Take a closer look at the paranormal activity linked to Ottawa’s iconic Fairmont Chateau Laurier and the unique stories told about its hauntings. 

For 100 years, the legendary Fairmont Chateau Laurier has been the site of strange and unexplained occurrences behind its Tiffany stained glass windows. The old hotel with over 400 rooms is said to have some guests that never really checked out.

From sightings of a ghostly woman in white to mysterious objects moving on their own, there are numerous tales of paranormal activity connected to one of Ottawa’s most iconic landmarks. 

PS! It is not to be confused with the Fairmont hotel in Vancouver, which has its own haunted legend about the Lady in Red.

History of the Chateau Laurier 

The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is a luxurious hotel built in the early 20th century as a symbol of Ottawa’s success and prosperity.

Grand Trunk Railway president Charles Melville Hays commissioned Château Laurier, and construction occurred between 1909 and 1912, but never got to live to see the opening himself as he died on the RMS Titanic on 15th of April when he was returning to Canada for the opening. Today it is said he is haunting the hotel that he never got to witness its opening of. 

Since its opening in 1912, it has played an integral role in Ottawa’s social scene and political landscape, hosting many important figures from the past and present.

Sightings and Urban Legends Related to the Hotel

Even throughout its storied history, unusual and mysterious events have taken place in the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Some of the rumors of paranormal activity are more mainstream and related to typical ghostly sightings, noises, and other phenomena. 

Others appear to be grounded more in urban legend than founded fact—stories that could be attributed to the hotel’s romantic atmosphere or a bit of dramatism based upon its location near city cemeteries.

What is peculiar about this hotel though, is that there is a striking amount of vague feelings and senses rather than specific stories with not much details. Could it just be the atmosphere of the place that makes you feel so? Or perhaps there is something about the place or the building that plays a ghostly prank on your nerves?

The Strange Happenings on the 7th floor

But let us have a look at what the rumors are saying, and try to pinpoint the few clues that exist. 

First, there have also been many deaths connected to the hotel, especially suicides of people that have jumped from the upper floor and many chalk up the strange happenings on the upper floors of the restless spirits of these people. 

For many years the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC had a radio studio on the 7th and 8th floor of the hotel for more than 80 years. The people that were working there reported about strange things happening in the nearby suite. 

The Ghost Child

Among a general uneasiness, the feeling of being watched and creepy sounds and shakings in the rooms there have been spotted things as well people believe to be ghosts. 

There have also been reports about the ghost of a child still roaming the hall. 

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