PSICAN - Paranormal Studies and Inquiry Canada

Manitoba

Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Canada.
 
 
The Fort Garry Hotel was built by Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1913. The 12-story, castle-like hotel, named for nearby Upper Fort Garry, was modeled after the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. The hotel is noteworthy for it's ballroom and concert hall on the seventh floor.

Throughout the hotel's history, there have been many alleged sightings of ghosts on it's grounds.

Guests have reported of apparitions by their beds, strange sounds and even the feeling of someone crawling into their beds.

The ghost of a woman who apparently committed suicide is said to haunt room 202. She has been seen, floating above the foot of the bed. This same woman is also believed to haunt the lounge, where she is said to be seen crying.

It is interesting to note that most, if not all, of the hotels built by Grand Trunk Pacific Railway are allegedly haunted.
 
Have you experienced anything unusual at the Fort Garry Hotel or elsewhere in Manitoba? Can you add any further information to this report? If so please do contact us at admin@psican.org Your privacy will be protected, and confidentiality is assured.

 

 
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Fort Garry Hotel

 



We received the following in September 2009:


Good Afternoon,


I was looking at your web-site after I read about your organization after the woman in Toronto fell to her death the other day looking for ghosts.


I thought I would share my experiences from the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg......I use to work there.


When I first started there and heard the "ghost stories" I laughed and thought anyone who would believe in ghost must be crazy. Well, after working there for 6 years I am a believer.


For a number of years I worked at the Front Desk at the hotel. Through the years the number of stories, strange complaints or upset guests that I checked in or out and dealt with would amaze you.


One occasion I had an airline attendant check out early in the morning almost hysterical. She said she woke up and there was an elderly man dress in old fashion style clothing with a black bowler hat and handlebar moustache, he had been standing at the foot of her bed watching her sleep. On a number of occasions I had upset woman tell me they woke up to the sensation of someone stroking their cheek while they slept, other times to their bedside lamp being turned on and off.


Guests calling down with noise complains about the room next to them...of course the room wasn't occupied. Coming back to the room after being away to find the room window left open....in Winnipeg in the winter...trust me no housekeeper would do this.


As for myself...where do I begin?? The bellman and I working one night and heared a crash of dishes...not one or two....but dozens and dozens...crash, crash crash....no  broken dish to be found and us being the only two to hear it.


Working at a desk and the adding machine starting to add up zero's on the tape all by itself, 3-4 times...and when my co-worker walked by and I told her and she laughed an said, "ooohhh maybe it's a ghost" haha..the machine goes crazy and keeps adding until I jump under the desk to unplug it!


But the one that will always stick with me is this.


For about 1 year I was the evening duty manager. Part of my job was to walk every floor of the hotel 2-3 times a night ensuring cleanliness and order.


I could walk the floors night after night day after day with no problem. Then every so often I  would have the distinct sensation that A. I was being followed or B. I was being watched.


Sometimes this feeling lasted seconds other times it felt like I was being followed for a few floors.


I never felt scared but the hairs on my arms and back of the neck would stand up and I'd feel a chill.


It could be months before it happened again...and other times a few times in a week.


For whatever the reason I always felt it was a man....and that I wouldn't be harmed....if anything he was curious or even amused by what I was doing........don't ask me why I felt this way. I just did.


One of the owners had gone to bed one night, and felt someone get into bed with them, when she rolled over no one was there.


I have many more stories that I could tell you about, but will stop here.


I will say this. I still work in the hotel industry and in the 4 other hotels I've worked in, I've never felt a thing.



Our thanks to the witness for sharing these experiences with us.

Have you experienced something that you think might be paranormal in Manitoba? Can you add any further information to this report? If so please do contact us at admin@psican.org Your privacy will be protected, and confidentiality is assured.




We received the following in August 2011:


"Attending a conference for work.  Happened around 9-10pm, late May 2008, on a Monday, after a day of travelling from Toronto to Winnipeg, and settled into my room at the Fort Garry, I had dinner (no alcohol), then retired for the evening. I was in bed by around 9pm.  Blinds drawn, room completely dark so I could sleep.  I slept curled on my left side.  About an hour later I was awaken as I sensed light even though my eyes were closed.  When I opened them, I saw pin point pulses of bright white light travelling a few feet below the ceiling towards the ceiling. This lasted for about 5 seconds and disappeared.  Freaked my out.  Could not sleep the rest of the night.  I was staying in a room on the third floor, so one floor up and about 2 rooms down from where the infamous room 202 is located.  I did not know that was the haunted room until after this happened.  I have never in my life seen anything paranormal.  Ever. Until this.  I only reported this now because I found this website. I have not done a study on this.  But it seemed like energy travelling through real space.  It just wasn't plugged in anywhere.  Mind boggling.  It was more like energy and not a 'ghost'."
 
 
Our thanks to the witness for sharing these experiences with us.

Have you experienced something that you think might be paranormal in Manitoba? Can you add any further information to this report? If so please do contact us at admin@psican.org Your privacy will be protected, and confidentiality is assured.

 
 
 

 

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