Château Laurier

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The Château Laurier is a gorgeous luxury hotel done in French Gothic style. Completed in 1912, it is believed to be haunted by the former owner of the hotel, Charles Melville Hays who unfortunately died just two months before it opened. He was returning from England on the Titanic to preside over the hotel opening, when the Titanic met its unfortunate fate. People believe that he haunts the rooms of his dream hotel, which he did not see through to its completion. People report noises, and objects being moved, and other strange happenings in the hotel, especially in the memorial room named for him.

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1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario

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45.425567, -75.695108
Ottawa Division
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  1. Gorgeous building, inside and out. I’ve only been in a handful of times and can’t comment on ghosts but not only did Mr. Hayes meet his end on the Titanic, the original furniture for the hotel did as well. The two month delay in opening was because they needed to have more purchased, built and shipped in. FYI, the old Union Station right across the street has a tunnel connecting the two buildings built by the Grand Trunk Railway, both in 1912. The furniture would have come into Union on the NY Central Rail and been delivered under Rideau St. The is a feeling of “history” in both these buildings.

  2. I came here with my boyfriend and while in our room we heard a eeeeeee coming for the tv. We then proceeded to look at the tv and it was unplugged ! We also heard the phone sound like it was dialling and we were not even touching it. Also I had placed my hair elastics on the vanity in the washroom and when I came back to get ready for bed, they were all in toilet. I then proceeded to look up if this hotel is haunted (after we left lol) and turns out it is one of the more haunted in Canada.

  3. I was at the Chateau for New Years eve one year with friends and we went up to one of the upper floors to ghost hunt. Although there was music in some rooms and you could hear people in them there were no open doors. As we walked through the hall we paused where it bent near a small table and the three of us heard a sharp whistle that caught our attention since it came from right next to us. We all commented on it and decided to move on but it came again before we got more than two steps. It was very loud. I felt the urge to turn around to face behind us and take a photo of the empty hall. I was surprised to see a bright streak of light shoot through the view finder from lower right to upper left after the flash cleared. When I downloaded the pictures the next morning I was shocked to see a large orb in the spot that the light started to move from. This may be dismissed by others as simply dust but coupled with the motion of the light I saw moving I feel it could be something more than just dust.

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