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Vancouver may have a reputation for being a world-class city, but it’s also a city with its fair share of otherworldly activity. Here’s a glimpse at a few haunted spots in Vancouver, some well known, while others may come as a surprise. Don’t believe us? Go check them out for yourself. We dare you to.
9. Courtyards at Saint Paul’s Hospital
Built in 1984, many have come and gone through the doors of Saint Paul’s Hospital. Others, however, have decided to take up permanent residence. Accounts from both past and current staff detail stories of ghostly encounters throughout the wings and in the courtyard.
8. Mole Hill
Providing affordable housing for low and middle income seniors, singles, and families, Mole Hill stretching down Pendrell St. in the West End is rumoured to be an area inhabited by “ghosts.” Which is kind of believable seeing as the houses are over a century old, some dating back to 1888.
7. Deer Lake Park
Although it’s located in Burnaby, there are countless tales of hauntings and apparition sightings at Deer Lake Park – also home to the former Ceperley house which was built in the early 1900’s and is known today as the Burnaby Art Gallery. The most common sighting is that of Mrs. Ceperley herself.
6. Carnegie and Hastings Alleyway
Known more for its colorful inhabitants as opposed to ghostly inhabitants, some say that the alleyway behind Carnegie Hall Building is buzzing with paranormal activity.
5. Cordova Street
It’s no secret that Gastown is one of the most haunted areas in Vancouver. As one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, and located on the waterfront, it has a long and storied history.
4. West 16th Avenue
Next time you’re driving down West 16th Avenue towards UBC late at night, don’t be shocked if you see a woman hitchhiking on the side of the road. Rumour has it, the lone hitchhiker was struck and killed by a car after her boyfriend left her on the side of the road following an argument between the two. You can pull over and offer her a ride, but chances are she’ll disappear into the night by the time you roll down your window.
3. Stanley Park
One of the most visited attractions in Vancouver is Stanley Park. It’s also an area with wide-spread supernatural sightings from Deadman’s Island where unexplainable sightings and noises ring through the night to Prospect Point, where the grisly murder of two young children took place, a murder that remains unsolved to this day and is known as the “Babes in the Woods.”
2. Water Street
Similar to Cordova Street, Water Street is pretty much one long strip of paranormal activity. Encounter the spirit of the old train conductor from the Old Spaghetti Factory to the ghost that is said to haunt the area around the Gastown Steam Clock. Some of the most haunted real estate in Vancouver is along Water Street.
1. Waterfront Station
Not only is Waterfront Station one of busiest buildings in Vancouver, according to experts, it’s also one of the most haunted buildings in Vancouver, if not the MOST haunted. Spot 1920’s dancers, little old ladies waiting for a train that just never seems to arrive, and the headless figure of the Brakeman. Tale has it that one rainy night, he slipped on the tracks and was hit by an oncoming train. Look for him on a dark, rainy evening.