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I think people don’t realize it exists. If you’re just walking down the street, a co-op looks exactly like any other apartment building.

More than 2,000 non-profit housing co-ops — from buildings with four units to complexes with hundreds of apartments — exist in Canada. There are 263 in B.C. alone. Most were created with federal and provincial funding from the 1970s to the 1990s, according to the Co-operative Housing Federation of B.C.

A non-profit co-op is like a democratic country: residents have a vote in how it’s run as long as they live there. And because it’s not trying to make money, the co-op can charge lower rates than average private rents.

Lore Krill Co-op

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Connaught Co-op, Vancouver
The Connaught Co-op has 63 two-bedroom units that are 797 sq. ft. The monthly charge is $1005 with a minimum income requirement of $38,5000.

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Creekview Housing Co-op

The Creekview Housing Co-op is an eight-storey building with 103 units on Granville Island. It has an on-site daycare.

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Amicae Housing Co-operative, Vancouver

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Housing co-ops in Vancouver Eastside

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Queen’s Park, Toronto
Before it was home to the Ontario legislature, the grounds of Queen’s Park belonged to a psychiatric hospital. Rumour is, three former female inmates roam the current building in their ghostly form. Other spirits have been spotted in the Lieutenant Governor’s suite and a scowling man in a red military uniform is believed to haunt the main staircase.

Tranquille Sanatorium, Near Kamloops, B.C.
In 1907, the expansive Tranquille Sanatorium, a mini, self-sustaining community, opened to treat tuberculosis patients; then became a mental hospital before closing for good in 1983. A series of underground tunnels run under the decaying, crumbling complex. Today, frequent sightings of glowing orb and paranormal activity have earned it a reputation as Canada’s most haunted place. Book a nighttime tour (through, a fitting prelude to nightmares.


Room 202, Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg
Do you mind having a roommate for the night? Some hotel guests avoid the notorious room 202 and request suites as far away as possible, while others embrace the idea of having an entity for company and ask for it. Housekeeping staff has reported blood oozing down the walls in the room. Former guests say a figure in a cloak stood at the end of the bed watching them. A long-ago suicide and a murder in the grand hotel built in 1913 may be the root of this evil.

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
The rocks upon which the lighthouse sits are picturesque, yet potentially deadly. In 1800, a woman named Margaret watched in horror as her new husband slipped and suffered a fatal head injury. She took her own life shortly after. Tourists have said they see a woman wearing a blue dress about to jump into the sea. The lesson here: Be careful on the rocks.


Montmorency Falls, Quebec
Here’s another downer love story… a woman engaged to a soldier and happily prepares for their nuptials. But her finance’s called to war and killed in the battle of Montmorency Falls in 1759. A year later, she puts on her wedding dress and jumps into the falls. Her body has yet to be recovered. Now, visitors say they’ve seen the Lady in White through the mist. Urban legend, wishful thinking, or too much wine?

Delta Bessborough Hotel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
This elegant hotel built in 1935 is known for friendly staff, some of which never retire. Word is, a former employee fell to his death, down seven stories onto the marble floor of the main lobby. His spirit, dressed in a gray suit and fedora, lingers on, greeting guests silently with a warm smile.


Fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Fort Louisbourg has oodles of history. Once a military cornerstone of New France, this historic site now marks its 300th birthday this year. Some say at least four spirits roam this Parks Canada site. The cries of a baby pierce the silence of the evening hours; a sea captain steps in to stop visitors from falling down stairs; a weeping nurse and a violent entity which locks doors in the bakery and moves 300-pound industrial bread holders. Say hi to all of them during a Louisbourg After Dark tour.

The Blue Ghost Tunnel, Thorold, Ontario
Green slime, unexplained noises, and a demonic energy. Welcome to the Merritton, a.k.a The Blue Ghost, Tunnel in Thorold, Ontario, not far from the Welland Canal. Ghost hunters say that the men mangled and killed during the building of the canal haunt this tunnel, closed permanently in 1915 after being used for just 39 years.


The Keg Mansion, Toronto
Built in 1868, this grand house on Jarvis St. was once the home to Toronto’s most elite families, the McMasters and the Masseys. The Keg bought it in 1976 to turn it into a restaurant. Ghostly encounters have occurred around the central staircase and the second floor women’s washroom. Hearing phantom footsteps and seeing a male ghost child playing on the stairs may be included gratis with your steak dinner.

Hotel Fairmont Vancouver
Her name was Jennie Pearl Cox, but around the hotel, she’s known as the Lady in Red. She was a regular at the hotel in the 1930s and 1940s. After her death, she never checked out. Her ghost has been seen passing through elevator doors, especially on the 14th floor. Staff says she’s a nice apparition. The hotel even named a cocktail after her.

More Haunted Destinations In Canada

The Haunted Walk in Kingston
You can’t miss them. Dressed in black capes and holding lanterns, guides of the Haunted Walks through the Limestone City as well as Fort Henry look the part as they take guests on a stroll to see the places where tragedy happened. They claim to have converted the biggest of skeptics, so beware!

Fairmont Empress in Victoria
One of the oldest and most famous hotels in Victoria, there’s almost too many spirits reportedly haunting this place to count! A lost woman, ghoulish little girl, a chambermaid and a carpenter who hung himself from the rafters are all said to haunt the landmark hotel.

St. Louis Ghost Train in St. Louis, Saskatchewan
Although the tracks are no longer there, a mysterious light appears in the area after dark. There are a number of paranormal and natural theories as to why it happens, but the legend about a railroad worker who lost his head on the tracks and searches for it by lantern light is the most bone-chilling.

Fort York in Toronto
This red-coated guard is giving a tour to students but there’s also been reports of a guard (who is not among the living) who haunts the fort’s barracks. Some claim a female spirit hangs around the officers’ quarters too. Visitors to the fort can take part in the After Dark Lantern Tour between Oct. 23-27 to get the ghoulish details.

Fort York in Toronto

Plains of Abraham in Quebec City
The site of a battle between the French and British empires in 1759, the area is allegedly haunted by soldiers who perished in the clash. Ghoulish walks are taking place on the site Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. as well as 9:30 p.m.

Vogue Theatre in Vancouver
Everyone likes to be entertained but if you run into one of this theatre’s two resident ghosts, it will be a night you won’t forget. One spirit reportedly opens doors in the dressing area, while the other one has been spotted in the theatre’s seats. His attire? A tuxedo.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta
A top pick among travellers for its history and the Canadian Rockies as a picturesque backdrop, this property attracts guests of the living and non-living! From a bellman named Sam who disappears when guests ask for help to a bride who allegedly fell down the hotel’s staircase to her death, this hotel has its fair share of spirits. Is it just us, or can the same be said for many Fairmont properties?

Old Montreal
Popular for its cultural, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants, a visit to Montreal isn’t complete without exploring the older part of the city. But with anything old comes the possibility of ghostly spirits. According to Trip Advisor, there’s been reports of a prostitute looking for her head in the area.

HI-Ottawa Jail
It operated as a jail for a century, so there’s no wonder guests of this hostel report paranormal activity from prisoners who never left. From sounds of crying at night to clothes reportedly being scattered around unexplained, this place isn’t for the faint of heart.

Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto
According to a report by, this historic hotel has a few guests that are, um, permanent. The eighth floor is said to be haunted by children’s voices, and there’s also a man in a purple jacket who haunts the grounds.

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Moraine Lake is a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet (1,885 m). The lake has a surface area of .5 square kilometres (0.19 sq mi).


Red Head Cove actually takes its name from the reddish coloured headlands to its north.

2. Balls Falls, Ontario

If you’re looking for beautiful Balls Falls, roll on over to the picturesque Niagara region of southern Ontario. Featuring an amazing ghost town (dating back to the 1800s), and truly scenic conservation areas, this hilariously named waterfall doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of Balls Falls’ regional appeal. Let’s just hope it wasn’t named after a particularly unfortunate accident.

3. Vulcan, Alberta
Vulcan doesn’t actually take its name from Star Trek’s Spock (no doubt to the dismay of nerds the world over), but that hasn’t stopped Trekkies from congregating in this southern Albertan town. Hoping to make the most out of its popular name, Vulcan has since created a Star Trek tourist station and Starship Enterprise replica, drawing countless dedicated fans for a one-of-a-kind photo op.

4. Crotch Lake, Ontario
Poking fun at its name is a shot below the belt, especially since Crotch Lake gives plenty of reasons to visit the nether regions of the North Frontenac Park Lands. Get in touch with your Canadian roots on a wilderness hike, visit one of the 77 nearby campsites, or have a swim in the crystal clear waters. Either way, you’ll likely feel compelled to dive headfirst into the Crotch Lake experience.

5. Swastika, Ontario

Named after a train station built in 1908 (well before Nazi Germany), Swastika has somehow resisted changing to reflect the times. Unlike Ontario’s Town of Berlin (which later became Kitchener during WW1), Swastika’s name has no doubt lead to many awkward interactions with alarmed out-of-towners.

6. Dildo, Newfoundland

Another raunchy town name that has no connection to its modern interpretation, Dildo’s name dates back to the 1700s, when the term may have referred to a pin placed in a rowboat, or a type of shrub. Despite campaigns to have the name changed, Dildo’s name has managed to persevere which is pretty hilarious.

7. Climax, Saskatchewan

Despite an innuendo-laden name, Climax is really just a beautiful town full of friendly Canadians and lovely, scenic countryside. On the other hand, the opposite side of the Climax road sign says “Come again,” so maybe its cheeky reputation is well deserved.

8. Saint-Louis-Du-Ha!-Ha!, Quebec

Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha! is an actual parish municipality near the southeast tip of Quebec. Some say the strange name was derived from a First Nations’ word, while others claim Ha! Ha! comes from the sound of exclamation made at the sight of a nearby lake. All can agree Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha! makes absolutely no sense.

9. Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia

10. Conception Bay, Newfoundland

If this bay is rocking, don’t come a-knockin! Yet another strangely named Newfoundland destination, Conception Bay is thought to be titled after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Sadly, the only noteworthy penetration to occur at Conception Bay happened during WW2, when cargo ships carrying locally-mined ore were torpedoed by Nazi U-boats.

Source: Readers Digest Canada