Ghost Stories of Alberta

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Dundurn, 1993 - Fiction - 173 pages
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Contrary to popular belief, ghosts do not necessarily reside in draughty old castles and ancient graveyards. In this book, the author has collected ghost stories specifically from Alberta where she has discovered strange tales of hauntings in schools, restaurants, theatres, hotels, government buildings and modern houses from Calgary and Edmonton to rural areas and the Rocky Mountains. Several spine-tingling tales are legendary accounts of native spirits who still inhabit the land.

In Edmonton, two former firehalls are widely reputed to be haunted; the McKay Avenue School is said to have at least half a dozen spirits; and employees of radio station CKUA have experienced a ghostly presence. "Alberta's Most Haunted Place" is probably the Deane House and Tea Room at Fort Calgary, where a number of different ghosts are taken for granted by the staff.

This eerie collection of supernatural tales includes, among others, the story of the Medicine Hat ghost train; the strange phenomena in a rural "castle" that cannot drive its owner away; the hauntings of the Banff Springs Hotel; the ghostly arsonist in a photograph at Chateau Lake Louise; evil ghosts of the Alberta Badlands; the beautiful lady in white who haunts Prince House in Heritage Park; the Canmore Opera House spirits; and the ghostly bookworm.

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Love this book! It's a great collection of spine tingling ghost encounters. One of them even takes place in my home town. My whole family has enjoyed reading "Ghost Stories of Alberta". Thanks Barbara. Love your entire collection of books.

Contents

Sweat Lodge Endures
90
Tales Ensure Protection?
92
Tracks Lead Nowhere
93
Chief Lives On In College Plaza
95
Leader Rides Again
96
Chief Makes Good His Threat97
97
Other Alberta Ghost Stories
99
Ellen Hopkins Tells a Story
100

Cafe Painter Has Company
28
Uninvited Guests
30
The Chinese Ghost of 115 Street
33
The House on the Hill
35
Dream House Turns to Nightmare
38
Little Girl in White41
41
Poltergeist Prompts People to Pay
43
Sons Suicide Haunts House
46
Pixie Returns
48
The Meredith Tale
50
Departed Husband Visits
53
Bedroom in Bedroom Community is Haunted
57
Calgary Ghost Stories
59
Price Paid for Checkered Past
60
Anniversary Walk?
65
The House with an Evil Spirit
67
Is Stately Residence Home to a Ghost?
69
Calgary Firehalls Theyre All Haunted
73
The Lady Required Lots of Attention
74
A Dog Breathing Down Your Neck
78
Opera House Alive With Spirits80
80
Rugged Sam Stays With His House
83
Beautiful Woman in White
85
Replica Is Also Haunted
87
Native Ghost Stories
89
Hotel Hosts the Famous and the Dead
104
SkiersGhosts107
107
Resort Builder Stays On
109
Arsonist Brazenly Stares From Photograph 111
111
Some People More Haunted Than Others
112
Strange Stories from Camrose
116
Historic Bed and Breakfast Has Unusual Guest
119
Phenomenal Castle
125
Knocking Around in a Trappers Cabin
131
Settler Loves His Land133
133
Grandma Watches Writers135
135
Two Tales from Small Towns 137
137
Priest Watches Over His Mission 139
139
Stories from a Folklore Collection
143
An Area of Concentrated Suffering
145
Heavy with Spirits
149
Prehistoric Beasts Return to Drumheller
152
East Coulees Resident Who Never Ages
155
Medicine Hats Phantom Train
156
Museum Inherits More Than a Building
159
Was it Star?163
163
Building Demolished Ghost Remains
166
Rented House With Unwanted Options
169
Keeping Watch171
171
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TJ and the Haunted House
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About the author (1993)

Barbara Smith's two previous books - Ghost Stories of Alberta (1993) and Deadly Encounters (1993) - have already become bestsellers. Her meticulous research and her ability to recreate social and personal histories are just two of the reasons her stories make lively reading. A resident of Edmonton, Barbara is a member of the Writers' Guild of Alberta.

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