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8 True Canadian Ghost Stories That You’ll Wish Were Made Up

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8 Canadian Ghost Stories That Will Keep You Up At Night

October is here, and that means the spooky season is upon us. It's the perfect time of year to dive into some of the most famous Canadian ghost stories out there. These tales of terror will definitely send shivers up your spine.

A number of these uniquely Canadian tales tie into the nation's past, and some even involve famous historical sights. This all just proves that the great white north can be just as scary as it is awe-inspiring.

So dim the lights, grab a blanket, and indulge in some of the country's most haunting accounts of otherworldly events (just don't read them before going to bed)!

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The Mackenzie River Ghost

Augustus Richard Peers died in 1853, and as part of his final wishes, his body was to be transported from the Northwest Territories on dogsled, a task that Roderick Macfarlane volunteered to take on.

During the trip, Macfarlane wrote in his journal that in the night, he would hear a ghostly voice compelling the dogs to keep running, even though no one else was around.

The Mistress Of Christie Mansion

Though this story involves a cookie dynasty, it is anything but sweet.

After the death of William Mellis Christie (the original Mr. Christie) in 1900, his son, Robert, inherited the company as well as the family mansion in Toronto.

Robert had a family, but also a mistress who lived in a secret room of the house. Once he stopped visiting her, the mistress took her own life in that very room.

Legend has it that if you enter the mistress's chambers at night, the door will swing shut behind you, and you will be trapped inside.

The Amherst Haunting

Just as a house can appear to be haunted, so to can a person.

Esther Cox moved to Amherst, Nova Scotia in 1878 at age 18 to live with her sister. That was when the trouble began.

There were reports of banging on the walls, furniture moving around, and even fires being started.

Esther herself was subjected to all manner of unexplainable physical ailments. Even when she went to stay elsewhere, the unexplainable events followed her.

She eventually wound up in jail for robbery, after which the paranormal phenomena seemed to stop.

The Grey Lady Of The Citadel

What could be more haunting than a tragic love story? As the tale goes, the Grey Lady who haunts the Halifax Citadel had been engaged to a soldier who was stationed there.

As she waited at the church for her groom, a soldier stationed at the fort, she was told by a carriage driver that he had taken his own life.

The Grey Lady now reportedly walks the grounds of the citadel searching for her fiancé. The smell of roses is said to follow her.

The Northumberland Strait Ghost Ship

Off the shore of Northumberland, you may be able to spot a bright light on the water in the fall. It might even materialize into a sailing ship that appears to be on fire.

This is the famous ghost ship of the Northumberland Strait, which has been written about for over a hundred years.

One of the most well-known stories of this supernatural event occurred when a group of sailors spotted the ship, but upon rowing toward it for a rescue effort, saw it disappear into the fog.

The Spirit Of An Artist

Tom Thomson was an unofficial member of the famous Canadian art collective known as the Group of Seven.

In 1917, while canoeing in Algonquin, Thomson tragically drowned, although no one knows exactly how this occurred (his body was found tangled in fishing wire).

The artist was buried in nearby Mowat Cemetary on July 17. Every year on the same day, his ghost can reportedly be spotted canoeing down the river.

The Baldoon Mystery

This is yet another Canadian ghost story that is hundreds of years old, holding a special place in the nation's history.

The Baldoon settlement was formed in southern Ontario in the early 1800s and made up of Scottish immigrants. By the 1820s, many of the settlers had left, but the MacDonald family remained.

Over time, though, a number of mysterious events began to occur.

This included a disturbing event in which a baby's crib began to rock violently back and forth on its own while the child was in it.

There were also unexplained fires, the sounds of marching footsteps, and frequently broken windows.

The Ghost Bride Of The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

This is yet another tragic tale of love and the supernatural.

The story goes that on the day of her wedding, a bride was descending the Banff Spring Hotel's marble staircase when something caused her to trip and fall to her death.

Staff have reported either seeing her ghostly apparition on the same stairs where she died, or in the ballroom, where she can be seen dancing alone.

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