Halloween is only a few days away. I thought it would be fun to check out some haunted places in Ottawa and the surrounding area. A quick Google search and I had a list of places I wanted to check out. Not wanting to see a ghost or to experience anything paranormal but rather to know what places to avoid. I am a big chicken.
So let’s get started!
1. HI-Ottawa Hostel (International Youth Hostel)
Up until the 1970’s this Hostel/Hotel was the location of the Carleton County Gaol. Most commonly known as the Nicholas Street Gaol or Ottawa Jail. This is the site that the reportedly innocent Patrick Whalen was hanged for the assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee. It is said Mr Whalen appears to guests at the foot of their beds. Unbelievably the gallows are still intact and functioning! Creepy! Will I spend the night there? HECK no!
2. Watson’s Mill Manotick Ontario
The Mill is said to be haunted by Ann Crosby Currier. Ann was the second wife of Mill owner Joseph Currier. The story goes the newlywed Ann got her dress caught in a turbine while doing a tour of the mill. Ann got caught and was thrown against a wooden support post and killed instantly. Some say Ann is still wandering the Mill and some can even hear her haunting wail. Eeeeeek!
3. Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
Formerly the Great War Memorial Hospital. The original house is what is reputed to be haunted. The man who built the original house, Judge John Glass Malloch, is said to have refused to pay for building supplies that were late in delivery. The Judges residence was built and the gentleman who delivered the building supplies was never paid. That gentleman placed a curse on the Judge and Malloch family. Eventually, there were no more Mallochs to live in the house and it was turned into a hospital. It is said members of the family can be seen looking out the top windows. Meh. I bet those are just some current patients at the window. But still a spooky story.
There are so many more haunts to check out in the Ottawa area. I am too spooked out to look for anymore. So you will have to wait until NEXT Halloween!
I went on a haunted walk tour. You can read a little bit about my Ottawa Haunted Walk here.