Ghost TOWN

Haunted hot spots for spec­tre-seek­ers

Where Vancouver - - Contents - By Chloë lai Dis­cover the dark side of the city with Ghostly Van­cou­ver Tours (page 60), Haunted Van­cou­ver Trol­ley Tours (page 60) and For­bid­den Van­cou­ver’s Lost Souls of Gas­town Tour (page 59).

Haunted hot spots for spec­tre-seek­ers

Heere's Jen­nie

If you’re check­ing into the Fair­mont Ho­tel Van­cou­ver and there’s a woman in a red gown in your room, you haven’t been dou­ble-booked. Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal leg­end, you’ve just met the ghost of Jen­nie Pearl Cox—aka the Lady in Red—a reg­u­lar at the ho­tel’s ball­room dances un­til she was killed in a car ac­ci­dent in 1944. Guests re­port see­ing her pass through el­e­va­tor doors, par­tic­u­larly on the 14th floor. When an episode of The X-Files was filmed at the ho­tel, she hov­ered out­side the win­dow, fright­en­ing a cam­era­man so badly that he fled the set and re­fused to re­turn.

It's Alive

Get more than you bar­gained for at Sal­ma­gundi West (page 21), and not only be­cause the an­tiques-and-odd­i­ties em­po­rium of­ten stocks un­usual trea­sures like taxi­dermy, tarot cards and ac­tual magic wands. There are whis­pered voices. Dis­placed and dis­ap­pear­ing ob­jects. En­coun­ters with de­parted be­ings. Like the woman in black who begs cus­tomers to find her pho­to­graph, or the for­mer owner’s part­ner, whose un­happy en­ergy has been felt in the stor­age room. Lo­cal para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­port­edly en­coun­tered the ghost of a man with a bushy mous­tache and blood run­ning down his cheek. With all this oth­er­worldly ac­tiv­ity, it’s a good thing they have a pro­fes­sional psy­chic on staff.

Si­lence of Trams

Where there’s a vor­tex, there’s a very real chance of ghostly vis­i­ta­tions. The Old Spaghetti Fac­tory (page 70), sup­pos­edly lo­cated near a por­tal to an­other di­men­sion, is said to house four ghosts. The most well-known spirit is the uni­formed tram con­duc­tor who staff re­port see­ing late at night, seated at a ta­ble in the de­com­mis­sioned street­car that oc­cu­pies the din­ing room. Then there’s Looky-Loo, a mis­chievous red-haired man who wreaks havoc in the kitchen and ladies’ room. Round­ing out the phan­tom fam­ily are a cut­lery­bend­ing boy with empty eye sock­ets, and a lit­tle girl with a bal­loon, look­ing for her mother.

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