Mythical Wednesday: Haunted places of Eastern Ontario
March 19, 2014 2 Comments
I found a list of some reportedly haunted places in my area. Some, like Kingston Penitentiary are well known for their inhumane conditions, while others were a surprise.
1. Before Ottawa was renamed, it went by the name Bytown, after Colonel John By who oversaw the construction of the Rideau Canal between 1826 and 1832. This building, originally constructed for storage and later a museum to commemorate Ottawa’s early history, is said to be haunted by the colonel himself along with his assistant General Duncan McNab. Curators claim electronic equipment including televisions going on and off by themselves and strange messages appearing on computer screens in empty rooms. Male voices yelling and saying “get out”. Anonymous female visitors have been pushed hard in empty rooms.
2. The Chateau Laurier is said to be haunted by the spirit of Charles Melville Hays, a victim of the Titanic. Most known for his dream of uniting Canada by the railroad, he returned on the ill-fated ship to be a part of the grand opening of the hotel. His spirit is said to be seen by guests and staff members throughout this hotel as well rattling walls and moving objects are credited to him.
3. Cornwall Jail in Cornwall. Paranormal activities include apparitional women and children roaming the halls, spectral sounds of a man humming, sounds of crying, and mysterious footsteps. Security guards also have been reporting about shadowy figures walking through the halls and cells. Cell doors that are left to be open are later found shut. Other paranormal activities are mysterious smells, light anomalies, doors open and close on their own, lights turn on and off by themselves, feelings of being watched by specters, unwanted and unease, unexplained smells and cold spots.
4. Fort Henry in Kingston. The ghost of Nils von Schoultz, the leader of a failed American invasion who was hung for treason, is said to be haunting the fort. The area where the gallows where is still there, although the gallows were torn down over one hundred years ago. Other paranormal reports are objects move by themselves, doors open and close by themselves, feeling of being watched, apparitional footsteps, disembodied voices and light anomalies.
5. Kingston Penitentiary in Kingston. The ghost of a prisoner by the name George Hewell, who swore revenge on the security guard who took his life in 1897, is said to still haunt the prison. Hewell was not a model inmate and would frequently attack both guards and inmates. In one of these attacks, he chose the wrong guard, and in order to protect his own life, the guard was forced to take Hewell’s life. With his dying breath, Hewell swore revenge on his killer.
Are there any haunted places near you? Have you been to them?