Craigdarroch Castle

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The late-1800s Craigdarroch Castle is large and haunted, just as a castle should be. It has 39 rooms in over 25,000 square feet, and was built for the family of coal magnate Robert Dunsmuir, although both he and architect Warren Heywood Williams died before it was finished. Its ghost is a lady in a white dress who has been seen standing near a ballroom window. A crying child has been heard in the castle, as well as music from a piano that plays itself.

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1050 Joan Crescent
Victoria, British Columbia

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48.42238958166938, -123.34382576878659
Nearest Towns:
Victoria, BC (0.8 mi.)
Oak Bay, BC (1.5 mi.)
Esquimalt, BC (3.4 mi.)
Langford Station, BC (7.4 mi.)
Goldstream, BC (8.9 mi.)
Goldstream Station, BC (8.9 mi.)
Metchosin, BC (9.5 mi.)
Rocky Point, BC (12.0 mi.)
Saanichton, BC (12.1 mi.)
Malahat, BC (12.2 mi.)


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  1. I was at Craigdarroch a number of years ago. I had visited it before but when I went up the main stairway, I walked into some patch of air that was like an icecube. Never forgot that.
    Unmistakeable – from warm to ice cold, in the space of 3 feet.

    Another time, I was staying at the old Oak Bay hotel in an upstairs room. I was sharing a room with my daughter when I heard her talking, right into my ear. I turned around, startled, and saw my daughter fast asleep in the bed across the room. That really freaked me out. The voice was right beside my ear.

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