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 Macauley, 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 Macauley. 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.
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