Monday, April 5, 2010
Ghostly Happenings at the Banff Springs Hotel
I feel like I’m in a fairytale castle when I visit Banff Springs Hotel. There are so many fun things to do here. Swimming in its hot springs in the middle of winter is very neat. There's even a bowling alley here.
I love the scavenger hunt through the hotel which you can get at the concierge desk.
There are many ghost stories about the Banff Springs Hotel which is no surprise considering that it is well over a hundred years old.
In 1932 a woman died here on her wedding day when she fell down a flight of stairs. A year later, in the middle of the night, hotel staff heard music coming from the Rob Roy ballroom. When investigating they saw the image of a bride dancing by herself.
A bellman named Sam Macauley is also said to haunt the hotel. In life he worked there for many years. Just before he died in 1976, he said he loved the hotel so much that he planned on haunting it after he moved on.
Since then a bellman matching Sam’s description and wearing an old fashioned uniform helped two women get into their locked room and was seen walking through a wall.
I’m surprised there are no stories of chicken ghosts, seeing as many of the hotels fine restaurants serve chicken dishes.
Whether these stories are true or not, they add to the beauty and mystery of this gorgeous hotel.