Nestled in the Canadian Rocky Mountains is a beautiful castle like hotel known as the Banff Springs Hotel. It was originally built as a Canadian railroad hotel by William Cornelius Van and opened its’ doors on June 1, 1888. It is within walking distance of the resort community of Banff. It is considered to be one of the most haunted locations in Canada.
In 1911, a new structure was built to replace the original building, in stages. The wooden building was replaced with a concrete and stone facing to create the look of a fairytale castle. Both the original and new structures were designed by American architects.
There was a young woman that lost her life on the staircase of the hotel. She had started to walk down the stairs in her beautiful wedding gown, when candles that were used for lighting, allegedly caught her gown on fire. She panicked and fell to the bottom of the staircase, breaking her neck in the fall. People have reported seeing her still in her wedding dress and dancing in the ballroom.
When the hotel was originally built, the contractors made a mistake and added a room that had no windows or doors. When the mistake was realized, the area was covered up where it wouldn’t be noticed. After a fire, the room was discovered. There have been reports of strange sounds and apparitions here, even though no one can explain why.
Room 873 is where a husband, wife and their daughter were murdered. After the police finished their investigation, the hotel staff was sent in to clean the room. However, there was one small issue with a mirror. It seems that the child’s fingerprints that were located on it could not be removed. The management decided to close the room off, but to this day, people report seeing the slain family moving around in the hall close to the room where they all died.
There is also the spirit of a former bellman, Sam Macauley. Sam is usually seen on the upper levels of the hotel. Several people have identified him as a real person – spoken to him – and then had him to quickly disappear right in front of them.
If you are in Alberta and looking for a haunted hotel to visit, Banff Springs Hotel is a must.