Banff Springs Hotel Ghost Stories!
*Please note, the Banff Spring Hotel denies that their hotel is haunted in any way. Whatever they may think, these ghosts are alive and well, on this web page! :)
P.S. I receive a lot of pictures that are clearly just dust on the lens. Some are even posted below. Please use your discretion when sending me photos.T.M.
http://www.zidaho.com/sharedcontent/northwest/nwbackroads/stories... - Banff Springs Hotel. Let's head north of the border to a luxurious, century-old castle – a place many believe is haunted. Guests and employees alike have an abundance of spooky stories to tell. Does the ghost of a former bellman still haunt the halls of the Banff Springs Hotel? Does a bride who died on her wedding day dance from beyond the grave? Two Northwest ghost hunters revealed mysterious photographs captured during their investigation. The Banff Springs Hotel is a 109-year-old castle nestled in the mountains of Banff, Alberta, Canada. Many believe the hotel is haunted. Over the years, employees and guests have reported strange occurrences – from tables moving on their own to sightings of Sam McAuley, a bellman who died in 1976. Sam loved the hotel so much, fellow bellman David Moberg remembers Sam retiring several times, but always returning to work at the hotel. Before his death in 1976, he promised to haunt the hotel from beyond. Shortly after Sam's death, David says a bellman wearing an old-fashioned uniform and matching Sam's description mysteriously appeared to help two women locked out of their room. Another guest reported seeing a bellman matching Sam's description walk right through a wall. Another possible visitor from the afterworld is the dancing bride. In 1932, on her wedding day, a bride reportedly died when she fell down a staircase. A year later in the middle of the night, workers reported heard mysterious music and saw the eerie image in the Rob Roy dining room of a bride dancing alone. Recently, two Northwest paranormal investigators decided to find out if the hotel is indeed haunted. Authors of "The Haunted Reality" and other books – Dave Oester and Sharon Gill – have captured on film what they believe to be ghostly entities. Using special detection devices, they look for sudden changes in temperatures or electromagnetic fields that Dave says can indicate the presence of ghostly entities. When Dave and Sharon's pictures came back from the developer, a strange shape Dave calls an ectoplasmic cloud was present. He believes it's a ghostly entity. But that's not all. A strange ray of light showed up on two pictures. Dave and Sharon believe it may be the face of Sam McAuley. They believe their photographs may be proof the Banff Springs is home to a bride from beyond and to a bellman who remains there in his afterlife. Note from Taxi Mike... While the Banff Spring Hotel was modelled after a Scottish Castle back in 1888, it was never a Castle and has always been a Luxury Hotel.
TM response... without seeing the b&w negative, its hard to say. The one on the right looks like chemical contamination ie. fixer on the film/print before developer, but the other 2 are a little fuzzy but not fuzzy enough to be dust on the lens... ???
TM response... probably just a reflection from something on the wall. But it does have a wierd curve to it...
Hi Lisa, Thanks for your Email! I looked at the picture and it is for sure a double exposure. You can tell by the abrupt hard edge where the "ghosts" right hand is cut off. That would be the edge of the frame of the extra exposure. I tried to play with the contrast and levels to see if I could figure out what the second exposure is for the rest of the photo, but couldn't distinguish anything. FYI. I think this was the same website I found a group bellman shot with "Sam McAuley" in the centre... http://www.banffspringshotelstaffreunionwebsite.ca/pre1960s.htm
I have one with me standing on the winding staircase, when my daughter took the picture there was nothing there and when we looked at the picture, there was a light that was going across the screen. The day we went was very gloomy on the outside, it wasn’t sunny at all and it was snowing and raining all day long.
The second picture is of me and my two sisters and as you can see my sister as an orb by her shoulder. Again wasn’t noticed when my mom took the picture, we noticed it afterwards. We got so excited cuz my sister and I totally believe in the paranormal. Thanks, Joy.
My reply... Dear Dano, Thanks for your Email. This is a question that I get asked very frequently in the taxi so I decided it was time to do a little research... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shining_(film) - The Shining was shot on soundstages at EMI Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, Britain. The set for the Overlook Hotel was then the largest ever built, including a full re-creation of the exterior of the hotel. A few exterior shots by a second-unit crew were done at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon. These shots are notable because of the absence of the hedge maze, a nonexistent feature at the actual hotel. Some of the interiors are based on those of the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. The Timberline Lodge requested Kubrick change the number of the sinister Room 217 of King's novel to 237, so customers would not avoid the real Room 217. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081505/trivia - The Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in Oregon was used for the front exterior, but all the interiors as well as the back of the hotel were specially built at Elstree Studios in London, England. The management of the Timberline requested that Stanley Kubrick not use 217 for a room number (as specified in the book), fearing that nobody would want to stay in that room ever again. Kubrick changed the script to use the nonexistent room number 237.
I am posting your Email on the website as I think many visitors to the site believe that the room 873 story is very similar to the Shining story and believe that the film was shot there. Thanks again, Mike
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Photo of Sam McAuley in 1965 with the Bellmen team from the Banff Springs Hotel. Sam is seated in the centre. Click to enlarge
Gave me goosebumps... T.M.
We tell people about my sighting of the ghost, and they just laugh. It was nice to read your website about all the other stories. Thanks, Linda Pelowski.
P.S. Hi Mike, No, I did not save [the scetch] because my husband was laughing at me. But it is the same sketch that is in the November 1987 issue of "Ski" magazine. That is why my husband believed me after he saw that issue. It was exactly like my sketch! I have attached a copy of that article. Thanks, Linda
Click here for full article in November 1987 issue of "Ski" magazine!
Full Size - Click Here Weird eh!
* Hi Mike, In the picture which you have posted on the site, one of my coworker and I looked at the picture and realized that there is also a smoky or shadowy image by the chains that hold on to the chandelier. It looks like a child crawling or picking something up from the christmas tree. While I understand the photographer mentioned about the orbs in the pictures, I thought this was something kind of interesting to bring up to you. Thanks. Edward
Photo lightened by Taxi Mike... very weird! Full Size - Click Here
Taxi Mike: Was checking out links and found this...
Reply from TaxiMike: Interesting photos. Photographically speaking, the fact that the 2 pics with the orbs in the exact same place, suggests a reflection in the lens from something. I will have to check out the location at the Banff Springs to say more. I have posted your pics on my webpage if that's all right. Thanks for sending them to me! Cheers Mike
Reply from Rebecca: Yes, I wondered what could be causing the reflection, but didn't notice anything specifically. Not a problem putting them on your page. When I came back to work and shared the photos with coworkers, one remarked that her friend and another person shared the Bridal Suite at Banff Springs for a convention. They were unkindly greeted by a ghost, who made it apparent she didn't want them there, by turning on TVs, radios, messing up the room with the newspaper, and they even saw something like fairy dust emerging from one pillow. They changed rooms the next day. cheers! Rebecca
*Additional reply from Rebecca: I got married in Banff over the weekend and stayed at the Banff Springs hotel. We took a moment to investigate the 2 light spots on the wall of the second picture I sent and it turns out that they are just touch up spots on the wall, as there was a different picture hanging there at one time. So, you can remove that photo from your site, as it doesn't really qualify as a ghost shot. However, we did stay on the 8th floor, and my best friend's daughter took a few shots of the hall of room 873. There's an interesting light, similar to the one I got in Mount Stephen Hall.
*photos lightened by Taxi Mike.
http://www.zuko.com/weird_and_spooky_places.htm - Nestled in the heart of the awe inspiring Canadian Rockies, Banff Springs Hotel is world famous for it's regal ambiance and sumptuous accommodations. This incredible 100-year old castle is also a historic landmark. Built in 1886 by William Cornelius Van Horne, then General Manager of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Van Horne oversaw the challenge to drive the historic railway through the Canadian Rockies. Banff Springs Hotel opened in 1888, and has been a favorite haunt of the rich and famous ever since. With such a rich and colorful history, it is not surprising to hear tales of guests and loyal employees who have lingered on, even beyond their departure from life. One very sad and tragic tale involves a young bride and her elegant wedding party in the hotel's grand ballroom. It seems that on the day of the young woman's wedding, she was descending the ornate marble staircase in her beautiful flowing white wedding gown. And, as the story goes, an unexpected breeze (presumably from an open door or window) twisted the gown's flowing train into her path, causing her to stumble. Attempts by the groom to catch-hold of his young wife were in vain, and she fell to her death on the polished marble tiles below. To this day, there are recurring reports of a fleeting vision of a beautiful girl in a long flowing white dress dancing in the ballroom or descending the staircase. At other times, people have commented on brief but chilling breezes brushing past them on the grand staircase. In another tale, guests over the years have encountered a helpful and courteous bellman named Sam, who has opened locked doors, helped with lighting, and even parcels. When the guests of the ninth floor (Sam's favorite floor) try to engage Sam in conversation or attempt to tip him for his services, he very quickly departs, "almost into thin-air" as one guest put it. Guests who inquire about Sam are always stunned to learn that Sam passed-away many years ago.
http://www.ghosthaunts.com/banff.html - Banff Springs Hotel by Florence Cardinal. The Banff Springs Hotel lies in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in western Canada, only a two-hour drive from the city of Calgary, Alberta. Surrounded by mountain grandeur, by the Bow River and Lake Louise, the Banff Springs Hotel is a major tourist resort with all the amenities desired by travelers from all over the world. Yes, it has everything, including a ghost or two. In 1888, the Canadian Pacific Railroad forged its way into the Rocky Mountains. Vice President of the CPR, William Van Horne saw the potential inherent in the scenic beauty of mountains, rivers and lakes, and the attraction of the wonders of the natural hot springs. He decreed the building of a luxury hotel, and thus the 250 room Banff Springs Hotel was born. But, during the building of the hotel, the carpenters made a slight blunder. They created a room with neither windows nor doors. They did what workmen the world over have always done with blunders. They hid it, and the hotel was created with an extra room that no one except the guilty workmen were aware of. The existence of the room wasn't discovered until a fire in 1926. The room was empty, naturally, but it was suggested that the existence of the hidden room might have been responsible for strange phenomena that had been occurring in the corridor that bordered the room. Shadowy apparitions had drifted down the hallway late at night, and a phantom bellhop offered his services to patrons in surrounding rooms. The room was empty, and inaccessible, so perhaps it became inhabited by people from -- the spirit world? The hotel was rebuilt in 1928 in even greater luxury and became known as the Castle of the Rockies. The rebuilt hotel and the removal of the mysterious room may have eradicated the phantom figures from the hallway. But people say the bellhop still exists. He wanders through the hotel, still offering his services to patrons. He has even been known to open doors for people who have forgotten their key. If you need him, just give him a call. He's been dubbed "Sam." And he's not alone. Others that wander the hotel are a bride who tumbled to her death from the staircase, a bagpiper with no head, and a bartender who tells patrons who have over-imbibed that it's time they went to their beds. If you ever get the chance to visit Banff, it's a trip you'll never forget. The mountains, the rivers and lakes, the hot springs - all magnificent. And if you can get a room there (it's often full,) why not stay in the Castle of the Rockies, the Banff Springs Hotel? Oh, and while you're there, don't forget to tell Sam I said "Hi."
http://www.ghosttraveller.com/canada.htm - A bride who was descending the staircase caught her dress aflame on a candle then fell to a horrible death here. She is seen wandering the hotel. Where room 873 was, a family was allegedly murdered and their spirits tormented guests to the point that the hotel bricked over the door. A little girl's fingerprints couldn't be washed from the mirrors in the room
http://theshadowlands.net/places/canada.htm - Alberta - Banff - Banff Springs Hotel - A bride was coming down the main staircase on her wedding day. The staircase was filled with beautiful candles to celebrate the special event. The train on her dress caught on one of the candles and the dress caught fire. In her panic, she tumbled down the stair breaking her neck. Today, she still be seen wandering through the halls of the Banff Springs in her wedding dress. The stairs, although still there have since been blocked and there were no other weddings in that area of the hotel.
http://theshadowlands.net/places/canada.htm - Alberta - Banff - Banff Springs Hotel - The missing room, 873 - The walls have been extended over the door; however you can clearly see where the door use to be. Employees of the Hotel claim that they are not allowed to speak of it. The rumor is that a family was killed in the room and guests regularly see the ghosts. Mean while no matter how much they cleaned the mirrors a little girl’s fingerprints return, so they blocked off the room.
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