Mythical Wednesday: Haunted places of Eastern Ontario

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.

bytown1. 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.

220px-Chateau_Laurier2. 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.

cornwall jail3. 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.

oldforthenry4. 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.

kingston pen5. 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?

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to Mythical Wednesday: Haunted places of Eastern Ontario

  1. I’m not aware of any place near me that’s haunted, which is fine by me.

    I’ve been on a haunted battleship though, a war memorial docked on the Texas coast. Somehow hubby and I got separated and I ended up in room with a lot of metal beds. (Turned out to be the hospital.) The room was really dark and for a few seconds I heard this tremendous noise and men screaming and yelling.

    I looked for a way out when a sailor came up behind me and turned on the lights. He apologized, saying he could’ve sworn he had already turned them on once. A short time later I found Greg again and I didn’t wander off again. 🙂

    It was months later when I read that the ship was truly haunted, often by a young sailor who would sometimes explain the workings of the ship to tourists.

    Now that I know, I don’t feel so crazy for the weird feelings I had on board. LOL.

    • This is why I was so hyped about getting into Kingston Pen when they opened it to tours last year. I wanted to feel the atmosphere of the place. You can visit Fort Henry, but with so many people around, I don’t think you’d be able to pick up on anything.

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