It's the perfect time to get back into the spooky spirit. What better way to celebrate the return of fall and cozy nights in than with a massive ghost hunt across the province? This list of B.C.'s most haunted places will have you and your spunky gang of teenage detectives quivering in your boots.
If there's anything to be said about B.C.'s supernatural species, it's that they know how to live. The province's most famous ghosts can be seen hanging around massive mansions and glorious castles. You might catch them chilling by the water or the local pasta joint.
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Heck, even the spectres cursed to wander their old sanitoriums are having a better time than we are. One of B.C.'s most haunted spots is regularly used as a setting in films, and its ghosts even got to meet the cast of Riverdale.
If you want to be as cool as B.C.'s spirit world, then this comprehensive list has got your back. After all, there's nothing that'll get you in the spirit of the season more than being possessed by actual spirits.
Assemble the gang and pile into your retro 1972 Ford Ecoline van for a night of spooks and scares that'll never leave you.
Address: 2601 Lougheed Hwy., Coquitlam, BC
Why You Need To Go: Nothing says spooky more than an abandoned insane asylum. If this place looks familiar, that's because it's also one of the most filmed locations in Canada. Good thing ghosts are huge cinephiles.
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Address: 53 Water St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Don't laugh. This Gastown restaurant is among the most famous spirit-infested places in Vancouver, with at least four resident ghosts: the tram conductor, the mischievous Little Red Man, a young boy named Edward, and a little girl with a balloon.
Address: 4600 Tranquille Rd., Kamloops, BC
Why You Need To Go: Founded in the early 1900s, this hospital first served to house tuberculosis patients. Later, it was converted to a psychiatric institution. Now, the ghosts of patients past wander the grounds, eager to share their stories.
The Fairmont Empress Hotel
Address: 721 Government St., Victoria, BC
Why You Need To Go: Since opening in 1908, the Empress has been the site of many tragedies. Its most famous ghost is perhaps that of Francis Rattenbury, the very architect that designed the place.
The Qualicum Heritage Inn
Address: 427 College Rd., Qualicum Beach, BC
Why You Need To Go: This beautiful mansion started as a boy's college in the 1930s before being transformed into an inn 40 years later. Visitors say they can still hear boys talking on the upper floors.
Address: 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC
Why You Need To Go: Who doesn't want to visit an enormous haunted castle? The owners deny claims of spectres haunting the site, but witnesses describe seeing apparitions of a little girl as well as a maid.
Address: 1489 McRae Ave., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: Aside from being a super popular destination for weddings, the mansion is also home to six ghosts — one of whom is reported to be the original owner of the home. There are certainly worse places to haunt.
Stave Falls Powerhouse
Address: 31338 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Mission, BC
Why You Need To Go: The powerhouse is famous for the sheer amount of strange phenomenon witnessed by visitors over the years. From banging pipes to shadowy figures, this structure has its share of spirits.
Address: 2005 Sooke Rd., Victoria, BC
Why You Need To Go: Closing off this grand tour, we're stopping at this massive castle built in 1909. They say the ghost of its previous owner still wanders its halls, left heartbroken after his son was killed in World War I.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.