself in one particular area. We did some digging and discovered that quite a few of Idaho’s reported hauntings take place in one city: Pocatello. From the Native American peoples who first inhabited the land to the Gold Rush masses who flocked here in the 1860s, Pocatello’s legacy is overflowing with fascinating historical figures and colorful characters… the restless of whom refuse to fade quietly into history. Is Pocatello the most haunted city in Idaho? You be the judge.
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What do you think? Is Pocatello the most haunted city in Idaho, or do you know of another town that is teeming with even more of the supernatural? Let us know what other spooky haunts you’ve encountered!
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Idaho doesn't get mentioned in too many ghost-hunting circles, but it probably should. The state is home to dozens of ghost towns, each with a bevy of ghostly legends in tow. Add in a swath of eerie Native American legends, some tragic love stories, and a few centuries-old cemeteries... and Idaho has plenty of supernatural lore to chill even the most die-hard skeptics and fanatics. From hotels and cemeteries to saloons, parks, movie theaters, and more, here are just a few of the most haunted places in Idaho:
- Old Idaho Penitentiary , Boise
- Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise
- Lava Hot Springs Inn , Lava Hot Springs
- The Idaho Hotel , Silver City
- Pioneer/Boot Hill Cemetery, Idaho City
- Stricker Home Site and Rock Creek Stage Station , Twin Falls
- White Horse Saloon , Spirit Lake
- Spirit Lake
- Farragut State Park , Athol
- Enders Hotel, Soda Springs
- Lewiston, Idaho
- Pocatello, Idaho
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Rooted in centuries of mining and Native American history, Idaho is home to quite a few gold and silver boomtowns that have been lost to time. Some of these town sites are still considered “living” ghost towns or even “semi ghost towns,” while others have little to nothing remaining. For a taste of true Idaho history, visit some of these unique ghost towns in Idaho:
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- Gilmore, Idaho
- De Lamar, Idaho
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The 6 Most Haunted Places in Idaho
Idaho is not a state that is particularly known for ghost stories and hauntings. For some reason, it is often seen as a more wholesome state compared to some of the other paranormal hotspots around the country.
However, that doesn’t mean that there is no ghost activity to be found, you just have to know where to look! From creepy cemeteries to abandoned prisons, haunted Idaho has a little bit of everything to offer.
Take a look at the six most haunted places in Idaho!
1. Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell
When it comes to local ghost stories, there are always one or two that really stick in your mind thanks to some of the unique details. In Idaho, one such story is that of the legless jogger who haunts Canyon Hill Cemetery!
Apparently, if you are brave enough to drive up to the gates of the cemetery and park your car there around midnight the apparition of a jogger with no legs floats up to the driver-side window and taps on the glass!
2. The Bates Motel, Coeur d' Alene
Originally, The Bates Motel in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho was officers’ barracks both before and during the second world war. It was later sold and converted into a motel known as The Roadway Inn.
Several years later it was sold again, this time to Mr. Randy Bates who renamed it The Bates Motel. This was long before the movie Psycho was ever released, but the name certainly made it popular once the movie did come out! It has actually been suggested that the author of Psycho, Robert Bloch, stayed at the motel sometime in the fifties and kept note of the name.
The now-iconic Bates Motel sign was put up by a production crew in the eighties when a movie was filmed there and was left behind when production wrapped.
Now, the real-life Bates Motel may not be as terrifying as the movie version, but it is still considered to be one of the most haunted places in Idaho! Both guests and employees say that there is near-constant paranormal activity at the hotel.
The majority of the unexplained occurrences seem to be centered on rooms one and three. Guests who are given these rooms often report getting the unsettling feeling of being watched.
They also experience cold spots, strange noises, lights turning on and off and ashtrays either being knocked off of tables or simply moved to another spot when no one has been in the room.
Learn more about the haunted Bates Motel, Coeur d’ Alene
3. Shoshone Indian Ice caves, Shoshone
When we think about haunted locations, it is a natural reaction to think only of buildings, but one of the most haunted places in Idaho is actually a cave! Shoshone Indian Ice Caves are a popular attraction for tourists visiting the area.
However, long after the tourists have gone and the caves are closed up it is said that employees hear phantom footsteps and hushed voices. Some have suggested that it is the Indian princess Edahow who haunts the caves since she was buried in the ice many decades ago.
4. Owyhee Plaza, Boise
The Owyhee Plaza has been something of a Landmark in Boise, Idaho since 1910. It has seen a large amount of renovation work over the years, but it still retains most of its regal and classic architecture.
From the time it opened up until the 1940s the hotel was considered something of a hotspot, especially a rooftop garden which featured a restaurant and dance floor which often had live music.
Now offering office, retail, and living facilities, this one-time hotel is without a doubt one of the most haunted places in the state!
Past staff and guests alike have report strange goings-on at the hotel including a full-body apparition!
One of the most compelling reports comes from a couple who stayed in room number 136. The lady awoke during the night and saw a female spirit standing in the room. She said that she was not at all scared, in fact, she felt a sense of calm come over her!
She asked the spirit who she was and what she wanted, but the ghostly woman simply faded away.
Other guests and staff have reported similar apparitions in various different parts of the hotel and many people report the sensation that they are being watched or hearing strange unexplained noises.
Read more about the Owyhee Plaza Hotel and Residencies
5. The Brig at Farragut State Park, Farragut
Farragut State Park is one of the most popular vacation spots in Northern Idaho thanks to its convenient location and fantastic amenities, but come nightfall the campground known as The Brig is not for the faint of heart! In fact, it is one of the most haunted places in Idaho!
The Brig was originally a naval training center and at one time it also served as a military jail. It was built during the Second World War in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The construction took 11 months and cost around $100 million.
In terms of the history of the area, The Brig has been the site of at least one homicide and there was also at least one suicide here during World War 2. When Farragut was a military base, it would have been home to around 300,000 men.
It is not clear who or what actually haunts The Brig, but most witnesses do agree that the apparition seems to be in some kind of uniform although there is debate as to whether this is a military uniform or prison garb – both of which would be plausible for the building.
It could be that the sightings are two or more different apparitions. Visitors, campers, and staff over the years have all described the apparition in detail saying that he almost seems like a real living person – apart from the fact that he can vanish into thin air and is often slightly transparent!
Aside from the apparition, there are also reports of objects flying across the old cells and large, heavy objects being ‘relocated’ when nobody has been in the building! Sounds like the ideal spot to go camping, right?
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6. Old Idaho State Penitentiary, Boise
Everyone knows that prisons are nearly always a magnet for paranormal activity thanks to the melting pot of emotions that soak into the walls of these buildings. Old Idaho State Penitentiary is no different and it has long been considered one of the most haunted prisons in the US .
The prison was established back in 1870 as a one-cell house, but it very quickly began to grow into a complex of buildings enclosed by a thick wall of sandstone. In fact, part of the prisoners’ sentences was mining the rock to build the very walls that kept them in!
Over 10,000 convicts have passed through the prison over the course of a century and it seems that not all of them left!
There have been several deaths on the premises including 10 executions and 110 documented deaths due to illness, murder, and plain old age.
However, the conditions in this prison were horrific, with inmates being subjected to inhumane treatment so it would not be surprising if the death toll was actually much higher, and those deaths were simply not documented!
Due to the design of the prison, the cells were unbearably hot in the summer months and freezing cold in Winter, plus there was no indoor plumbing so as you might imagine there was a great deal of misery and suffering which has definitely left a mark on the prison.
There are a number of documented paranormal events that have happened in the Old Idaho State Penitentiary. The most haunted spot is said to be 5 House where Idaho’s answer to Jack the Ripper, Raymond Allen Snowden was executed in 1957.
It is believed that the murderer’s soul is still haunting the prison and grounds and he has done even before the prison closed in the seventies.
Reports of his presence have been made by visitors, staff, and prisoners alike! Whenever he draws near, the living is said to be overcome by a feeling of dread and oppression.
Snowden is by no means the only spirit at Old Idaho State Penitentiary. It is a fairly common occurrence for visitors to hear phantom footsteps echoing throughout the halls and disembodied voices are also heard fairly regularly.
Visitors participating in the regular walking tours of the old prison have also been touched and even pushed by unseen hands. There is a very strong feeling of being watched from the shadows and several shadow figures have also been spotted in a number of places around the prison.
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Haunted Hotels in idaho
If you’re looking to take your thrill-seeking levels higher than your local haunted house or haunted maze, then spending the night in one of Idaho’s most haunted hotels is a must. If you’re feeling brave, be sure to request the most haunted room when you book!
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