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222 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Fort Garry Hotel
Since 1933, this Winnipeg landmark has played host to countless guests and more than a few stories. Some guests were so impressed by their stay that they apparently decided to stick around even after death. Following the completion of the trading post known as Fort Garry, the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway decided to cash in on the influx of passengers arriving via the railroad and constructed a first-class luxury hotel for those of higher means. It opened on December 10, 1913 by holding an opulent ball for the affluent members of the society and the wide-eyed reporters that covered the event.

It was designed by the famous Canadian architecture firm, Ross and Macdonald, and modeled somewhat after the Park Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York. The chateau-style hotel was originally going to be called The Selkirk, but the owners opted to name it after the trading post it stood next to. The Hotel rose to the height of 192 feet with its exterior facades made of smooth-cut Indiana limestone; hosting 12 stories that originally held 340 rooms, the lobby and dining room, the Crystal Ballroom, and Concert Ballroom. The Ballrooms were converted into casinos for a short time in 1990s, but in 2000 were restored to the original purpose and grandeur. The Hotel itself has also undergone various renovations over the years, reducing the rooms to 230, but retains much of its original extravagance.

Stories of Tragedy
Various stories have cropped up about the Fort Garry Hotel over the years to explain its paranormal reputation, but few facts exist to back the stories up. For starters, there are reports that a construction worker fell to his death down an elevator shaft while the building was being erected. There are also tales of a woman taking her life in Room 202 of the hotel, upon learning that her newly married husband had been killed in an automobile accident. An alternative take on the story have both the husband and wife being murdered in the hotel itself. However, the stories lack actual evidence to back them up. The hotel was the scene of a fire in 1971 that was located on the seventh floor between the two ballrooms, but even that was quickly contained and repaired. Regardless, there are plenty of ghostly tales of spirits still roaming the halls to this day.

The Ghosts and Room 202
The most notorious level of the hotel is the second floor where Room 202 resides. Guests to the room have reported waking up to find the dark silhouette of a figure in a robe or cloak standing at the end of the bed, which vanished before their eyes. There are also stories of maids cleaning the room reporting blood seeping from the walls, as this was the location of the rumored suicide mentioned above. Though something of a focal point for the reports of paranormal activity on the floor, the entire second floor has something of a ghostly reputation. Other reports have a woman in a ball gown appearing at the foot of a bed or wandering the hotel's hallways.

In 1989, an employee reported seeing a ghostly figure sitting at a table in the dining room, busily eating away at a phantom meal and apparently unaware of the employee's presence. Employees also report strange moaning noises that seem to echo from nowhere and a phantom light is said to be sighted floating down the halls throughout the hotel. For the most part, the claims of spiritual activity throughout the hotel seem to indicate a friendly presence of some bygone customer enjoying their stay in the afterlife.

The Hotel Today
The hotel still is a mainstay of the Winnipeg skyline to this day and reportedly embraces their paranormal reputation. In 1980, the hotel was honored with a plaque from the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in recognition of the hotel's history and role in the growth of Winnipeg. For more information, please visit their Web site listed below.
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marc Oct 12 2008, 05:29 AM UTC
After hearing about the legend of the gloomy room 202 in the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, my girlfriend and I have finallly decided to sojourn for a night in the supposedly haunted victorian room this last Thursday October 9th 2008. Here's our story.

After spending a romantic evening in the sumptuous room, we have both decided to fall asleep around 3 am thinking that probably nothing would happen. I need to specify here that we were both perfectly sober.

After an hour of sleep we have both suddenly woken up to the strong scent of a woman's perfume, which we've both agreed on was a scent of roses. A minute later we have both felt the presence of someone sitting gently at the end of the bed over the blanket, and felt observed. There was no animosity felt whatsoever. We've looked at each other and remained calm and eventually went back to sleep.

The following morning we've asked about the story, cause we've both heard many variations on the legend.

The lady at the desk informed us that the woman who actually took her life in the room was in fact the widow of the worker who fell to his death in the elevator. Distraught, the poor woman took her life by hanging herself in the closet. The story took place between 1911 and 1913, when some of the workers who helped building the hotel had their wives staying there. It is the most accurate version I've had of the tragedy so far. Also the lady told us that most people who've encountered a similar situation all smelled a strong scent of a woman's perfume, preferably roses and felt the weight of someone sitting gently on the edge of the bed, which is exactly what we've both experienced.

The night before, when we've visited the Hotel in order to rent the room, we've spent a few minutes in the dining room. There we've also witnessed something pretty conclusive as someone was telling us the story of a ghost, preferably a man, who has been haunting the dining room for quite a while. When the lady pointed at the table where the sightings took place, my girlfriend, sister and I have seen the chair where the man use to sit move, and all three of us felt a hand grazing us. My girlfriend and sister felt it on their face and a hand pushed my elbow, we then felt the air of the room going cold before everything went back to normal. I've turned around only to find that nobody was there. All three of us felt our energy drained to the point our legs felt numb. As we know spirits of the dead feed on the energy of the living which would explain the strong weakness sensed after the sighting. Again we were completely sober. This sighting was even more troubling as we were three witnesses sensing and seeing the exact same things at the exact same time.

The entire hotel breathes mystery. From the lobby to the upper floors.

I do believe that some paranormal activities are going on at the Fort Garry Hotel.

If you're around, a night within these walls is worth every penny. The room was 159$ with breakfast included. But the whole adventure makes it worthwhile. Not to mention that the place is grand and very elegant. Not to be missed if the room is available.
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