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Just finished reading the Edmonton haunted thread and couldn't resist making this thread. Calgary happens to have its own fair share of haunted places as well.

The Deane House
First, and maybe most famously is the Deane House. Built to overlook the original Fort Calgary for the city's lieutenant-governor (Superintendant of the NWMP) Richard Burton Deane, it was turned into a boarding house in 1929. Several unusual deaths took place during it's time as a boarding house, from suicides to murders. Among them were a man falling down the staircase, a young woman jumping to her death from the second-story window and a man being gunned down on the porch. However, there were only two documented and proven deaths. These are the murder/suicide deaths of Irma and Roderick Umperville in 1971. Mrs. Umperville was repeatedly stabbed and strangled by her husband who later committed suicide. Their children found their bodies.

Today it's an historical site and restaurant. And a destination for seekers of the paranormal: The property's long existence and mix of prior residents lends itself to some pretty interesting ghost tales. The Calgary Association of Paranormal Investigations deems the Deane House as definitively haunted, due to a series of random and unexplainable events, sounds, and occurrences.

Some staff recall hearing laughter in the front foyer, however upon checking, seeing no one there.

In the area of the house re-made to look like Mr. Deane's study, individuals have seen an image of a man sitting in the chair, smoking a pipe. Additionally, tobacco can be smelled although the entire house is non-smoking.

Also in the study area is an antique phone that has been heard ringing, although its not plugged in. Servers have become accustomed to this and state they simply go about their work, as the phone is "not for them."

Server Alez Jackci remembers working late one night and seeing an image of a man floating down the hallway, with the bottom portion of his limbs missing. Jackci stated the man didn't seem to notice him, and walked down the stairs and out the door.

Instances of loud, banging footsteps have been heard from the top floor, as well as a variety of paranormal activities occurring in the attic.

Legend has it there is a bloodstain in the attic that changes in size, and reappears regardless of the number of times it has been washed. The reddish brown stain does in fact exist in a closet in the attic and staff members have said the closet containing this stain is always open, as the door will not remain locked even after continuous attempts.

Individuals have also seen children playing in the attic, and a tall black chair being moved. As well, the rocking chair has been seen rocking randomly throughout a given day.

One evening, during a Murder Mystery Dinner theatre held at the Deane house, a woman ventured into the basement to look for clues as to who was the alleged "murderer" of the play. She told of an encounter with an old Native man, who informed her that she was on sacred ground and did not belong there. Upon returning upstairs, the woman told the staff, who, in turn, went to the basement and found no one.

These are just a few tales of the alleged Deane House ghosts. There are more. It is said that the Deane House may be the most haunted place in Alberta.
Capitol Hill House
There is a nondescript bungalow in Calgary's Capitol Hill tht was the scene of an unsolved murder of a recluse who once lived there in 1929. His mummified body was found under the floorboards some 2 decades later, incorporated into the wood and dirt underneath. He was shot in the head. People who have lived there since have suffered all sorts of bad luck including broken marriages and one instance of a man chasing his wife around with a knife in his hand.

The owner of the house fom 1948 to 1956, Cecil Pierce, reported thatr his three daughters had complained of being poked by a cold cvlammy hand. A young steelworker who lived there complained about constant knocking at the door. Three families all suffered deaths of their children.

Heritage Park
Heritage Park, located in southwest Calgary, contains a number of haunted houses. Two of the most well known ones are the Canmore Opera House and the Prince House.

The Canmore Opera House
The Opera house was built in the late 1800s in Canmore, Alberta. It was initially used as a concert hall, however, in the late 1800s/early 1900s, there was an accident at the Canmore mine and approximately 700 miners were killed. As the opera house could hold the most amount of people, it was used as a morgue. Years later it became a movie theatre and in the mid-1960s was donated to Heritage Park and moved to its current location.

A number of individuals, including members of Alberta Theatre Projects, managers of Heritage Park, and members of the cleaning staff have reported seeing an old gentleman wandering about in the Opera House. During rehearsals, he would sit in the third seat of the third row, dressed in old-fashioned clothing, and simply watch. Additionally, after rehearsals, objects have been found repeatedly misplaced.

The ghost became known as "Sam" after Sam Livingston. Heritage Park was built over Livingston's farm, and the Glenmore Reservoir now covers the location of his prior farmhouse. It is said that "Sam" is simply wandering around the grounds trying to find his way home, while others claim it is the ghosts of the deceased miners that haunt the Opera House.

One gentleman also reported an incident during auditions held in the Opera House. While in the hallway, he heard a woman with a breath-taking voice singing in the main stage area. Upon entering the area, there was not a soul to be found, and witnesses did not see anyone entering or leaving the area.

The Prince House
The house was built in 1894 and owned by Peter Anthony Prince, a local, wealthy entrepreneur. The house originally stood at 4 Ave. and 2 Street, in the Eau Claire District. Prince was married four times, three of his wives predeceasing him. The first died of diabetes, the second of tuberculosis, and the third of cancer. Prince died in 1925 and the house was donated to Heritage Park in 1966.

There have been many questionable occurrences on the third floor of the house that is closed off to the public. One evening, a security guard noticed that all the lights on the third floor were on, although there was no electricity up there. The lights were extremely bright, while the first and second stories remained dark. He decided to investigate it in the morning but, the next day everything had returned back to normal without anybody entering the home.

Another evening a security guard was performing his nightly check and noticed the balcony window on the third level was swinging open and closed. He decided to go into the house with his guard dog. Upon coming back down the stairs, the dog froze in his tracks, his hair stood straight up, his ears went down and his tail went between his legs. He strained to run out of the house as if something or someone had spooked him. When he got outside, he returned to normal as if nothing had happened.

Other staff members have heard extremely loud stomping on the second level, and have noticed various misplaced objects.

Individuals have also reported seeing a woman dressed in a flowing white dress, playing with a baby in the nursery of the house, only to look again and see no one.

Certain members of the staff are now unwilling to enter the home alone.
Those are my favorite haunted Calgary places. There's lots more, including a part of the Bow river: A woman can be seen wading around in the shallow water near the shore. It's believed she is the ghost of a woman who drowned there last century.

The Rose and Crown pub in 17th Ave. S.W. used to be a 3 storey funeral home up till the early 80's. People have reported seeing a 10 year lod kid hiding behind the furnace in the boiler room, lights being on in rooms that have had their lights turned off.

An abandoned shoolhouse off of 17th Ave. S.E. around 68th St. You will only find a half of this very historic schoolhouse. Back in the day there was a fire that started in a hallway, and it claimed the lives of three children. Witnesses report the sound of children playing, laughing, & a child fall down. But after their death's, they tried to tear the building down,(It was left standing for almost two years afterwards.) during their first attempt , almost half of the Calgary city workers fell awfully sick. There second attempt, they brought in a Wrecking ball, but the motor just up and died, they couldn't find the reason why. Although back at their construction site, it was in fine working condition once again. Third attempt, the wrecking ball actually fell off while the group was still looking at the plans to carry out.

Forest Lawn Chicken Coops - in these houses many ghosts have been seen walking around the house watching everyone.

The Grace Hospital in Calgary just below SAIT is for pregnant women giving birth, pretty much exclusively. A woman was seen cradling a child in her arms in a delivery room. She would bang pipes and open windows, but wasn't much of a threat to anyone. However, she did make it so that a woman in labor who was placed in that room would have a long and difficult labor, often ending in a caesarean section. The ghost is that of a woman named Maudine Riley. The Riley's once owned the land which the hospital is built on. Maudine Riley died in childbirth in one of the rooms of her house. The room she died in was almost in the exact position where the haunted delivery room is now located. Her child died with her. It seems that she is afraid of letting women give birth in that room, because she thinks they might suffer her fate. Across the street from the hospital is Riley park. There's a monument erected there in memory of Maudine and her child.

An old janitor can be encountered in Sears at the North Hill mall on 16th Ave. N.W. He will interact with people in the catalogue area.

The wooded area beside St. Mary's College is haunted.

And finally apparently the Pengrowth Saddledome is also haunted. During construction, a worker was killed when he fell into the concrete being poured for the thick sides. There have been reports of footsteps at night, water taps and lights being turned on and doors closing.

I know, hellaciously long post, but it's late at night and I am haunted by an inability to sleep, and I get a kick out of these stories...
Apr 3, 2010 at 1:40 am 
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