Real Haunted Houses

Real Haunted House

Banff Springs Hotel

Banff, Alberta

In the 1920s, a young bride was descending the spiral staircase from the bridal suite, en route to her wedding. On the way, her long, flowing dress was set ablaze by the candles lining the staircase. While attempting to extinguish the flames, she slipped, falling down the staircase and resultantly breaking her neck. Employees of the hotel have reportedly heard strange noises emanate from the bridal suite when it is not being occupied. They have also seen a figure in a long, flowing dress descending the stairs. The dress of the apparition will then catch on fire, and the figure will vanish.

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Jamie says:

October 25, 2005, 4:47 am

I worked at the Fairmont Banff Springs resort during the year of 2003. During our orientation week, we are given a tour of the hotel. Our guide brought us down that flight of stairs and it since leads to nowhere. But he did mention the bride and her fall, as well as her apparition. But we aren’t supposed to talk about that!
Personally I’ve never seen it. Not only is that staircase haunted but many other areas in the hotel are haunted as well. There have been books publishing the hauntings at this castle.

alejandra argueta says:

November 7, 2005, 1:36 pm

hi, wow i never thought how scary some of these stories could be. i would really like visit one of these places. Since i do live in canada, Banff would be a great place to go. I hope to be able to come back on this site and write of my experience or experiences

marc says:

November 21, 2005, 2:22 am

I worked there many moons ago-never saw the bride, but I did hear a little girl @ the base of those stairs giggling away from time to time when cleaning the rob roy.
Another time I was coming down the stairs behind the robroy by the exec offices and saw a lady standing looking at me wearing an old fashioned ball gown. I know of things that happened when I was there that were kept quiet. I know of 2 instances where they had to go into the ladies washroom in mt stephens and get 2 women out because they were so terrified about what they saw in the mirror. they wouldn’t tell anyone what they saw.
They aren’t unpleasant sorts, they just enjoy being there.

Robyn says:

November 29, 2005, 7:54 pm

I also worked at the Banff Springs Hotel in 1996-1997. I have not seen the bride but have seen the fire scorch marks on the marble staircase from the fire that killed her. I have had experiences with ‘Sam’ though. He was always helpful when I needed assistance and I spoke to him often. Lots of times, when my hands were full, and I needed to get on the staff elevators, I would simply ask ‘Sam’ to please order an elevator for me and sure enough, one of the three elevator doors would open for me without anyone being inside or my pushing any buttons. He would sometimes play tricks on me by taking me to the 9th floor (where he used to hide his tips) rather than taking me to the floor I wanted. I would tell him to cut it out and he would take the elevator to the right floor. He’s quite the character!

thayet59 says:

December 15, 2005, 12:38 pm

I’ve heard a version of this story, but it was in Charleston South Carolina.

killer says:

December 29, 2005, 6:56 pm


God says:

May 8, 2006, 5:33 am

There’s no ghosts here! But i’ll keep looking!

Jamie says:

September 13, 2006, 2:06 pm

I lived at the Banff Springs until 1991, never believed in ghosts but I still refused to wander upstairs after dusk. One night I was sent to a room to check on a tourist who was complaining of a ghost behind the fireplace (warming room). I went in the room and it was ice cold even though the fire was lit. When I came out there was an older man sitting on the sofa looking at me. He didn’t say anything, he just got up and walked through the fireplace and vanished…. Another night we were all in the main ballroom for a fete when someone came screaming from the bathroom just past the medieval room. There was a lady in the bathroom sitting at a vanity. She was frozen with fear looking at the mirror. We had to pry her away and out of the bathroom…. strange hotel.

steph w says:

October 2, 2006, 2:07 pm

i work at the banff springs hotel, still have yet to see a ghost.. dont really know if any of this is true. We want PROOF

Rilesse says:

November 11, 2006, 8:02 pm


Susan says:

December 18, 2006, 10:20 pm

I Stayed at the hotel a few weeeks ago it is the most amaizing place i have ever stayed at. Didn’t have any encounters with ghosts. The main light in my room(561)didn’t seem to work well it did and than it didn’t. I would go and turn it on than it would go out. I flicked the swicth and it came on than it would go out. Maybe it was one of those cencer lights? I don’t no didm’t think anything of it until my friend said that the hotel was haunted.

Corey J Frankard says:

December 21, 2006, 1:01 pm

We are currently staying on the 7th floor. My Wife and I went to the 8th floor and sure enough there is no room 873. Legend has it that a family was murdered many moons ago in this room and whenever housekeeping would clean the mirrors, fingerprints of a small child would reappear no matter how many times they cleaned it.

The hotel has since blocked this room off and staff apparently are sworn not too speak of it. Rooms go from 871, 872(No 873) then 874 and 875. If you look closely you can see a faint outline of where the door for 873 used to be. We have been feeling cool breezes but they stopped after I closed the window in our room. :-)

Taylor says:

December 23, 2006, 10:10 pm

There was once a lady whose name was Mary Spence. One day she met a nice man and a year later they decided to get married. As she was going to the dance she tripped over her dress and fell in the cake. Her face was covered in icing. Everybody laughed and she was so embarrased so she ran out to the girls washroom and started to cry. Then the lights turned off and she was scared but she was locked in her stall and couldn’t get out. Then the tapps turned on and the washroom started to flood. She drowned and was never seen again. Then one day as a little girl walked in the washroom and then the lights turned off and a glowing women was there she was bloody and had mud and mold all over her. The little girl screamed and ran put and she told her parents. Then her parents told other people and now she is known as bloody mary. So if anybody goes in the bathroom alone and shuts the lights off then she will apear and you will never be seen again.

jenny says:

February 13, 2007, 2:35 pm

i went to the banff springs hotel i was eating some cheese when all of a sudden i felt something nibble on my foot and i started to cry and i was affraid as i was still eating the cheese and i looked and it was my cat. Then 2 of the employes came up to my room and said “maybe if u give the cat some cheese it will stop nibbling ur foot” And then I called my cat and i found him dead in the bathtub and he has been dead for qute a while i buried him with a piece of cheese. If my cat was dead then what cat wa snippbling my foot???

Hot Stuff says:

February 14, 2007, 2:18 pm

one day i was laying in bed when all of a sudden, my boyfriend came into my room and i said what are you doing here and he said i am waiting in bed for you then we were about to kiss when he disapered and all i found was a bowl of soup laying infront of me so i started to panic and then i started to get hungry so i ate the soup then someone called hey let me out of here just because i didnt kiss u that doesnt mean that i have to eat me!!! so i went to the bathroom and got another bowl and scooped out the soup and he came back to life.

chris b lover says:

February 14, 2007, 2:19 pm

ok so i am going out with this guy and he is todally fridget its usch a bummer because i like him so much =( and i like want to do somthing with him beacuse it is valentines day and i dont want to freek him out =(

what should i do ????

wade says:

February 14, 2007, 2:20 pm

I once visited the banff springs hotel and i never really saw anything scary untill my piece of cookie started to fly around the room it startled me soo bad that i almost peed my pants then i thought that it might just be some kids from down the hall because i never really beileived in ghosts!!Then all of a sudden out of know where i heard this baby cry…It was comming from my bathroom!!At night i was taking a shower and the water started to pour out bloood i grabbed my towel and ran out of there i never did return i had to have the police go in and grab my stuff….As i was leaving i looked in the window and there stood a lady holding her baby all in blood!!!

chris b lover says:

February 14, 2007, 2:23 pm


Hot Stuff says:

February 14, 2007, 2:24 pm

u should hug him and talk to him thats the only way u r going to find out somehing and if u dont he might break ip with u cuz u never talk to him!!! well just talk to him hang out with him and he will get it that u still love him-for chris b lover

wade says:

February 14, 2007, 2:25 pm

Dear chris lover u should just ask him to do stuff more often and trhen at recess go up to him and hug him and say happy valintines day then he wont be so fridget cuz he will have to talk to u its not like he will just go ahhhh scream and run away…..But if he did do that then u might wanna do something about it!!lol so i say JUST GO FOR IT!!lol :) Talk to ya lata love ya lots muh :)

Hot Stuff says:

February 14, 2007, 2:25 pm

ok well i really like this guy and i think he likes me an we r going out and everthing well anyways i want to hang out with him more often and i kinda want him to kiss me.
what should i do???

chris b lover says:

February 14, 2007, 2:25 pm

so do any of you want tot go on a date with our boys some time? well i do omg i do i swere im in love !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 wow i feel so good (not in a bad way )love him lol so dose one???????

chris b lover says:

February 14, 2007, 2:26 pm

so do any of you want tot go on a date with our boys some time? well i do omg i do i swere im in love !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 wow i feel so good (not in a bad way )love him lol so dose one???????=)

Hot Stuff says:

February 14, 2007, 2:30 pm

WADE: i think that u should ask this peroson out. i thionk he really likes u and i dont mean just not as a friend. go for it and u should ask him out on valentines day so then it will be his best day ever. respond to me!!!

chris b lover says:

February 14, 2007, 2:31 pm

dear hot stuff

Hot Stuff says:

February 14, 2007, 2:31 pm

CHRIS B LOVER: hug him kiss him do whatever before its too late! trust me i know i want to do the same with my b/f but i just dont know how to eproch him ya know what i mean? right back to me!!!!!

wade says:

February 14, 2007, 2:33 pm

Dear-chris b lover maybe but i aint dating anyone yet….lol and i dont really know if i wanna date wade and no body ask him out for me cuz we text eachother and talk and we just wanna get to know eachother more and he kinda freaks me out when he tells me all the stuff that he does with his girlfriends lol he says stuff like he spoons and kisses and touches and he said that he does way more then that to (he cuddles lol)

wade says:

February 14, 2007, 2:42 pm

Dear Hot stuff I think that i dont really wanna ask him out cuz we just wanna get to be frendz right now ok??? and about ur bf i think that u should talk to him more and hug him todqy especially cuz its valintines day lol and if u wannt i will tell him to kiss u for a present but i wont tell him that u want hi9m to lol i will just say “u should go and kiss “hot stuff” that would be the best present ever” lol do u want me to???????

chris b lover says:

February 14, 2007, 2:42 pm

dear hot stuff, im in the same boat i want him to kiss me and do that kind of stuff with me and wade i went out with thya guy you were talking about and he is really not that bad he so nice and not fridget i think you should take him =) lol thankx fopr the info on what to do ill take it to use peace out

chris b lover says:

February 14, 2007, 5:03 pm

guys im so upset ….
but every thing is going to be way better now thta we can do somthing out side of school eeeekkkk im so happy eeeekkkkk
omg im so happy i really hope he well kiss me or hug or any thing!!!!!!!! ekkkkkkkk
omg im so happy and upset some one help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chris b lover says:

February 14, 2007, 5:04 pm

im so confuzed help me PLZZZZZZ

chris b lover says:

February 14, 2007, 5:05 pm

im so lonly even know im dating some one

chris b lover says:

February 14, 2007, 5:07 pm

i tryed to take your edvice but it was so hard i thnk im fridget again ?dose any one think that plz right back ps hot stuff well you come with me and wade to the hockey game??//??????

Hot Stuff says:

February 14, 2007, 5:08 pm

wade:ok u can talk to him but u cant make it look like i told u or i cant be arould or i will litterly DIE!!!!! well thatx for doing this and i really apreashiate this and i cant wait:):):):):):):):):) PS: Write back.

chris b lover says:

February 14, 2007, 5:08 pm

hello is any one there????

chris b lover says:

February 14, 2007, 5:08 pm

wade? hot stuff?

Hot Stuff says:

February 14, 2007, 5:10 pm

chris b lover:u should tell him how u r feeling an see what he does then or u could geta friend to go oup to him and tell him how u r feeling maybe he will care if he doesnt u should do something about it or i will lol jkj lol jkjk:) but litterly u should talk to him or if he doesnt pay attenchian then give him a big kiss. trust me it works lol

Hot Stuff says:

February 14, 2007, 5:11 pm

u guys i am so confunsed on what to so with my b/f give me advice and HELP ME!!!

Hot Stuff says:

February 14, 2007, 5:14 pm

i love him i wanta kiss him i wanta hold him i wanta make-out with him etc

wade says:

February 14, 2007, 5:15 pm

Dear Hott stuff- ok i will tell him i will say that a perfect gift for u is a kiss lo but what if he says that he doesnt think that u would like it??and then doesnt do it cuz he is scared that u will get mad at him and break up with him????? then should i telkl him that u told me befopre that u wanted him to kiss u on valentines day ?????? what should i say if he does ssay that?

chris b lover/pink lemonaid says:

February 14, 2007, 5:15 pm

hot stuff: just do it im trying to do it to but it will be so hard for the guys

brianne says:

July 1, 2007, 11:28 pm

i died in this hotel,
so come and see me there
i hanunt room number 873, come is you want
to die

Kathrin says:

October 11, 2007, 4:18 pm

You guys are dumb leaving posts up of your relationships. Go to a chat room if you want some advice about what to do. This place is reserved for comments about the topic and plus no one wants to read your problem. At least I don’t.

Nikki says:

October 21, 2007, 7:57 pm

If anyone has ANY info on Room 873 at the banff springs hotel that would be GREAT!!!! As me and my husbund are staying in room 875 (right next to it) and oddley it’s a Grand Suite yet also the Cheepest room in the the place and one of the nicest, so i was told, our trip is in November so any info would be great!!

dta says:

October 31, 2007, 10:47 am

yeah sure you die and you wrote about it
also this about ghoust how did it go to a guy and a chick??

summer says:

November 8, 2007, 4:54 am

I have a question about the Banff Springs Hotel. If the employees are not allowed to talk about it, can you still get into investigate? If so, does anyone know how? I mean they have to talk about it a little or we would not know, nor would most of the world, that this place is haunted. Anyone know how to get in for an investigation though? I would love to investigate there and record for some e.v.p.!

summer says:

November 8, 2007, 4:55 am

Does anyone know if they allow investigations at the Banff Springs Hotel?

DeltaKV says:

November 23, 2007, 1:32 pm

I stayed at the Banff Springs over the Nov. 17th 2007 weekend, and I wasn’t aware that the hotel was haunted. I had some real strange experiences throught my stay, and captured the following pictures. You be the judge:

Fiona Broome says:

December 12, 2007, 12:42 pm

Delta, those are some great photos of the haunted areas around the Banff Springs Hotel. I’d be very interested in hearing more about your ghostly encounters at the hotel. — Fiona, at Hollow Hill

Glenn Pattison says:

March 27, 2008, 11:23 pm

I used to work in the banff springs hotel in 1978 – I used to clean the Rob Roy dining room in the day time.
I used to hear people talking every day. I figured out there was spirits there. I had a small bucket dissapear when I left it for about 30 seconds to answer the phone ( which hung up ) One time I was fasinated by a wood carved coat of arms plaque on the wall I had never seen before I walked about 20 feet away and I had the feeling to look to the left and the plaque was leaning against the wall on a bus tray trolley. I used to swap stories with the night cleaner and he eventually quit and someone said he saw a table flip upside down in front of him. Alot of things happening were near this marble stairway. I didn’t know of the stories at the time. I was telling friends of things happening and one night 3 of us went into the room and sat near the stairway to prove to them my stories were true. 2 of us heard a person breathing with a raspy breath like a smoker – we left the room and heard another set of footsteps walking behind us – then we ran – (2 of us the other guy stayed there) we went back to the room where everyone was waiting to hear what happened. we went back for our friend and sat some more – we heard a terrifying scream coming from the stairway in a womans voice. we all ran out after that one! I think I transfered to bus boy at another dining room after that. shortly after I read in some book store in Banff about some fire in the stairway. There was definetly more than on spirit, I was not normally scared – I always had the feeling that “we just want you to know we’re here” … interesting experience – Glenn

Nadine says:

April 17, 2008, 2:12 pm

Hey all, My husband and myself stayed at the Banff springs hotel for our honeymoon from April 13, 2008-April 16, 2008 and we were unaware that it was haunted. We stayed in the honeymoon suite room 807 and the only weird experience we had was our first night there. I was sleeping but my husband woke hearing someone walking up the stairs to the bedroom at the foot of the bed he seen a dark image standing at the foot of the bed by this time I awoke asking if he had heard a noise like someone walking up the stairs and he explained what he saw. We both figured it being a strange and old place the noise being pipes creaking and the room playing tricks on our minds but the next morning when we awoke we were complaining that the room was really warm I went downstairs to make coffee and he stayed in bed another couple minutes and the window at the foot of the bed opened up letting the breeze into the room. We are just guessing if it was a ghost he was just trying to be helpful. But we both have full intentions of going back and checking it out one day.

Audrey says:

July 13, 2008, 2:46 am

I visited beautifuly Banff in May of 2006. We went to the Banff Springs hotel just to check it out because it looks so gorgeous. Ihad the most uneasy feeling right away. We walked through the hotel and down the halls and I started to feel absolutely terrified. Then I became nauseous and told my friend that I had a feeling something horrible had happnened at the hotel. I felt it. I’ve never been so affected by a place in my life. I left as soon as possible and when I got outside I almost threw up. I never knew the hotel was haunted until now. Obviously, my subconscious mind knew of the uneasy spirits because I got so sick!

Kay says:

August 4, 2008, 2:44 pm

I worked at the Banff Springs for 3 years. Never saw the bride (honestly think this story is totally fabricated, I tried to find any record of such an event and couldn’t…) also can tell you that during the time I was there at least, staff were not given instructions about what they could or could not discuss with guests vis a vis hauntings. Also the story about “873” was linked to a different room when I was there, although the story at that time was that the room had to be redecorated and then could be rented out again, not boarded up…

Having said that, I did have some odd experiences, the strangest one was early in my time there when I was a chambermaid and doing a room check in the morning. I saw a guest go into a room but when I got to that room, it (and all the other rooms on that side of the hallway) was out of order (stripped and being renovated) and there was no one to be found in any of them. I was never out of sight of the room I saw the man go into and no one else was on the floor at that time. Was either the 3rd or 6th floor, can’t remember.

former employee says:

August 6, 2008, 3:56 pm

I worked at the Banff Springs in 2004-2005.. while I was there I never encountered anything too mysterious!
I used to clean a section on the 8th floor, including the honeymoon suite. In that room it would be extremely HOTT!! I would check the thermostat and it was always off! I was always so nervous cleaning that section of the hotel.
When we had our orientation we were told all of the different stories, from the bellhop, to the bride, to the family killed in one of the rooms, to the child who died in one of the bathtubs.
My boyfriend also worked there, and he was a night cleaner. One night while cleaning the bowling alley area of the hotel, he heard something telling him it was 6am. He was the only one in the place at the time. (He unlocked the door on the door on the way in and locked it behind him.)
After he heard someone telling him it was 6am he grabbed the broom and started hollaring at him.
He was telling one of the managers about it and they told him of a bartender that was killed and that he would tell people that it was 6am and time to go to bed.
I was also startled by a guest one night that swore that she seen something in the mirror in one of the washrooms. I thought it was because she was intoxicated, but then i read stories about the same thing.
I am kind of glad that I am no longer there, but I would love to go back to investigate some more. I am going to look through some of my pictures and see if I can find anything.

amanda says:

September 2, 2008, 1:16 am

hi,,, i was in the banff fairmont this weekend ,didnt know of it being i took pictures all night i got tons of orbs in photos in one photo i took of my husband ,his shadow is on wall and in his shadow there is a face….. its the wierdest thing. one more photo i have a large fod or mist on one side of room,dont know what it was…another night we came in to our room and our bathroom sink was running water .i cant wait to go back and see waht else may be there or happen

Cathrin says:

September 13, 2008, 11:35 pm

I went to the Banff Springs Hotel when I was 14 years old, so 1979. I absolutely felt so in love and energized by this place. I told my mom that I was going to get married here. It wasn’t a wish, more of a premonition. I lived in Vancouver at the time. 19 years later, I was dating a man who lived Calgary, he asked me to marry him and low and behold, Banff Springs Hotel was only an hour drive from his place. I actually got married in the church in town, but we had our reception at Mt. Stephen Hall. We later stayed in the bridal suite (if it’s the one with the spiral stairs, jacuzzi and upstairs bedroom). It was the most amazing and happiest day of my life. I am so in love with this hotel and I can’t wait to go there for our 10 year anniversary. If there are ghosts there, they must be my relatives or best friends because they are so nice to me.

Marnie says:

October 24, 2008, 11:44 pm

I worked at the Banff Springs Hotel for six years, and never, ever saw anything. I believe it’s nothing more than a ploy to tempt people to stay there. It’s a lovely building, and hosts beautiful grounds, but is it haunted? No it isn’t.

john lemmon says:

October 25, 2008, 12:08 pm

yeah i saw a ghost over there too , it been a long time since i seen it , now i remember it was a darkness night and thunder and no power at time, all of sudden i saw a ghost a big ghost a scary ghost i want to call the police 911 but i dont have a cell phone with me beside i remember my cellphone has no $$$ left, i want to take picture but i dont have the camara with me, too bad otherwise i can show u guys a picture of a ghost, it was long time ago about a ghost story in 1820 if i remember correct.

D says:

January 28, 2009, 8:33 am

I used to work at the hotel doing night time security and there are things that happened that can’t be explained. I’ve seen reflections in mirrors that were not my own, I’ver heard childerens laughter at 3am with no one in sight, I’ve had lights turn on and off on me for no reason.

LOORAN! says:

February 2, 2009, 12:03 pm

I have never been there.
I am doing HISTORICA on it though.
It would really help.

D says:

February 15, 2009, 7:48 am

Sure Looran:

In the month of January 2005, myself and another night time security guard were walking through the Conservatory. The conservatory is located in the back of the hotel, 2nd Public floor near the Rundle lounge. The Conservatory is also conveniently located near the â??Burning Bride Stair Caseâ?. The Conservatory has two public access points: The main doors, and a hallway lined with mirrors. I was walking down the hallway with my partner 10 feet behind me. I looked at the mirrors and saw my reflection along with my partners reflection. I also saw a third reflection further down the mirrors. The figure stood there. I glanced back at my partner and then looked at where the reflection was. It was no longer there. We ran into the Conservatory lounge area but saw no one. And no signs of anyone being there. Thing like that happened to each of us that worked nights there. Usually when you least expect it.

Gwen says:

February 28, 2009, 6:24 pm

Banff Springs Hotel: I went in the spring of 2007 to the Banff Spings Hotel and I couldn’t sleep, So I went and walked around the hotel it was close to midnight and I saw an apparition- It was near the bottom of the sprial stairway and I took two digital photos one with a orb and one with out.

Baby_Gurl says:

March 9, 2009, 10:07 pm

My friend went there and omg they say someone on a staircase on the camera and the room to

Brooke says:

May 18, 2009, 7:15 pm


Just to let you guys know. The bride and the staircase is a legend. It’s not true….

Lisa says:

July 13, 2009, 5:21 pm

My husband and I stayed at the Banff Springs hotel in 1997. We had heard the story of the bride who caught fire and fell down the stairs. They had the stairway blocked off. After having dinner one night I convinced my husband to take my picture on that staircase. We returned home, I had my photos developed and was looking through them. The picture that was taken on the staircase, had several bright white orbs blocking most of me on the staircase. On the step that I was stepping down on, had two little white orbs on the step. When I saw this I got chills. I felt like it was the bride and she didn’t like me up there. I thought maybe it could be the flashing on the camera or something so I took it to a photo place and they couldn’t explain it. I never sent the photo to the hotel but I’m thinking about it.

Will says:

August 24, 2009, 8:36 am

I visited my brother who’s living in Calgary, and we decided to make a day trip to Banff. We took a tour into the hotel and it was amazing from inside. It became dark so we decided to just sleep in the car and next morning head back to Calgary. We parked somewhere near the hotel, by the river where you can see the water falls. At around 3:00am I woke up on the sound of very loud human footsteps, just came like a snap very near to the car, to wake me and my brother instantly. We couldn’t see or hear anything later, and we couldn’t sleep either. I just knew today from this site that the hotel is haunted, and I believe the area surrounding it too!

miranda says:

December 15, 2009, 3:40 pm

i wanna go so bad.

kath says:

June 15, 2010, 1:22 am

I have just started working at fairmont and I was aware of the stories of it being haunted before I started working there.

I’m kind of dissapointed as I wanted to experience something, anything.
but as I must admit some of the rooms are quite creepy and very old I havnt experienced anything related to these stories such as the bellman sam appearing or anything.

The closest Thing would be my co worker tells me sometimes when she is working in the store alone the doorbell will go off on its own.

kath says:

June 15, 2010, 1:27 am

I even went up the the room with the room missing to ‘feel something’ as I’m normally quite sensitive to those kinds of things but I got nothing.

The room with the dance hall and the huge painting , overlooking the court yard freaks me out like nobodys buisness though ..always feel like that painting is watching me

kath says:

June 15, 2010, 1:32 am

I went up to the room on the 9th floor where the room is missing to ‘feel’ something’ as I’m normally quite sensitive ,but I got nothing.

But the dancehall with the huge painting of the man overlooking the court yard creeps me out like nobodys buisnes..i always feel like that painting is watching me

Mark says:

July 3, 2010, 12:57 am

Kath, I get the same feeling from that painting. I was there for a wedding last summer. Lots of cold spots on the 9th floor. I am planning on heading there in the next couple of weeks. Can’t wait:)
Love this hotel!

Crystal says:

October 3, 2010, 3:28 am

It’s a beautiful hotel. Stayed there on 2 separate occasions with my husband and our 2 kids. Never experienced anything paranormal at all so I believe it’s all nonsense and a bunch of made up stories. Had a great time!

jadde, says:

October 22, 2010, 1:26 am

like wtf,
im stayin in this hote right now:O..
scary stuff thou…

KD says:

January 9, 2011, 4:08 am

I stayed at the Banff Springs with my parents this summer and I don’t know if there are natural reasons for what we experienced but see what you think. My mom and I went up to 873 and my mom wanted to take a photo of me standing there. I leaned closer to the wall and heard what sounded like a TV left on, I could sort of hear words but not sure what was said. When we were leaving, we looked at a photo shot by digital camera and there were two joined orbs (dust?) and one larger and faint orb over my head, and up on the ceiling was a small mist, but you have to zoom in. We didn’t want to stay up there. We saw a room numbered 666 on the way to a friend’s room, and when we were sleeping the closet door opened all the way by itself because you have to push that door open, I didn’t see any vents facing it. My mom swore that she closed the door but it was wide open when we woke up. I remember my parents asking me if I got up and went to the closet but I was as surprised as them. Taking a look in Mt. Stephens one evening felt sort of creepy, maybe because of the red glow from candles in there but something else I felt. One experience happened when I was riding the elevator back to my room, it skipped my floor and went to the 6th, I don’t remember seeing the other people in there selecting that floor. I enjoyed staying at this beautiful hotel, as creepy as it can be in some areas. If you ever stay on the 5th floor, try the smoked salmon :)

matt says:

March 16, 2011, 12:48 am

Room 873. I read somewhere that room 873 was a restroom and connected to two adjacent closets. When the restrooms were no longer needed it was sealed up. However I have only read that version once. Does anyone know when the murders took place? Are there police reports/newspaper articles about it? And my biggest question, which would help determine wether or not it used to be a hotel room is the view from the outside! On the outside walls of the hotel there should be a window for that room. Is there one there? If not is there a large gap between windows of 872 and 874?

Lance says:

March 16, 2011, 2:30 am

I was there for the past three days and I’ll tell you what. I like pushing my own button for the elevator going up to my room and it did seem kind of odd having the elevator door open up as I was walking up to push the call button. All I need is the hair on the back of my neck standing up to decide on never going back to that hotel. Good-bye Banff Springs :)

carla says:

August 23, 2011, 12:26 pm

i went here and i saw something going down the stairs and that i saw somebody and it was invisable it was a girl

Amanda says:

October 22, 2011, 10:49 am

I just got back from a conference at the Banff Springs hotel. We went looking for room 873 and sure enough, it doesn’t exist. You can plainly see where a door used to be because of a baseboard replacement.
The next night I was outside at the rear of the hotel and it was pitch black. We counted up to the eighth floor and all the lights were on (it was around 10pm) except for two windows near where 873 would be. We worked under the theory of “if it’s closed off, then no lights would be on”. But about a half hour later we were on our way back inside and I noticed a faint blue glow and flickers – like a tv was on – in those windows. It was bright in one room and like it reached into the other window. Theory – the room was closed off to make another room bigger.
On Thursday we took the guided tour of the hotel and after all was done, my colleague asked the tour guide (who has worked there for fifty years) if it “was true about 873″. He said “it is, but not what you’re thinking”. Turns out, 873 was closed up, divided in two to make the two rooms on either side bigger. No murder, no ghosts, nada.
Case closed

LukeS says:

January 12, 2012, 3:41 am

We stayed at the Fairmont Banff Springs this Christmas, 2011. I can confirm Room 873 has been covered over to look like it never existed.Tap the wall and find out! The door entrance light still remains where it used to before the door was closed in.

Rob says:

May 2, 2012, 10:06 pm

Hmm Amanda is wrong. I stayed there is 1999. Heard all the stories. The Bride and the Stiar case. The Bellman named Sam, but the murder(s) in 873 was most interesting because when I stayed there the door was there. I went up to it and noticed that there was no door knob or room number. I banged on the door as to challenge the ghost and to my amazement… I heard a little girls voice and could swear the TV was on.
I asked several hotel employees about the “ghost” all confirmed that the room was haunted. No employee wanted to be up there and they always heard the TV on. Back when the room was used the house keepers hated to clean it and all said they where always turning the TV off.
Its an amazing Hotel and I would love to go back. Banff Springs is one of the most beautiful destinations ever!

Jack (John) McGann says:

June 25, 2013, 10:44 pm

I arrived to work at the Springs in early May 1980 as a business student hired from Seneca college in Toronto. I was housed on the second floor of the Upper Annex which over looked the turn around of the front entrance to the hotel. I worked in the Alberta Room dinning room as a bus boy then moved to room service and bus tour banquets.I worked for Sharook and Joseph and Bill and Louis Boudoin. I had many strange occurances while working in room service, clearing the halls of meal carts late in the evening and seeing movement out of the corner of my eye as you passed the intersecting hall ways. The most disturbing was using the washrooms to the right of the entrance way to the Ball Room, while sitting in the stall doing my business all the taps over the sinks came on all at once I left without attempting to turn them off. The other incident was doind a reset of tables in the Rob Roy room late in the evening and all of the amber lighting would turn off and on in a random order I never again set foot in that dinning room after that incident. If anyone from this time remembers please feel free to contact me.

jayme says:

October 25, 2014, 9:46 pm

I worked in the hotel for six years, not part of the hotel staff but with the concessions, and in those 6 years I experienced many strange things. As part of the concessions we didnt use the staff bathrooms (too far to go) but would run up to the bathroom next to Mount Stephen Hall, We knew enough about the ghost stories to not go alone, one evening my friend and I went up to the bathroom, We went into the bathroom stalls, both of us saw a figure in black move past the doors (the stalls have cracks between the door and the walls) we heard the door open and we both bent down to see if there were any legs, there werent,, the stall was empty. A year later we both went to the bathroom again, my friend to use the loo, and me as moral support. I sat at the chair in front of the mirror that had 3 sections, that you could move back and forth to see the back of you etc.. When I was growing up.. there was an old wives tale that said if the 3 sides folded up to form a triangle, it was a gateway to the devil.. so while I was sitting there waiting, I accidentally let the mirror fold up on itself… didn’t think anything of it til about an hour later, when I was telling one of the other store clerks bout the old wives tale and what had happened with the mirror…well this old man came walking down the hallway.. dressed all in red.. freaked me out… skip ahead about a year and I’m in a bar in Calgary telling this story to some friends and in walks the same old man dressed in red again…
I also worked in the antique store that was in the hotel and it was common for things to move from place to place, if I went on break something was always in a different spot, when that happened I would just ask them to put the item back and I would leave the shop for 5 minutes. when I came back the object would always be back where it was s posed to be.

Jimmy says:

January 2, 2017, 1:44 am


During my honeymoon in 1993 I had a ghost visit me in my room. I don’t remember what room we stayed in. I felt someone touching me during the night. It was not my wife. I got up and saw a small boy dressed in pin stripe suit hovering above my new wife. It was real and I yelled to get out. My wife was sleeping and then became awake when I started yelling.

This was real. The ghost appeared normal and then turned sinister looking.

I did not sleep the rest of the night. My wife said I was yelling and not making sense.

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