10/18/2012 08:13 EDT | Updated 10/18/2012 08:14 EDT

Most Haunted Places: Top 10 Places In Canada For A Ghostly Encounter


Canadians love fall, but it isn't always for the cooler weather or gorgeous foliage — some enjoy the season for much darker reasons.

The popularity of haunted tours spikes in October as travellers around the world feel an inclination toward ghoulish tales and things that go bump in the night as Halloween draws nearer.

At this time of year, tourists can't help but look for destinations with spooky stories or urban legends, says Taylor Cole, director of public relations and social media for

"It's a fun way to experience the fall or maybe visit a hotel that you hadn't planned on staying in. We really want to help people find the perfect place and for some, the perfect place happens to be haunted."

At the Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria, B.C., guests staying on the sixth floor report getting a knock on the door by a woman who asks for help in finding her room. But when they go out into the hall to help her, she disappears. That's just one of the stories tourists hear while on a ghostly walk led by local historian John Adams.

"It is difficult to go to sleep at night after hearing those kinds of stories," says Cole. "It does send a chill down my spine thinking about whether that person is still there."

The appetite for the paranormal and hair-raising tales remain strong and the opportunity to feed that need is easy with lists detailing the most haunted prisons, bed and breakfasts and hotels around the world.

While just about every Canadian city has an urban legend or terrifying ghost story, Cole recommends New Orleans for thrill seekers looking for an otherworldly experience in the United States.

"Many hotels around the French Quarter offer a haunted or voodoo tour as part of the package."

So whether you're looking for an adrenaline rush or a good story to tell your family and friends, here's our roundup of the top 10 most haunted places in Canada. Our list is by no means complete. What spooky place have you been? Let us know in the comments section below.

Most Haunted Places In Canada