I love travel and hands down one of the most picturesque travel destinations that screams ‘Canada’ has got to be Banff AB, and a visit wouldn’t be complete without a stay in one of the oldest, most beautiful hotels in the country. Listed as a world Heritage site: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, opened in 1888 during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
But before you stay there, there is something you need to know, or more specifically, a room you need to know about…
The Missing Room.
As the story goes, decades ago a family was killed in this room. After a lengthy investigation the room was refurbished and booked out to travelers. Soon after, reports of disturbances flooded the front desk.
The rumor is told that guests would fall asleep in the room only to be awoken by hollow screams and when the lights were turned on they would be startled to find bloody handprints on the mirrors inside the room. By the time staff could rush to the room to investigate, the prints would have disappeared.
In efforts to cover up the horrific tale it was decided the room would be sealed off. The door was removed and the opening covered with drywall, flush to match the rest of the hallway.
It is undeniable that something has happened to room 873 and I questioned the hotel staff on my latest trip to Banff.
Although the hotel employees are forbidden to speak of the room and when questioned, their scripted answer are as disturbing as the missing room itself.
Here are the facts:
- There are rooms ending in ’73’ on each floor and a room is located on the floor above and below the missing room on the 8th floor.
- If you head down the hallway, there are only lights above each doorway. There is one above where the missing room’s door would be, in the middle of the hallway.
- The baseboard is cut where the door would’ve been.
- When you knock along the walls, you’ll notice they are made of thick plaster… As you knock down the hall on the 8th floor it suddenly changes to a ‘hollow’ sound right below the light, where the door to room 873 would have existed… It continues for the length of a standard doorway.
So as you travel across our great country make sure to make a pit stop at the Fairmont Banff Springs, maybe you’ll get to the bottom of this creepy mystery!
Or at the very least it’ll give you something to wonder about for the rest of your life.
Mr. Fab 73