Bytown Museum

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This museum is possibly the oldest stone structure in Ottawa and dates back to 1827 when the British army had it built to house money and store goods. Claimed to be haunted by Colonel John By who founded the town as a military camp in the early 29th century, however the exact reason why he would haunt this particular building is quite a mystery as he didn’t live there, and he didn’t die there. So claims that he is the one responsible for the haunted happenings there should be taken with a grain of salt.

Staff and visitors have reported hearing loud footsteps and men’s voices and electrical anomalies involving the lights and computers have been reported.

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Near Parliament Hill
Ottawa, Ontario

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45.4258614, -75.69767289999999
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  1. This was the economic and resource center of Bytown which only existed because LCol By was granted permission to parcel the land. I have little doubt something is residing there.

  2. Also, being the Royal Engineers Office, the second floor housed the main offices used during the construction of the Rideau Canal, Barracks Hill and Bytown (upper and lower) by LCol By and his engineering staff.

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