Sunday, December 15, 2013

Fort San - Haunted: Building or Land?


As most of you may know Fort San Sanatorium has been demolished.. for the most part. There is a chunk of the main building remaining but it is boarded and both pasqua and mission lodge wings have been demolished. All the nursing houses, extra buildings, power plant and other buildings are gone as well. Of course there were many other pavilions back in the day that have been gone for many years.

I suppose your wondering why I am telling you this?

The topic of "tainted land" arises when a building is demolished. If a building is demolished, do the ghosts disappear? This leads to the question, do ghosts haunt the building or the land? I used to believe that ghosts were attached to the building, this changed after spending time in Weyburn Mental and Fort San. Both are major facilities were many people lived together and stayed until they died. Fort San of course had many more deaths but both locations have a long history in this province until there demolition.

I can remember the feeling I got while inside Fort San - a feeling that cannot be explained. The highway going by the facility was fine but as soon as you stepped on the grounds the feelings changed - its a very emotional and spiritual place. I have gone back to see the demolition of Fort San and have watched it slowly disappear but you know, that feeling I got never went away. Today I still get the feeling when I am on the grounds which leads me to believe those strong spirits that haunt the buildings are still around. They have made not just the building but the land their home and even though there home is gone they stick around.

You may not be able to experience ghosts closing doors or hear voices down long hallways where patients once lived but you can feel that emotional feeling attached to the grounds.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Battle at Fish Creek/Battle of Tourond's Coulee

The battle of fish creek is a National Historic Site - here is a bit of history...

 "Battle of Touronds Coulee/Fish Creek is of national historic significance because: at this place occurred a military engagement of the North West Rebellion /Métis Resistance between Middleton’s North West Field Force and Gabriel Dumont’s Métis and First Nations forces. In the 1880s, people of western Canada, particularly Métis and some First Nations, were alarmed by the Dominion of Canada’s plan, as part of Canada’s National Policy, to survey lands of the Canadian west with a new grid land system to accommodate immigration and new settlement. With their concerns not being recognized by the federal government and tensions mounting, the Métis, led by Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont, declared a provisional government at Batoche to have a voice and formally negotiate with the Canadian government. The provisional government declaration was seen as a revolt by the Canadian government that would be addressed through confrontation. The Métis provisional government, increasingly frustrated by the lack of response to negotiate from Ottawa, began to prepare and arm for the protection of their lands. The Métis encounter with and defeat of North West Mounted Police at Duck Lake on March 26, 1885, convinced the Canadian government that the police force was inadequate to quell the insurgency. The North West Field Force, made up of Canadian militia from eastern Canada and Manitoba and led by General Frederick Middleton, was thus created and dispatched forth to Batoche in the North West Territories – the heart of the Métis homeland. " 

Taken from: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/sk/tourond/natcul/histo.aspx

I drove out to this site a few years back to visit it. Of course the site only consists of a plaque, lots of grass and of course fish creek. Sounds exciting right? Well you may be surprised, we often forget about locations where battles once took place. They may just be grassy fields now with no remains or evidence of what took place but they are a huge part of our history and with history that contains battles how could there be no energy? I believe that there is always residual energy at these locations - you may not see a spirit just wandering around but you can feel a definite change when you are walking around the site. I always like to think about what it may have been like when the site was packed with people. What a site it must have been. I never had a fascinating paranormal experience at this site but I have thought about going back at night.. just to see if you may hear something other than the rustling grass in the wind.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Little Cedar Church

Oh the cedar church.. where do I start?

There is a small rural church in this province that is completely cedar inside (smells like a sauna). That is why i call it the cedar church as I will not disclose its real name. I have visited this church twice - once during the day and once a night. I have had the same thing happen to me twice. All was well pulling up to the church, then I walked up to the church and opened the door. I got the instant feeling of being watched. It felt like I was not welcome in the church by whatever was inside. With a first step in the church I was instantly sick to my stomach - so much so that i had to back out and sit down. A terrible feeling from nowhere - when I was outside i was fine. It took some time but i did go inside, sick again ... I pushed forward. The little church is beautiful inside - pews still in line, some decor remains and the woodwork is fascinating! However I could not kick the feeling of being watched. I was uncomfortable the entire time inside the church but fine once I left. There is a possibility that I did see a figure in the corner of the church ....

 So if you run into a small little cedar rural church - don't stay to long as the current resident is not very welcoming.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Catholic Haunting

 Saskatchewan is a province full of religion. Years ago their were many missions, convents and private catholic schools all over this province. Most of these locations were demolished but most of the churches remain at these sites. Some of the schools also remain around the province, most are re-purposed.

Why am I telling you this? Because their is a haunted religious site where only the church remains that is known to be very haunted. The locals all know about this building and each has had a different experience. The church that remains at the site was becoming run down a few years ago. The building was falling apart and the vandalism was starting inside the church.

I was told by some locals that people will feel their legs being grabbed, arms being pulled and there is a feeling of someone watching them. The church is very active and whatever remains is not friendly. It is believed that what remains is aggressive and doesn't take kindly to younger people that enter the church.

People have shared stories about a girl having her arm grabbed and there was hand print mark on her arm. Another was choked by a figure while walking down the aisle of the church. Others have heard whispers and laughing outside the building. Figures in robes have also been seen walking around the church.

I have been to this church and I have experienced what haunts it. It is not a nice place to be, even after my experience I sat outside on the steps and I could still feel its presence.

Recently the church has been cleaned and repaired. The activity seems to have simmered down a bit. Maybe whatever was watching this building was just upset at the condition of the beloved church? No one knows for sure, but there is no doubt that something is watching over it.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Casino Regina

Casino Regina, formerly known as the Union Station it was built it 1912 and was actually Regina's third train station. The building is a historic site and was converted into the Casino Regina after years of sitting empty. The building contains old railway police jail cells in the basement that were used for transporting prisoners, and shows evidence of a tunnel representing a system of underground passages.

There are many stories about the Casino being haunted. Most people believed that it is haunted by those who worked at the location while it was a station. They said that you can hear voices when no one is around or you can see doors open that required key cards. These instances are also said to be caught on camera. While it is a bustling casino now it is hard to hear anything beyond the sounds of the games and music.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Weyburn Mental Hospital - Haunted Grounds?

Weyburn mental hospital was demolished by the government. It was a very sad day as they did not save any part of it...correction, they saved a couple small limestone pieces and have done nothing with them since. In fact they have done nothing to protect the pieces or create any historic memorial to the hospital. I predict they will slap a quick plaque on the ground stating the mental hospital was there and it will most likely get stolen in the future and then nothing. I don't blame the city who demolished the building, I blame the government for their lack of preserving history in this province. There are so many examples in this province of the government destroying history in the name of “progress”.

It was not long after the hospital was demolished that they started a housing development, which renders the question – would you want to live in a house that sits on the grounds of an old mental hospital? I will agree that it is a beautiful location – sitting on the edge of the river just on the outskirts of the city, however it is also full of history.

The Weyburn Mental Hospital is rich in history, unfortunately most of it is not positive. Most people that checked into the hospital never left and many people were left unclaimed when they passed away. Many things went on at the Weyburn mental hospital including testing, rape, abuse and more. Some people did belong in the Weyburn mental hospital and others didn't. In the early years people could bring relatives to the hospital just to get rid of them.

This all leads to the question, if the building is haunted do the spirits remain when the building is gone or is it really the land that is haunted? I have been in weyburn mental hospital and there were select areas that made me quite ill. Some area's were fine, other's not so much. With such a huge building I would get turned around but as soon as I was about to enter certain areas I would become sick immediately.

It seems weird driving down the long driveway and not seeing the hospital at the end. However, today even driving around or walking on the land with no hospital there I still feel ill. So yes, I believe that it is not the building that may be haunted but the land. Best of luck to those who decide to buy property on this historic land.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Darke Hall (Regina)

Darke hall if located on the U of R Continueing Education Campus on College Avenue in Regina.  This area was founded in 1911 and was formerly known as the Regina College.

This location is home to at least three deaths.

Lets start with some history first. Darke hall is named after Frank Darke who was a Regina pioneer. He had various businesses and investments in the city which made him a very rich man. He donated money to the building of Darke hall and to the college. He passed away in 1940 and his funeral was held in the hall and later buried in the city's only mausoleum.  So what haunts Darke Hall? Well they say Darke himself is still around.

It could also be that this building was much more than a school. It had various changes during its life but for the most part it stayed a school of some sort. During the second world war it was an Air Training Center during WW2. The stories say that during this time there were many parties in the building. It is believed that a man was partying and fell to his death.

The old lecture theater was also converted into a temporary hospital to isolate students and teachers to contracted typhoid fever, which as the time had no antibiotics. It is believed that 68 students, 4 teachers and 6 staff contracted the fever. Eight students passed away

I found an interesting article speaking about the hauntings in Darke Hall in much more detail...

For the past few years, local historian Don Black has given an annual lecture about haunted College Avenue at the U of R Centre for Continuing Education.
The location of Black’s lecture has its own ghost stories. There were three notable deaths on or near the old U of R campus (then called Regina College), which was founded in 1911 
“When I hear that there are ghosts in this building, well who are they?” said Black. “If they are here, and I respect everybody’s chance to believe in them, I think they’d be one of the people who passed away from typhoid.”Q: Tell me about Frank Darke.A: He was a Regina pioneer and he was a cattle buyer and he set up a butcher shop ... His business did well so he invested in land and land was going crazy so he made a ton of money. He was also a great philanthropist so he gave the seed money for the Methodist college — Regina College — then he also donated the money for Darke Hall.Frank Darke died in 1940 and his funeral was held in Darke Hall. He lay in state in Darke Hall. Then he was buried in the mausoleum at the Regina Cemetery. It’s the city’s only mausoleum.
People say Frank Darke’s rattling around here. He’s probably resting pretty comfortably.Q: What about the pilot?A: (Regina College was taken over by) the Initial Flying Training School for British Commonwealth air training during the Second World War ... The guys lived in here and they also had parties. ... It’s been reported a few times that during one of these parties up on the tower, a young air guy fell off and died and that’d be a big surprise. Maybe that would make you be a ghost. I don’t know.Q: What’s the typhoid story?A: (People) say they’ve seen ghosts in the old lecture theatre, which is part of the original building, which is now condemned.When (typhoid) struck here, it was about eight or 10 years before there were antibiotics so there was no treatment for it. Typhoid was caused by the salmonella bacteria ... (It’s like) if you had the worst flu you’ve ever had for three weeks straight and then you died, dehydrated and diarrhea and sweating and you just die. So this bug was brought into the school through the milk supply because it was unpasteurized.
They converted the whole third-floor residence into a hospital and they isolated the school, they shut it down. ... Sixty-eight students, four teachers and six staff members contracted typhoid.
Eight students died. Put yourself in this school then. It was brand new. These guys are from all these small towns. They just started their first term in some cases. They’re excited, they’re happy ... They’re just kids. But the fall, November, it’s all gone for them and they’re taken away from this place. ... (One teacher, Roy Renwick) died; they had the funeral for him in the lecture theatre.
When you Google ‘what is a ghost?’ there are those two things: One, they don’t know they’re dead, or two, they just have so much unfinished business, it’s just such a shock that they can’t leave this place.
I think this is a real (ghost story).Q: Why did the typhoid epidemic happen?A: One of the (milk) handlers was a carrier of typhoid and that milk came in here and made everybody sick because it wasn’t pasteurized. City council, god love ’em, first thing they said, ‘I’ve been talking to my buddies who are dairy farmers. We don’t need to pasteurize.’ ... And people kept dying. Other people got sick.Finally all the doctors, my grandfather’s brother was one of them, got together and said, ‘Listen, pasteurize.’ So finally city council mandated pasteurization. ... So really if I was to see one of these ghosts here, of Mr. Renwick or one of the students, I’d have to thank them, because without their deaths, who knows how much longer it would have taken to get milk pasteurized here?
They lost their lives but I think they probably saved a lot of other lives.

Taken from:  http://www.leaderpost.com/Regina+College+share+ghosts/7441588/story.html#ixzz2R3GfSWU1

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Clifton Hall (Moose Jaw)


Clifton hall is a large mansion located on Clifton Ave. This historic mansion is very historic and apparently has more residents than just the living.

The most common hauntings is that of a girl in white. She can be seen on the balcony, looking out the window or outside standing on the balcony and looking very pale. The story is told that she passed away in the home – however there is no evidence to confirm that. Other occurrences in the home include chairs moving, cupboard doors opening and lights shaking and turning off and on.

Clifton hall is a private residence.

Monday, April 15, 2013

McKim Road

McKim road is a lesser known haunting although not surprising. Saskatchewan is a large province and with so much space and rural areas, ghost towns and small settlements why do we not hear more about these hauntings?

McKim road is a grid road halfway between Yorkton and Melville. I believe it may have once been a small town site or settlement according to the maps. Today not much remains.. or does it?

As the story goes there was a man riding his motorcycle down the road and at an intersection he was hit by a grain truck and the man passed away. It has been said that if you park your car at the intersection at night you will see the light from a motorcycle travelling your way. Depending on the story it will turn off or keep going straight. If you follow it, the light will vanish. Some say if you do not follow it and keep the lights off your vehicle will shake, the light will vanish and your car will become dusty from the gravel and you will be able to see hand prints on the dash.

A reader of this blog shared a personal story with me about this road. They stopped one night on the road and saw the light. Nothing happened but when they went to start their car there was hand prints on the windshield, one was even dragged across.

I would like to thank the person who shared this personal encounter with me. I hope you do not mind me sharing part of your story. I have driven down this road many times but have never stopped, I will have to stop sometime and see if I can encounter something.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Marr Residence (Saskatoon)


What is the Marr Residence you may ask? Well here is some background on the house before I give you the stories relating to it's history.

The Marr Residence is the oldest house in Saskatoon still standing on its original site. Built by Alexander (Sandy) Marr in 1884, it was one of the first substantial houses to appear in the original Temperance Colony of Saskatoon. Mr. Marr brought his wife and family west; drawn by the lure of homestead land and a chance to make a living in the new colony. The house and property was acquired by the City of Saskatoon in 1979 and restored to show what domestic life was like in early Saskatoon. Today, the house also features an exhibit on the relationships between settlers and First Nations during the Northwest Resistance of 1885. A second floor bedroom is dedicated to telling the story of the use of the house as a Field Hospital during the Resistance.
Taken from http://themarr.ca/

So why am I telling you about this house? Well not only does it have a rich history but it is tied into many other haunted locations including the Battle of Fish creek site, the Heritage Cemetery in Saskatoon, the Stone Schoolhouse in Saskatoon.

Not only did this home suffer the death of the  mother of the family not long after a child was born but it also served as a field hospital. I don't want to state the obvious but there is a tendency to have hauntings at hospitals or locations that served as hospitals.

It is believed to have a few resident ghosts.
  • The first is believed to be an angry man, targeting women he is known to torment women in the house. 
  • The second are the ghosts of a child or children, most people claim to have seen a child standing in the front windows. I have heard this most commonly from a few people. 
  • The last is disembodied voices where people have captured evp's or have heard voices, most commonly violent and rude.

I know these are the most common stories but did you also know that there is a woman, possibly a nurse haunting the house? She can be seen in the house, sometimes in a mirror other times a full figure. She is said to be from the era the home was a field hospital, make sense right?

This house is full of history and for such a small building it has lots of offer in the area of hauntings. It is now a historic site and offers tours during the summer. So why not visit yourself and see if you can hear or see one of their resident ghosts?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hotel Saskatchewan (Regina)

If you have ever been to Regina I am sure you have seen this grand historic hotel.  Built in 1927 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, this grand Victorian  historic hotel looks over Victoria park in Regina. The building was built with brick as well as Tyndall stone, the same as the legislative building in Regina. This beautiful hotel was renovated in the early 1990's and was designated a heritage property in 1993. With all this history how could it not be haunted?

This grand hotel definitely has its share of guests who never checked out. Workers and guests have seen apparitions down hallways  as well as finding objects move and watching lighting fixtures sway. Staff has experienced much poltergeist activity in the hotel - floors of note include 3rd and 5th. Some of the activity has included cupboard doors open, glasses moving, blankets move, piano playing and the elevator going with no one in it. Many figures and unexplainable shadow people have been seen in the hotel. Most people say this is due to the large number of suicides that have taken place in the hotel but this is not known for sure. There is so much history attached to the hotel, the spirits could be from any era and may not have passed away in the hotel.

After spending the night in the hotel I can say that the feeling is definately different on certain floors and some unexplainable things have happened. I also spoke with some of the staff who openely admitted to the hotel being haunted and having experiences themselves.

So if you want to stay somewhere in Regina, why not stay at the Hotel Saskatchewan and see if you get a room that may already have a resident who has not left.