Vancouver may be a young city but that doesn't void it of any historical creepiness that lingers to this day. From the obvious haunted spots such as the Hycroft Manor and Hotel Vancouver to the not so obvious like the Century House and Taylor Manor, check out Curbed Vancouver's top 10 list of the creepiest places in the lower mainland. Have a spooky place that didn't make the list? Share in the comments section!Read More
Mapping The Spookiest Places In Vancouver
The Hycroft Manor is one of Vancouver's most well known haunted mansions. There are reportedly seven ghosts that frequent the 20,000 square foot pad that was once home to General Alexander Duncan McRae in the early 1900s. Sightings of an elderly man in a war uniform have been reported - um, is there anything spookier? The X-files used to film here, so the creepy factor is clear.
The Vogue Theatre is one of Vancouver's popular live music venues. It is apparently haunted with two ghosts, both of which no one can identify. There have been sightings of a tall, narrow faced, well dressed man who has even been spotted by a performer that refused to continue their set. So, who is selling their upcoming concert tickets?
One of Vancouver's most prominent hotels, Hotel Vancouver, has a female ghost known as the 'Lady in Red.' She was a frequent guest in the 1930's until her tragic passing in 1944. The Lady in Red can now be found passing through elevator doors on the 1st - 14th floors. The hotel staff don't even deny her existence, so much so that there is a cocktail named after her in the bar. Marketing ploy or real ghost story?
This transit hub in downtown Vancouver has been around since 1914. It bustles with commuters during the day, but come nightfall the security guards have heard footsteps through the main hall and have witnessed furniture moving. An over night security guard claims to have seen a woman dancing in the main hall to 1920's music and just as he walked towards her, she disappeared and the music stopped. Ok, who has chills now? Just us? Moving along.
The Century House is a class "A" heritage building downtown Vancouver. It used to be home to a mortgage company that was victim to an armed robbery. A young bank teller was killed and rumour has it that her spirit still haunts the building. On site for a music video shoot recently, a local described a scene in a washroom where she was touching up her make up and heard crying from a stall in the same room. She knew the bathroom was empty when she walked in. The crying turned to sobbing. A little perplexed, she left the washroom and came back with a friend. The crying started again, then the sobbing progressed but when she asked her friend if she heard the distressed female cry, the friend said no.
Old Spaghetti Factory
In Gastown, popular tourist restaurant, the Old Spaghetti Factory, sits on the old underground railway where history tells us there was a tragic accident that took place. Employees of the restaurant have reported seeing the train conductor lingering through the restaurant as well as another male figure that has been spotted rearranging the cutlery and hanging out in the women's washroom. Ghosts are creepy and perverted. Who knew?
Beatty Street Drill Hall
Tanks and cannons hang out by the entrance (no, seriously) of the Beatty Street Drill Hall where the BC Regiment has conducted military training inside over the last century. The building itself is spooky enough but there have also been reports of mysterious footsteps and books flying off the shelf.
The Taylor Manor is often the setting of some major film productions in Vancouver, however, it has been said that film crews arrive in the morning and find their equipment scattered in random locations. As if that's not creepy enough, locals have visited the manor at night to find flickering lights at the rear of the building. When observers attempted to film the lights, a 'blue, asymmetrical orb' appeared to be floating in front of the camera and quickly zoomed out and the lights stopped. The lights have continuously flickered for various observers. Bad fluorescent lighting, or creepy ghosts?
One of the more recent ghost stories, the Irving House in New Westminster is home to a 13-year old girl who apparently committed suicide back in 2008. After police investigations, there were reports officials were cruising the streets looking for her missing body and they spotted a young girl walking the streets. She stopped immediately, turned to face the police and showed only a white face and black eyes. They went to turn the cop car around to find that she had disappeared.
Riverview Mental Hospital
The former mental hospital is definitely on everyone's list of creepiest places in Vancouver. How could it not? It used to house some of the most severely mentally ill patients in Vancouver and rumour has it was home to many disturbing human experiments. Since shutting down, the building has been used for film production such as J.J. Abrams' Alcatraz.