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One of Canada's most famous hotels is apparently haunted

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is haunted, and its spooky history will have even the bravest guests jumping at every creak in the night.

Sitting majestically atop the alpine town of Banff, the Banff Springs Hotel is known affectionately as the "Castle of the Rockies."

The hotel first opened its doors in 1888, and it has welcomed thousands of guests since that time — some of whom allegedly never left.

The Ghost Bride is the hotel's most famous resident; multiple guests have spotted the ghostly young woman floating around the Cascade Ballroom.

The spectre is said to be mourning her ill-fated wedding day, having died in the 1930s after she tripped on the circular marble stairs and accidentally tumbled to her demise.

The legend has gathered so much steam over the years that the Ghost Bride even appears on a commemorative coin.

But it's not just the Ghost Bride that haunts the château; Sam the Bellman, a former hotel worker, reportedly likes to assist guests even 45 years after his death.

The helpful spectre allegedly helps guests that have been locked out of their rooms and mischievously shuffles luggage around.

Guests at the Banff Springs have also reported unusual noises and chilling drafts coming from room 692, which the hotel has trouble booking.

Other guests have sworn that they saw the reflection of a ghostly child in the window, heard a baby crying, or felt something crawling up the bed at night.

But perhaps the creepiest part of the hotel is room 873 — or rather, the "missing room."

The eighth floor actually skips room 873, and legend has it that the room was boarded up after a family was murdered in the room a few decades ago.

According to the rumours, guests that stayed in the room before it was boarded up were awoken by screams and bloody handprints in the middle of the night.

Hotel staff reportedly refuse to speak about the room, which only adds to its intrigue.

Whether or not you believe the Banff Springs is truly haunted, it certainly does bear an uncanny resemblance to a spooky castle.

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