Creepy Capital

A board showing pictures and locals from CREEPY CAPITAL: Ghost Stories of Ottawa and the National Capital Region written by Mark Leslie (May 2016)
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Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, ON - Also known as “the castle” during the day it houses collections regarding virtually any aspect of the intersection of human society and nature. But during the night is further inspiration for nightmares and perhaps a reminder that the displays seen during the day don’t quite include all aspects of human society. After all, aren’t fear and terror a fundamental part of our makeup?

One of our favourite museums - aka "The Castle Museum" because the building looks like a castle.

Barnaby stopping to take in the beautiful Parliament Buildings at night

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Mackenzie King Estate - Mackenzie King died on the estate in July 22, 1950 & bequeathed it to all Canadians. While the ruins are beautiful, they are also spooky & eerie to behold. Considering that Mackenzie King used to conduct séances & speak to spirits of the departed & writer Philip J. Percy relayed a story of actually speaking with the ghost of the former Prime Minster on those grounds, many believe that the location must be haunted.

Mackenzie King Estate - Mackenzie King died on the estate in July 22, 1950 & bequeathed it to all Canadians. While the ruins are beautiful, they are also spooky & eerie to behold. Considering that Mackenzie King used to conduct séances & speak to spirits of the departed & writer Philip J. Percy relayed a story of actually speaking with the ghost of the former Prime Minster on those grounds, many believe that the location must be haunted.

Barnaby enjoying a beer on the patio at Lowertown Brewery in the market in Ottawa

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Library of Parliament in Ottawa, ON - The  Library has survived some terrifically challenging odds, suggesting there just might be something beyond this world that has allowed it to survive. The fact that the library stands today, despite multiple disasters that threatened to destroy it over its long history is a testament not only to the foresight of librarian Alpheus Todd, but perhaps also to some unseen presence that perhaps continues to guard the building.

See 101 photos and 1 tip from 289 visitors to Library of Parliament. "Probably the most beautiful part of Parliament Hill. The Library is simply.

Hi-Ottawa Jail Hostel in Ottawa, ON - When the jail, which was operated from 1862 to 1972 was finally closed, Hostelling International purchased the building and opened the hostel one year later, leaving much of the original structure intact in order to allow guests a unique experience of spending a night in “jail.” But those who stay at the hostel might just be getting a far deeper, and far darker experience than just the novelty of sleeping in an old converted jail cell.

See 91 photos and 14 tips from 593 visitors to Hi-Ottawa Jail Hostel. "This hostel is simply epic! Based in the old jail, right in the downtown.

Diefenbunker Museum in Carp, ON - The museum was opened in 1998 as a not-for-profit charitable museum & received upwards of five thousand visitors in the first year. By 2008, the museum saw an average of 25,000 visitors & in 2012 there were more than 45,000 people going through it.  While this Cold War era bunker serves as an ongoing attraction to both locals and tourists, there’s another element that draws people to Carp; and that is the alleged UFO landing that took place there in 1989.

See 47 photos from 339 visitors about museums, tours, and gift shop.

The Grant House - 150 Elgin. AKA "Friday's Roast Beef House" (Closed) AKA "Beckta Dining & Wine" - The majority of sightings and ghostly encounters have taken place on the second and third floor hallways.

See 3 photos from 16 visitors to Performance Court - 150 Elgin.

Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa, ON - The ghost on the top floor of Lisgar Collegiate Institute was so well-known that students would regularly dare one another to sneak up to the fourth floor attic, sometimes even locking one another inside, terrifying them that they might encounter the ghost that lived up there.

See 4 photos and 1 tip from 47 visitors to Lisgar Collegiate Institute. "Best public high school in Ottawa!

Courtyard Restaurant in Ottawa, ON - In addition to the powerful presence reported by many staff members, others have reported lights turning on and off all on their own as well as some of the electrical equipment at the bar starting up without anybody there pressing the buttons.  Occasionally, on top of the feelings and odd flickering lights, the ghostly presence has also become visible.

Courtyard Restaurant in Ottawa, ON - In addition to the powerful presence reported by many staff members, others have reported lights turning on and off all on their own as well as some of the electrical equipment at the bar starting up without anybody there pressing the buttons. Occasionally, on top of the feelings and odd flickering lights, the ghostly presence has also become visible.

Watson's Mill - The first reported encounter with the ghost occurred in 1920 when a fisherman was fishing off of the dam at Watson’s Mill and was caught in a violent wind and rain storm. Seeking shelter, he climbed in through an open basement window of the mill where he took refuge for the night. In the middle of the night he was awakened by the unearthly sound of a woman weeping.

See 18 photos and 5 tips from 79 visitors to Watson's Mill.

Bytown Museum in Ottawa, ON - Two types of skeptics are regularly converted after spending some time in the Bytown Museum: those who believe that Ottawa has always been a quiet, mundane and somewhat sleepy capital and those who believe that ghosts are merely the figment of an overly hyper imagination.

See 13 photos and 2 tips from 173 visitors to Bytown Museum. "Check out the Bytown Museum to discover all the great stories about Canada's capital city!

Ottawa Teachers College (Closed) Also formerly "The Normal School" - Now part of Ottawa City Hall. The ghost, who appears to still think the building is a school, rather than the location that houses Ottawa’s mayor, appears to still be around and there to teach a thing or two to the local municipal leaders.

1 visitor has checked in at Ottawa Teachers College.

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