Depending on whether or not you believe in the paranormal, this will totally give you the creeps. Calgary has a secret, it's the home to many haunted spots. Of course, there's a lot of speculation about some of these urban legends, but come on. Some of these are so creepy, they have to be legit. But brace yourselves, it's about to get real spooky up in here.
If you're into the dark, the gruesome and the afterlife, you might actually enjoy this. Feel free to grab your ghostbusters attire and your Ouija boards, and confirm or deny these mysteries. If you're brave enough.
The Zoo Bridge
We said farewell to this 108-year-old piece of YYC in the past year, but there is a lot to be said about this general area. Although, the Calgary Zoo is a fun attraction, filled with everything from Penguins to Lions, legend has it that this area is haunted by a 6-year-old. In 1946, a young boy was brutally murdered under the Zoo Bridge. Sightings of this young boy's ghost have been reported by guests during the night, as well as sounds of a young child crying for help. Emergency Services are said to be called to the area a few times a year over allegations of a child crying for help. It looks like he'd rather chill with the zoo animals than make his way to the other side...
This highway has been sketchy due to it not having a speed limit or speed indications along the road until the expansion of South Calgary. It is said to have been one of the most dangerous highways in Calgary. This is because many of the fatal car accidents occurred on this highway. Now, of course, deaths = ghosts. Sightings of ghosts have been reported on Highway 22x during the night and screams/cries have been occasionally heard. Allegedly, some of these apparitions have caused vehicle collisions. I don't really know if we should investigate this one...
The Cecil Hotel
Luckily, we said goodbye to the Cecil Hotel late last year; sadly, the spirits live on. First and foremost, I'd like to mention, nothing good ever comes out of a hotel with this name. I don't know who "Cecil" is but we gotta stop naming things after him... please (the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles doesn't have a very pretty history either.) The Cecil Hotel was built in 1912 and was one of the few last standing pre-first world war hotels. This is apparently why we held onto it for so long. This hotel was the home to drugs, unprovoked murders, deaths and other illegal activity - again, murder/death = ghosts. In Cecil's last year open, the police were said to have been called over 1700 times. It had been closed for years and just stood on the corner of 4th Ave SE. Even with the hotel closed, the police still received numerous calls to that area. The area is allegedly still being haunted by the ghosts of hotel guests.
Right in the heart of Inglewood lies Garry Theatre. Inglewood is said to be haunted in general, but Garry Theatre has an especially bone-chilling story. Garry Theatre was brought to be by Ironwood Stage & Grill in 1936. Back in the day, the theatre had a director named Michael who spent a great deal of time hanging out in the theatre basement. Apparently, wasn't too fond of actors... legend has it, Michael is still in that basement to this day. Apparently, he can be seen lurking the ladies room and locking people in areas of the theatre. How rude of you, Michael.
Old Grace Hospital
Currently known as "Riley Park Health Centre," Old Grace Hospital located on 8th Ave NW has a few paranormal occurrences of its own. Apparently, the ghost of a woman who is said to be a family member of the owner of the land OG was built on (isn't that a mouthful) is haunting the halls of the maternity ward. Legend has it, the woman died giving birth to her baby (who also didn't survive childbirth) in the hospital and has been haunting the maternity ward since. She is said to be seen weeping and holding her baby. If that doesn't send utter chills down your spine, I don't know what will.
Due to redevelopment plans, Devil's Playground will soon be known as "Devil's Strip Mall". I will actually be disappointed in The City of Calgary if they don't name it this. Devil's Playground is one of the most paranormal spaces in Calgary with the creepiest story - which can be confirmed in a documentary coming out at the end of this month. A schoolhouse once stood in this area located near Chesteremere before being burned to the ground and killing 3 (some say 7) children inside. There are speculations of this fire being set by a nun. The children killed in this fire are said to be haunting the area now called "Devil's Playground." While the land is private property, many citizens in Calgary have visited the area and have stories of paranormal instances and sightings. Occurrences such as hearing the sounds of children laughing and playing, apparitions of a small girl with a ball, faces behind semi-boarded up windows and other terrifying events. The worst part about this is during the multiple attempts at the demolition of the schoolhouse remains, the workers fell ill and the wrecking ball motor blew out... Looks like the Devil doesn't want anyone f#%!$*g with his playground.
Odd Fellows Hall (The Calgary Chamber of Commerce)
At this point, I feel like anything older than your grandparents probably has a few ghosts living up in there. Odd Fellows Hall (now known as the Calgary Chamber of Commerce) was built in 1912 in Downtown Calgary and is another one of the allegedly haunted places in YYC. Many Calgarians have had apparitions of an elevator operator inside the building. Uh... I'll take the stairs, thanks.